Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 8:27 AM EDT Jun 13, 2019 Allen Park — The overhaul of the Detroit Lions' tight end room is complete. According to a league source, the team is trading Michael Roberts to the New England Patriots for a future, late-round draft pick. Roberts was the remaining holdover from last year's group, which fell well short of expectations. The team already allowed Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo to depart via free agency. Given the resources the Lions put into revamping the position this offseason, Roberts' path to sticking on the roster had been cloudy. The team invested a first-round pick in T.J. Hockenson, snagged Georgia's Isaac Nauta in the later rounds of the draft and signed Jesse James and Logan Thomas in free agency. Roberts, a fourth-round selection by the Lions in 2017, struggled to establish a consistent role during his two-plus years with the team. After catching 16 touchdown passes his senior year … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions trading TE Michael Roberts to New England Patriots
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Could the New England Patriots unite another pair of brothers? After news broke Friday afternoon that the team was finalizing a trade for Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett, an unnamed source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett is “interested in coming out of retirement” to join his older brother in New England. With Rob Gronkowski considering retirement and Dwayne Allen leaving in free agency, the Patriots may indeed be in need of a tight end this offseason. And as Schefter noted, the team does have a record of uniting families. In addition to uniting safety Devin McCourty with his twin brother, cornerback Jason McCourty (who is a free agent this offseason), last season, head coach Bill Belichick also employs his son Steve as a defensive coach. The Patriots have also had twin brothers Jacob and Cody Hollister on the roster for the past two seasons. The Patriots are reportedly trading their 2020 … [Read more...] about Martellus Bennett is reportedly interested in coming out of retirement to join his brother in New England
COMMENTARY Rod Rust could rise from the dead and fashion himself a gray, “RR” hoodie to wear on the sideline. Michael Bishop and Eugene Chung could both be announced as honorary team captains, with the possibilities of playing. In the case of concussion, I’m only going to Alex Guerrero for treatment. Hell, if the Patriots create a special wing in their Hall of Fame for Donald J. Trump, I’m game. Life, death, and taxes are suspect. The only certain things in life are the New England Patriots. Why do we do it? Why is there any angst whatsoever regarding this football team until after the Auld Lang Synes have been sung and Nick Saban has taken it on the chin? Why should we ever care about anything that happens with the Patriots until the calendar says it’s time to change our check-writing habits? It’s January, and here are the New England Patriots. No matter what. I’m out. Hartford could be named the Capital of Patriots Nation, Tom Brady could … [Read more...] about Why do we always do this when it comes to the Patriots?
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — In the NFL community, one word might be feared more than any other: Foxborough. It is where the rosy Super Bowl dreams of visiting teams die a frosty death each January. It is where the New England Patriots, before a raucous southeastern Massachusetts home crowd, rarely lose a playoff game (this century’s postseason record there is 19-3). It is where NFL road teams are not only defeated, but rejected under peculiar circumstances. See: Deflategate, Tom Brady and the tuck rule. How did out-of-the way, small-town Foxborough, of all places, come to be synonymous with heartache in NFL cities from coast to coast while blossoming into a shrine to comprehensive Patriots glory? The Patriots, after all, came to Foxborough in 1971 only because no one else wanted them. It helped that the stadium land, 30 miles south of Boston, was free. Foxborough (population: 17,000) remains firmly rooted in its pre-Patriots past, with dairy cows visible from the top of Gillette … [Read more...] about How did out-of-the way, small-town Foxborough become synonymous with Patriots glory?
All in all Hunter Henry is just another brick on the pile for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. The Los Angeles Chargers announced Monday afternoon that Henry, a third-year tight end who missed the entire 2018 regular season, had been reactivated and added to the team’s active roster ahead of their AFC divisional round playoff game against the Patriots in Foxborough. The former second-round draft pick tore his ACL during a Chargers practice last May. Belichick says Henry, who had a breakout rookie season in 2016, is just one more offensive weapon for which the Patriots will have to prepare this week. “How they utilize him — that’ll be up to them, but he’s a very talented player,” the Patriots coach told reporters during a conference call Monday afternoon. Belichick said Henry has “great receiving skills” and could be one more threat in the passing game to go along with the Chargers’ other offensive skill players, which … [Read more...] about How Bill Belichick responded to the Chargers reactivating Hunter Henry for their game against the Patriots