2018 ScheduleAll times ET

2018 Schedule
7-3, 1st in AFC East

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots are practicing in the rain and cold on Tuesday, with TE Dwayne Allen and RB Rex Burkhead the lone players not spotted at the start of the session.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick had just been asked a question about explosive plays when a follow-up was tossed in his direction about a game filled with them: Monday night's Chiefs-Rams classic. Belichick said he caught parts of the game, and when asked his biggest takeaway, he said, "The Jets. That is my takeaway. Getting ready for the Jets." Belichick, as always, is locked on the next opponent.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Shawn Hochuli has been assigned as referee for Sunday's Patriots-Jets game. Hochuli's crew is first for most penalties called per game, averaging 21.3.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Starting right guard Shaq Mason, who missed the last two games (calf), says he “definitely” plans to practice this week. As for playing, he says, “I'm ready whenever they let me.”

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Ohio State alum Nate Ebner on Tom Brady's Michigan banter: “I think history, the past 10 years, has kind of shown the way this rivalry has gone. I don't think that's going to change ... I feel pretty confident. I've been getting the best of (Brady) since I've known him.”

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady on Michigan-Ohio State: "I've lost too many years of bets to Ohio State guys, Michigan State guys. But this is our year, baby! This is our year! This is the year we have to take it to the next level at Michigan. They have a great chance going to the Horseshoe. I think we're going to kick their butt. We got a great defense, and I can't wait to watch it. It's going to be a fun game." (via his weekly interview Monday on WEEI).

Stephen A. has no patience for talk of Brady's decline (1:47)
How can Pats keep Gronk healthy? (1:38)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady, after seeing "Hamilton" on Tuesday night, says: "I love Hamilton. It's my third time seeing it. It's a great show. Anyone who is here should go see it. It was great in New York and it was really good last night. I loved it.”

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots have signed veteran free-agent LB Ramon Humber, who is at practice today wearing No. 50. Humber, 31, has carved out a niche in the NFL as a top special-teams player and was with the Patriots in the 2016 offseason. Improving special-teams coverage is a top priority for the Patriots as they evaluate the team at the bye week.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick had players in full pads for the lone practice of the bye week. It is cold and windy in Foxborough, as the skinny goalposts are tilted as a result of the gusts. The music was turned up noticeably louder than the norm, which could have been a message for those on the field to bring their energy.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

After practice Wednesday, Patriots players will be off Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the bye week, before returning Monday for meetings. Bill Belichick said rest is one of the more important parts of the bye.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots have activated rookie CB Duke Dawson off injured reserve to their 53-man roster, a source tells ESPN's Field Yates. To make room for Dawson, the team has released RB Kenjon Barner and LB Nicholas Grigsby. The release of Grigsby, a core special teamer, seems to be reflective of Bill Belichick placing an emphasis on improving coverage units. Belichick called kickoff coverage "an issue" earlier in the day.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady was asked in his weekly Westwood One interview if he believes his play has slipped from last year. "Everything is different from one year to the next. I think you keep working at it in the same way, and those things haven't changed for me. I'm sure some of my statistics have changed, but I feel good out there. Do I want to play better? I absolutely want to play better. I want to play as best as I possibly can for my team. .... Certainly [Sunday] was not a great performance."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots WR Julian Edelman's ankle injury is not considered serious and he's not expected miss much, if any, time, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. Edelman will be monitored, but the outlook appears positive for now.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots offensive snaps: Chris Hogan's 54 snaps as the No. 3 WR, coupled with his lack of targets(1)/catches (0), stands out. This was a 3-wide game with little distribution to targets other than Josh Gordon (12 targets/4 catches) and Julian Edelman (12 targets/9 catches).

Team Stats

Passing Yards268.7
Rushing Yards108.5
Points For28.0
Points Against23.6