The NFL reinstates Josh Gordon

 

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated to the NFL on a conditional basis. Many thought his last suspension would be permanent, but Commisioner Roger Goodell released the following statement today, stating they were giving him another chance to turn his troubled career around.

“Commissioner ROGER GOODELL notified JOSH GORDON of the New England Patriots that he will be reinstated to the NFL on a conditional basis.  

Effective Sunday, Gordon may rejoin the Patriots to attend meetings and engage in conditioning work and individual workouts.

Subject to appropriate progress on clinical care and other arrangements, he will be permitted to participate in team activities including practice. Because he will not have had sufficient conditioning and practice time, however, he may attend but may not play in the Patriots’ Thursday, August 22 game.

“We are all rooting for Josh to succeed, both personally and professionally,” said Goodell. “Everyone shares in that hope and will continue to support him to every extent possible. But as Josh acknowledged, ultimately his success is up to him.”

Gordon had been suspended indefinitely since December of 2018 for violations of the NFL-NFLPA Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. “

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Patriots Brady could be up for grabs in 2020

 

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Could it be that hell will freeze over in 2020?

To the fans of the New England Patriots, it just might happen.

The extended 2-year contract of their beloved quarterback Tom Brady is worth $70 million that should keep the aging QB living comfortably.

At the 2000 NFL combine Brady couldn’t run to save his life. So like any gangly athlete, he transferred that mobility to the top half of his body and went the distance with his arm. Six Super Bowls later, here we are, and he has nothing else to prove.

 

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Ty Law: PFHOF Class of 2019

 

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

It gives me great pleasure to get to talk about Ty Law.  When we were dividing this up, of course, I had to pick Ty.  Because… Michigan.  I remember in college, a girl on my hall was a Patriots fan, and really loved him. I always to say he was “mine” first at Michigan.

But back to Ty. Law was born in Pennsylvania, home to the most Hall of Famers. In Pennsylvania, football was life. As Law states, “Where I came from, if you don’t love the game of football, you better move.  We played baseball; we played basketball; we live football.”

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Checking in on the New England Patriots

By Guest Author Jay Flannelly // @jflannez19

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter

With an intro by Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

The NFL Champions.  A Dynasty.  We all know how their season ended, but I wondered how their offseason was going. 

To do that, I asked my good friend, fellow Wolverine Fan, and co-founder of Beav’s World, Jay Flannelly, about what he liked and what he didn’t like about the Patriots offseason.  

He was even gracious enough to type up his thoughts into article format.

The New England Patriots won their Sixth Super Bowl since 2001 and entered the offseason with some major free agents on both sides of the ball while having the most picks in the NFL draft. The front office and coaching staff added some solid vets and rookies with upside at key spots. Let’s look at the good and bad as the Pats start training camp this week.
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So, really: Who has the best NFL fans

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

If you ask anyone on Twitter, or anywhere, to be quite honest, of course, everyone will say that they are the best fans in the NFL.  If you ask me, it’s a title that really shouldn’t be taken too seriously, because there’s always some sort of bias to it.  But that’s just me.

However, a professor from Emory University, Dr. Mike Lewis, performed a study and ranked the fanbases of all 32 NFL teams.

The top 3?  Eagles fans, Patriots fans, and Cowboy fans.

The bottom 3?  Titans fans, Chiefs fans and Rams fans.

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Tom Brady and his Best Buddies

 

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

This past weekend, New England quarterback, Tom Brady participated in the Best Buddies Challenge at the “University of Michigan in the East”, better known to most of you all as Harvard University. This was the 20th anniversary of the Challenge and Brady has been associated with it ever since 2003.

After seeing this tweet from Brady, I wanted to look into this organization more, and what exactly it’s about.  After speaking with a couple of friends on Twitter,  I was put in contact with Brad Blank, an NFL agent and also a Best Buddies Executive for 30 years.

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AFC East Draft

Lisa Johnson
Senior Sports Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303 

Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL)

Hours to days following the 2019 NFL draft, analysts from all over the country begin to dissect each team and try to gauge which teams hit home runs or which teams whiffed.   In this post AFC East draft article, I asked Jordan Reid, an NFL Draft Staff writer for @Cover_1_, and also host of The Draft Board Podcast for some insight.

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NFL Suspensions: Are Owners Exempt?

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft became the talk of the football world last Friday. No, not for winning yet another Super Bowl. It was because his name came up as part of an investigation in Jupiter, Florida, that was targeting a human trafficking ring.

According to 15th Circuit State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Kraft was issued a summons yesterday, formally charging him with two counts of soliciting prostitution in a Florida spa.

While we wait to see what, if any, action the NFL will take against Mr. Kraft, I thought I would take a look at how the NFL hands out punishments to players, referees, team personnel and owners. And what I found has left me kind of disturbed.

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Marlin Briscoe: The first African American quarterback

Marquita Quinones OTFB reporter

By Marquita Quinones // @LatinLove729

To look at the NFL today it’s hard to imagine it without the diversity it displays, but there was a time when there wasn’t. In honor of Black History Month, we will look at the changes the NFL has gone through as it pertains to African American players.

Let’s begin with a pioneer in his own right, Marlin Briscoe.

African Americans have been a part of the American Football evolution as far back as the 1920s with players like Fitz Pollard and Bobby Marshall leading the way. The position of quarterback had not been a position that was openly offered to African Americans, but in 1968 that all changed with Marlin Briscoe.

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Resurrecting careers is the Patriot’s Way

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman / @WandaW63

The New England Patriots pulled out another win, hoisting for the 6th time the coveted Lombardi Trophy. It was not the epic game of the century, and it did not excite the masses.

But despite the typical performance of quarterback Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Julian Edelman, it is fascinating how the Patriots seem to resurrect the careers of players whose athletic efforts have been stagnant.

Everyone talks about the non-existent Bill Belichick coaching tree, but it may be because they are looking at it all wrong. The coaching tree actually morphed to the players on the field who came from other teams. Players who were the epitome of the walking dead until they came to life in New England. Whatever it is that Belichick is serving up in training camp, these free agency players are getting the banquet of a lifetime, in the form of Super Bowl rings.

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