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 Latest Patriots Player Notes
Jun 21 2017 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski is refuting reports that he racked up a hefty bill while partying at a casino nightclub in Connecticut last weekend. TMZ reported Monday that the star New England Patriots tight end and a group of 20 associates ran up a tab in excess of $100,000 while at Shrine Nightclub at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. "Don't always believe what you read. This is where 100k + would go to before that," Gronkowski wrote on his Twitter account late Monday night, attaching a picture of him holding a giant charity check for $110,000 made out to Boston Children's Hospital. The check in the picture was dated February 17, 2017. According to TMZ, which claims to have obtained an itemized receipt from Gronkowski's night out confirmed by a public relations representative at Shrine, Gronkowski's group purchased 160 bottles of champagne. The website posted pictures of Gronkowski partying shirtless with rapper Flo Rida, who posted a video to his Instagram account of him performing alongside Gronkowski at the establishment. TMZ also posted a pictured of Gronkowski's alleged receipt, totaling $102,407. The website noted that it is "most likely the casino" that footed the bill, but added "it's not like Gronk can afford it anyway."

Jun 20 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady, making a promotional tour in China, hopes to play an NFL game in the country before his career comes to an end. Brady almost had a chance to play a preseason game in China in 2007, but the matchup against the Seattle Seahawks was ultimately canceled as the NFL chose to focus on the debut of regular-season games in London, which began later that season. "My dream is to play a game here in China someday," Brady said over the weekend, via ESPN. "We had an opportunity, I think, 10 years ago, and my team was going to play here, and unfortunately it didn't work out. But one day I hope that there are many games here, and over the course of a year, because it's such a great sport and because I love it so much, to bring that here and to bring the discipline and incredible strategy involved." Brady's trip was part of a promotional tour for Under Armour. He posted a photo on Instagram of him throwing a football on the Great Wall, and also held up the Lombardi Trophy in another photo.

Jun 8 2017 - Julian Edelman
  WR Julian Edelman has reached agreement on a two-year contract extension with the New England Patriots, multiple media outlets reported Thursday. Financial terms of the contract extension, which runs through the 2019 season, were not immediately available. Edelman is heading into the final season of his four-year deal that was signed in 2014. He is slated to earn $3 million in base salary in 2017. Edelman has been Tom Brady's most frequent target over the last four years, reeling in 356 receptions for 3,826 yards and 20 touchdowns in that span. The 31-year-old recorded team highs in catches (98) and receiving yards (1,106) last season, although he managed only three touchdowns.

Jun 6 2017 - William Likely
  CB Will Likely, an undrafted rookie out of Maryland, signed with the Patriots on the eve of veteran mini-camp June 5. The 5-7, 175-pounder is recovering from a torn ACL suffered last fall, but was on the field for mini-camp in New England. Likely was an elite returner in college, notching six career touchdowns (four on punts, two on kickoffs), while also seeing time in the defensive backfield and receiver. To make room for Likely on the roster, New England released undrafted rookie DL Corey Vereen. The Patriots also official signed third-round T Tony Garcia on June 5, the 85th selection overall out of Troy.

Jun 6 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady found himself at the center of a controversy earlier this spring when his supermodel wife, Gisele, told CBS that the New England quarterback had suffered a concussion last year. While Brady has not spoken with the media this offseason, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked about the issue, which caused the league and Brady's agent to both issue dismissive statements last month regarding the issue. "I'm sure you know," Belichick said in his own dismissive tone, "we file injury reports every week. So I'm not sure when the next one's due, probably sometime in September, but we'll have one for you then." Belichick was asked a follow-up wondering if it was challenging managing the reporting and treatment of concussions from a team standpoint? "We file our reports in compliance with league guidelines," Belichick continued to stonewall. No more insight came when Belichick was asked if he's seen more players self-reporting concussion-like symptoms. "Our medical staff really handles the injury situation with players. Players don't come to me and I don't treat them for injuries. That's not really my job. That's what we have medical staff for," Belichick said.

Jun 6 2017 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski has been a full participant in the Patriots OTAs this spring and that work continued into the team's mandatory mini-camp this week. Coming back from December back surgery, the third of his football career, the former All-Pro declared himself ready to compete. "I'm 100 percent. Good to go," Gronkowski said in his trademark happy-go-lucky tone. Speaking with the media for the first time since a contract restructure that with incentives could make him the highest paid tight end in football at nearly $11 million in 2017, Gronkowski was appreciative of the new deal. "I'm definitely very thankful for the opportunity that the Patriots organization has (given) me," Gronkowski said. "I just have to keep working hard and do what's best for the team and do what's best for myself to help out the team in every way possible."

Jun 6 2017 - Jimmy Garoppolo
  QB Jimmy Garoppolo may be stuck behind Tom Brady on the New England depth chart. He may be relegated to backup duty yet again heading into the fourth and final year of his rookie contract. And the former second-round pick may not really know when and where he might ascend to a starting job in the NFL. Following the first day of the Patriots mandatory mini-camp this week, the affable Garoppolo was all smiles and said all the right things regarding his less than ideal situation. "It's your career, so you're obviously thinking about it a bit, but I mean with OTAs and everything going on, there's plenty to think about with that," Garoppolo said, though admitting he thinks about his future "from time to time." With Brady playing at an elite level as he's set to turn 40 this summer and talking about playing into his mid-40s, Garoppolo would seem unlikely to have a future in New England. But there has been speculation the team could franchise the backup next February and Garoppolo was even asked if he might entertain the possibility of signing an extension with the team. "I entertain any possibility," Garoppolo said. "I don't know, like I said, I'm not really thinking about too much right now. There's just so much going on with OTAs and training camp is right around the corner. That's where my focus is. We'll cross that bridge when we get there, I guess."

Jun 5 2017 - Corey Vereen
  DL Corey Vereen, a free agent who signed with New England on May 5, was released by the Patriots on Monday with an injury designation. He recorded seven sacks in 13 games at Tennessee. If he clears waivers, he would land on the season-ending injured reserve for the Patriots.

Jun 5 2017 - William Likely
  CB Will Likely, an undrafted free agent cornerback, was signed Monday by the New England Patriots. Likely was limited to six games due to an ACL injury in his senior season at Maryland. He had 229 tackles and seven interceptions in 43 career games with the Terrapins.

Jun 5 2017 - Tony Garcia
  OL Tony Garcia, the Patriots' thid-round pick of the 2017 draft, signed Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Patriots, who also signed undrafted free agent defensive back Will Likely and released free agent defensive lineman Corey Vereen with an injury designation. New England traded up to select Garcia out of Troy with the 85th overall pick of April's draft. The 6-foot-7, 302-pounder was a 2016 All-Sun Belt first-team selection as a senior and did not allow a single sack in over 900 offensive snaps.

May 31 2017 - Lawrence Guy
  DL Lawrence Guy is far from the biggest name in New England's long list of offseason talent additions. But the former Baltimore Ravens defender's versatility might just make him the perfect role player. After all, "the more you can do" is one of the tenets of coach Bill Belichick's tenure in Foxborough. "I feel comfortable anywhere you put me," Guy recalls telling his new coaches upon his arrival in New England as a free agent this spring.

May 27 2017 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski, coming off a season-ending back injury and fresh from signing a restructured deal that could pay him as much as $10.75 million this season, impressed coaches this week during organized team activities. "He looks like Gronk," Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels told reporters. "We haven't got into a big evaluation. He's involved in everything." The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Gronkowski is less than six months removed from back surgery, but was a full participant during Thursday OTAs practice in the rain. "I mean, we'll see how it goes," coach Bill Belichick told reporters regarding Gronkowski. "We've only practiced a couple days. We've got a long way to go, but we'll see how it goes." Gronkowski was injured in Week 12 against the New York Jets on Nov. 27. He caught 25 passes for 540 yards and three touchdowns in eight games in 2016.

May 25 2017 - Brandin Cooks
  WR Brandin Cooks brings a new dimension to the Patriots receiving corps. He's a speedy, big-play target with a strong personality. That latter part was on display late in OTA practice when Cooks caught a TD pass and began to do his signature bow-and-arrow routine that has led to fines in the past. He started to reach for the arrow but then stopped. "I didn't want to shoot it," the affable wideout said with a smirk. "Just having fun out there with the guys, competing every day. That's what it's all about." Despite the NFL's recent announcement that it is relaxing its rules on scoring celebrations, Cooks isn't going to take any chances. "No, I'm gonna be respectful," Cooks continued. "If it's a penalty, it's a penalty. I'm not going to do anything to hurt the team. I think it still will be (a penalty)." Cooks says the action is actually Biblical in origin and not meant as a sign of violence. "I've been doing it for three years now, and there was never a complaint about it. Now, all of a sudden, there is," Cooks said. "It's almost as if they try to take so much away from us, but for something like this, that means so much to someone that has nothing to do with violence, it's frustrating. I'll definitely continue to speak my opinion about it, and if they have a problem with it, so be it. "It's for God," he added, "so if that's threatening, then I think we've got a problem."

May 25 2017 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski is coming off a season in which he played in just eight games before landing on injured reserve when he was forced to undergo his third career back surgery. Yet, this week, the former All-Pro convinced the Patriots to re-work his contract for 2017 and give the tight end the potential to more than double his salary. Gronkowski was schedule to have a salary of $5.25 million this season, but the new deal's reported three tiers of incentives could push that as high as $10.75 million and make him the highest paid tight end in the league. ESPN reports that to reach the top tier and the $10.75 million Gronkowski would either have to play in 90 percent of New England's offensive snaps, catch 90 passes, top 1,200 receiving yards or earn All-Pro recognition. To get to the second tier, and $8.75 million, the tight end would have to play 80 percent of the Patriots snaps, top 80 receptions, notch 1,000 yards or score 12 touchdowns. The third tier is reportedly reached, with a salary of $6.75 million, with 70 percent play time, 60 receptions, 800 receiving yards or 10 touchdowns. Gronkowski has surpassed the tier one or two requirements in either receptions, yards, touchdowns or All-Pro recognition in in four of his seven career seasons. Gronkowski was on the field for OTAs this week in Foxborough and a full participant in practice action despite his December surgery. "He looks like Gronk," Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. "He's involved in everything. He's doing a good job of being a leader and a positive influence."

May 24 2017 - Andrew Hawkins
  WR Andrew Hawkins singed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. Hawkins, who played last three seasons with the Cleveland Browns, confirmed the deal in a video posted to Uninterrupted's Twitter account. Hawkins, who signed with Cleveland as a restricted free agent in 2014 after playing for the Cincinnati Bengals in his first three NFL seasons, led the Browns with 63 catches and 824 yards in his first season. He dropped off to a total of 60 catches the last two seasons and was released by the Browns in February.

May 19 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady did not suffer a concussion in 2016, the agent of the New England Patriots quarterback said. "Tom was not diagnosed with a concussion last year," agent Don Yee said in a statement to ESPN, NFL Network and other media outlets. "Many of the protocols and safeguards still are evolving, and it's obviously a good thing the organization and everyone close to him is vigilant and always looking out for his health." The statement came two days after Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, appeared on "CBS This Morning" and said her husband "had a concussion last year" and alluded to more concussions during his career. Bundchen did not clarify when her husband suffered a concussion or whether it was medically diagnosed. Brady has never officially been listed with a concussion or head injury in his professional career.

May 19 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady signed a multiyear endorsement deal with British luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin to pitch a model that starts at $211,995. The 104-year-old handmade car company announced Friday that Brady will be driving and pitching the DB11 model. "I'm no James Bond but ... Proud to announce my new partnership with (Aston Martin)!" the Patriots quarterback wrote on his Instagram page to confirm the deal, posting photos of himself with the car. In addition, Aston Martin said Brady will "curate" his own version of the company's new Vanquish S --- a 580 horsepower coupe with a base price of more than $300,000.

May 18 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, said her husband sustained a concussion last season and in other years. Bundchen, during an interview Wednesday on "CBS This Morning," said, "I just have to say, as a wife, as you know (the NFL) is not the most, let's say, unaggressive sport. Football, he had a concussion last year," she said in the interview. "He has concussions pretty much every -- I mean we don't talk about it." The NFL issued a statement denying knowledge of any Brady head injuries in 2017. The Patriots declined comment, and the players' association said it would investigate.

May 15 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady, selected last week as the cover star of "Madden NFL 18" dubbed the G.O.A.T. edition, is uncomfortable being called the greatest of all time. Brady, in a wide-ranging interview with ESPN's Ian O'Connor, disagreed with the talk he has surpassed his boyhood hero, former San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana, as the GOAT of quarterbacks in the game's history. Montana won four Super Bowl rings and Brady collected his fifth in February when the Patriots overcome a 25-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime of Super Bowl LI.

Apr 28 2017 - Jimmy Garoppolo
  QB Jimmy Garoppolo was again targeted by the Cleveland Browns but the New England Patriots again turned down the trade inquiry. The Browns inquired Thursday night during the NFL Draft about acquiring the 25-year-old Garoppolo and were told once again the Patriots were not interested, sources told ESPN. Garoppolo started the Patriots' first two games of 2016 as Tom Brady served a four-game suspension as part of the Deflategate penalties. In those two games, Garoppolo completed over 71 percent of his passes for 496 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He injured his right throwing shoulder late in the second quarter of his second start, and then missed the team's next two games before returning to his backup role for the rest of the season.

Apr 24 2017 - Mike Gillislee
  RB Mike Gillislee signed with the New England Patriots on Monday after the Buffalo Bills decided not to match the two-year contract offer. Gillislee received a fifth-round tender as a restricted free agent, and the Bills will receive the Patriots' pick in that round of the NFL draft, No. 163 overall. A fifth-round pick in 2013, Gillislee rushed for 577 yards and eight touchdowns on 101 carries last season as LeSean McCoy's backup in Buffalo.

Apr 18 2017 - Matt Lengel
  TE Matt Lengel signed with the New England Patriots after being an exclusive rights free agent. Lengel, 26, was signed by the Patriots to the 53-man roster from the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad on Nov. 2, 2016. Lengel played in six games with the Patriots in the regular season and all three postseason games, including Super Bowl LI. He finished the regular season with two receptions for 22 yards.

Apr 18 2017 - Malcolm Butler
  CB Malcolm Butler signed his tender with the New England Patriots, the team announced Tuesday. The tender was at the first-round level and carries a salary of $3.91 million for the 2017 season, according to ESPN. Butler was a restricted free agent. Butler, 27, has played in 43 regular season games with 33 starts, including starts in all 16 games over the last two seasons. He has six interceptions and 35 passes defensed. He has played in eight postseason games with five starts, and he had an interception at the goal-line that secured the win over Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX. Butler was named to the Pro Bowl following the 2015 season.

Mar 31 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady was set to receive a $14 million deferred signing bonus on Friday as part of the contract extension he signed in 2016 with the Patriots. Brady's deal called for a signing bonus of $28 million, split into two $14 million payments. He received the first installment when he signed the extension. His 2017 salary will be at the bargain price of just $1 million.

Mar 17 2017 - Justin Coleman
  CB Justin Coleman, an exclusive rights free agent, signed his contract with the Patriots. Coleman, 23, originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Vikings out of Tennessee on May 6, 2015. The 5-11, 190-pound Coleman played in 20 games with three starts over the last two seasons with the Patriots, recording 29 total tackles, eight passes defensed and one fumble recovery.

Mar 15 2017 - Dont'a Hightower
  LB Dont'a Hightower agreed on a four-year, $43.5 million deal to return to the New England Patriots. The contract also includes $19 million in guaranteed money, Hightower's agency, Sports Trust Advisors, announced Wednesday on Twitter. Hightower, 27, was being coveted during free agency by multiple other teams, including the Steelers and Jets, before the Patriots picked up the fifth-year option of the five-year contract he had signed as a rookie. He recorded 65 tackles and 2.5 sacks last season.

Mar 14 2017 - Rex Burkhead
  RB Rex Burkhead sined with the New England Patriots on Tuesday. urkhead spent his first four NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals before becoming an unrestricted free agent earlier this month. Burkhead opened eyes by rushing for 119 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries in Cincinnati's season-ending 27-10 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

Mar 11 2017 - Lawrence Guy
  DL Lawrence Guy signed a four-year contract with the Patriots on Saturday, according to published reports. Guy, who is five days shy of his 27th birthday, signed a deal worth a reported $20 million, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Guy spent the majority of the last three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, appearing in all 16 games in each of the past two years and starting a career-high 10 in 2016. Guy had 28 tackles and one sack last season after registering career highs in both categories in 2015 with 46 and 4.5, respectively. A seventh-round draft pick out of Arizona State in 2011, Guy spent parts of two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers before landing with the Ravens.

Mar 10 2017 - Kony Ealy
  DE Kony Ealy was traded by the Carolina Panthers, along with a third-round draft pick, to the New England Patriots for a second-round draft choice, ESPN reported Friday. Ealy became expendable when the Panthers re-acquired defensive end/outside linebacker Julius Peppers, who played the last three seasons for the Green Bay Packers. Ealy's best game came in Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos following the 2015 season. He posted three sacks and a forced fumble in that game and might have been the MVP if the Panthers had won. He had five sacks in 16 games, including nine starts, during the 2015 regular season, and had five sacks in 16 games, including six starts, in 2016.

Mar 10 2017 - Stephon Gilmore
  CB Stephon Gilmore is expected to sign a five-year, $65 million deal with the Patriots, with $40 million guaranteed. Gilmore reeled in a pair of interceptions in Week 11 against Cincinnati and finished with a career-high five picks to go along with 48 tackles last season. He has 14 interceptions in his career since being selected with the 10th overall pick by Buffalo in the 2012 draft.

Mar 10 2017 - Brandin Cooks
  WR Brandin Cooks might be traded from the Saints to the Patriots for CB Malcolm Butler, according to multiple reports on Thursday. Cooks caught 78 passes for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns last season. It was his second straight 1,000-yard campaign as he caught 84 passes for 1,138 yards and nine scores in 2015.

Mar 10 2017 - Malcolm Butler
  CB Malcolm Butler might be traded from the Patriots to the Saints for WR Brandin Cooks, according to multiple reports on Thursday. Butler is a restricted free agent whom New England tendered at $3.91 million earlier this week. Talks toward a long-term deal haven't been fruitful. The 27-year-old has been a fan favorite since intercepting Seattle's Russell Wilson at the goal line to clinch the Patriots' victory in Super Bowl XLIX following the 2014 campaign.

Mar 9 2017 - Alan Branch
  DT Alan Branch is finalizing a two-year deal to remain with New England. The NFL Network reports the deal is worth close to $12 million. The 32-year-old Branch had 49 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2016. He has started 32 games with the Patriots over the past three seasons. The 10-year veteran played with the Arizona Cardinals for his first four seasons. He spent two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and one with the Buffalo Bills before joining the Patriots.

Mar 9 2017 - Dwayne Allen
  TE Dwayne Allen is on the move after the Patriots and Colts agreed to a trade on Wednesday. New England is sending its fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft to Indianapolis, which packaged a sixth-round pick in April with Allen to complete the deal. Allen signed a four-year, $29.4 million deal last spring to remain with the Colts, but the former third-round pick (2012) was made expendable due to the emergence of Jack Doyle in 2016. Doyle signed a contract with the Colts last week.

Mar 7 2017 - Mike Gillislee
  RB Mike Gillislee was tendered a qualifying offer by the Bills, making him a restricted free agent. Gillislee rushed for 577 yards and eight touchdowns last season. His average of 5.71 yards per carry (on 101 attempts) led the NFL. Gillislee has 844 rushing yards in two seasons with the Bills. He was originally a fifth-round pick in 2013 by the Dolphins.

Mar 6 2017 - James Develin
  FB James Develin agreed to a two-year contract just ahead of free agency. Develin, an impending unrestricted free agent, was one of the lead blockers last season for LeGarrette Blount, who had 1,161 rushing yards and a franchise-record 18 rushing touchdowns. Develin, 28, has been with the Patriots since 2012, playing in every game in three of the last four seasons. He missed the 2015 season with a broken leg suffered in training camp.

Mar 5 2017 - Brandin Cooks
  WR Brandin Cooks was the subject of a trade proposal by the New England Patriots, who reportedly offered their No. 32 overall pick in this year's NFL Draft to New Orleans, but the Saints rejected the deal. The Saints felt the trade package being offered wasn't enough for the 23-year-old Cooks, sources told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The proposal also included New Orleans sending a later-round pick to New England, according to the report.

Mar 2 2017 - Stephon Gilmore
  CB Stephon Gilmore is expected to enter unrestricted free agency next week adter the Bills decided not to use the franchise tag on him. With the salary cap now officially set at $167 million, the franchise tag would have meant the Bills would have to pay Gilmore $14.2 million in 2017, and then hope to work out a long-term deal by July 15 to lessen the salary cap hit for this year.

Mar 2 2017 - Andrew Hawkins
  WR Andrew Hawkins' contract was terminated Monday. He was scheduled to make $1.8 million in 2017. Hawkins caught 123 passes in three years with the Browns.

Feb 28 2017 - Dont'a Hightower
  LB Dont'a Hightower will become a free agent on March 9 as the New England Patriots reportedly passed on using the franchise tag on him. The Super Bowl hero could still return to the Patriots but ESPN reported that Hightower is intent on testing the free-agent market. Hightower earned $7.751 in 2016 during his fifth NFL season. The franchise tag is expected to be worth approximately $14.7 million. The Patriots can negotiate with Hightower until March 7. Hightower's fourth-quarter strip sack of Atlanta Falcons quarterback in Super Bowl LI was one of the biggest plays as the Patriots rallied from a 25-point comeback to win the contest. Hightower, who turns 27 on March 12, had 65 tackles and 2.5 sacks last season. He has 404 tackles and 17 sacks in his career.

Feb 27 2017 - Andrew Hawkins
  WR Andrew Hawkins was released by the Browns on Monday. The 5-7, 180-pound Hawkins, who will be 31 on March 10, was due to make $1.8 million in 2017 in the last year of his deal. He tied for second on the team with three touchdown catches in 2016. He had 33 receptions for 324 yards, while appearing in all 16 games.

Feb 24 2017 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski says there is "no doubt" he will be ready for the start of the 2017 season with the Patriots despite undergoing the third back surgery of his career. "Yes, for sure," Gronkowski told ESPN when asked if he expects to play in Week 1. "No doubt." Gronkowski, who underwent season-ending back surgery in December, played only eight games during the 2016 season after missing time earlier in the season with a hamstring injury and bruised lung.

Feb 16 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are discussing a contract extension. The 39-year-old is signed through the 2019 season and has a cap hit of $14 million in 2017 and $22 million in both 2018 and 2019, the Boston Herald reported. Brady will be 42 when his current contract expires. On Sunday, he told Peter King of MMQB.com that he would like to play well into his 40s.

Feb 13 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady says his record-setting performance in Super Bowl LI wasn't his best game ever despite the historic 25-point rally. Brady threw for a Super Bowl-record 466 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a 34-28 victory in overtime to win his fifth championship ring and record fourth Super Bowl MVP Award. He broke, tied or extended nine Super Bowl records. "I don't really think that is necessarily the case," Brady told TheMMQB.com's Peter King, citing a pick-six as one of the reasons.

Feb 10 2017 - James White
  RB James White, one of the stars of Super Bowl LI, finally received a truck for his record-breaking performance, courtesy of late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien and Ford. Quarterback Tom Brady, who gave his MVP truck from Super Bowl XLIX to cornerback Malcolm Butler as a way of saying thanks for his game-saving interception against Seattle Seahawks, said after last Sunday's win over the Atlanta Falcons that White deserved the honor. However, since that championship game in 2015, the Super Bowl MVP no longer receives a truck. Brady won his fourth Super Bowl MVP after guiding the Patriots to 31 unanswered points in an astounding, come-from-behind 34-28 overtime victory against the Falcons. Brady completed 43 of 62 passes for 466 yards and two touchdowns. The Patriots' eight-play, 75-yard drive in overtime ended with White's game-ending, 2-yard touchdown run. In all, White carried six times for 28 yards and two scores to go with a Super Bowl-record 14 catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. The 25-year-old White's three touchdowns and one two-point conversion totaled a record-setting 20 points in the Super Bowl.

Feb 7 2017 - James White
  RB James White not only had the production to be a Super Bowl MVP candidate, but the support of the man who actually earned the honor. White caught 14 passes for 110 yards, both game highs, with one touchdown. He also rushed six times for 29 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner. White added a key two-point conversion in New England's 25-point comeback to help make up for a prior missed PAT by kicker Stephen Gostkowski. Tom Brady won the MVP award for the fourth time in his career, but as he did back in Super Bowl XLIX when Malcolm Butler could have earned the award with his game-saving interception, the quarterback passed plenty of praise along to his key teammate. "I think James White deserves it. It'll be nice for him," Brady said, giving the truck that comes with the MVP award to his running back teammate as he did with Butler two years earlier. "It's just a great performance by him when we needed it the most on the biggest stage and he really came through for us."

Feb 7 2017 - Julian Edelman
  WR Julian Edelman made a crazy, circus catch for a 23-yard gain in the middle of the field on the way to New England's game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. Forget past Super Bowl circus-catch miseries of David Tyree or Mario Manningham. Forget, even, a Julio Jones sensational sideline grab earlier in the fourth quarter of this Super Bowl battle that appeared to put the Falcons in position to ice the game. The soon-to-be four-time Super Bowl MVP tried to hit Edelman crossing the field. The pass deflected off rookie Atlanta safety Keanu Neal and into the air, falling into a mess of bodies that included Edelman and multiple Falcons. Breath was held on both sidelines and throughout each team's global fandom. When the dust settled, officials ruled Edelman had caught the ball after all, for 23 yards to the Falcons 41. It was both unbelievable and appropriate at the same time. Edelman had been slumping through a series of drops and incompletions. But with the Super Bowl on the line, as he's done in the past, he somehow hauled it in. Replay review at the behest of Falcons coach Dan Quinn verified that Edelman had, indeed, made the unfathomable catch. The ball was clearly in his grip while also trapped against the leg of a Falcons defender, keeping it from hitting the ground. "I knew I had it. I felt like I got it," Edelman recalled. "I couldn't believe it," Tom Brady said, noting history. "One of the greatest catches. We've been on the other end of those." "I don't know," Edelman said behind a bearded smirk when asked if it was the best catch he's ever made. "It was only good if we won the game. Thankfully we won the game." "One of the greatest catches I've ever seen," Brady added. "I don't know how he caught it. I don't think he does."

Feb 7 2017 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady took home his record fourth Super Bowl MVP honor as he became the first quarterback to lead his team to five Lombardi Trophies. It put the wrap on a unique season that opened with the future Hall of Famer serving a four-game NFL suspension in the aftermath of the two-year Deflategate saga. The morning after guiding the Patriots to the record 25-point comeback for the overtime 34-28 win over the Falcons, Brady was on stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to accept the MVP trophy. While many New England fans hoped Brady might use the spotlight to lash out at the perceived injustice of his suspension, the quarterback unsurprisingly took the high road, as did Goodell. "We just had an extraordinary week here in Houston capped by maybe one of the greatest games of all time," Goodell said to open the MVP press conference. "The two gentlemen that we have here have set new bars across the league. Five Super Bowl Championships and four MVPs for Tom Brady, cementing his legacy as not just a great Super Bowl performer, maybe one of the greatest players all time. And this duo, Coach (Bill) Belichick with his success of five Super Bowls, cementing his legacy as perhaps the best coach of all time. It's a great honor for us, and for me personally, to have both of these guys here this morning. Tom, come on up and get your trophy."

Feb 7 2017 - Jacoby Brissett
  QB Jacoby Brissett was inactive against Atlanta, though the rookie quarterback and the rest of the team's inactives were in full dress for pregame warmups in order to experience the Super Bowl experience as best they could.

Feb 7 2017 - Justin Coleman
  DB Justin Coleman was a healthy scratch for the final game of the year.

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