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The annual Patriots Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendar Launch Party took place on Monday, September 11 at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon.

The 2018 Swimsuit Calendar is now available and the Patriots Cheerleaders hosted an event at the Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon to celebrate the launch.  The night included autographs, photos and meeting some amazing Patriots fans!  The cheerleaders also performed on stage outside at Patriot Place, overlooking Gillette Stadium.  Our friends at the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives, the location of the calendar shoot, were also in attendance and gave away an all-inclusive trip to one lucky fan!  The event was a great way to kick off the start of football season.

Weren’t able to attend?  Patriots Cheerleaders Swimsuit Calendars are available online here and also in store at the Patriots Pro Shop.

Check out photos from the night here:

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed CB Ryan Lewis to the practice squad.

Lewis, 23, was originally signed by the Arizona Cardinals as rookie free agent out of Pittsburgh on May 2, 2017. The 6-foot, 200-pounder, was released by Arizona on Sept. 2, signed to the practice squad on Sept. 3 and then released from the practice squad on Sept. 12. He played in 51 games over his college career at Pitt and started all 12 games as a senior in 2016, finishing with 79 total tackles, two interceptions and eight passes defensed.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady with CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell

New England Patriots superstar Tom Brady is opening up about playing pro football at 40, his family life and his health. In a wide-ranging interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell, Brady also touches upon concussions, a topic his wife, retired model Gisele Bündchen, discussed with “CBS This Morning” in May.

“I don’t worry about ’em, no,” Brady told O’Donnell in the “CBS Sunday Morning” interview. “I mean, I’m not oblivious to ’em. I mean, I understand the risks that, you know, come with… the physical nature of our game.”

O’Donnell sat down with Brady at his TB12 Sports Therapy Center, near Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, and she also conducted the first network television interview at his home outside of Boston. The quarterback shared details of his life at home with his wife and kids, his training and diet program, his business partner and body coach Alex Guerrero, and his new book, “The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance,” which is published by Simon & Schuster (a division of CBS).

Brady is now 40 years old and in his 18th season. He’s been successful far longer than rival quarterbacks (having won five Super Bowls), and shows no signs of letting up. The quarterback told O’Donnell that this is not his last season, for sure. He hopes to be healthy and 45 before making that decision.

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“I do wanna go out on my terms,” Brady said. “I do wanna go out playing my best.”

His strategy is focusing on something he calls “pliability,” which he says is lengthening and softening of muscles. Brady said the system has made him quicker now than when he started playing football.

Brady said the “The TB12 Method” is for anyone seeking to live a healthier lifestyle, not just elite quarterbacks.

“I think some people may be able to do some things better than I can,” Brady said. “Hopefully they don’t throw the football better than me, which is what I’m really trying to do.”

His thoughts about staying healthy and playing come at a time when there’s been a lot of discussion about the impact of concussions on players. Asked what impact studies about concussions will have on the NFL, Brady told O’Donnell, “I don’t know what the future is gonna look like, you know, and I’m not gonna pretend to predict it. And I’m gonna do everything I can to take care of my body in advance of the, you know, of the hits that I’m gonna take on Sunday.”

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The standard procedure following each Patriots game is for coach Bill Belichick to amble into the assembly room for his Marshawn Lynch-like I’m-just-here-so-I-won’t-get-fined media session.

When Belichick is done, quarterback Tom Brady speaks. If there’s some star-of-the-game type whose accomplishments merit podium time, he gets ushered into the room.

Sometimes Brady goes first, either because Belichick is predisposed, or because a ball-and-chain device is being applied to the coach’s ankle in order to keep him from escaping his Happy Time with the sportswriters. But it was just as well Brady batted leadoff following the Pats’ 42-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday night, considering he delivered much of the time-tested, all-phases-of-the-game oratory we’ve come to expect from Belichick.

“Every position that we have is going to have to do a better job than we did tonight,” Brady said. “There was nothing really positive about anything that was done, so we’ve got to get back to work. We’ve got nine days before the next game, and hopefully we play a lot better than tonight.”

“Every position that we have” = all phases of the game.

“We’ve got nine days before the next game” = we’re on to New Orleans.

But Brady also slipped a little note under the door that should come as maybe not alarming news to Patriots fans, but definitely something to think about.

In response to a question about the Rob Gronkowski touchdown that was called back, Brady started with some boilerplate stuff: “Yeah, that was a disappointing play. I mean, that would have been a big play in the game . . .”

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San Francisco’s ownership is thrilled with the early returns and high potential of their new coach/general manager combo of Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch, but they came closer than most realize to hiring another dynamic duo.

The 49ers intently pursued Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and esteemed player personnel director Nick Caserio in January and nearly completed contracts with both highly-sought candidates. While much media attention revolved around a potential coupling of McDaniels and former NFL exec and current ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, sources said that never was a pairing, but McDaniels and Caserio very much were a potential package deal for the 49ers.

Both men have been sought for years by other franchises, and while they love working in New England and are discerning about pursuing outside opportunities, the 49ers job was intriguing enough for both to heavily consider. Contrary to the perception that neither would leave as long as Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are there, it’s very conceivable one or both could depart in 2018, depending on which jobs are open.

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New England continues to take a close look at free agent passers.

Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

On the day after their blowout week one loss against the Kansas City Chiefs, the New England Patriots brought in multiple players for free agency workouts. The first group included three players, among them quarterback Thad Lewis. The second group of workouts featured three passers, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Let’s take a look at them.

QB Matt Barkley

After playing his college career at USC, Matt Barkley was selected by the Philadelphia Eaglesin the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft. However, Barkley struggled to carve out a role on the Eagles’ roster and was subsequently traded to the Arizona Cardinals. The 27-year old had stints with the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers afterwards but again was unable to make a positive impact. Last week, the 49ers released the 6’2, 225 lbs passer during final roster cutdown – since then, Barkley was a free agent.

QB Matt McGloin

After not getting picked during the 2013 NFL draft, Matt McGloin signed a free agency contract with the Oakland Raiders. The 6’1, 210 quarterback spent the first four years of his career in California, seeing spot-duty as a backup and part-time starter. Overall, McGloin appeared in 13 games, completing 161 of 277 pass attempts for 1,868 yards as well as 11 touchdown and 11 picks. After a short stint with the Eagles, McGloin now is a free agent.

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warming up before a preseason game against the Giants in August.CreditWinslow Townson/Associated Press

N.F.L. football begins on Thursday night. And as usual, it’s a big game, with the Super Bowl champions against an elite contender. Here’s what there is to know about Game No. 1 of 256:

Who’s playing? Kansas City is visiting New England.

Where can I watch? On NBC at 8:30 Eastern or with N.F.L. Game Pass. (Amazon’s Thursday night streaming does not begin until Week 4.)

Follow our live coverage of N.F.L. Week 1 here.

What do I need to know about the Patriots? The Super Bowl champions for the second time in three years, New England remains at the top of the N.F.L. pecking order. That hasn’t stopped the team from making changes. Running back LaGarrette Blount left for the Eagles, leaving Dion Lewis as the main man. Receiver Julian Edelman is out for the season with a torn ACL, but the Pats traded for the Saints’ Brandin Cooks last March so don’t expect much of a drop-off.

What do I need to know about the Chiefs? Kansas City was 12-4 last season, but lost its playoff opener at home to the Steelers. The team has mostly stood pat, but did release the veterans wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and running back Jamaal Charles.

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The Patriots don’t just rule the AFC East, they own it. They’ve won the last eight titles by an average of 3.4 games, an awesome margin in a sport with a 16-game season.

With the Bills and Jets meeting in Western New York and the Dolphins idle because of Hurricane Irma on Sunday, the Patriots are guaranteed to end Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season tied for last place in the AFC East.

That is highly unlikely to be where the defending Super Bowl champions will find themselves at season’s end, no matter how ugly they looked in that 42-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday.

The Patriots have won eight straight division titles and 14 of the last 16, coming up short only in 2002 and ’08 when they lost out on tiebreakers to the Jets and Dolphins, respectively.

The Patriots don’t just rule the AFC East, they own it. They’ve won the last eight titles by an average of 3.4 games, an awesome margin in a sport with a 16-game season.

No reason to see any changes there. Still, here’s a look at where the AFC East contenders/pretenders stand and what’s in store for them:

Miami Dolphins

The Overview: The Dolphins started 1-4 last season before winning nine of their final 11 games to finish 10-6 and reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008. They apparently bought into what they had because their main offseason moves were re-signing or extending contracts of their own players with a heavy emphasis on keeping intact a defense that finished 18th in points allowed and 29th in yards allowed. The return on those investments is likely to determine the Fins’ fate.

The Quarterback: Ryan Tannehill is out for the year with a torn ACL, which led the Dolphins to lure Jay Cutler out of retirement. Call it an exchange of mediocrity. Cutler has a career record of 68-71, isn’t a leader, is frequently sacked, and has averaged an interception per game in his 11-year career.

The Player: The Dolphins’ surprising surge last season can be traced to the offense, which increased its scoring from 17.6 to 25 points per game after Week 5. Credit that to an expanded role for running back Jay Ajayi, who rushed for 1,155 yards and six touchdowns on 229 carries in the final 11 games.

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Thursday night in Foxborough, an aging quarterback, his successor waiting in the wings, proved that he hasn’t lost a smidgen of his ability. It just wasn’t the QB we thought it’d be.

While the 40-year-old Tom Brady completed just 44.4% of his passes, the 33-year-old Alex Smith threw for 368 yards and four touchdowns, connecting on 28 of his 35 attempts. But furthering the theme of Smith’s career, he won’t be the nation’s focus on Friday. New England’s defense will—specifically, what’s wrong with it.

As of right now, plenty. The Patriots allowed 537 yards and 42 points—worsts of the Bill Belichick era. There were mental mistakes in the second half, from 12 men on the field on a desperation third down late in the fourth quarter, to $65-million corner Stephon Gilmore and safety Devin McCourty miscommunicating on Tyreek Hill’s 75-yard touchdown.

Mental mistakes can be cleaned up. More concerning was where Kansas City out-executed and out-smarted New England. A great snapshot was third-round rookie running back Kareem Hunt’s 78-yard touchdown catch. The play began with a patented Chiefs misdirection fake to Hill, which widened the defense. It ended with Hunt finishing a wheel route out of the backfield, where the only man who could defend him was Cassius Marsh, a longtime 4–3 defensive end in Seattle who was acquired by the Patriots just five days earlier. Presumably, Marsh has not practiced downfield man coverage much. Worse yet, it was one-on-one coverage with no deep safety—a consequence of free safety Duron Harmon reacting to Hill and Eric Rowe double-teaming Travis Kelce instead of replacing Harmon in centerfield. As expected, they’d homed in on those two all night, and Andy Reid made them pay.

Building on his improvements from last year, Kelce also defeated the Patriots as a run-blocker multiple times, including on Hunt’s 58-yard sweep to ice the game. That brings us to potentially the biggest problem facing the Patriots: run defense. It suffered after Dont’a Hightower left in the third quarter with a knee injury (that’s why Marsh was in).

Hightower, a stack linebacker for much of his career, appears to have a new fulltime position: strongside defensive end. That’s no surprise. The Patriots are deep at inside linebacker and, following Jabaal Sheard’s move to Indianapolis and Rob Ninkovich’s retirement, they’re thin on the front edge. Hightower has the resolute strength to fill this role. In fact, he dominated the Falcons as a line-of-scrimmage defender in the second half of Super Bowl LI.

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That’s at least the belief within the Patriots organization, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport reported prior to Thursday night’s game that the Patriots just don’t foresee a long-term future with the cornerback they found out of the University of West Alabama in 2014.

“My understanding is it is expected to be his final season in New England,” Rapoport said. “The reason is they invested a lot in Stephon Gilmore. They are not going to franchise-tag Butler if he goes out and has another Pro Bowl season.”

According to Rapoport, the Patriots and Butler’s camp never really came close to reaching a contract agreement.

“They made a slew of offers for him over the last couple of years, none recently,” Rapoport said. “They really are done negotiating.”

The Patriots are so far down the road with their Butler plan that, according to Rapoport, they’re already factoring him in to the compensatory pick formula next offseason.

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