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Patriots ILB Jerod Mayo has agreed to a pay cut, signing a new one-year, $4.5 million contract.

Another $1.5 million is available through incentives. This move was necessary for Mayo to keep his roster spot coming off another injury-ruined season that saw him tear his patellar tendon. He was previously scheduled to count $10.6 million against the cap. As the Pats are likely to use more 4-3 looks this year, Mayo figures to be their starting weak-side linebacker with Dont'a Hightower in the middle and Jamie Collins at "Sam."
Apr 22 - 12:09 PM

The Patriots will host the Steelers in the 2015 season's first game on Thursday, Sept. 10.

As has become a new tradition, the defending Super Bowl champions get to open at home in primetime. The season's first Sunday night game will feature the Giants venturing to Dallas. The full schedule will be released Tuesday evening at 8ET.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 21 - 4:25 PM

Patriots LT Nate Solder was diagnosed with testicular cancer in April of 2014.

Thankfully, the cancer was limited to one testicle and had not spread. So doctors removed it and Solder was back on the field for workouts in June. The 27-year-old went on to start every game at left tackle during the Patriots' Super Bowl run and is now trying to raise awareness about a disease that affects 1-in-263 men.
Source: ESPN Boston
Apr 21 - 8:55 AM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Jimmy Garoppolo "looks like a linebacker" this offseason.

Belichick told that to Garoppolo's QB coach Jeff Christensen back in February. Garoppolo clearly prioritized adding muscle mass this offseason. Garoppolo was terrific last preseason, posting a 7.8 YPA on 79 pass attempts with a 5:1 TD-to-INT ratio. The 62nd pick in last May's draft, Garoppolo would be a candidate for low-end QB1 production if something happened to Tom Brady.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 19 - 10:52 AM

Alfonzo Dennard has spent the offseason working out with teammates Duron Harmon, Devin McCourty and Tavon Wilson in Arizona.

He's working to get back on the Patriots' radar after falling behind Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan on the depth chart. Dennard seems to finally be over the hamstring injury that plagued him most of last season. Cutting Dennard would only cost New England $14,000 in dead money so his roster spot is far from secure. Dennard is in the final year of his rookie deal.
Apr 19 - 9:50 AM

Patriots ILB Dont'a Hightower said his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery is "right on track, if not better."

Hightower had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder right after the Super Bowl and is expected to be sidelined 6-7 months. He admits he may not be available for much of OTAs or training camp. Coming off his breakout season, Hightower is entrenched as an every-down inside linebacker.
Apr 16 - 8:43 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss expects ILB Jerod Mayo back with the team in 2015.

Mayo was considered by some to be "as good as gone" heading into the offseason. Set to count $10.6 million against the cap and coming off another injury-wrecked season, Mayo and the Patriots seem destined to renegotiate a contract to keep Mayo in town. Particularly with the signing of Jabaal Sheard, expect the Pats to use more 4-3 looks this season, allowing them to get Mayo, Dont'a Hightower, and Jamie Collins all on the field together.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 15 - 9:37 AM

Patriots DE Chandler Jones believes CB Malcolm Butler can be an impact player.

"I know you guys only heard of Malcolm Butler during the whole Super Bowl thing and that big play, but Malcolm has been making plays for us the whole season in practice," Jones said. "So I’m excited for him to step up as one of the impact players as well." With Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner gone, the Patriots may have to rely on the Super Bowl hero for big snaps in 2015. Even if Butler is poised to emerge, New England should target a corner early in the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 11 - 1:00 PM

CSN New England's Tom E. Curran says the decision to pick up Dont'a Hightower's fifth-year option is "cut-and-dried."

It's a no-brainer for the Pats. Hightower finished second in Pro Football Focus' inside linebacker rankings last season while taking over Jerod Mayo's role as defensive play-caller. The fifth-year option, worth about $7.5 million, would be a placeholder while the two sides work on an extension. The Patriots have until May 3 to pick up Hightower's option.
Apr 9 - 7:26 PM

LeGarrette Blount is allowed to participate in all offseason practices and preseason games before his suspension.

Blount's one-game suspension for a marijuana charge isn't a big deal. He still has a hold on New England's big back duties, a role he seized last season and rode through the Super Bowl. In eight games as a Patriot last year (including playoffs), Blount averaged 13.3 carries per day. We can still project him around 190-210 carries this season despite the short ban.
Source: ESPN Boston
Apr 9 - 9:16 AM

NFL suspended Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount one game for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Blount was arrested for marijuana possession last August. The charges were withdrawn after Blount completed 50 hours of community service. The suspension presumably shouldn't hurt Blount's standing with the Pats, as they knew of his likely punishment when they signed him in November. Ex-teammate Le'Veon Bell is facing a stiffer punishment in the same case, as he was also charged with driving under the influence.
Apr 7 - 4:47 PM

Patriots CB Robert McClain lined up in five different spots last season.

He played right slot, left slot, right outside, left outside and also logged 67 snaps at safety. Being a jack of all trades can only help McClain as he searches for playing time. Cornerback is going to be a trouble area for the Pats and will likely be addressed in the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 5 - 9:40 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss mentioned Malcolm Butler as a "potential starter" for New England in 2015.

Almost any cornerback on the roster could be considered a potential starter at this point. Letting penalty-prone Brandon Browner walk was the right call but Darrelle Revis will not be as easy to replace. The Patriots signed Bradley Fletcher and Robert McClain off the scrap heap but they might be better off with Butler, who saved New England's season with a pick for the ages in Super Bowl XLIX. Picking a cornerback early in the draft would be in New England's best interest.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 5 - 9:28 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss mentioned James White as a candidate to replace Shane Vereen as the team's passing-down back.

The Patriots' backfield has thinned out considerably following the losses of Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley. With Tom Brady's arm strength on the decline, New England has relied heavily on the short passing game over the last few seasons. White has a chance to pick up where Vereen left off as the team's primary receiving back. He'll compete with Dion Lewis and Travaris Cadet, amongst others.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 5 - 9:03 AM

Patriots DT Dominique Easley played just 24.6 percent of the team's defensive snaps prior to his season-ending knee injury.

With elite run-stopper Vince Wilfork holding down the fort at defensive tackle, it's easy to see why Easley didn't play much last season. Of course, that's no longer the case as Wilfork recently signed a two-year deal with Houston. If he can stay on the field, a huge if given Easley's history of knee injuries, the 23-year-old could be a starter in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 5 - 8:45 AM


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