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ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss believes the Patriots will add another quarterback either through free agency or the draft.

Reiss believes the Pats could select a quarterback as early as the third round. With Ryan Mallett likely on his way to bigger and better things after his rookie contract expires next offseason, it makes sense for the Patriots to address the backup quarterback position now. New England has met with at least ten draft eligible quarterbacks this offseason.
Source: ESPN Boston
Apr 19 - 9:32 AM

ESPN Boston expects the Patriots to remove OLB Dont'a Hightower in all sub-packages this season.

Hightower was one of the worst cover linebackers in the league last year, so the Patriots are limiting him to more of a two-down role. Jamie Collins projects to get the majority of snaps opposite Jerod Mayo in nickel packages.
Source: ESPN Boston
Apr 18 - 7:57 PM

A source tells Bleacher Report that Rob Gronkowski (knee) will "take his time and then take more time" with his latest rehab.

Gronkowski is progressing on schedule as he comes off January surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL. But no one should blame him for proceeding with extreme caution as the 24-year-old has now undergone eight known surgeries in his career and missed 14 regular season games over the last two seasons. It's all speculation for now, but we can't rule out Gronkowski starting the year on PUP and missing the first six games of the regular season.
Apr 16 - 12:20 PM

Rob Gronkowski (ACL, MCL surgery) is expected to begin a running program soon.

Gronk visited Dr. James Andrews this week and remains on track with his rehab schedule. He's currently three months removed from surgery. The fact that he hasn't had any setbacks is a good sign, but Gronkowski should still be considered questionable for Week 1. We won't have substantive projections, both physically and statistically, on Gronkowski until late this summer.
Apr 11 - 8:31 PM

According to Draft Insider Tony Pauline, the "feeling league wide" is the Patriots will draft a quarterback in May because they "expect to lose" Ryan Mallett after the upcoming season.

Mallett is entering the last year of his rookie deal. The Pats have shown some interest in Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas. New England has drafted six quarterbacks since stealing Tom Brady in the 2000 sixth round. They are Rohan Davey, Kliff Kingsbury, Matt Cassel, Kevin O'Connell, Zac Robinson, and Mallett.
Apr 11 - 2:14 PM

ESPN Boston wonders if the Patriots could give second-year CB Logan Ryan a look at safety.

Ryan, the 83rd overall pick last April, played 709 defensive snaps as a rookie and held up relatively well both in coverage and run support. With Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner entering the mix, Ryan is now the No. 5 corner on a loaded depth chart. The Pats are looking for a safety next to FS Devin McCourty.
Source: ESPN Boston
Apr 11 - 8:56 AM

Former NFL Personnel man Gil Brandt says Aaron Dobson has "some special stuff about him."

Brandt notes that Dobson "has the quickness to beat press coverage and an ability to make some spectacular catches, despite having relatively small hands." We started to see some of that shine through in the middle of last season as he averaged 4.5 catches for 71.7 yards with three touchdowns between Weeks 6 and 9. Then a stress fracture in Dobson's left foot crippled him and led to March surgery. If healthy, he'll be a breakout candidate as a projected starter at the "X" spot.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 10 - 8:47 AM

ESPN Boston believes Ryan Mallett would only fetch the Patriots a "late-round pick at best" in a trade.

Mallett was loosely connected to the Texans earlier this offseason. He was also hypothetically mentioned as a possibility for the Vikings. Predictably, nothing came of it. Mallett has one year left on his rookie deal and appears locked in as Tom Brady's backup. The Patriots' best bet at future return on Mallett is that he plays well this preseason and nets them a compensatory pick in 2016.
Source: ESPN Boston
Apr 6 - 10:09 AM

Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard was released from Lancaster Country, Nebraska jail on Friday.

Dennard served 35 of a possible 60 days for violating his probation stemming from an April 2012 arrest. He won't miss any of the Patriots' offseason program and should be ready for the start of OTAs.
Source: ESPN Boston
Apr 4 - 5:41 PM

Patriots signed S Patrick Chung, formerly of the Eagles.

Chung is returning to the team that made him a second-round pick in 2009. The Patriots have a hole opposite Devin McCourty after releasing Steve Gregory, but Chung was one of the worst safeties in the league last season. That, coupled with his long and winding injury history means he's almost certainly just a depth signing. Chung won't be guaranteed to crack the 53-man roster. Duron Harmon is the early favorite to start opposite McCourty.
Apr 3 - 1:26 PM

According to Darrelle Revis' trainer, Brett Fischer, the cornerback's surgically-repaired knee is 100 percent and no longer an issue or talking point.

"He’s so fired up," Fischer said. "I think fans in New England are going to see a guy who is even better than in the past because he has rehabilitated himself from the ACL. … It's a non-factor." Revis will be full-go for the offseason program.
Apr 1 - 9:24 AM

ESPN Boston believes the Patriots could consider moving WR Mark Harrison to tight end.

A meaty 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, Harrison spent his entire rookie year on the PUP list with a foot injury. A second-year undrafted free agent with 4.46 wheels, Harrison would be an intriguing prospect as a "move" tight end.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 31 - 5:56 PM

The Boston Herald believes free agent DE Andre Carter could re-sign with the Patriots.

Carter hasn't generated any interest in free agency and would be strictly a depth signing. The Patriots also haven't ruled out bringing back free agents Austin Collie, Matt Mulligan, and Will Svitek.
Mar 28 - 8:32 PM

Patriots re-signed C Ryan Wendell to a two-year contract with a maximum value of $8.15 million.

Wendell, 28, appeared to be one of the NFL's up-and-coming pivots in 2012, but his performance slipped dramatically last season, and his free agent market was all but barren. Wendell should only be penciled lightly into New England's starting lineup, depending on what happens in May's draft. At this moment, we'd project the Pats' first-team line as LT Nate Solder, LG Logan Mankins, C Wendell, RG Dan Connolly, and RT Sebastian Vollmer. G/T Marcus Cannon would be first off the bench.
Mar 28 - 3:16 PM

Updating an earlier item, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Vince Wilfork's "three-year, $22.5 million deal" is essentially a one-year, $8 million contract.

The final two years are option years. As for Wilfork's "$8 million," only $3 million of it is guaranteed. The remaining $5 million is tied up in playing-time incentives, albeit ones Wilfork is expected to reach if he's healthy. It's a good deal for both sides, allowing Wilfork to save face while protecting the Pats in case he hits a speed bump in his recovery from a torn Achilles' tendon.
Mar 27 - 6:05 PM


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