7:46 PM EDT, Sun April 20, 2014

Offseason workout guidelines

The Patriots open their offseason workout program, and there are several guidelines and restrictions related to these workouts, highlighted below: General " Workouts are strictly voluntary " A maximum of four workouts per week (no weekends) " One week is the mandatory minicamp (no weekends) " Contact work is prohibited in all workouts " Intensity and tempo of drills should be at level conducive to learning, with player safety as the highest priority Phase one (four hours a day) " Two weeks.
Boston Globe 6 hours ago

Patriots Worked Out Cornerback Anders Battle

In addition to a large tally of quarterbacks, the Patriots have also been associated with an equally impressive number of defensive backs.
The Blitz | Boston Herald 10 hours ago
Patriots Draft Series: Carlos Hyde could fill short-term, long-term needs at running back

Patriots Draft Series: Carlos Hyde could fill short-term, long-term needs at running back

Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde is the focus in the 12th installment of a 29-day series that will highlight draft prospects who could land with the Patriots in the vicinity of the 29th pick. Maybe the prospect fits perfectly in their first-round area code, or maybe it's a player who could be available in the mid-30s, causing the Patriots to trade down. Be sure to come back each day for a new installment of the series.

Quick-hit thoughts around NFL & Pats

Quick-hit thoughts around the NFL and with the Patriots: 1. The Patriots start their voluntary offseason program on Monday at Gillette Stadium, and excellent attendance is expected. It starts with quarterback Tom Brady, who is in town and planning to be there. When the star player is leading the way, most others usually follow. 2. Time to get the calendar out and start planning for summer. NFL veterans other than quarterbacks or injured players can report to training camp no earlier than 15 days prior to first preseason game.
Boston Herald 18 hours ago

Joe Andruzzi set to carry on

There are countless images from the tragic events of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings that won’t ever be forgotten.One that indelibly captured the frantic scene at the finish line shortly after the bombs exploded showed former Patriots guard Joe Andruzzi carrying an injured woman away from the devastation to a waiting ambulance.Words weren’t needed to describe what was in the frame. The picture of Andruzzi cradling the anguished woman, with her worried daughters walking alongside, told the story, and conveyed so much about the day.

Patriots players and workout bonuses

The Patriots begin their offseason workouts on Monday, and one factor to consider is that many players have a bonus tied to a certain level of participation in these workouts. While it varies from team to team, generally speaking, most teams require their players to participate in at least 80-90 percent of the workouts to realize the bonus. Below is an overview of each Patriots player with an offseason workout bonus: CB Brandon Browner: $250,000 TE Rob Gronkowski: $250,000 G Logan Mankins: $250,000 LB Jerod Mayo: $250,000 DT Vince Wilfork: $200,000 K Stephen Gostkowski: $100,000 DE Rob...
Patriots Draft Series: New England might be fit for a Yankey

Patriots Draft Series: New England might be fit for a Yankey

Stanford guard David Yankey is the focus in the 11th installment of a 29-day series that will highlight draft prospects who could land with the Patriots in the vicinity of the 29th pick. Maybe the prospect fits perfectly in their first-round area code, or maybe it's a player who could be available in the mid-30s, causing the Patriots to trade down. Be sure to come back each day for a new installment of the series.

Beyond the 1st round: Wide receiver

Each day over the next 10 days, this space will focus on one position in the NFL draft by highlighting a prospect in Rounds 2-7 who might fit for the Patriots. With so much attention placed on the first round in mock drafts, "Beyond the first round" focuses on lesser-publicized options beyond the first 32 picks. Today, it's wide receiver. Second round: Jarvis Landry (LSU) A team captain, the 5-foot-11 1/2, 205-pound Landry comes out of a pro-style system under former NFL coordinator Cam Cameron.
Boston Globe Apr 19, 2014

Patriots Have Also Talked to Northern Colorado’s Seth Lobato

In addition to the 10 other quarterbacks the Patriots have been associated with, New England has also had talks with Northern Colorado’s Seth Lobato.
Boston Globe Apr 18, 2014

Patriots Have Shown a Strong Interest in Quarterbacks

While we were monitoring the Patriots visits, we noticed a trend developing. And no, this is not your average Scarlet Knight connection.

Chandler Jones moves up in re-draft

If the 2012 draft was held today, the Patriots wouldn't be selecting defensive end Chandler Jones. The reason: He wouldn't be available. At least that's the way former scout and current NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks sees it. Brooks has been going through past drafts and "re-drafting" as a way to determine which teams hit on their picks and which teams would be better off with a "re-do." In his 2012 analysis, Brooks bumps Jones up from the 21st pick to the 15th overall to the Seahawks (who had actually selected Bruce Irvin that year).

Leftovers from weekly Patriots chat

A few leftovers from the weekly Patriots chat: Eric (Buzzards Bay, Mass.): Mike, what is the Pats sub defense going to look like this season? I don't particularly like the idea of taking one of the projected starting LBs off the field for more than 50 percent of defensive snaps. Eric, the sub defense will vary each week depending on the game-plan. Sometimes they go with a heavier defensive line to account for the running game. Other times they'll go a bit lighter up front and want some more speed at the linebacker level.
Logan Mankins explains what he wants out of Dante Scarnecchia's replacement

Logan Mankins explains what he wants out of Dante Scarnecchia's replacement

Left guard Logan Mankins, a Patriots captain since 2011, holds an important opinion in regard to the transition from Dante Scarnecchia to Dave DeGuglielmo, which might be the most high-profile positional coaching change in franchise history.Scarnecchia retired this offseason after 30 seasons with the team, and the Pats offensive line will be coached by someone else for the first time since 1998. He is a legend and will almost certainly be inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame someday, so it will be an adjustment for the team.

Scout's notebook: Quarterback

(Revisiting notes on how teams scout for players at each position, focusing on quarterback today.) DESIRED TRAITS: A multitude of factors go into finding a successful NFL quarterback, but no two play a more integral role in on-field success than decision-making and accuracy. Many confuse talented quarterbacks with those that can the throw the ball the longest distance (Kyle Boller infamously boasted a strong arm before being drafted in 2003) and, to a degree, athleticism, a trend that has formed more recently.
Patriots Draft Series: Is Brandin Cooks the next big thing at slot receiver?

Patriots Draft Series: Is Brandin Cooks the next big thing at slot receiver?

Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks is the focus in the 10th installment of a 29-day series that will highlight draft prospects who could land with the Patriots in the vicinity of the 29th pick. Maybe the prospect fits perfectly in their first-round area code, or maybe it's a player who could be available in the mid-30s, causing the Patriots to trade down. Be sure to come back each day for a new installment of the series.

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