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New England Patriots Links 4/23/14 - Matthew Slater: 'A Lot to be Excited About'

New England Patriots Links 4/23/14 - Matthew Slater: 'A Lot to be Excited About'

Daily News and Links for 4/23/14 TEAM TALK Erik Scalavino tackles this week's Ask PFW Mailbag: "How do you see the RB stable?" Patriots Today - Matthew Slater talks about the new season. (11.40 min. video) Patriots Today - Patriots Marathon Team finishes strong. (3.05 min. video) PFW In Progress (4/22) - Fred Kirsch, Andy Hart and Erik Scalavino discuss the draft and free agency with a Patriots angle. (2 hour program) LOCAL LINKS Mike Reiss catches up with Matthew Slater, who sees 'a lot to be excited about' even at this early stage. Mike Petraglia hears Matthew Slater explain...

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Leftovers from Patriots mailbag

Leftovers from the weekly Patriots mailbag: Jake (Portland, ME): Hi Mike, a lot of talk about improvement from the "2nd year receivers", and it always seems to be Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce. I guess Boyce finished well, but thought Kenbrell put up far better numbers (and one beautiful catch against the Saints). Is there reason for so much optimism on Boyce or is it just because he was the higher pick over Thompkins? Mike Reiss: Jake, Thompkins should be in the discussion as well.

NFL Nation Buzz: New England Patriots

New England Patriots reporter Mike Reiss talks about the team’s voluntary offseason program serving as a reminder that football isn't that far away.

Projecting best opening possibilities

The NFL regular-season schedule will be announced tonight (8 p.m. ET), which is highly anticipated. It’s always fun to begin thinking about planning the fall. The Patriots have opened on the road the past three years -- at Buffalo in 2013, at Tennessee in 2012 and at Miami in 2011. Will it be four in a row on the road? Or will the Patriots open at home for the first time since 2010 (vs. Bengals)? We’ll find out tonight. Until then, let’s have some fun and give our ranking of the best possible/most likely season-opening games: 1.

Which Pats make over-30, under-25 cut?

Pat Kirwan and Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com team up for a fun piece to highlight the best NFL players under the age of 25 and the league's best players over the age of 30. Then they match them up to see which is stronger. Kirwan puts together the over-30 squad, while Prisco is responsible for the under-25 club. Plenty of Patriots are represented: Over-30 QB: Tom Brady (reserve) -- "I'll go with the MVP Peyton Manning but Tom Brady is on the sideline waiting to go in," Kirwan writes.

Schedule announced Wednesday night

The NFL will announce the 2014 regular-season schedule for all teams at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, the league confirmed today. The New England Patriots' opponents are already determined -- home and away. Wednesday night will lock in the all-important "when." Home Bills Dolphins Jets Broncos Bears Bengals Lions Raiders Away Bills Dolphins Jets Chargers Chiefs Colts Packers Vikings The preseason schedule is already completed: Thursday Aug. 7 -- at Redskins (7:30 p.

Beyond the 1st round: Safety

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 New England 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 safety. Second round: Deone Bucannon (Washington State) The 6-foot-1, 211-pound Bucannon is one of the biggest, hardest-hitting prospects in this year's draft.
The Blitz | Boston Herald 22 hours ago
Matthew Slater shares unique viewpoint on Revis, Dobson, Thompkins, Boyce

Matthew Slater shares unique viewpoint on Revis, Dobson, Thompkins, Boyce

A newfound similar fashion sense -- say, a couple Patriots jerseys and matching helmets and pads -- can usually be a good way to squash a former rivalry.So, when cornerback Darrelle Revis, a longtime Jets star, joined the Patriots this offseason, the Pats were more than willing to welcome aboard their former annual foe. That's the simple business of sports. But with Revis, it's different because, as special teams captain Matthew Slater said, the Pats always respected the way he played the game, regardless of his place of employment.

Matthew Slater: 'A lot to be excited about'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater likes what he sees at this early stage of the 2014 league year, while at the same time acknowledging this is just the start of a long journey. “There’s a lot to be excited about,” Slater said Tuesday at Gillette Stadium after participating in the second day of the team’s voluntary offseason program, which as expected, had exemplary attendance including quarterback Tom Brady and cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Weekly Patriots mail is delivered

Every Tuesday on ESPNBoston.com, questions from Patriots followers are answered as part of a weekly mailbag. This week's mailbag has been posted and includes some of the following topics: 1. Assessing the Patriots' willingness to draft a receiver in the first round. 2. Following up on a free-agent acquisition Brandon LaFell. 3. Is it too early to draft a center late in the first round? 4. Shining a spotlight on the voluntary offseason workouts.
Boston Globe Apr 22, 2014

Patriots Staff, Alumni Finish Strong in Boston Marathon

The Patriots Charitable Foundation, the charity arm of the New England Patriots, had 52 runners in Monday's 118th running of the Boston Marathon, including 15 staffers.
Boston Globe Apr 22, 2014

Darrelle Revis Joins Patriots to Pick Things Up And Put Them Down

Newly-signed Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis was spotted in Foxborough Tuesday as Patriots players reported for voluntary workouts.

McShay sees fit with WR Norwood

Those who follow the mock draft circuit closely might remember that in 2012, ESPN analyst Todd McShay had pinpointed Chandler Jones as a fit for the New England Patriots very early in the process. That type of credible work goes a long way when considering what media voices to listen to most in the build-up to the draft. That story is passed along because in an Insider piece now posted on ESPN.com , McShay shares notebook-type thoughts on some prospects and with which team he believes they'd fit best.
Patriots Draft Series: Washington State's Deone Bucannon could pack more than just a little heat

Patriots Draft Series: Washington State's Deone Bucannon could pack more than just a little heat

Washington State safety Deone Bucannon is the focus in the 14th 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.

Patriots offseason roundtable, Part II

With the New England Patriots beginning their voluntary offseason program Monday, Mike Reiss and Field Yates got together for a roundtable to cover some questions surrounding the team (part 2 of 2; part 1 can be recapped here): From a needs perspective, many agree tight end and defensive line depth are still near the top. What are some under-the-radar needs (or a need) that might need tending to? Yates: With an extended pre-draft process, I find that we have more time to thoroughly examine needs.

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