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Patriots’ Alfonzo Dennard preps his cousin – Jeff Howe – Howe has an article on Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard,who is the cousin of the Patriots QB and Alfonzo gave him some good advice.


Where Patriots rank in cap space – Mike Reiss – Reiss has a quick entry with a note on where the Patriots are in respect to other teams regarding the salary cap.

Clayborn/Morgan double dip rates highly – Mike Reiss – Reiss looks at a recent article on first round “double dips”, which ranks Raymond Clayborn and Stanley Morgan one of the best first round duo picks ever.

Patriots had visited with TE Owen Daniels – Mike Reiss – Reiss notes that the Patriots had previously met with Daniels before he landed in Baltimore.

Rob Gronkowski and No. 1 pass-catchers – Mike Reiss – Reiss has an entry looking at a piece by Matt Williamson, who wrote about “number one pass catchers” and called Gronk the “perfect tight end”.


Patriots Draft Rewind: Logan Mankins – Tom Curran – Curran looks back at the 30 prospects the Patriots have picked during the Belichick era, with this morning’s edition focusing on Mankins.

Road to the Draft: Florida’s Dominique Easley – Tom Curran – Curran has an article on Easily with “the Good” and “the Bad” on the prospect.


2012 NFL Draft Reset: Patriots Can’t Select Chandler Jones, Take Tight End – Doug Kyed – Kyed takes a look back at the 2012 draft and ponders what might have been if the Patriots didn’t draft Jones.

Offensive Line Prospect Brandon Thomas Tears ACL During NFL Draft Prep – Doug Kyed – Kyed has an article on Thomas, who tore his ACL getting ready for the draft.


A look at the draft prospects the New England Patriots have met with this offseason – Nick Underhill – Underhill recaps all the prospects the Patriots have reportedly met with so far this offseason.


Who Are Experts Predicting to Patriots in NFL Draft? – James Christensen – Christensen takes a look at some of the players the experts believe the Patriots may select next month.


‘Thursday Night Football’ on CBS expected to out-perform ‘Monday Night Football’ – Rana L. Cash – Cash has comments from Robert Kraft, who said that, “CBS on Thursday is going to look more like NBC on Sundays” for the league’s broadcast this season.


New England Patriots’ draft needs: Carlos Hyde a surprise pick? – Daniel Jeremiah – Jeremiah looks at the Patriots needs and ponders some prospects who could fill them.


ESPN analyst high on Mike Vrabel’s future – Drew Dougherty – Dougherty has comments from Tedy Bruschi, who had good things to say about former Patriots linebacker and Texans linebacker coach Mike Vrabel.


Report: Yeremiah Bell likely to retire – Josh Alper – In this article by Alper he notes that the Cardinals may want to reunite with recently released Patriots safety Adrian Wilson.


Pro Day workouts mean little to NFL teams – Ben Volin – In case you missed it, Volin has a great Sunday football notes entry which includes a terrific bit on how Bill Belichick knew whether or not quarterback prospects had read the entire playbook.

Report: Jacobs family eyes NFL’s Buffalo Bills – In this report it appears the Bruins owner could be in play to by the Bills.


LeGarrette Blount reality: RBs disposable – Karen Guregian – Guregian has an article from yesterday on the fact the Patriots don’t pay for rotational players, which is a category Blount unfortunately fell under.


Mel Kiper on safeties, QBs and CBs – Mike Reiss – Reiss has an entry talking about his discussion with Mel Kiper about the NFL Draft, which contains some interesting tidbits.

Quick-hit thoughts around NFL & Pats - Mike Reiss – Like Volin’s article if you missed Reiss’ entry yesterday, lots of great stuff as usual.


Sunday NFL Notes: When it comes to putting together a draft-related deal, who is Bill Belichick most likely to call? – Christopher Price – Price has a good read in his Sunday Notes, which leads off talking about Belichick’s favorite trade partners.


Felger: Wouldn’t surprise me if Patriots took Manziel – Michael Felger said on Sports Sunday that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Patriots took Johnny Manziel in next month’s draft.


Tom Brady Took a Photo With Snoop Dogg – Alex Suskind – Suskind noted a picture posted on Snoop Dogg’s Twitter page of he and Patriots QB Tom Brady.


Bill Belichick’s Goal-Post Proposal Causing Problems For Manufacturers – Doug Kyed – Kyed has a note on the problems the extension to the goal posts are causing the manufacturers that make them.

Robert Kraft Calls Into Podcast To Thank Adam Carolla For Raised Goal Posts - The Patriots owner apparently called into Rich Eisen’s podcast to thank Carolla, who was a guest on the show, for his championing the cause of raising the goal posts.


Making Sense of Patrick Chung’s Surprise Return to the Patriots – Oliver Thomas – Thomas has a good read with his thoughts on the team’s decision to bring Chung back into the fold.

Moves the Pats Will Regret Not Making – James Christensen – Christensen has a good read noting some of the moves the Patriots will or won’t regret some of their offseason decisions.


Reassessing Patriots’ Offseason Plan and Breaking Down What’s Left to Address – Mike Dussault – Good stuff from our friend over at who looks at the remaining needs for the Patriots this offseason.


Daniel Radcliffe starstruck after meeting Tom Brady – A funny note on Radcliffe meeting Tom Brady, who got a compliment from Gisele after he walked away.

File this under yet another reason to appreciate Bill Belichick as a head coach.

Belichick is known for a lot of his interesting ways to motivate players, but in the new “Draft Day” movie there’s one method that he apparently used as a test to find out whether or not prospective quarterbacks actually read the entire playbook provided to them during their evaluation.

In Ben Volin’s Sunday NFL Notes yesterday, Volin included a bit from the movie of one of the methods the Browns used to judge whether or not a quarterback read the whole playbook.

They apparently gave them the playbook with a $100 bill taped to the last page. If the prospect returned the playbook and the $100 bill was still there, the team knew the prospect didn’t read the entire playbook or had lied about doing so.

It seems this was a method actually invented by Belichick, and Ivan Reitman, the movie’s director, appeared on comedian Dennis Miller’s syndicated radio show last week and spoke about how that detail was added to the flick.

“Denis [Leary] actually went to Bill Belichick for help,” Reitman said of the movie’s other star, who plays the Browns’ coach. “He told him we had the story — you’ll know it when you see it — of the $100 bill. Belichick said, ‘How’d you know about that?’

“And Belichick said, ‘Look, I invented that.’ I think a coach who worked under Belichick told our writers that story, and we put it in there, and it’s very effective where it’s placed.”

Just another reason to appreciate what a clever guy Belichick really is.

Safety Patrick Chung is back in the fold with the Patriots.


Pats offseason schedule comes into focus – Karen Guregian – Guregian has an entry with Patriots’ the offseason schedule.


Patriots re-sign safety Patrick Chung – Ben Volin – Volin files his notebook this morning which leads off with the signing of Chung.


Chat with Mike Reiss - Mike Reiss – Reiss held his weekly chat yesterday which as usual covered some interesting topics.

Leftovers from weekly Pats chat – Mike Reiss – Reiss also added some additional responses in this entry.

Patriots set offseason camp schedule – Mike Reiss – Reiss posts the schedule for the team’s offseason programs in this entry.

Sharing view on Patriots’ safety spot - Mike Reiss – Reiss looks at the safety position and sees newly signed Patrick Chung and Adrian Wilson as “on the bubble”.


New England Patriots 2014 NFL Draft Prospects: Boston College RB Andre Williams – Christopher Jason – Jason spotlights Williams in his continued series of potential Patriots draft prospects.


Patrick Chung: Chance to Return to Patriots ‘ Like a Blessing’ – Christopher Price – Price has an article with comments from Chung, who is glad to be back in New England.

Patriots hosting DE Stephon Tuitt on pre-draft visit – Christopher Price – Price has a quick entry on the fact Tuitt was in Foxboro for a pre-draft visit with New England.


Theorizing on Manziel, Bridgewater visits – On “Early Edition” Andy Gresh gives his thoughts on why the Patriots brought in the two quarterbacks.


Patrick Chung: Rejoining Patriots Was ‘Very, Very, Very Easy Decision’ – Doug Kyed – Kyed has an article on Chung, who said he was excited when he got the call.


It’s audition time with NFL for Brockton’s Al Louis-Jean – Glen Farley – Farley has a good article on local prospect Al Louis-Jean, who worked out for the Bears and Patriots in Brockoton on Thursday.


Patrick Chung Conference Call Transcript – The team has Chung’s entire transcript from his conference call on Thursday.


Making Sense of Johnny Manziel Visiting the New England Patriots – James Christensen – Christensen ponders the Patriots decision to bring Manziel in for a visit.


Patriots bring back Chung – Mark Farinella – Farinella has an article on “Patrick Chung, the Sequel” in this entry.


Are Patriots looking to the future? – Ben Volin – Volin ponders the Patriots recent decision to bring in quarterbacks for workouts.

‘Draft Day’ comes early at Patriot Place – Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein – A quick note in the Globe about he fact Nate Solder and Scott Zolak was on hand for a movie night at the Showcase Cinemas at Patriots place for season ticket holders to view the screening of the movie “Draft Day”.

Some Light comedy on April Fool’s - Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein - A quick note in the newspaper about Light’s recent charity event.

Why would the Patriots bring in Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater for visits? – Erik Frenz – Frenz has his take on the recent visits by the two quarterbacks.

A couple of reasons why the Patriots are bringing Johnny Manziel in for a visit – Chad Finn – Finn has his thoughts on the recent visit by Manziel and feels Belichick couldn’t resist bringing the quarterback in for a visit.


Patriots Notebook: Vince Wilfork talks include Devin McCourty – Jeff Howe – Howe writes that McCourty earned his captaincy last week after being credited with an assist in helping keep Wilfork in a Patriots uniform.

Nate Solder credits Dante Scarnecchia for his development, but moving on is the expectation – Jeff Howe – Howe has a good read on Solder, who talks about the loss of the former Patriots offensive line coach.

We Hear: Miley Cyrus, Matt Light, Charlie Day and more… – Gayle Fee – A cool note in this one about how Matt Light shaved his beard after a $10,000 offer from an unnamed Brockton Business man for charity.

Fiesta Rob Gronkowski going strong! – Gayle Fee – Another note, this time on Gronkowski, who apparently filmed a couple of scenes for the show “Whose Line is it Anyway?”

Ryan Wendell draws high praise from Nate Solder – Jeff Howe – Howe has comments from Solder on Wendell, who had good things to say about the center.


Film review on DE Will Smith – Mike Reiss – Reiss takes a closer look at free-agent defensive end Will Smith to get a feel for his style of play.

RB Jones-Drew nearly a Patriot? – Field Yates – Yates writes that free agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew was nearly a Patriot before agreeing to a deal in Oakland.

An inside look at prospect visits – Field Yates – Yates provides some insight into prospect visits, recalling his time in the Chiefs’ scouting department.

QBs that could appeal to Patriots – Mike Reiss – Reiss takes a look at a list of quarterbacks who he feels may be on the Patriots radar next month.


New England Patriots 2014 NFL Draft Prospects: Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier has the speed of a DB, and the talent to do it all – Christopher Jason – Jason looks at Shazier, who he feels would be a good addition for the Patriots


Former Patriots star Matt Light talks to locals about vodka, charity and football – Andrew Cyr – Cyr has notes on a recent speaking engagement by Light at the Hanger Pub and Grill.


Are the Patriots thinking of life after Brady? – In this quick entry the buzz about the recent QB visits is highlighted.


New England Patriots’ 5 Top Remaining Offseason Priorities – James Christensen – Christensen has a good read regarding New England’s remaining priorities during this offseason.

Donaldson: Rule of Law on Pats Hall of Fame ballot - Jim Donaldson - Donaldson has a column and believes Ty Law will follow his former teammates into the Patriots’ Hall of Fame.


Keeping it ‘Light’ at Foxboro fundraiser – Juliet Pennington – Pennington has a good read on Matt Light’s recent fundraiser, which also included comments from Rob Ninkovich.


Matt Light goes from Patriots to marketer – Josh Gosselin – Gosselin has an article about Light’s visit to Amherst’s Hangar Pub and Grill Wednesday night to speak to University of Massachusetts students about transitioning to life after football.


New league not coming to Toled0 – Ryan Autullo – Former running back Patriot Quentin Hines, who was released in February, is trying to bring Professional Football to Toledo, Ohio, with the chief executive of Rivals Professional Football League talking about wanting to expand there.

Here’s a video of all of Johnny Manziel’s throws at his recent Pro Day.


Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater to visit Patriots – Ben Volin – Volin has an article on New England’s upcoming visits with Manziel and Bridgewater on Wednesday.

Rob Gronkowski at Paint Nite Party – Here’s a photo of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who joined Paint Nite as the organization celebrated its two year anniversary with a painting competition and silent auction at Ned Devine’s on March 30.


Johnny Manziel visiting Patriots – Jeff Howe – Howe writes that Johnny Football is bringing his show to Foxboro, and compares this meeting to the pre-draft visit with Tim Tebow in 2010.

Tracked Down: Nick Cannon, Blair Underwood, Herbie Hancock and more… – Gayle Fee  - In this entry there’s some good news noted as New England Patriots linebacker Chris White was spotted visiting patients at the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the kids at the hospital’s Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.


Sharing thoughts on Manziel visit – Mike Reiss – Reiss has his thoughts on Manziel’s visit, and feels that the QB position is in sharper focus this year.

What Manziel, Bridgewater visits tell us – Mike Reiss – Reiss has more on what these pre-draft visits mean for the Patriots, and feels it’s about time they draft another quarterback.

Teddy Bridgewater visiting Patriots – Field Yates – Yates has more on Bridgewater, who is trying to be the first quarterback selected in this year’s draft.

Prepping for Patriots Hall meeting – Mike Reiss – Reiss looks at the upcoming nomination meeting to determine the next candidates to go into the Patriots Hall of Fame.

Pats may be gauging Manziel’s value in advance of possible trade down – Mike Florio – Florio speculates that the Patriots are scouting Manziel to get a feel for his value should they elect to trade down with a team hoping to jump back into the first round to get the quarterback.


NFL should leave playoff format alone – Nick Underhill – Underhill looks at the potential change in the playoff format and disagrees it should be changed.

New England Patriots to host Johnny Manziel for pre-draft visit – Nick Underhill – Underhill has his take on Manziel’s visit to Foxboro, and feel if the Patriots want him it would take quite a move up to grab him.


Report: Veteran defensive end Will Smith visiting with Patriots – Christopher Price – Price has an entry on the fact Smith was hosted for a visit by the Patriots.


ACL healed, Darrelle Revis ramps up workouts – Jeff Howe – Howe has an article on Revis, who now has the ACL he tore out of his mind and is pushing forward without any injury concerns.


In NFL, players just can’t win in contract situations – Ben Volin – Volin has his “On Football” column for this morning and after looking at Vince Wilfork’s latest deal, Volin believes when it comes to contract negotiations, management always wins.

Patriots mock draft 5.0: Finding a new pass-catching tight end for Tom Brady – Erik Frenz – Frenz has his latest mock draft, which targets some interesting potential additions.


Would you make a deal for Marcus Cannon? – Mike Reiss – Reiss ponders an idea put out there by Field Yates that looks at a potential trade of Marcus Cannon to Miami in exchange for defensive tackle Jared Odrick.

A closer look at Patriots’ needs – Mike Reiss – Reiss takes a look at some key positions for the Patriots and points out some additional personnel needs.

Mark Harrison as possible TE fit – Mike Reiss – Reiss has an article on Harrison, who he feels could be another option at tight end for the Patriots.

Sharing notes on RB Michael Bush – Mike Reiss – Reiss has a good read on Bush, taking a closer look at the free agent and has some great analysis on him.

Where Patriots rank in dead money – Mike Reiss – Reiss looks at New England’s current dead money situation, which has them in the middle of the NFL in that category.


Report: Patriots will visit with veteran free agent running back – Christopher Price – Price follows up on the report by the NFL Network regarding free agent RB Michael Bush’s visit to Foxboro.


2011 NFL Draft Reset: Patriots Can’t Grab Nate Solder, Take A D-Tackle – Doug Kyed – Kyed has an interesting read on what might of happened if the Patriots had missed out on Nate Solder during the 2011 Draft.

NFL’s 2014 Tight End Draft Class ‘Not Good At All,’ NFC Executive Says – Doug Kyed – Kyed has comments from an NFC Executive regarding this year’s draft class and feels this apparently isn’t a very deep tight end class.

Vince Wilfork’s New Patriots Contract Could Cause More Issues In 2015 – Doug Kyed – Kyed takes a closer look at Wilfork’s contract and writes that thanks to a roster bonus he’s due the veteran needs to play well this season if he hopes to retire a Patriot.


Report: RB Michael Bush to visit New England Patriots – Nick Underhill – Underhill has his take on the latest report involving Bush, and writes the Patriots have turned their attention to running backs.


5 New England Patriots Players Who Should See Their Roles Expand in 2014 – James Christensen – Our friend from has a great read this morning on Bleacher Report focusing on several players he feels should see more playing time this season.

Projecting New England Patriots Depth Chart After Peak of Free Agency – Mike Dussault – Our friend from has a good read looking at the potential depth chart for New Enlgand following free agency.


NFL Draft will be a shore thing for Patriots - Paul Kenyon – Kenyon turns his attention to the draft and ponders how the Patriots will approach this year’s prospects.


Gronk on a Plane! - Rich Tenorio – Item columnist Rich Tenorio ran into Rob Gronkowski on a return flight from Miami and recounts their meeting.


2014 Patriots Salary Cap Breakdown – Defensive Tackles – Miguel Benzan – Benzan takes a look at the Patriots current salary cap situation at the defensive tackle position.


Breaking down Vince Wilfork’s deal – Field Yates – Yates takes a look at Wilfork’s new contract, which even includes a weight clause incentive.

Patriots’ deferred payments come due – Field Yates – Yates points out some of the deferred payments on signing bonuses that have come due for several players for New England.


NFL Mock Draft, Take 3: As dust settles in wake of free agency, landscape changes – Christopher Price – Price has his mock draft now that the first wave of free agency is over.

NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Florida CB Marcus Roberson – Arjuna Ramgopal - Ramgopal spotlights Roberson and has some notes on the Florida standout.


New England Patriots 2014 NFL Draft Prospects: Could Stanford RB Tyler Gaffney match LeGarrette Blount’s combination of speed and power? – Nick O’Malley – O’Malley spotlights Gaffney and wonders now that Blount is gone whether or not the Stanford running back could be his replacement.


Borges: Kraft weary of beefs over small monetary gaps - Ron Borges of the Boston Herald on why he thinks the Vince Wilfork situation was resolved.


Vince Wilfork, Patriots Bend But Don’t Break Future Plans – Oliver Thomas – Thomas looks at the recent deal given to Wilfork and feels there is room to grow around the foundation in place now that the vetran captain is back.


Instant Contributors the Patriots Can Find in Every Round – James Christensen – Our friend from has a good read on some players who he believes could be immediate players in New England.


Patriots’ shopping spree likely nearing its end – Paul Kenyon – Kenyon believes the Patriots are likely done making any significant free agency moves after what they did early on.


Health Is Key For New England in 2014 – Kate Lemasters – Lemasters looks at the Patriots injury riddled season and writes 2014 should hopefully be a different story.


Here are this morning’s top stories:


Vince Wilfork agrees to new deal with Patriots – Ben Volin – Volin has an article on the fact Wilfork will remain a Patriot after all after agreeing to a contract extension.

John Henry and Robert Kraft visit Boylston Street firehouse – Steve Silva – Silva has an entry on the fact both Red Sox owner John Henry and Pats owner Robert Kraft visited firefighters in Boston.

Words With Frenz mailbag: What does the future hold for LeGarrette Blount, Ryan Wendell? – Erik Frenz – Frenz has his mailbag for this week and ponders whether or not Blount will be back.

Tom Brady shares his account of Back Bay fire – Matt Pepin – Pepin has comments from Brady’s appearance on WEEI where he talks about what he witnessed during this week’s fire in Boston.


Ahead of the Game – A quick note on the fact Rob Gronkowski will be at Ned Devine’s on Sunday taking part in a painting competition and will auction off his artwork at the end of the night.


Compromise means Wilfork can stay awhile – Mike Reiss – Reiss files his column on Wilfork’s extension, and writes that it’s becoming more and more rare for a player to start and finish his career with one team.

Pats have core group locked up – Field Yates – Yates looks at players who are under contract for the foreseeable future.

Teammates tweet Wilfork congratulations – Field Yates – Yates has Tweets from Wilfork’s teammates, who were obviously happy to learn he’ll be sticking around.

Solder and the fifth-year option – Field Yates – Yates looks at whether or not the Patriots will exercise Solder’s option for 2015.


Who won the negotiations, Wilfork or Pats? - Michael Felger and Tony Masssarotti look at the Vince Wilfork extension and talk about which side came out ahead.

Tanguay: ‘Vince Wilfork got screwed’ – According to CSNNE’s Gary Tanguay, Wilfork didn’t get a good deal from New England in his new contract.

Tight end Fiedorowicz to visit Patriots - Tom Curran – Curran has an entry on Fiedorowicz, who is set to visit with New England along with several other teams.


Vince Wilfork Deal Doesn’t Clear Up Patriots’ Uncertainty At Defensive Tackle – Doug Kyed – Kyed looks at the Wilfork signing but still feels the Patriots have uncertainty up front and need to try and add some additional talent around him.


NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Washington RB Bishop Sankey – Arjuna Ramgopal – Ramgopal spotlights Sankey, and feels he could be someone the Patriots could draft in the 2nd or 3rd round.


New England Patriots 2014 NFL Draft Prospects: Alabama QB AJ McCarron doesn’t just manage games – he wins them – Christopher Jason – Jason spotlights McCarron, and ponders McCarron being a potential “heir apparent” behind Brady.


REPORT: Vince Wilfork Agrees to Three-Year, $22.5M Extension

There have been plenty of whispers about the future of Vince Wilfork after the veteran defensive lineman reportedly cleaned out his locker thanks to a difference of opinion about a potential restructure, but it appears that his future is now safe here in New England.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Wilfork and the Patriots agreed on a three-year, $22.5 million contract extension, which will now see him remain with the team that drafted him 10-years ago.

Wilfork was heading into the final year of a 5-year deal that he signed in 2010 that saw him carry a high cap number of over $11-million, which was something the team needed to address as they continue trying to add talent to a group that finished just shy of a Super Bowl berth last season.  Fortunately Wilfork has a deal that according to the Boston Herald could see him earn up to $8 million this season, which includes $3 million guaranteed.

Overall it’s a win-win as the team now has some financial breathing room and Wilfork’s future is more secure, and all he’ll need to do is continue rehabbing the Achilles injury that he suffered in week four that sidelined him for the remainder of the 2013 season.

The veteran offered up his thoughts on Twitter, which now has him focused on helping his team win a championship.