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Patriots 2019 Training Camp Guide – Offensive Line

Steve Balestrieri
July 18, 2019 at 8:00 am ET

The Patriots return four of their five starters from an offensive line that was just outstanding in 2018 enroute to the team’s sixth Super Bowl title. The one very big piece both figuratively and literally is left tackle Trent Brown. Brown came to the Patriots last year with questions if he could be a viable left tackle in the NFL. He not only answered those but parlayed them into a massive 4-year contract worth $66 million dollars with the Raiders this spring.

The Patriots drafted Isaiah Wynn in the first round of the draft last year with the expectation that he would be the left tackle of the future. However, Wynn tore his Achilles in the preseason last summer and spent the entire year on IR. 

The strength of the offensive line is with their guard tandem of Joe Thuney and Shaq Mason which is one of the best in the NFL. Scrappy, tough and steady David Andrews is the center and Marcus Cannon is the right tackle. 

The Patriots are hoping that Wynn is ready for a full load this season and is ready to be a left tackle in the NFL. Backing him up is the underrated rookie T Yodny Cajuste from West Virginia. Cajuste is coming off quad surgery this offseason and missed all of the spring. But he is the swing tackle of the immediate future. 

The team signed veteran Jared Veldheer this spring but he decided to retire when he said his body wasn’t going to withstand the rigors of another season. 

With a 4th round draft pick, the Patriots selected Hjalte Froholdt, he should immediately challenge Ted Karras for the top interior backup role. The biggest question after Wynn’s status will be who will be the 4th tackle on the depth chart? Cole Croston, Cedrick Lang, Dan Skipper, Tyree St. Louis, and Calvin Anderson will be all vying for that position.

As long as Dante Scarnecchia is patrolling the Patriots sideline as the team’s offensive line coach, the Patriots can pretty much weather any storm that creeps up with the offensive line. So, with training camp just around the corner, let’s take a look at the position. 

Check back with PatsFans.com as we’ll go thru the entire roster as our primers for training camp continue before the heavy lifting starts on July 25.

Current roster – Isaiah Wynn, Joe Thuney, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, Marcus Cannon, Ted Karras, Yodny Cajuste, Hjalte Froholdt, Cole Croston, James Ferentz, Brian Schwenke, Jake Eldrenkamp, Cedrick Lang, Ryker Matthews, Dan Skipper, Calvin Anderson, Tyree St. Louis, Tyler Gauthier

Locks – Wynn, Thuney, Andrews, Mason, Cannon, Cajuste

Near Locks –  Froholdt, Karras

Bubble – Croston, Ferentz, Schwenke

Long Shot – Eldrencamp, Lang, Matthews, Skipper, Anderson, St. Louis, Gauthier 

Discussion – We expect that Wynn will be ready to go for training camp. I watched him take part in individual drills during minicamp, he was held out of team drills, I believe as a precaution. He looked to me that he was moving without any issues and looked ready to go. Regardless, Wynn, Thuney, Andrews, Mason, Cannon, and Cajuste are all locks for the roster. 

Froholdt and Karras are both near locks. I personally believe that the team is looking at Froholdt as starter material for next season. Joe Thuney is in a contract year and could be in the market for a big payday. He played nearly all of the starter snaps during minicamp with Wynn and Cajuste absent. If he does leave, Froholdt may be getting groomed for the next guard under Scarnecchia. 

Karras has been a very good depth player and has the ability to fill in at guard and center. He’s tough, physical and versatile. Only an awful summer should stop him from earning a roster spot in 2019. 

Cole Croston would be the next in line for the 4th tackle position. He’s been kept around the past few years but is in no way considered a lock for the roster. He’s a very good practice squad candidate. The Patriots could still be in the market for another tackle.

Overall, the offensive line is in very good shape overall. Even though Wynn hasn’t played a snap in the NFL, the Patriots spent the 23rd overall pick on him for a reason. And although I may be overplaying things a bit, as long as Scarnecchia is coaching up the O-line, I have no doubt that they’ll figure things out. 

With training camp starting next week, the competition among the linemen should be extremely fun to watch. 

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VIDEO: Watch The Patriots Discuss What The Super Bowl LIII Ring Means To Them

Robert Alvarez
June 14, 2019 at 5:00 pm ET

The Patriots shared new footage from the Super Bowl LIII ring party on Friday over social media.

Check out the video below containing a few players and coaches discussing the importance of their Super Bowl LIII championship ring.

Video courtesy: Patriots.com

New England Patriots Training Camp Primer Offensive Line

Steve Balestrieri
July 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm ET

Continuity and Preparing for 2018 are Keys

The Patriots head into training camp in less than two weeks and there should be no shortage of competition at a number of spots. As a lead-in to the beginning of camp, we’ll break down the positions and give our take on who is a lock, a near lock for the 53-man roster and who is on the bubble. Next up is the Offensive Line position.

Bill Belichick likes to say that the spring’s OTAs and Minicamp is a learning exercise and that the real competition begins in training camp. With a roster of 90 players and no cuts needed before the final 53-man roster cut down, there will be plenty of time for evaluation.

So we’re going to take a look at the Patriots Offensive Line. One of the keys to the 2016 success and part of the struggle down the stretch in 2015 had to do with continuity. The Patriots five starters played together nearly wire-to-wire last year and their performance showed. In 2015 injuries decimated the unit and the team couldn’t get any kind of cohesiveness going.

The good news is that five starters return as well as some of their top backups. But the team didn’t neglect their offensive line this offseason. With an eye to the future, they drafted two tackles in the 2017 NFL Draft, Tony Garcia, and Connor McDermott. Garcia in particular looks to have been drafted with 2018 and beyond in mind.

Although the team lost RT Sebastian Vollmer to retirement this spring, he missed the entire 2016 season with an injury and with the ascendance of Marcus Cannon, the team looks to be in good shape there.
So, with that in mind who is locked in and who’s on the bubble?

Roster Locks: Nate Solder, Marcus Cannon, Joe Thuney, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, Tony Garcia
The starting five returns, seem to be healthy and are locked on the roster this summer. Solder returned from IR in 2015 to play very solidly last year. He’s in the last year of his contract and with that in mind, the team has drafted two possible replacements.

Moving up and using multiple picks to draft Garcia, he’s obviously someone who Dante Scarnecchia feels can be a left tackle of the future. With Solder in place for at least 2017, there is no pressure on Garcia to produce early. This will be a red-shirt type of year for him to learn the system and develop under the tutelage of Coach Scar.

Cannon came out of the doghouse to play very well in 2016. Guards Mason and Thuney are young and physical and should only improve. Andrews is an undersized but smart center and he’s not going anywhere.

Unless there is an injury somewhere, I see no changes happening along the starting lineup for the Patriots offensive line in 2017.

Near Roster Locks: Cameron Fleming, Ted Karras
Last season both Fleming and Karras were the top backups for the tackles and the interior line last year. They both have the inside track for the top backup positions again as well. Karras has the versatility to play either guard or back-up the center David Andrews. He’s not the most athletic guy but he’s physical and tough.

Fleming was the swing tackle last year and will be trying to hold off the rookies Garcia and McDermott from taking that job away from him. He’s versatile and can fill in at either left or right tackle, something that is easier said than done.

On the Bubble: LaAdrian Waddle, Conor McDermott, Cole Croston, Andrew Jelks, Max Rich, Jamil Douglas, Chase Farris, Jason King, James Ferentz
The Patriots have plenty of depth at the backup positions and these players are likely to be fighting for reps in training camp and a most likely only one or two slots.

Waddle has been a backup tackle and a blocking tight end but with the depth, at that position, he’ll be pushed hard for a roster spot. McDermott is another intriguing prospect. He’s a guy that the Patriots used a pair of picks to get, albeit in the sixth round of the draft. Would he pass thru waivers if the team tries to stash him on the practice squad? That would seem to be his best bet to make the roster, at least this summer, unless the inevitable injuries occur.

With a lot of bodies in camp, this will be an intriguing group to watch. They’ll have the entire preseason to make a case for sticking, so staying healthy and on the field, will be of primary importance.

Our next primer will have the Patriots defensive line… stay tuned.

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Patriots Offensive Line Has Been Excellent Thus Far in 2016

Steve Balestrieri
September 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm ET

Solid Play, Return of Scarnecchia, Keys to Fast Start

The Patriots early season success can be attributed to a number of different factors. Not the least of which is the coaching of Bill Belichick, but the play of the offense line has to be considered one of the pleasant surprises thus far in 2016.

With the suspension of Tom Brady, the biggest question this summer was, “How will the Patriots fare in the first quarter of the season?” The answer thus far has been, just fine. The team is off to a 3-0 start and like many had envisioned prior to the start of the year, in no large part to the offense leaning on the running game.

An even bigger question to me than how would the backup quarterbacks play this season, was how would the offensive line handle being tasked with handling the running game. Especially when the opponent knew the Patriots were going to run. The offensive line a year ago was injury ravaged, of that there is no doubt about that. But their level of play overall was poor and Brady was nearly decapitated at times out there a year ago.

But the return of Dante Scarnecchia, the return to health of Nate Solder and the addition of Joe Thuney has been a panacea for the Patriots offensive line. Thru three games the Patriots lead the NFL in rushing and the play of the offensive has been markedly improved. The interior three of center David Andrews, and guards Shaq Mason and Thuney are perhaps the biggest pleasant surprise as they’re playing very strong and get better as the game goes along.

Joe Thuney wants to know “What are Pink Stripes?” Thuney (62) and David Andrews (60) have been solid this year.

LeGarrette Blount leads the NFL in rushing attempts (75), rushing yards (298), rushing yards per game (99.3) & is tied for the lead in rush touchdowns (4).

“There were a lot of plays — too many plays — last year where it didn’t matter who the back was, we just couldn’t get him started, couldn’t get him into any kind of space, couldn’t let the back build up any kind of momentum,” Bill Belichick said in a conference call with the media after the Miami game.

“I think all our backs have the ability to make yards. They’ve all been productive. We’ve seen it in the preseason, we’ve seen it through the years with some of these guys, depending on which guy you want to talk about, but we had to give him a chance,” he added. “You’ve got to give them a chance to have some type of opportunity to operate with some space or momentum, just something. No back can gain yardage when there’s just no place to run. I don’t care how good the guy is.”

Belichick’s comments are telling because they go against the popular notion that Blount dances too much when he gets the ball. What is he, or any other back supposed to do when there is nowhere to run. We’ve all seen, too often that the Patriots’ backs getting hit as soon as they receive the handoff, often deep in the backfield. That isn’t the running backs’ fault.

Blount is on pace for nearly 1600 yards rushing in 2016. While the offense will change once Brady returns from his league imposed vacation, one can’t say enough about the performance and workload that was placed on his shoulders. And he’s come through in the clutch for the team, especially in the fourth quarter as he’s been a closer for the team.

“We’ve always had a lot of confidence in LeGarrette,” Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. “He has had a lot of big games here for us and helped us win a lot of games, and he doesn’t just carry the ball, he did some things in terms of protection. He helped us on the edge with some of their good pass rushers. LG is always ready to go, practices hard… prepares hard for each week, and whatever we ask of him he embraces his role on our team.”

Two other additions that can’t be overlooked this season has been the play in the running game of Martellus Bennett and James Develin. Bennett has always been known as an excellent run blocking tight end, and it is an area that he has always prided himself in. He and Rob Gronkowski give the Patriots the option of nearly having two extra tackles in the running game. They can also go out on pass routes and threaten the seams. Once Gronkowski’s hamstring is healthy, he and Bennett will be a tough duo to stop.

Develin’s value to the running game can’t be overstated. He was really missed a year ago and he is a devastating blocker as a fullback as he leads the way for the backs to follow in the running game. A look at some of Blount’s big runs this season usually entail him following Develin thru the hole and into the second level of the defense.

The pass blocking of the offensive line has been better, not great but better this year. Granted they aren’t passing on every down, which actually hurt their level of play when teams could just pin their ears back and come after Brady.

They’ll face another tough test in the Buffalo Bills defense this week. The Bills sacked Carson Palmer five times and picked him off four more on Sunday. But dedicating themselves to being able to run the ball and sticking with it has been a feather in the cap of Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels thus far this season. McDaniels creative play-calling and game planning has kept opposing defenses on their toes. And he’s able to do that due to their ability to run the ball effectively in 2016.

Check back with us later in the week as we’ll break down the key matchups for the game right here on PatsFans.com.

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Patriots Spotlight is Now On Cannon, Scarnecchia

Steve Balestrieri
August 23, 2016 at 7:27 am ET

Marcus Cannon has been a lightning rod for criticism the past few years from Patriots fans and members of the media. The 2016 season won’t be any different. Whether you’re talking about his contract or that awful AFC Championship Game in Denver, folks tend to expect the worst when it comes to the 6th year tackle from TCU. And one of the things the team should have addressed this spring was finding a right tackle of the future. But they didn’t.

With the news that Sebastian Vollmer is going to go on IR for a myriad of shoulder and hip issues, shouldn’t be surprising. Vollmer is a good, tough right tackle who has been banged up with a variety of back and knee woes for quite a while now. And at age 32, those don’t get better with big interior linemen. The writing was on the wall with Seabass and now with him being a free agent in 2017, he’s probably going to be moving on next year regardless if he’s able to come back this season or not.

Marcus-Cannon

We’re not going to go overboard and jump on Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio the way some do around the Boston area and with good reason. Show me another team that consistently fields a team that wins double-digit games every season in the NFL and every season takes a team deep into the playoffs.

It doesn’t exist outside of Foxboro and the two guys at the helm always seem to find a great mix of players that buy in, work hard, and invariably get the job done. It is always easy to sit up in the cheap seats and point out flaws in what went wrong after the fact.

However, this is one of those times that they should have perhaps taken a look at where they’ve addressed their offensive line in the past few years and perhaps moved their focus to the outside. In the past three years, the team added centers, Bryan Stork and David Andrews. At guard, a year ago, they drafted Shaq Mason and Tre’ Jackson. This season, the Patriots traded for guard Jonathan Cooper then drafted guards Joe Thuney and Ted Karras.

So we get that the offensive line was beaten up last year and that former coach Dave DeGuglielmo may not have been able to reach the players that Dante Scarnecchia had. That’s why Scar was brought back into the fold and was tasked with re-energizing this unit in 2016 so that we don’t witness a retake of the debacle that Tom Brady’s protection was down the stretch a year ago.

Scarnecchia and Belichick have always loved Cannon, seeing the potential that many of us don’t see on a day-to-day basis. Belichick in his Monday press conference went into detail praising Cannon’s work in the Chicago preseason game. To his credit, Cannon has been good this summer. Especially in the running game where he’s been able to get a consistent push up front and has pancaked quite a few would-be tacklers.

He’s moved better as well in pass protection, part of it Cannon credits to slimming down, eating right and working on his quickness. When he was drafted by the team in the 5th round of the 2011 draft, he tipped the scales at 358 pounds. He’s now listed at 335. Also a year ago, he was dealing with a toe issue which definitely would affect his mobility. But given the injury situation to the team a year ago, anyone that could walk was going to play.

Cannon’s biggest knock has been consistency. He’s played well in stretches but hasn’t been able to put anything together for any length of time. Scarnecchia, who has always been in his corner will go about trying to change that aspect of his game. With Vollmer out, for perhaps the entire season, the job is his now as it has been since Day 1 of spring OTAs and minicamp.

Scarnecchia can bring out the best on anyone, that’s why he’s been in the league for so long. He’ll bring out the good in Cannon. Because Cannon can be a good tackle in the NFL. But the Patriots, who have been on top of the heap for more than a decade don’t deal in “good” when protecting the best QB in the game.

They should have been looking for better than good this spring. Ultimately, we’ll learn how they fare once the games begin in earnest. Because the real tests for the offensive line and Cannon will be not in the preseason but once the team hits the desert of Arizona.

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Patriots Training Camp Primer – Offensive Line

Steve Balestrieri
July 18, 2016 at 6:00 am ET

Return of Scarnecchia and Health Two Biggest Issues

The Patriots head into training camp in just a few weeks and there should be no shortage of competition at a number of spots. As a lead-in to the beginning of camp, we’ll break down the positions and give our take on who is a lock, a near lock for the 53-man roster and who is on the bubble. Next up is the Offensive Line.

Bill Belichick likes to say that the spring’s OTAs and Minicamp is a learning exercise and that the real competition begins in training camp. While that is true to an extent, with 89 players on the current roster, a minimum of 36 of these will be cut. That doesn’t take into consideration the tweaking that goes on during the season after the initial 53-man roster is completed.

So next on deck are the big bodies on the Offensive Line. The team is banking heavily on the return of positional coach Dante Scarnecchia who was retired for two years. He’s a tough taskmaster who demands the most from his charges. The health of this group is a big question mark; injuries ravaged them and the protection of QB Tom Brady steadily got worse as the season progressed.

So who’s locked in and who’s on the bubble?


Dante Scarnecchia returns to be the Pats OL coach after he retired two years ago. (USA TODAY Images)

Roster Locks: Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer, Joe Thuney, Shaq Mason, David Andrews, Jonathan Cooper
Health is the key here, Solder was lost in Dallas Week 5 for the season with a torn bicep. Vollmer battled injuries throughout the campaign and has knee and back issues. But if both are healthy they’ll be your starting tackles. One would have thought that the tackle position would have been addressed in either free agency and the draft but it was not. We’ll see how that turns out later this year.

The Pats didn’t draft Thuney to sit on the pine, and with Mason, Jackson and Kline MIA this spring, he took the starting reps at left guard whenever Brady or Garoppolo was on the field. He even took a few at center. Mason finally appeared in the last spring workout and had 10 starts as a rookie. Coming from the running game of Georgia Tech, he’s an excellent drive blocker but as one would expect, had issues with his pass blocking.  Andrews, who started all the games early last season and played fairly well is undersized but tough. In a surprise move, he was getting the starting reps over Bryan Stork this spring…something to keep an eye on.

Cooper was a top draft pick for the Cardinals before injuries derailed his career there. With the aforementioned players out this spring, he got the starter’s reps at right guard. The Pats are hoping that Scarnecchia can rekindle his professional career.


Nate Solder returns after going on IR after Week 5 in 2015. (USA TODAY Images)

Near Roster Locks: Bryan Stork, Marcus Cannon, LaAdrian Waddle
Stork, who played so well as a rookie at center, missed the first six weeks of the season on IR-Designated to Return and struggled as he had health issues of his own last year. Stork even played at right tackle against the Giants as Cameron Fleming and Marcus Cannon struggled. It will be interesting to watch the competition between Stork and Andrews this summer. With Thuney providing added insurance, the pivot position should be in good shape.

Cannon, is the ultimate head scratcher for this team, but Bill Belichick and Scarnecchia love this kid.  He was ineffective last season when pressed into starting duty and was just abused in the AFC Championship Game in Denver. As the saying goes, we’ll see how it plays out on the field.

Waddle has the opportunity to seize the swing tackle position. He too was hurt against the Cowboys and his shoulder injury sidelined him. But the Patriots gave him a two-year contract this offseason and he also has the capability to be an extra blocking tight end in short yardage.

On the Bubble: Tre’ Jackson, Josh Kline, Cameron Fleming, Ted Karras
Jackson was a rookie draft pick (4th Rd, 111th overall), a year ago and had nine starts while appearing in 13 games. Prior to coming out in the 2015 NFL Draft, he had knee issues and he missed time with those during the season as well as missing both playoff games. If he’s healthy he’ll compete for the right guard spot, where he saw all of his action a year ago. But he missed all of the spring, so his status will bear watching once training camp begins.

Kline is a guy who the Patriots traditionally love, an undersized but tough player. He too missed all of the spring. With the additions of Thuney and Cooper along the interior of the line, he may find himself on the outside looking in.

Fleming flopped as a swing tackle a year ago, like Cannon was ineffective when pressed into service. But the last offseason, the Patriots fiddled with the idea of moving him to guard. He was training to do just that, cutting down on his weight a bit and improving his quickness. We saw the video of his workouts last spring and it seemed he was destined to move inside.

But the team drafted Mason and Jackson last spring and Fleming went back outside. The results were not good. Perhaps with a full offseason with Scarnecchia, Fleming can get his game back together. The swing tackle position will again go thru Cannon, Waddle and Fleming.

Karras is a tough kid that has a lot of upper body strength, completing 32 reps on the bench press at his Pro Day this spring. The 6th round draft pick has an NFL pedigree and is a good pass protector but isn’t very athletic and may find himself a practice squad candidate unless he can shine in limited opportunities.

Outside Looking in…. Longshots: Chris Barker, Keavon Milton
Both of these players have been let go in the past and face long odds of making the roster out of training camp.

Barker was originally claimed off of waivers from the Miami Dolphins in the 2013 season and appeared in four games. During the 2014 season, he split time between the practice squad and the active roster and appeared in two games. Last season he was signed to the active roster for the Week 10 game against the Giants before being released and signed back to the practice squad.

Milton was a UDFA in 2013 and was signed by the New Orleans Saints. He was among the final cuts of the Saints and was signed by the Browns and appeared in eight games with no starts that season. He then was released by the Browns at the end of training camp in 2014 and signed to Seattle’s practice squad. Released in September 2015 he was signed by the Patriots to their practice squad in November. The 6’4, 320-pound Milton was a blocking tight end at Louisiana-Monroe who made the transition to tackle

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Patriots Add Offensive Tackle Joe Thuney With 78th Overall Pick

Ian Logue
April 29, 2016 at 10:47 pm ET

After adding Cyrus Jones to their defense, the Patriots switched gears and gave themselves some help on the other side of the football when they made their 78th selection.

The Patriots selected North Carolina State tackle Joe Thuney with their 78th overall pick on Friday night, giving Tom Brady some additional help on the offensive line.

Thuney’s 6’5″, 304-pounds and scouting reports list him as being a solid blocker in the run game with a good football I.Q., which is obviously something that Bill Belichick looks for.  He’s also a versatile player, having played inside at guard during his junior season.  Where he’ll factor into the Patriots group will be interesting, but it could spell trouble for Marcus Cannon, who struggled last season.

Some of the concerns seem to surround his footwork and the fact he needs to add some strength.  But it’s a selection fans should feel good about given the return of Dante Scarnecchia, who should be able to hopefully coach him up and improve their offensive production.

Possible Patriots Draft Target, OT Le’Raven Clark

Steve Balestrieri
April 8, 2016 at 9:45 am ET

Patriots May Have to Move up Early in Day 2 For Clark

As the 2016 NFL Draft draws closer we’ll profile some of the players that may be on the Patriots radar that we feel would be a great fit.

The Patriots suffered a ton of injuries in 2015 and none of them were felt as badly as in the offensive line. There was a never-ending carousel of players in and out of the Patriots OL that eventually took its toll in the second half of the season and down the stretch. The Patriots used 37 different OL combinations last year and the QB, Tom Brady was the guy who paid the price as he was hit more than he has been in any year in his career.

Left tackle Nate Solder was lost for the year after Week 4 with a torn bicep. 2014’s starting center Bryan Stork missed the first seven weeks with concussion symptoms. Sebastian Vollmer, Josh Kline, Tre’ Jackson, Shaq Mason all missed significant time with injuries.

It got ridiculous down the stretch as the Patriots have used five left tackles, five left guards, two centers, seven right guards and five right tackles. Two things happened, their strength and conditioning coach and the offensive line coach’s contracts were not renewed. Solder and Vollmer are back but the team can use an influx of youth at the tackle position, preferably a young man that can come in and vie for snaps if not immediately, by year two in 2017.

Le’Raven Clark from Texas Tech is a player that would not only fit into the Patriots system but would push for reps at right tackle immediately. Clark was a three-year starter for the Red Raiders after moving over from guard and made 51 consecutive starts. He was an All Big-12 Selection for the past three years.

Possessing the size needed to play tackle in the NFL at 6’5, 316-pounds; he also has the agility to slide outside to protect the quarterback in a pass-first scheme. Texas Tech liked to air it out and the Patriots are very much the same. But he also has the versatility and strength to move inside at guard if needed and be a mauler in the running game.

Clark is athletic with a 30-inch vertical jump with a 9.1-foot broad jump to go along with outstanding foot speed and athleticism to get to the edge in the running game.

leraven clark

Pros:

– Elite level footwork and quickness, can react to speed rushers on the edge

– Exceptional length enables him to disrupt and seal inside moves

– Very good agility and quickness in the running game

– His strength and thickness allow him to anchor against bull rushers

Cons

– Technique needs some refining with hand and footwork

– Must adapt to the NFL Pro-style offense

– Needs to keep his pad level down in pass protection

What his Role Will Be:
His role will be competing for the swing tackle offensive line role in training camp but there is no reason that he can’t and won’t compete for starting reps at right tackle in 2016.

Will his Role Change from Year 1-2?
Yes, with a little technique work and adaption to the pro-style offense, he should be the starting right tackle in 2017. It isn’t out of the realm of possibility to Clark to move to LT in the foreseeable future.

How Many Downs Can He Play?
Three

What Current Player on the Roster Will He Replace?
His roster slot will be in direct competition with reserve offensive linemen Cameron Fleming and Marcus Cannon.

What is his ST Value?
None

Conclusion:
Clark is the right tackle of the near future, possibly even the left if the Patriots can land him in the draft. He comes from a military family, something that always resonates well with Bill Belichick. He has elite, size, length and quickness as well as being a very smart player.

His transition to a pro-style offense may take a bit of time getting used to but once he adapts, he should become a dominant tackle in the NFL. Not a serviceable one, not a good one….a dominant one.

This kid needs only to put in the time and effort and if he’s selected by New England, he’ll have Dante Scarnecchia to push him to his fullest potential. Guys with his size, smarts and athleticism won’t last long in the NFL Draft.  He’s an outstanding protector in the passing game and one has to only remember how bad the Patriots struggled down the stretch and in the playoffs to see how seamless a fit he’d be with New England.

He has the versatility and experience at playing guard as well, something that always resonates well with the coaching staff.

He projects in the Patriots system to be a Starter. He should fit in very well into the NE offense. He’s slotted to go early in the 2nd round, if the Patriots find themselves in the position, they’d be well-served by sliding up in the round and taking Clark.

Clark’s highlight film against Oklahoma State can be found here, courtesy of CFB Film Room:

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Possible Patriots Draft Target, OT Joe Haeg

Steve Balestrieri
April 4, 2016 at 10:00 am ET

Haeg Could be Targeted by the Patriots Early in Day 2

As the 2016 NFL Draft draws closer we’ll profile some of the players that may be on the Patriots radar that we feel would be a great fit.

The Patriots suffered a ton of injuries in 2015 and none of them were felt as badly as in the offensive line. There was a never-ending carousel of players in and out of the Patriots OL that eventually took its toll in the second half of the season and down the stretch. The Patriots used 37 different OL combinations last year and the QB, Tom Brady was the guy who paid the price as he was hit more than he has been in any year in his career.

Left tackle Nate Solder was lost for the year after Week 4 with a torn bicep. 2014’s starting center Bryan Stork missed the first seven weeks with concussion symptoms. Sebastian Vollmer, Josh Kline, Tre’ Jackson, Shaq Mason all missed significant time with injuries.

It got ridiculous down the stretch as the Patriots have used five left tackles, five left guards, two centers, seven right guards and five right tackles. Two things happened, their strength and conditioning coach and the offensive line coach’s contracts were not renewed. Solder and Vollmer are back but the team can use an influx of youth at the tackle position, preferably a young man that can come in and vie for snaps if not immediately, by year two in 2017.

Joe Haeg from North Dakota State is a player who would fit in well with the Patriots system. A former walk-on player, he blossomed on one of the FBS’ most successful teams. He’s started 60 of 61 possible games and has the versatility that Bill Belichick loves in his players, 32 at left tackle and 29 at right tackle.

Joe Haeg

Haeg received the Top Collegiate Offensive Lineman award from the FCS Athletic Directors Association in 2015, and was a two-time first team All-Missouri Valley Conference lineman.

He has an athletic build at 6’6, 304 pounds but has a frame that would allow him to add on additional weight with little loss of his agility. He uses his long arms very effectively in pass protection, keeping edge rushers away from his body.

He’s agile and quick off the snap in the running game and shows the lateral ability to get around the edge to the second level effectively. Shows good communication to recognize pressure

Pros:

– Squares up to pass rushers well, keeping them at bay

– Excellent quick reaction to pass rusher’s moves

– Very good agility and balance in the running game

Cons

– Has lean lower body, needs to beef up a bit at the next level

– Core strength is an issue and needs to be improved

– Hand strike on pass rushers tends to be too low at times

What his Role Will Be:
His role will be competing for one of the backup offensive line roles, which initially would be the swing tackle. As he finds his feet in the NFL game, he could compete for starting reps at the right tackle role.

Will his Role Change from Year 1-2?
Yes, with a little technique and size added in the Patriots strength and conditioning program he should be the starting RT tackle on Day 1 in 2017.

How Many Downs Can He Play?
Three

What Current Player on the Roster Will He Replace?
His roster slot will be in direct competition with reserve offensive linemen Cameron Fleming and Marcus Cannon.

What is his ST Value?
None

Conclusion:
Haeg is a guy the Patriots traditionally love, a self-made hard worker that has had to grind his way to where he is today. He’s a team leader and has been a part of five consecutive FBS college championship team. The Patriots reportedly spent quite a bit of time with him down in Mobile.

He’s been in big games, he knows his assignments and those around him. He sets up well in his base and has good balance while squaring himself in pass protection. He mirrors pass rushers very well. His quick feet and agility allow him to get to the second level in the running game.

Working with Dante Scarnecchia and the Patriots strength coaches should do him a world of good. If he can add some core strength and work on some technique issues, there is no reason why he couldn’t be an effective right tackle in the NFL for years to come. He may need some time to develop and it may take an entire season. He could be targeted early on Day 2 unless the team moves up in the 2nd round and drafts another prospect.

He projects in the Patriots system to be a Potential Starter. He should fit in very well into the NE offense.

 

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2016 New England Patriots Transactions Tracker

John Morgan
February 12, 2016 at 7:00 am ET

Here is a look at the transactions made thus far by the New England Patriots; this post will be continuously updated as more moves are made throughout the year. Besides transactions, other events involving the roster such as final weekly injury reports and game day inactive lists are included. For those wishing to take a trip down memory lane, check out the following:
2014 New England Patriots Transaction Tracker
2013 New England Patriots Transaction Tracker
2012 New England Patriots Transaction Tracker

 

Jan 1: Final Injury Report for Week 17 game at Miami Dolphins:
Out
CB Justin Coleman (concussion) Did Not Practice Wed, Thu, Fri
WR Julian Edelman (foot) Limited Participation Wed, Thu; DNP Fri
LB Jonathan Freeny (hand) LP Thu; DNP Wed, Fri
LB Dont’€™a Hightower (knee) LP Wed, Thu; DNP Fri
DE Chandler Jones (abdomen/toe) Full Participation Wed; LP Thu; DNP Fri
OT Sebastian Vollmer (ankle) DNP Wed, Thu, Fri
Questionable
WR Danny Amendola (knee) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
TE Scott Chandler (knee) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
SS Patrick Chung (foot) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
OL Josh Kline (shoulder) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
WR Brandon LaFell (foot) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
FS Devin McCourty (ankle) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
DE Rob Ninkovich (shin) LP Thu; DNP Wed, Fri
DT Sealver Siliga (personal) DNP Fri
Ol LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder) LP Wed, Thu, Fri

Jan 3: Week 17 inactive list
CB Justin Coleman (concussion)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
LB Jonathan Freeny (hand)
LB Dont’€™a Hightower (knee)
DE Chandler Jones (abdomen/toe)
DT Sealver Siliga (family matter)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (ankle)

Jan 3: DC Matt Patricia reportedly a candidate for Head Coach of Miami Dolphins.

Jan 4: Cleveland Browns receive permission to interview DC Matt Patricia for Head Coach.

Jan 8: OC Josh McDaniels refuses to interview for any head coaching positions during open window.

Jan 8: TE Rob Gronkowski and K Stephen Gostkowski named to AP first-team All Pro team.
LB Jamie Collins named an AP second-team All-Pro.

– Jan 8: Director of Pro Scouting Bob Quinn hired as General Manager of the Detroit Lions.

Jan 12: DC Matt Patricia interviews with Cleveland Browns for Head Coach.

– Jan 12: WR DeAndre Carter released from Practice Squad.

+ Jan 12: WR J.J. Worton (Rams) signed to Practice Squad.

+ Jan 12: S Cedric Thompson (Dolphins) signed to Practice Squad.

Jan 12: DE Chandler Jones admitted to Norwood Hospital.

– Jan 13: OL Torrian Wilson released from Practice Squad.

+ Jan 13: WR DeAndre Carter (Patriots, Raiders, Ravens) re-signed to Practice Squad.

Jan 14: LB Darius Fleming requires 22 stitches after saving woman from burning car.

Jan 15: Final Injury Report for Division Round Playoff game versus Kansas City Chiefs:
Out
OL Tre’€™ Jackson (knee) Did Not Practice Wed, Thu, Fri
Questionable
LB Jonathan Freeny (hand/not injury related) LP Wed; DNP Thu, Fri
WR Danny Amendola (knee) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
TE Scott Chandler (knee) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
TE Rob Gronkowski (knee/back) DNP Thu; LP Wed, Fri
CB Justin Coleman (concussion) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
DB Nate Ebner (hand) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
WR Julian Edelman (foot) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
LB Dont’€™a Hightower (knee) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
DE Chandler Jones (abdomen/toe) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
DE Rob Ninkovich (shin) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
OT Sebastian Vollmer (ankle) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
OT LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
Probable
QB Tom Brady (ankle) FP Wed, Thu, Fri
OL Josh Kline (shoulder) FP Wed, Thu, Fri
WR Brandon LaFell (foot) FP Wed, Thu, Fri
FS Devin McCourty (ankle) FP Wed, Thu, Fri

+ Jan 16: WR Keshawn Martin signed to two-year extension
$600,000 signing bonus
2016: $1,287,500 salary cap number
$850,000 base salary
$200,000 roster bonus ($12,500 per game)
$25,000 workout bonus
$750,000 performance bonus (based on receptions)
$600,000 cap hit if cut
$687,500 cap savings if cut or traded
2017: $1,537,500 salary cap number
$1,000,000 base salary
$200,000 roster bonus ($12,500 per game)
$25,000 workout bonus
$100,000 roster bonus (due 5th day of 2017 league year)
$750,000 performance bonus (based on receptions)
$200,000 escalator (based on 2016 receptions)
$300,000 cap hit if cut
$627,500 cap savings if cut or traded

Jan 16: Week 19 inactive list:
OL Tre’ Jackson (knee)
OL LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder)
LB Jon Bostic (healthy scratch)
WR Chris Harper (healthy scratch)
S Tavon Wilson (healthy scratch)
DL Geneo Grissom (healthy scratch)
DL Ishmaa’ily Kitchen (healthy scratch)

Jan 16: Rob Gronkowski sets new NFL record for most career touchdown receptions (8) by a tight end.

Jan 16: Bill Belichick ties Tom Landry for NFL record for most conference championship game as head coach (10).
Belichick also tied Landry for 2nd most divisional playoff games in NFL history (13), and is now one away from tying the NFL record of 14 held by Don Shula.

Jan 18: Rob Gronkowski and Stephen Gostkowski named to the All-NFL team by the Pro Football Writers of America.

x Jan 19: LB Jerod Mayo (shoulder) placed on Injured Reserve.

Jan 21: LB James Vaughters (Packers) signed to reserve/future contract.

Jan 22: Ty Law to serve as honorary captain for AFCCG at Denver.

Jan 22: Final Injury Report for AFC Championship Game at Denver Broncos:
Out
OL Tre’€™ Jackson (knee) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
OT LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
Questionable
TE Rob Gronkowski (knee/back) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
LB Jonathan Freeny (hand) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
WR Danny Amendola (knee) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
TE Scott Chandler (knee) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
LB Jamie Collins (back) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
LB Darius Fleming (back/shin) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
DB Nate Ebner (hand) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
WR Julian Edelman (foot) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
LB Dont’€™a Hightower (knee) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
DE Chandler Jones (abdomen/toe) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
DE Rob Ninkovich (shin) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
C Bryan Stork (ankle) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
OT Sebastian Vollmer (ankle) LP Wed, Thu, Fri
WR/ST Matthew Slater (shin) DNP Wed; LP Thu, Fri
Probable
QB Tom Brady (ankle) FP Wed, Thu, Fri
OL Josh Kline (shoulder) FP Wed, Thu, Fri
WR Brandon LaFell (foot) FP Wed, Thu, Fri
S Devin McCourty (ankle) FP Wed, Thu, Fri
S Patrick Chung (foot) FP Thu, Fri

+ Jan 23: LB Kevin Snyder signed to 53-man roster from Practice Squad
$450,000 base salary

Jan 24: Week 20 Inactive List:
OL Tre’ Jackson (knee)
OT LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder)
DL Ishmaaily Kitchen (healthy scratch)
LB Jon Bostic (healthy scratch)
S Tavon Wilson (healthy scratch)
WR Chris Harper (healthy scratch)
DE Geneo Grissom (healthy scratch)

Jan 24: Patriots tie record for most consecutive championship games (5) in NFL history (Raiders, 1973-77).

Jan 24: Tom Brady sets NFL record for most postseason games (31), breaking Adam Vinatieri’s record.
Brady also tied George Blanda and Gene Upshaw for most appearances in a conference title game by any player in NFL history (10).

+ Jan 25: FB Joey Iosefa signed to reserve/future contract.
$450,000 base salary

+ Jan 25: S Cedric Thompson signed to reserve/future contract.
$450,000 base salary

Jan 25: Practice Squad WR J.J. Worton arrested for assault and battery.

Jan 25: Patriots draw highest television rating (31.8/53) for a conference championship game since 1987.

– Jan 25: Patriots decide to not re-sign OL coach Dave DeGuglielmo.

+ Jan 25: G Chris Barker signed to reserve/future contract.
$525,000 base salary

+ Jan 25: S Brock Vereen signed to reserve/future contract.
$600,000 base salary

+ Jan 25: WR DeAndre Carter signed to reserve/future contract.
$450,000 base salary

+ Jan 25: CB Rashaan Melvin signed to reserve/future contract.
$675,000 base salary

+ Jan 25: G Keavon Milton signed to reserve/future contract.
$525,000 base salary

+ Jan 26: DT Joe Vellano (Colts) signed to reserve/future contract.
$600,000 base salary

Jan 26: HC Bill Belichick attends Senior Bowl.

Jan 26: LB Jerod Mayo undergoes surgery to repair torn pectoral muscle.

– Jan 27: Patriots decide to not re-sign strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash.

– Jan 28: Offensive Line coach Dave DeGuglielmo signs with San Diego Chargers in same position.

– Jan 28: Director of Player Development Kevin Anderson signs with Detroit Lions as chief of staff and assistant to the general manager Bob Quinn (former Patriot scouting director).

– Jan 28: Linebackers coach Patrick Graham signs with New York Giants as their defensive line coach.

– Jan 29: Head strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash signs with Detroit Lions in same position.

 

+ Feb 1: RB Montee Ball signed to reserve/future contract.

Feb 5: Practice Squad RB Montee Ball arrested for battery.

Feb 7: Tom Brady booed during year’s largest television audience.

Feb 8: LB Dane Fletcher activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Feb 8: LB Rufus Johnson activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Feb 8: DT Chris Jones activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Feb 8: RB LeGarrette Blount (hip) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: CB Tarell Brown (hip) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: TE A.J. Derby (knee) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: FB James Develin (leg) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: WR Aaron Dobson (ankle) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: DT Dominique Easley (thigh) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: DE Trey Flowers (knee,shoulder) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: RB Tyler Gaffney (knee) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: WR Brandon Gibson (knee) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: RB Dion Lewis (knee) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: LB Jerod Mayo (shoulder) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: CB Darryl Roberts (wrist) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: LT Nate Solder (biceps) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: WR Brian Tyms (foot) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: G/C Ryan Wendell (knee) taken off Injured Reserve.

Feb 8: Dante Scarnecchia is in talks to return to the Patriots as the offensive line coach.

Feb 8: Patriots listed as early favorites to win Super Bowl 51.

 

Looking ahead, here is a list of all the free agents for the New England Patriots once the 2016 league year commences.

Unrestricted Free Agents
#29 – RB LeGarrette Blount
#25 – CB Tarell Brown
#43 – S Nate Ebner
#13 – WR Brandon Gibson
#72 – DE Akiem Hicks
#39 – RB Steven Jackson
#52 – OLB Dekoda Watson
#62 – G/C Ryan Wendell
#27 – S Tavon Wilson

Restricted Free Agents
#46 – FB James Develin
#72 – OL Kevin Hughes
#96 – DT Sealver Siliga
#84 – WR Bryan Tyms
#68 – OT LaAdrian Waddle

 

Below is the remainder of the roster, sorted by length of contract.
Based on the 90-man roster, there are currently 16 openings.

Two players signed through 2019:
#87 – TE Rob Gronkowski
#32 – FS Devin McCourty

11 players signed through 2018:
#6 — P Ryan Allen
#90 – DT Malcom Brown
#49 – LS Joe Cardona
#86 – TE A.J. Derby
#98 – DE Trey Flowers
#3 — K Stephen Gostkowski
#92 – DE Geneo Grissom
#63 – RG Tre’ Jackson
#69 – LG Shaq Mason
#37 – SS Jordan Richards
#28 – CB Darryl Roberts

15 players signed through 2017:
#80 – WR Danny Amendola
#60 – C David Andrews
#12 – QB Tom Brady
#23 – SS Patrick Chung
#99 – DT Dominique Easley
#11 – WR Julian Edelman
#36 – RB Tyler Gaffney
#10 – QB Jimmy Garoppolo
#67 – RG Josh Kline
#33 – RB Dion Lewis
#82 – WR Keshawn Martin
#51 – ILB Jerod Mayo
#77 – LT Nate Solder
#66 – C Bryan Stork
#28 – RB James White

32 players signed through 2016:
#64 – G Chris Barker
#38 – RB Brandon Bolden
#58 – OLB Jon Bostic
#97 – DT Alan Branch
#21 – CB Malcolm Butler
#61 – OL Marcus Cannon
#88 – TE Scott Chandler
#91 – OLB Jamie Collins
#17 – WR Aaron Dobson
#53 – OLB Darius Fleming
#55 – ILB Jonathan Freeny
#30 – FS Duron Harmon
#14 – WR Chris Harper
#54 – OLB Dont’a Hightower
#47 – FB Joey Iosefa
#34 – CB Leonard Johnson
#95 – DE Chandler Jones
#94 – DT Chris Jones
#70 – DT Ishmaa’ily Kitchen
#19 – WR Brandon LaFell
#52 – OLB Eric Martin
#24 – CB Rashaan Melvin
#50 – DE Rob Ninkovich
#26 – CB Logan Ryan
#93 – DE Jabaal Sheard
#18 – ST Matt Slater
#45 – LB Kevin Snyder
#41 – FS Cedric Thompson
#NA – ILB James Vaughters
#72 – DT Joe Vellano
#35 – DB Brock Vereen
#85 – TE Michael Williams

 

– Feb 9: RB Montee Ball waived.

+ Feb 16: Dante Scarnecchia rehired as Offensive Line Coach.

– Feb 16: LB Jerod Mayo announces his retirement from the NFL.
As a result of this decision, the Patriots gained a net savings of $6,475,000 in cap space in 2016, with $4,400,000 of dead cap space being carried this season due to a $2.4 million proration of Mayo’s 2012 option bonus and a $2 million proration of his 2015 signing bonus. The Patriots also saved $10,500,000 in space off the 2017 salary cap.

The Patriots now have an estimated $13,058,036 of salary cap space available.

– Feb 17: CB Leonard Johnson released.

Feb 25: NFLPA announces that the Patriots will carry over $1,347,882 in unused salary cap space from the 2015 NFL league year.

Feb 26: 2016 NFL salary cap set at $155,270,000, an increase of $11,990,000 over the 2015 cap of $143,280,000.
With the carryover and a $1,347,882 Likely To Be Earned adjustment and a $3,188,125 Not Likely To Be Earned adjustment, the Patriots 2016 adjusted salary cap number will be $159,860,007.

The Patriots now have $13,563,036 of salary cap space available.

Feb 26: Patriots update Wells Report in Context website to include Peter King’s article “Why NFL Should Give Back Picks to Pats (But Won’€™t)” and Stephanie Stradley’s article “Best Argument for Giving the Patriots Draft Picks Back“.

Feb 29: With 2016 NFL salary cap announced, salaries for Duron Harmon, Logan Ryan and Chris Jones are set based on qualification for the Proven Performance Escalator in a player’s fourth league year.

+ Feb 29: Patriots extend Tom Brady‘s contract.
$28 million signing bonus and $41 million in new money.
Deal creates $1 million in salary cap space for the Pats in 2016, and $2 million in 2017.
2016 base salary: $1 million (guaranteed); cap number: $14 million
2017 base salary: $1 million (guaranteed); cap number: $14 million
2018 base salary: $14 million; roster bonus: $1 million (paid per game) cap number: $22 million
2019 Base salary: $14 million Roster bonus: $1 million (paid per game) cap number: $22 million

 

Mar 1: NFL window for applying franchise tag closes; Patriots did not apply tag to any of their players.

– Mar 2: WR Brian Tyms will not receive an RFA tender ($1,671,000).

– Mar 2: WR Brandon LaFell released.
LaFell was due to count $3,675,000 against the 2016 cap.
The move creates $2,150,000 in cap space as well as $1,000,000 in dead cap dollars.

– Mar 2: TE Scott Chandler released.
Chandler was due to count $3,050,000 against the 2016 cap.
The move creates $1,525,000 in cap space as well as $1,000,000 in dead cap dollars.

Mar 3: TE Rob Gronkowski will host “Crashletes” on Nickelodeon.

Mar 3: Jet fan and ESPN public editor Jim Brady feebly addresses TWWL‘s biased reporting of Framegate.

Mar 3: Open of hearing in New York City on NFL’s appeal against Tom Brady.

– Mar 3: DT Sealver Siliga will not receive an RFA tender ($1,671,000).

– Mar 4: LB Darius Fleming released.

+ Mar 6: OL Cameron Fleming receives ERFA tender: $600,000 base salary.

+ Mar 7: Patriots pick up final $6,000,000 of the $10,000,000 contract option on TE Rob Gronkowski, placing him under contract through 2019.

Mar 7: Former (2005-2013) Patriot LG Logan Mankins retires.

+ Mar 7: CB Justin Coleman receives ERFA tender ($525,000).

+ Mar 7: RFA FB James Develin signs one-year contract.
$675,000 base salary; $50,000 signing bonus; $25,000 workout bonus; $150,000 playing time incentives.
$750,000 cap number and $900,000 maximum value.

+ Mar 8: Pats exercise $400,000 option bonus on DT Alan Branch.

– Mar 8: Patriots will not re-sign UFA ST/S Tavon Wilson.

+ Mar 9: RFA DT LaAdrian Waddle signed to two-year contract.
$250,000 signing bonus with a maximum value of $3,800,000.
2016: $700,000 base salary; $200,000 roster bonus (12.5 per game); $25,000 workout bonus; $700,000 NLTBE playing time incentive bonus; $962,500 salary cap number.
2017: $800,000 base salary; $150,000 roster bonus due 5th day of league year; $200,000 roster bonus (12.5 per game); $25,000 workout bonus; $700,000 NLTBE playing time incentive bonus; $1,062,500 salary cap number.

+ Mar 9: ST/LB Ramon Humber (Saints) signed to two-year contract.
$885,000 base salary; $25,000 signing bonus; $25,000 reporting bonus; $30,000 roster bonus (paid per game).
$676,250 salary cap number (qualifies for minimum salary benefit).

– Mar 9: LB Dane Fletcher released; will retire from NFL.

– Mar 9: ST/S Tavon Wilson signs with Detroit Lions.

– Mar 9: WR Josh Boyce, OT Kevin Hughes, DT Sealver Siliga, LB Jerod Mayo and WR Brian Tyms do not receive qualifying offers from the Patriots, officially making them unrestricted free agents.

Mar 10: RFA WR Chris Hogan (Bills) meets with Patriots.

Mar 10: RFA RB/ST Benny Cunningham (Rams) meets with Patriots.

Mar 10: UFA RB James Starks (Packers) meets with Patriots.

Mar 10: UFA TE Clay Harbor (Jaguars) meets with Patriots.

Mar 10: UFA WR Rod Streater (Raiders) meets with Patriots. [Signs with Chiefs 3/12]

Mar 10: UFA CB/ST Sherrick McManis (Bears) meets with Patriots. [Re-signs with Chicago 3/10]

Mar 10: Former Patriot DT Gary Jeter dies at the age of 61; had seven sacks with Pats in 1989.

+ Mar 11: Patriots sign RFA WR Chris Hogan to a 3-year, $12,000,000 offer sheet.
Buffalo has five days to match deal, which includes a first-year salary cap charge of $5,500,000.

Mar 11: NFL announces compensatory picks for the 2016 draft; the Patriots will get four of those.
Patriots receive a third round pick (number 96 overall) for the loss of CB Darrelle Revis.
The Pats also receive three sixth round picks (numbers 208, 214 and 221) to compensate for the losses of Akeem Ayers, Brandon Browner, Jonathan Casillas, Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Vince Wilfork, while only acquiring Jabaal Sheard as an unrestricted free agent from another club.

Mar 11: With the compensatory picks announced, New England’s initial order in the 2016 draft is now set.

2nd round: 60th overall
3rd round: 91st overall
3rd round: 96th overall (compensatory pick, cannot be traded)
4th round: 127th overall
6th round: 196th overall (from Houston)
6th round: 208th overall (compensatory pick, cannot be traded)
6th round: 214th overall (compensatory pick, cannot be traded)
6th round: 221st overall (compensatory pick, cannot be traded)
7th round: 243rd overall (from Houston)
7th round: 250th overall

– The first round pick (29th overall) was stolen by Roger Goodell in the league’s attempt to smear Tom Brady the Patriots, and give the commissioner full power over the players and the NFLPA.
– The fifth round pick (154th overall) was traded to the Houston Texans on September 17, 2015 for WR Keshawn Martin and Houston’s sixth round pick (178th overall).
– The sixth round pick (204th overall) was traded to the Chicago Bears on September 29, 2015 for LB Jon Bostic.
– A seventh round pick (243rd overall) was acquired from the Houston Texans in exchange for QB Ryan Mallett on August 31, 2014.

+ Mar 11: DL Frank Kearse (Washington, Dallas, Carolina) signed to a contract.

+ Mar 11: Buffalo Bills decline to match New England’s offer sheet for WR Chris Hogan; Hogan signs contract with the Patriots.

Mar 12: UFA LB James Laurinaitis (Rams) meets with Patriots.

+ Mar 12: ST/S Nate Ebner re-signs with Patriots.
Two-year contract.