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Patriots sign undrafted rookie WRs Wilson Van Hooser, Reese Wiggins

05.27.14 at 5:39 pm ET
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The Patriots on Tuesday announced the signing of undrafted rookie wide receivers Wilson Van Hooser and Reese Wiggins, putting them at the roster limit of 90.

Van Hooser, who stands 6 feet, 197 pounds, had 13 catches for 188 yards and two touchdowns last season at Troy. He also returned 15 kicks for 237 yards. The Alabama native played his first three seasons at Tulane, recording 55 receptions for 805 yards and nine touchdowns before graduating.

Van Hooser participated in pro days and both of his former schools, and he turned some heads when he made a behind-the-back catch of an underthrown ball at Tulane.

Wiggins, 5-foot-11, 193 pounds, was an All-Conference USA honorable mention at East Carolina in 2013 after totaling 26 catches for 372 yards and four touchdowns. In his college career he had 80 receptions for 1,012 yards and eight touchdowns.

Tom Brady: ‘I just hope I’m the one most entitled to play [QB] for a long time here’

05.26.14 at 10:47 am ET
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sat down with Sports Illustrated’€™s Peter King for an interview featured on King’€™s website, MMQB. In the 40-minute conversation, Brady dished on his future in the NFL, New England’€™s selection of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round of the draft and his nine-year Super Bowl drought.

While Brady will turn 37 this August, he has not showed many signs of slowing down out on the gridiron. Last season Brady passed for 4,343 yards and 25 touchdowns while leading New England to the AFC championship game despite having a mostly inexperienced receiving corps at his disposal.

“It’€™s hard to explain this to people, but the commitment I make, in terms of keeping my body in shape and my nutrition right, should make me healthy,”€ Brady said. “I feel better today than when I was 25, and I know that’€™s hard for people to believe, but I do. I work at it. Basically, I work all offseason to prepare my body to not get hurt. I can’€™t help the team if I’€™m on the sidelines. I’ve got to be durable.”

Brady added: “There’€™s nothing that can wake me up at 5 o’€™clock in the morning on a Thursday morning in May like getting ready for a day of football. I want to play a long time. There’€™s nothing I like doing that’€™s close to football. What’€™ll I do when I’€™m done playing? I don’€™t know, but I know it won’€™t be nearly as fun. I can tell you neither me nor Peyton [Manning] will probably be very far from the game of football when we’€™re done.”

Bill Belichick surprised many at the draft by selecting Garoppolo out of Eastern Illinois 62nd overall. It was the highest spot that the Patriots have drafted a quarterback since Drew Bledsoe was drafted first overall in 1993.

“€œI felt like I had a pretty good idea we’€™d take a quarterback,” Brady said. “Coach Belichick doesn’t care who the quarterback is here. He’€™s always going to play the guy who he thinks gives him the best chance to win. It’€™s not my role to choose players here, thankfully. And this is not the first time they’ve taken another quarterback, either. There’€™s no entitlement in the NFL. I don’€™t expect to be given anything. I just hope I’€™m the one most entitled to play that position for a long time here.”

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Photo: Bill Belichick goes bicycling on Nantucket

05.23.14 at 10:39 pm ET
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick was spotted on Nantucket getting in some mileage on the bike in advance of Memorial Day weekend.


Have a great — and safe — weekend everyone.

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Bill Belichick on trading Ryan Mallett: ‘That’s not really something we’re that interested in’

05.22.14 at 8:09 pm ET
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Thursday afternoon that when it comes to possibly trading backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, “that’€™s not really something we’€™re that interested in.’€

Belichick, who was appearing with hosts Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan on the “Movin’ the Chains” show on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, was asked if New England had fielded any trade calls about Mallett from other teams.

“Ryan has done a good job for us. Fortunately for our team, maybe unfortunately for Ryan, he hasn’€™t really had any playing time in the last three years,” Belichick said of Mallett, who is going into the final year of his rookie contract. “But he’€™s improved tremendously as a quarterback and as a football player, and we have a lot of confidence in him. But at the same time, he’€™s in the last year of a contract, and Jimmy (Garoppolo) was the player we had with a high grade on. At that position, I just don’€™t think you can afford to pass up a player that you think has that kind of (value).

“We feel like we have a good quarterback situation. I think there are a lot of teams in the league that maybe don’€™t feel that good about that position, and that’€™s not a good position to not feel good about. We feel very good about the players we have at that spot.”

Belichick was also asked about his proposal that would give expanded challenge opportunities to coaches.

“There are a lot of plays in the current system that aren’t challengeable — frankly, the rules are pretty complicated as to what you can and can’t challenge,” he said. “It’s like every time there’s kind of a controversial play on the field, the heads linesman or line judge comes over to you and he’s trying to coach you along on war you can and cannot challenge. There are complicated rules for the fans, coaches and everybody else.

“Whatever it happens to be, it wouldn’t give the coach any more challenges. It would just give him a chance to challenge a play he thought was ruled incorrectly. In the grand scheme of things, I think what we all want is to get the play right and for the best team to win and for the game not to be decided by a missed call. To not have the opportunity to correct that type of play, it just doesn’t seem like it’s the right way to do it.

“We had a situation this year where we added another exception to the replay rule because of a play that came up during the season, and it seems like that’s kind of the way it goes — something happens, and then, we have something else to challenge or make another play challengeable that wasn’t in the past, and we’re just going to keep adding to that. I’d just like to clean it up and have a coach have two challenges, and if he gets them right, he gets a third, and that’s it. He can use it on whatever play he wants.”

Ultimately, the proposal was rejected, but Belichick said he would consider bringing the idea up again.

“I think we probably would bring it up again — maybe change our presentation or try to assemble a little bit more support for it,” he said. “In the end, it’s what the membership wants to do — whatever the rules are, that’s what we’ll play by.

“I’ve coached with replay, without replay,” he added. “Whatever it is, we can deal with it.”

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Patriots shuffle roster, release Rutgers product Jeremy Deering

05.22.14 at 5:26 pm ET
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The Patriots made handful of relatively low-level roster moves on Thursday. The team signed first-year defensive back Daxton Swanson of Sam Houston State and rookie free agent defensive lineman L.T. Tuipulotu out of Utah. In addition, they released rookie free agent defensive back Jeremy Deering (Rutgers) and first-year wide receiver Greg Orton (Purdue).

Here’s a portion of the press release issued by the team on the moves:
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Setting Patriots schedule for next 2-plus weeks

05.22.14 at 1:19 pm ET
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Patriots offseason workouts will kick into high gear over the new few weeks, as rookies and veterans will spend more time together. Here’s a look at what’s on tap, and what to expect when it comes to coverage.

Organized team activities
The organized team activities (OTAs) will be hosted in the three weeks prior to the team’€™s June minicamp (June 17-19). One practice each week of the OTAs will be open to the media.

Week 1: May 27, 29, 30 (open to media)
Week 2: June 2, 3, 5 (open to media)
Week 3: June 9, 10, 12 (open to media), 13

Patriots June minicamp
June 17-19: (open to media)

Brandon Browner shrugs off slight from President Obama: ‘I’ll see him again’

05.22.14 at 12:41 pm ET
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Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner joined his former Seattle teammates Wednesday for a trip to the White House to honor the Super Bowl champions. Browner, who spent the last three seasons with the Seahawks, had 10 picks over the course of his career with Seattle. However, he apparently wasn’t sweating the fact that when President Barack Obama lauded the work of the Seahawks‘ “Legion of Boom” secondary, he didn’t mention the work of Browner. The New England corner shrugged it off via Twitter.

One alert fan who watched the ceremony picked up on the action of Seattle coach Pete Carroll.

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