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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.


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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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Michael Hoomanawanui ecstatic to be back: ‘No place I wanted to be more than here’

05.22.14 at 11:56 am ET
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FOXBORO — These are exciting and extraordinarily busy times for Michael Hoomanawanui. The Patriots tight end avoided a harrowing trial in free agency by re-signing with the Patriots in March for two years and $2.4 million, with $500,000 guaranteed. He fulfilled a long-time ambition and goal by flying with the Blue Angels on a 45-minute mission. He’s become a leader in the Patriots locker room.

And he’s been going back and forth to Hawaii to prepare for his summer wedding.

Busy times indeed.

But Hoomanawanui said Thursday morning, taking time from his workout program at Gillette Stadium that he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Everything is going good. Getting ready for a wedding July 12. It’s kind of nice to be back here, get away from the planning a little bit. But it’s definitely exciting. Going to get back home this weekend, do some more planning for it. We’re almost finished and it’s a real exciting time for us,” Hoomanawanui said.

“My finance is from Hawaii and lot of my family is there, too. It should be a pretty big one, should be fun.”

But before the fun could be had, there was the business of signing back with a team that has shown faith in his skills and his underrated reliability. Was he happy to get that call from Bill Belichick in early March that the team would be bringing him back?

“Absolutely,” he said. “There’s no place I wanted to be more than here. Going into my fourth year in this offense. It definitely helps spring me into this offseason, helping the other guys and taking on a leadership role now. Going into my fifth year, sounds crazy just to say that but it’s definitely been a blessing and looking forward to an offseason of working with the younger guys and getting this thing going.

“It means the world to me for them to have the trust in me, come back re-sign me, Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick, definitely means the world to me. When I got that phone call that they wanted me back it really meant a lot and I’m just glad to be back.”

Hoomanawanui has proved to be much more than just a serviceable tight end in the Patriots’ complicated offensive scheme. He caught 12 passes in 13 games (10 starts) for 136 yards and a touchdown last season. This came after just five catches in 2012, as he learned the Patriots’ system in his first season in New England.

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Report: Patriots work out 4 veterans, including RB Ronnie Brown

05.21.14 at 4:20 pm ET
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The Patriots had running backs Ronnie Brown and Brian Leonard and tight ends Nate Byham and Ben Hartsock in for workouts on Tuesday, according to Howard Balzer the Sports Xchange.

The 32-year-old Brown has spent nine seasons in the NFL, including stints with the Chargers (2012-2013), Eagles (2011) and Dolphins (2005-10). The 6-foot, 223-pound Brown, who has struggled with injury recently, last played 16 games in 2010. He’s piled up 5,328 rushing yards over the course of his career, to go along with 38 touchdowns.

Leonard, 30, has spent seven seasons in the NFL, having suited up for the Rams (2007-08), Bengals (2009-12) and Bucs (2013). The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder out of Rutgers had his best season as a rookie with St. Louis in 2007 when he rushed for 303 yards on 86 carries. He also offers some value in the passing game, as he’s caught 142 passes in his career, including 30 on two different occasions.

Byham is a tight end out of Pitt who has spent three years in the league, the last two with Tampa Bay. As a rookie in 2010 with the Niners, he had five catches for 27 yards in 14 games. The 6-foot-4, 264-pounder had three catches for 38 yards last season with the Bucs.

Hartsock is an 11-year veteran who is also more of a blocker than pass catcher, as he has amassed 31 catches over the course of his career. He’s played for the Colts (2004-06), Titans (2006-07), Falcons (2008), Jets (2009-10) and Panthers (2011-13).

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