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Brandon Spikes takes shot at Patriots, equates his time in New England to slavery

04.09.14 at 2:49 pm ET
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Former Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes took some shots at his old team on Twitter Wednesday.

Spikes, who signed with the Bills as a free agent, started with some relatively good-natured trash talk about playing the Patriots twice in 2014.

 
He then followed up with this one, a not-so-veiled shot at his four seasons in New England.

 
The occasionally controversial linebacker then spent his time blocking Patriots fans who — presumably — took issue with the comments. For what it’s worth, the last time Buffalo swept the season series with New England was 1999.

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Resetting list of Patriots and their own free agents

04.09.14 at 1:04 pm ET
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Will Svitek

Will Svitek

With Matthew Mulligan agreeing to a deal with the Bears on Tuesday, here’s an updated look at the Patriots 2014 free agent class. If you’re scoring at home, of its 12 free agents, New England has retained four and lost five, while three remain on the market.

Long snapper Danny Aiken: Signed a one-year deal to return to New England.
Running back LeGarrette Blount: Signed a two-year deal with Pittsburgh.
Defensive end Andre Carter: Free agent, but has expressed an interest in returning.
Wide receiver Austin Collie: Free agent.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman: Signed a four-year contract to return to New England.
Linebacker Dane Fletcher: Signed a one-year deal with Tampa Bay.
Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui: Signed a two-year deal to return to New England.
Tight end Matthew Mulligan: Singed a one-year deal with Chicago.
Linebacker Brandon Spikes: Signed a one-year deal with Buffalo.
Offensive lineman Will Svitek: Free agent.
Cornerback Aqib Talib: Signed a six-year deal with Denver.
Center Ryan Wendell: Signed a two-year deal to return to New England.

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Can Patriots’ past preseason slate tell us what might be in store this summer?

04.09.14 at 12:52 pm ET
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With the Patriots preseason schedule set to be released Wednesday at 3:15 p.m., here’s a look at the last 10 preseason slates for New England.

2004: vs. Philadelphia, at Cincinnati, at Carolina, vs. Jacksonville
2005: at Cincinnati, vs. New Orleans, at Green Bay, vs. N.Y. Giants
2006: at Atlanta, vs. Arizona, vs. Washington, at N.Y. Giants
2007: at Tampa Bay, vs. Tennessee, at Carolina, vs. N.Y. Giants
2008: vs. Baltimore, at Tampa Bay, vs. Philadelphia, at N.Y. Giants
2009: at Philadelphia, vs. Cincinnati, at Washington, vs. N.Y. Giants
2010: vs. New Orleans (joint practices), at Atlanta (joint practices), vs. St. Louis, at N.Y. Giants
2011: vs. Jacksonville, at Tampa Bay. at Detroit, vs. N.Y. Giants
2012: vs. New Orleans (joint practices), vs. Philadelphia, at Tampa Bay (joint practices), at N.Y. Giants
2013: at Philadelphia (joint practices), vs. Tampa Bay (joint practices), at Detroit, vs. N.Y. Giants.

Based on this, we can reasonable assume a couple of things when it comes to the 2014 preseason schedule.

– The Patriots will likely their preseason slate at MetLife Stadium against the Giants. New England has faced the Giants nine straight years in the preseason finale, alternating between games in Foxboro and North Jersey. This year, it figures to be a trip to Jersey.

– There will be a series of joint practices with a Bill Belichick ally. Maybe another visit with either the Falcons, Saints or Eagles?

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Ohio State OT Jack Mewhort

04.09.14 at 9:52 am ET
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WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

Jack Mewhort (AP)

Jack Mewhort wasan integral part of an offensive line that helped Ohio State set school records for points, touchdowns, TD passes and yards per rush in 2013. (AP)

JACK MEWHORT

Position: Offensive tackle

School: Ohio State

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 309 pounds

Achievements: 2013 first-team All-American (ESPN.com), 2013 second-team All-American (Walter Camp, Sports illustrated, FWAA)

What he brings: Mewhort is a versatile player with strong leadership ability that led to him being named a captain by both his teammates and his coach. He showed his durability by starting the final 39 games of his college career (spanning three seasons). Analysts note that he plays high at times, leaving him vulnerable to bull rushes.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 2-3

Notes: Mewhort was part of an offensive line that was part of 24 consecutive victories between 2012 and ’13 and broke the school records for points scored (637), touchdowns (87), touchdown passes (38) and yards per carry (6.8) this past season. … Mewhort lost his scholarship for the summer of 2012 after he was arrested and pleaded guilty for public urination and running from police along with teammate Jake Stoneburner.

Related articles:

The Lantern: Carlos Hyde, Jake Mewhort among Ohio State football players responsible for program’s image at NFL combine

Cleveland.com: No. 4, Jack Mewhort: Ranking the best Ohio State Buckeyes of 2013

Video: Here are some highlights of Mewhort (No. 74) against San Diego State this past season.

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Pre-draft thoughts on Patriots, Zach Mettenberger, search for WR help

04.09.14 at 12:09 am ET
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Three Tuesday night pre-draft thoughts on the Patriots, quarterback and receiver workouts and possible Boise State prospects:

Zack Mettenberger is scheduled to meet with the Patriots. (AP)

Zack Mettenberger is scheduled to meet with the Patriots. (AP)

1. In the wake of the Patriots’ decision to meet with Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel, the news that they are also set to break bread with LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (first reported by NFL Media’s Albert Breer on Tuesday) probably isn’t all that surprising. Mettenberger isn’t considered to be a top prospect, but he could be the annual quarterback pickup the Patriots seem to make every year. The 6-foot-5, 224-pounder threw for 3,082 yards with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions last year before suffering a torn ACL in the season finale against Arkansas. A big, strong-armed pocket passer who reminds some of current backup Ryan Mallett, Mettenberger is expected to be a mid-round possibility and is a far more realistic pickup for New England than either Bridgewater or Manziel.

In other quarterback-related news, Tony Pauline reported the Patriots will work out Logan Thomas on Wednesday. The Virginia Tech product stands 6-foot-6 and 248 pounds, and threw for 9,003 yards and 53 touchdowns over the course of his college career. Last season he was 227-for-402 for 2,907 yards with 16 touchdowns and 13 picks. Considered an elite athlete who was considered one of the best prep tight ends in America before the went under center as a collegian, he could conceivably find a spot at the next level as a receiver or tight end. Regardless, his athleticism should be enough for a team to take a shot at him on the third day of the draft.

2. The Patriots are scheduled to put three Boise State players through their paces on Wednesday, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. Wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn and offensive linemen Matt Paradis and Charles Leno are all set to take part in a workout with New England coaches and a few Boise State players, per a league source.

Boldewijn is a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder who caught 76 passes for 991 yards and six touchdowns over the course of his career at BSU, which includes 39 catches last season. Boldewijn grew up in Amsterdam, and as a result came to the game of football relatively late in life. As a result, he’s still considered slightly raw, but an improving prospect who is a possible late-round pickup.

Paradis is a 6-foot-3, 305-pounder who has started the bulk of his college games at center for BSU. A walk-on defensive lineman, he grew into a key part of the Boise State offense — he started each of the Broncos‘ 13 games at center in 2012 and was part of an offensive line unit that ranked sixth nationally in sacks allowed, at 0.77 per game. He is also a two-time All-Mountain West center, named to the first team in 2012, and second team in 2013.

Here’s a highlight package of his work at BSU.

Leno, who stands 6-foot-4 and checks in at 303 pounds, is another All-Mountain West first-teamer who started every game the last three years for BSU, most of which came at tackle. While he did make his bones on the outside at tackle over the course of his college career, some believe he might have the versatility and body type to make a move inside to guard or center at the next level.

3. Wide receiver is not considered to be an overwhelming position of need for several reasons for the Patriots heading into next month’s draft — with three players who just finished their rookie year, it’s already one of the youngest positions on the team. In addition, there’s the fact that they have re-signed Julian Edelman and inked Brandon LaFell. But keeping in mind there could be several reasons for a pre-draft visit, it is interesting to hear more and more talk about the Patriots holding pre-draft meetings/workouts with receivers. It was noted by Anwar Richardson of Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday that Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks — who has worked out for the Patriots and Panthers — will visit the Jets later this month. The 5-foot-10, 189-pounder out of Oregon State is considered one of the better receivers in this year’€™s draft ‘€” the Biletnikoff award winner set the Oregon State and Pac-12 records for catches with 128, receiving yards with 1,730 and touchdown catches with 24 as a junior in 2013.

In addition, according to Pauline, the Patriots are set to work out another wide receiver on Wednesday, D.J. Coles from Virginia Tech. Coles is a 6-foot-4, 238-pounder who was sidelined for almost the entire 2012 season because of a knee injury but had 25 catches for 387 yards and a team-best six touchdowns last season. He’s projected to be a Day 3 pick.

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Tight end Matthew Mulligan signs with Bears

04.08.14 at 9:22 pm ET
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Matthew Mulligan, who spent the 2013 season with the Patriots, has signed a one-year deal with the Bears.

The 6-foot-4, 267-pound tight end, who caught a pair of passes (one for a touchdown) last year, made his bones primarily as a blocker helping provide depth at the position for New England. The 29-year-old, who has played for the Jets and Rams, has 16 catches for 160 yards and a pair of touchdowns over the course of his five-year career in the NFL.

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Darrelle Revis apparently set to wear No. 24

04.08.14 at 6:59 pm ET
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It appears Darrelle Revis will be wearing his customary No. 24 with the Patriots.

The Patriots have begun selling the jersey on their website this week, and the Patriots Pro Shop tweeted Tuesday that you can order a No. 24 Revis jersey, which will be shipped in one to three weeks.

The number became available after the team released veteran safety Adrian Wilson. Revis has worn the No. 24 since he was drafted by the Jets out of Pitt in 2007.

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