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Patriots officially announce signing of Darrelle Revis

03.17.14 at 2:25 pm ET
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The Patriots announced Monday they signed Darrelle Revis. Here’s a portion of the press release issued by the team:

Revis, 28, is a veteran of seven NFL seasons with the New York Jets (2007-12) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013). He was released by Tampa Bay on March 12, 2014. The 5-foot-11, 198-pounder originally entered the NFL as a first round pick (14th overall) of the Jets in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Pittsburgh. He was traded by the Jets to the Buccaneers on April 21, 2013.

During his seven NFL seasons, Revis has played and started in 95 regular-season games and has registered 344 total tackles, 21 interceptions with three returned for touchdowns, five forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. He has also played in and started in six postseason games, tallying 23 total tackles and two interceptions.

He has been selected to five Pro Bowl (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013), earned three first-team All Pro honors (2009, 2010 and 2011) and was named AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 after finishing the year with 72 total tackles and six interceptions.

Last season, he started all 16 games for Tampa Bay and finished the year with 50 total tackles, one sack, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

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Darrelle Revis: Chose Patriots because ‘I want to win’

03.17.14 at 2:20 pm ET
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Darrelle Revis acknowledged there were 26 teams who were interested in his services as he went through the process of being released by Tampa Bay earlier this month, but in the end, it came down to one thing.

“My thing is all about winning,” Revis said in a conference call with the media Monday afternoon. “I want to win.

“What better organization than the New England Patriots to be a part of? Look at their track record,” he added. “New England has won year in and year out. I think it’s great teaming up with Tom Brady, Coach (Bill) Belichick. … What I’€™m here for is to win games and play hard-nosed football.”

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Agents for Darrelle Revis announce that cornerback has officially joined Patriots

03.17.14 at 12:47 pm ET
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The reps for Darrelle Revis tweeted Monday afternoon that the cornerback was now an official member of the Patriots.

That comes on the heels of Revis’ business manager posting this photo to Instagram early Monday.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Stanford G David Yankey

03.17.14 at 10:22 am ET
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Position: Offensive guard

School: Stanford

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 315 pounds

Achievements: 2013, 2012 consensus All-American, 2013, 2012 first-team All-Pac-12

What he brings: Yankey has great initial burst, good size and solid athleticism. Known for good body control and strong hands. Yankey can sometimes lose form and get turned around and can be caught out of position. There are concerns that he doesn’t always play through the whistle, giving up on plays. Yankey is considered one of the best pulling guards in the draft.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 1-3

Notes: Yankey started in his true freshman year but got injured. He went on to start 40 games in the last three seasons. … Yankey played tackle in 2012 and guard in 2013, showing off his positional flexibility. He only allowed one sack at tackle in 2012. He started 26 games at guard and 14 games at tackle. … Born in Sydney, Australia, Yankey went to high school in Roswell, Georgia. … ranks Yankey as the second guard in the draft while Mike Mayock of ranks him as his No. 1. … He has added 75 pounds to his frame over the last three years.

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Video: Here’s Yankey in action against UCLA this past season.

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4 thoughts on Patriots, free agency, who’s still out there at WR

03.17.14 at 6:30 am ET
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1. Dane Fletcher signed with Tampa Bay on Sunday, the second inside/middle linebacker the Patriots have lost to this point in free agency. (Brandon Spikes went to Buffalo earlier.)

Fletcher isn’t a tremendous loss — he was a backup who provided defensive depth at the position, as well as some special teams value. (His shining moment in 2013 likely came in the regular-season win over the Broncos, when he stepped in for a struggling Dont’a Hightower and played significant snaps down the stretch and into overtime.) But from a personnel standpoint, that means a new generation of linebackers likely will be given the chance to step into the void, a group that includes Steve Beauharnais.

Even with a few guys capable of stepping into that spot, there’s the likelihood that New England tries to go out and acquire one more linebacker/special teamer, either in the draft or free agency. The Patriots tried to go after former Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard, but he ended up signing with the Titans.

From this viewpoint, South Dakota linebacker Tyler Starr could be a late-round possibility in the draft. (For more on why he might be a fit with the Patriots, check out our story here.)

It’s not a colossal priority at this point, but it’s a personnel question that needs to be addressed between now and the start of offseason workouts.

2. The last few seasons, the Patriots have made a habit of adding veteran free agent wide receivers in free agency — not household names, but relatively anonymous guys who might be a fit in Foxboro. Last year, that group included LaVelle Hawkins, Michael Jenkins and Donald Jones, none of them ultimately worked out.

And so, on the surface, there might be inclination to link them to Brandon LaFell — who was acquired Saturday as a free agent — to last year’s group. But taking a look at LaFell’s work, he might be a step up from that group. LaFell has some positional versatility, having worked on the inside, in the slot and split wide, and his versatility, combined with his surprising size (6-foot-2, 210 pounds), likely puts him a step ahead of veteran wide receivers acquired in year’s past.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews

03.16.14 at 6:04 pm ET
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Position: Offensive tackle

School: Texas A&M

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 305 pounds

Achievements: Winner of the Bobby Bowden Award, given for performance on the field, in class and in the community, first-team All-American, first-team All-SEC (coaches), named to’€™s All-Big 12 freshman team

What he brings: Scouts agree that Matthews isn’t perfect, and he isn’t necessarily an elite player. He is, however, a hard-working athlete with the strength and mobility to control opponents.

Where the Patriots could get him: Matthews is projected as a top-10 pick, so the Patriots would have to trade up to get him.

Notes: Matthews is the son of NFL Hall of Fame lineman Bruce Matthews. He has two cousins in the NFL: Packers linebacker Clay Matthews and Eagles linebacker Casey Matthews. … Matthews, who moved from right tackle to left tackle during the 2013 season, helped the Aggies lead the SEC in scoring offense and total offense as the team averaged 44.2 points per game and 538.4 yards per game.

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CBS Sports: OT Robinson overtakes Matthews near top of talented class

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Video: Here’€™s a video showing Matthews at left tackle during Texas A&M’€™s game against Alabama.

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Linebacker Dane Fletcher signs with Bucs

03.16.14 at 4:11 pm ET
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The Buccaneers announced Sunday they had agreed to terms with free agent linebacker Dane Fletcher.

The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Fletcher is an undrafted free agent who was picked up out of Montana State in 2010, and has spent three seasons with the Patriots as a backup linebacker and special teamer. (He sat out the entire 2012 season because of a knee injury he suffered in the preseason.) His best season came in 2011 when he finished with 32 tackles in 10 games, five of them starts.

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