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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Alabama DL Marcell Dareus

02.21.11 at 3:26 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 2011 NFL draft.

Marcell Dareus

Position: Defensive lineman

School: Alabama

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 306 pounds

Achievements: BCS Championship MVP (2010)

What he brings: Considered by many to be the best five-technique prospect in the draft, Dareus has the experience of playing the position in Nick Saban‘€™s 3-4. A player’€™s association with a ‘€œBelichick school’€ should never be overlooked, as the Pats took three players from Florida and added Alabama’€™s Brandon Deaderick in last year’€™s draft. Dareus had 11 sacks over his sophomore and junior seasons and his pass-rushing skills project to the next level.

Where the Patriots could get him: Top 10 (trade up)

Notes: Dareus was suspended for the first two games of his junior season for accepting benefits from an agent, as he was tied in with the mess surrounding North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin that also included fellow top prospect Robert Quinn. Some see him as a potential top five pick, but given the Broncos‘€™ switch to the 4-3, the Bills (No. 3 overall) and Cardinals (No. 5) are the only teams picking in the top five that run the 3-4. That doesn’€™t mean there aren’€™t plenty of teams that would be willing to move up to get their hands on him.

Dareus has overcome a lot in his life, as his father died when he was six and his mother, who was confined to a wheel-chair in recent years, died last May. He has six siblings, and his mother was not his legal guardian in the several years leading up to her death.

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Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has hip surgery

02.21.11 at 1:22 am ET
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Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez recently underwent surgery on his hip, according to this story in the Hartford Courant. On Sunday, Hernandez showed up at a skills camp organized by his brother D.J., a high school football coach in Southington, Conn. on crutches, and apparently told campers the crutches were because of hip surgery. (This story has a picture of Hernandez at the camp while on crutches. For what it’s worth, he’s smiling, so it doesn’t appear to be too serious.) The Florida product, who had 45 catches for 563 yards and six touchdowns his rookie season with New England, was on the injury report with a right hip problem several times throughout the season, but still finished the year as one of the leading receivers on the team.

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NFLPA reaches out to local fan sites for Monday UStream broadcast

02.20.11 at 12:48 pm ET
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In an apparent attempt to take their message directly to the fans, the National Football League Players Association is reaching out to fan forums and web sites to help with a live UStream event on Monday afternoon that will hopefully provide some updates on the labor situation.

Ian Logue, the creator and administrator of Patsfans.com, was recently contacted by the NFLPA, saying his site was identified as a “point of contact” for Patriots fans. Via the Patsfans.com forum, Logue assembled a series of questions for the broadcast which were submitted ‘€” along with questions from fan sites across the globe ‘€” that will be part of Monday’s broadcast, which is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. and run for roughly a couple of hours and will hopefully involving NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith, provided Smith is not involved in an active meeting with the league at the time.

Fans can find out if their questions will be answered by watching the event on UStream.tv (fans can also submit their questions during the broadcast). For more on the broadcast, check out NFLLockout.com. If you want to hang out with Patriots fans and watch the broadcast, Logue says there will be a gathering at the Wings Your Way Sports Bar & Restaurant, located in North Hampton, New Hampshire ‘€” for more on that, click here.

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Report: Deal for Jarrad Page will cost Patriots a seventh rounder in 2012

02.18.11 at 5:44 pm ET
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The trade of defensive back Jarrad Page from Kansas City to the Patriots last September cost New England “future draft considerations” when it was first announced. However, a report in Friday’s Kansas City Star reports the deal will cost the Patriots a seventh-round pick in the 2012 draft. With New England this past season, Page played in 10 games, seeing time at safety as well as on special teams and finishing the season with two interceptions, 13 tackles, two passes defensed and six special teams tackles.

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Preview of Friday’s edition of “Patriots All-Access”

02.18.11 at 3:15 pm ET
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Viewers will go behind the scenes at the 2011 Pro Bowl in Hawaii on an offseason edition of Patriots All Access, airing Friday on WBZ-TV at 7 p.m. and immediately following on Patriots.com. Among the highlights:

·Coach Bill Belichick is mic’€™d up at AFC practices and the game, providing a look as he coaches a group of players he normally goes against.

·All Access follows the Patriots all stars as they share a variety of Pro Bowl experiences.

·The crew catches up with former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel, as he and Coach Belichick share their thoughts on his formative years in the Patriots system and viewers see some rare footage from his rookie season.

Here’s a quick preview:

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Patriots confirm addition of Godsey, announce promotions for Nash and Ferentz

02.17.11 at 6:33 pm ET
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The Patriots confirmed the addition of George Godsey to the coaching staff as an offensive assistant on Thursday evening, and announced the promotions of Harold Nash from assistant to head strength and conditioning coach and Brian Ferentz from offensive assistant to tight ends coach.

The two promotions are hardly a surprise ‘€” Ferentz (son of former Belichick assistant Kirk Ferentz) essentially worked as the tight ends coach without the accompanying title last season, while Nash had certainly earned his stripes while working as the assistant under longtime strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik before Woick recently departed for Dallas.

Here’€™s a portion of the press release that accompanied the announcement:

Ferentz will enter his fourth season with the Patriots and his third on Bill Belichick‘€™s coaching staff. After serving as a scouting assistant in 2008, he was named a coaching assistant in 2009. Last season, he served as an offensive assistant coach. Ferentz played football as an offensive lineman at Iowa from 2001 through 2005 and then spent the 2006 season on the Atlanta Falcons practice squad.

Nash served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the last six seasons. In addition to his strength and conditioning duties, Nash also assists in coordinating the Patriots’€™ player development programs. After receiving top honors for the teams financial education program for three of the last four years, Nash and the Patriots player development program were awarded the 2009-10 Outstanding Overall Player Development Award.

Nash joined the Patriots following an all-star career as a defensive back in the Canadian Football League with the Shreveport Pirates (1994-95), Montreal Alouettes (1996-99), Winnipeg Bombers (1999-03) and Edmonton Eskimos (2004). He played four seasons as a defensive back at Southwestern Louisiana.

Godsey joins the coaching staff as an offensive assistant coach after spending the last seven seasons (2004-2010) at the University of Central Florida. He was the running backs coach in 2009 and 2010 and the quarterbacks coach from 2005 through 2008. He originally joined the Central Florida coaching staff as a graduate assistant in 2004. A quarterback at Georgia Tech from 1998 through 2001, Godsey played one season in the Arena Football League with the Tampa Bay Storm.

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Report: George Godsey joining Patriots’ coaching staff

02.17.11 at 5:36 pm ET
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George Godsey, who has spent the last seven years as an assistant at the University of Central Florida, is set to join the Patriots coaching staff, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel. The move was confirmed by UCF head coach George O’€™Leary.

‘€œGeorge has been with me for a long time as a player and coach,’€ O’€™Leary added in a statement released by UCF Athletics. ‘€œThis is happy news to see him get this opportunity to expand his coaching career with a great organization like the New England Patriots. I wish him good luck there. We have already begun a search for his replacement and are doing our due diligence with that.’€

Godsey joined O’€™Leary’€™s staff at UCF in 2004 as a graduate assistant. He was the Knights’€™ quarterbacks coach from 2005 through 2008. Godsey coached then took over coaching the running backs from 2009-10.

It’€™s not known what position he would have on the Patriots’€™ coaching staff. However, with Bill O’€™Brien making the move to offensive coordinator, the position of quarterbacks coach is open, and given Godsey’€™s background, that would seem to make the most sense. Godsey played quarterback at Georgia Tech from 1998-2001, and set the school record for career completion percentage (63.3) and ranked second in career pass efficiency rating (143.64). As a senior, Godsey set a Georgia Tech record with 249 completions, and he ranks third all-time at the school with 41 touchdown passes, fourth with 6,137 yards and 484 completions and fifth in attempts with 765.

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