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Report: Patriots part ways with DB coach Corwin Brown

02.09.11 at 12:20 pm ET
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According to reports, the Patriots may be changing a couple of coaches this offseason. ESPN reports that Corwin Brown will not return after one season as secondary coach, and that strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik is interviewing Wednesday with the Cowboys.

Woicik was the Cowboys strength coach from 1990-96. He has spent the past 11 seasons with the Patriots. His contract reportedly expired after the 2010 season.

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Mock draft, Take 3: Short move for Anthony Castonzo?

02.09.11 at 7:52 am ET
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Until the combine takes place, the mock draft is at the point where it’s being fine-tuned to take different needs into consideration. The big shakeup this week starts with the Vikings going with a quarterback and the Lions opting to take the fourth cornerback off the board at pick No. 13.

1. Carolina (2-14) Da’€™Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson Nothing has changed in the top 10 picks, and with the Panthers unable to pluck a quarterback better than Jimmy Clausen, their decision will come down to taking Bowers or Nick Fairley or trading the selection. Bowers had 15.5 sacks last season for Clemson.

2. Denver (4-12) Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn The Broncos might find themselves in the same position the Buccaneers were in last year, when they simply took whichever guy the Lions passed on. Bowers and Fairley are clearly the top two players in this draft, though there remains some debate over which one will ultimately be selected first.

3. Buffalo (4-12) A.J. Green, WR, Georgia If former first-round pick Lee Evans leaves, it’€™s hard to see Green not being the pick. If he stays, the Bills can look at guys like Patrick Peterson, Prince Amukamara or Von Miller. The argument to be made for Green is that Evans is coming off his worst season and the team could cut him to avoid handing out a bonus.

4. Cincinnati (4-12) Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU This pick would make too much sense for the Bengals. Jonathan Joseph, whom the team selected in the first round of the 2006 draft, is a free agent, and Peterson is the best cornerback prospect to come out in years. To be able to land him fourth overall would actually be something of a steal, and in the event that he’€™s off the board, they could also consider Amukamara.

5. Arizona (5-11) Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M If there is no CBA and they don’€™t have the option of trading down, the Cardinals could be forced to take a quarterback too high and therefore pay him too much. Instead, they can get better value by selecting the draft’€™s top linebacker in Miller. He isn’€™t the biggest guy in the world, but he can fly when getting after the quarterback.

6. Cleveland (5-11) Cameron Jordan, DE, California The Browns would likely take A.J. Green if he were to be available, which would make him the second wide receiver the team took in the top 10 since 2005. Jordan’€™s Senior Bowl week catapulted him from a mid-first-round grade to potentially going ahead of Marcell Dareus, as we have here.

7. San Francisco (6-10) Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska Amukamara has the talent to step in as the team’€™s No. 2 corner as a rookie and the potential to be the team’€™s No. 1 corner over Nate Clements before long. After not playing in the Senior Bowl, he has only the upcoming combine to boost his stock, which already has him as a safe bet to go in the first 10 picks. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder had five picks two seasons ago. Read the rest of this entry »

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Potential Patriots: LaMarr Woodley

02.08.11 at 11:38 pm ET
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Despite the looming labor uncertainty, as free agency approaches, will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that could be available to the Patriots in free agency this offseason.

LaMarr Woodley
Position: Outside linebacker
Team: Pittsburgh
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 265 pounds
Age: 26

Why the Patriots would be interested: New England has struggled to put together a consistent pass rush since the start of the 2009 season, and the arrival of someone like Woodley would bring an instant jolt of respectability to the outside linebacker spot. When it comes to pass rushers, Woodley figures to be one of the best available options on the free agent market ‘€” he has 39 sacks the last three years, including 13.5 in 2009 and 10 this past season. (He also had a sack in the Super Bowl XLV, which extended his NFL record of seven straight postseason games with a sack.)

Why it would happen: The 26-year-old is at the peak of his abilities. When you consider the Patriots were 14th in the league in sacks this past season with 36, the arrival of someone like Woodley would instantly change the look of the defense. In addition, he’€™s durable ‘€” according to Pro Football Focus, he played 1,132 of a possible 1,220 defensive snaps this season. (He played every snap of 15 of the Steelers’€™ 20 games this past season.)
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Former Patriot Ray Lucas in rehab for addiction

02.08.11 at 5:30 pm ET
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Ray Lucas, who played for the Patriots, Jets and Dolphins over the course of a a seven-year career in the NFL, recently checked himself into rehab for a reported addiction to pain pills.

According to Lucas’ Facebook page, he checked in to the Behavorial Health of the Palm Beaches in Florida over the weekend. On Sunday, Lucas posted the following: “The end of day 2 detox. The symptoms of detox are taking hold ,I am in a lot of pain & everything hurts.This gets me scared. This place is amazing, having another player, Randy Grimes, who has been through it by my side is a difference maker. Today in a session for the first time in my life I was dealing with the [emotional] impact of my departure from the NFL. This is the start of the fight & I AM WILLING TO FIGHT!”

The 38-year-old Lucas was signed by the Patriots as a free agent out of Rutgers in 1996, and was a versatile presence in New England, lining up at several spots on offense. He played one season with the Patriots before moving on to the Jets (1997 through 2000) and Dolphins (2001 and 2002). He had his best season in New York in 1999, where he started nine games for the Jets at quarterback, throwing 14 touchdowns and 1,678 yards.

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Report: Patriots, Bears were close to a deal that would have sent Greg Olsen to New England

02.08.11 at 3:11 pm ET
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The Patriots and Bears were reportedly close to a deal going into draft weekend last year that would have sent tight end Greg Olsen from Chicago to New England  for a second-round pick, according to a story in Tuesday’s Chicago Tribune. Instead, the Patriots decided to draft Rob Gronkowski out of Arizona in the second round and Florida’s Aaron Hernandez in the fourth round.

The decision not to make the trade and draft the two rookies turned out to be a great one for New England ‘€” while Olsen was an important part of the Bears offense in 2010, catching 41 passes for 401 yards and five touchdowns, the rookie duo of Hernandez and Gronkowski combined for 87 catches for 1,109 yards and 16 touchdowns.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: UConn RB Jordan Todman

02.08.11 at 9:00 am ET
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Jordan Todman

Position: Running back

School: Connecticut

Height: 5-foot-9

Weight: 193 pounds

Achievements: Big East Offensive Player of the Year (2010), Second team All Big East (2009)

What he brings: Todman brings tremendous speed and should post one of the better 40-yard dash times among running backs at the combine. An experienced kick returner in his first two seasons at UConn, he only returned two kicks last season. Even so, his athleticism makes him a good option to help out in that area in the NFL. Todman decided to declare for the draft before Randy Edsall’s departure for Marlyand, but at any rate, it seems a team might get a bargain on him as a result of him choosing against a stock-boosting senior campaign. Read the rest of this entry »

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Hawaii WR Greg Salas

02.07.11 at 3:46 pm ET
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Greg Salas

Position: Wide Receiver

School: Hawaii

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 210 pounds

Achievements: Third-Team All-American (2010), First-Team All-WAC (2009, 2010), Two-time WAC Player of the Week, led WAC in receiving yards (2010). All-time school leader with 4,345 yards receiving.

What he brings: An ideal package of size, toughness and reliability. Salas does not have elite speed — a 4.6 40 is not a ticket to the first round — and won’t ever be a deep threat in the NFL. His only chance to stick is as a slot receiver, a role he excelled at for Hawaii (as Davone Bess did before him).

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