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Patriots might be missing long snapper Joe Cardona for extended stretch 05.05.16 at 1:54 pm ET
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Joe Cardona

Joe Cardona

The Patriots special teams situation might get a little more interesting.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus appeared on The Dan Patrick Show Thursday, and when he was discussing the pending commitment of Baltimore draftee Keenan Reynolds, he dropped this nugget regarding the future of Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona.

“We have Joe Cardona, long snapper for the Patriots,” Mabus said. “He played last year for the Patriots while he was on active duty because he was able to work them both out. He’s been assigned to a ship, and he’s going to report to that ship so he may need to leave the Patriots for a year or so in order to go fulfill that role.”

Cardona’s status has always been thought of as somewhat tenuous because of his commitments — in addition to his work with the Patriots, he’s spent the last year-plus working at the Naval Preparatory Academy in Newport, R.I., as part of his duties as an active member of the Navy.

This could also explain why the Patriots added veteran long snapper Christian Yount to the roster as a free agent earlier this spring.

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Von Miller: Sacking Tom Brady was ‘like sleeping on a bed’ 05.05.16 at 1:37 pm ET
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The Broncos and Von Miller are enjoying their victory lap.

Miller spoke on a number of topics Wednesday, including his contract situation. Miller, who was franchised this past offseason by the Broncos, was also asked about what it was like sacking Tom Brady.

“It was like sleeping on a bed,” said Miller, who sacked Brady 2.5 times in Denver’s win over the Patriots.

When it came to his contract, Miller said he wanted to be a “Bronco for life.”

He added: ”I’m going to be here in Denver no matter what. The contract is going to take care of itself.”

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Reports: Patriots agree to deals with rookie draft picks Joe Thuney, Kamu Grugier-Hill 05.05.16 at 11:52 am ET
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The rookies are putting pen to paper and getting to work.

Two members of the Patriots’ 2016 draft class have reportedly signed their rookie deals. Third-round pick Joe Thuney, a 6-foot-5, 287-pound offensive lineman out of North Carolina State, has reportedly agreed to a contract — according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the deal is up to $3.538 million, and included $773,428 signing bonus. In addition, sixth-round pick Kamu Grugier-Hill of Eastern Illinois has also signed his rookie contract — per Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, it’s a four-year deal for $2.61 million with a $100,356 signing bonus.

Expect the draft picks to continue to agree to deals relatively quickly, as all the selections have their deals slotted. As a result, it’s just a matter of time before the contracts are completed.

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5 positional battles looming for Patriots this offseason 05.05.16 at 9:26 am ET
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Cyrus Jones could contribute on defense and special teams as a rookie. (Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

Cyrus Jones could contribute on defense and special teams as a rookie. (Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

Training camp is still a ways off — roughly three months — but with the moves the Patriots have made this spring in free agency and the draft, the lines have been draw for some clear positional battles. At this point on the calendar, here’s our pick for the top 5 positional battles looming in Foxboro:

Outside wide receiver: Draft picks Malcolm Mitchell and Devin Lucien join an already crowded picture on the outside, as they are added to a conversation that includes (in no particular order) Nate Washington, Keshawn Martin and Aaron Dobson, as well as back-end-of-the-roster types like Chris Harper. Complicating things are the versatility of guys like veteran Danny Amendola and newcomer Chris Hogan, two pass-catchers who have also spent time inside and outside the numbers over the course of their careers. With the departure of Brandon LaFell this past offseason, the opportunities will be there for someone to make an impact as a moderate to occasional deep threat in the receiving game. It’ll be interesting to see who steps up over the course of the spring and summer sessions to claim the gig.

Nickel corner: The Patriots put several different candidates through their paces at this position last year, but never really seemed to find a long-term solution. (Frequently, New England relied on the position versatility of the likes of Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung and Duron Harmon as safeties in coverage, which managed to offset some of the issues.) The selection of Cyrus Jones will put him smack dab in the middle of the action this spring, and given his body of work, his pedigree and his skill set, it suggests he could have the inside track on a handful of other candidates. (As a collegian, Jones also has experience on the outside. That, as well as his special teams value, make him one to watch this spring.) Justin Coleman and E.J. Biggers could be the primary competition for Jones at the position.

Backup defensive end: The likelihood is that the Patriots will utilize Rob Ninkovich, Chris Long and Jabaal Sheard as the primary end-of-the-line edge types, but there will be some chances to fill in at that spot as a backups. Newcomer Frank Kearse and youngsters Geneo Grissom, Trey Flowers and Rufus Johnson will all square off in the fight for playing time to serve as the primary backups. One of our favorites in this fight is Johnson, an intriguing but raw prospect who flashed all sorts of potential before he went on season-ending injured reserve last year.

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Patriots favored to win Super Bowl 51, per Bovada 05.04.16 at 12:54 pm ET
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The Patriots are the favorites to win Super Bowl 51, according to Bovada.

New England is currently 7/1 to win the title. Those odds represent an improvement since the start of the offseason — the Patriots were 9/1 in February and 15/2 in mid-March.

The Seahawks trail New England at at 8/1. The Packers and Steelers are just behind at 10/1, and the Panthers are at 11/1 and the Cardinals are 14/1. The Broncos, the defending Super Bowl champs, are at 16/1.

At the other end of the spectrum are the Browns, Niners and Titans, all at 100/1.

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Tom Brady’s legal team granted 14-day extension to file petition for rehearing 05.03.16 at 4:59 pm ET
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According to court documents released Tuesday afternoon, Tom Brady and his defense team have been granted a 14-day extension to file a petition for a rehearing.

Last Monday, Brady’s four-game suspension due to Deflategate has been reinstated by the federal court. At that point, he had 14 days to consider whether or not he could appeal the decision, but quickly asked for the extension.

As a result of Monday’s announcement, the petition from Brady’s team must be filed on or before May 23.

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Josh McDaniels: Dante Scarnecchia ‘an incredible guy to have on our staff’ 05.03.16 at 3:22 pm ET
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Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was as happy as anyone when it came to the return of offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, and said as much when he met the media on Monday.

“This is one of the guys I would credit with teaching me a lot of the things that I’ve been fortunate enough to learn while I’ve been here in New England and pro football,” McDaniels said of Scarnecchia. “I have the utmost respect for him as a coach, and even more as a person. He’s an incredible guy to have on our staff. He’s a tremendous asset for me and for everybody else in the building. He’s works as hard as anybody else does. He’s as knowledgeable about offense, offensive line or anything else associated with that as anybody that I could imagine. And he’ll be a tremendous benefit to our team and to our offense this year.”

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