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Patriots make multiple transactions on Thursday 05.18.17 at 10:27 pm ET
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The Patriots signed offensive lineman James Ferentz on Thursday. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots signed offensive lineman James Ferentz on Thursday. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots were fairly active on Thursday.

The team signed free agent offensive lineman James Ferentz, rookie free agent tight end Sam Cotton and 2017 fourth-round pick defensive end Deatrich Wise.

Additionally, New England released offensive lineman Chris Barker, who has bounced back and forth between the practice squad and the active roster over the last several years.

Ferentz was recently released by the Broncos, but does have a connection to Bill Belichick. He is the son of Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, who coached with Belichick in Cleveland in the mid 1990s. With the Broncos last year he played in just seven games mostly on special teams.

With the team releasing tight ends Michael Williams and Rob Housler of late, Cotton will fit into the mix to battle for the third tight end.

The Patriots’ roster currently sits at 89.

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Patriots rookie DE Deatrich Wise feeling comfortable in New England thanks to familiar faces 05.18.17 at 3:00 pm ET
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Deatrich Wise was selected by the Patriots in the fourth round. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today Sports)

Deatrich Wise was selected by the Patriots in the fourth round. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today Sports)

Patriots fourth-round pick defensive end Deatrich Wise is in a good position with the Patriots.

Sometimes rookies might get nervous and overwhelmed by life in the NFL, but for Wise he has several people he’s close with on the team helping with the process, as well as playing in a similar system as he did in college.

Defensive end Trey Flowers, who broke out in 2016, was a mentor to Wise at Arkansas during the few years they overlapped, and undrafted rookie free agents Cody Hollister and Brooks Ellis both were Razorbacks as well.

“Very similar to the program here and the program in college. They both teach mental toughness,” Wise told reporters at Gillette Stadium on Thursday. “They both teach things that transfer over to the league – how to take care of your body, mental and physical toughness. They teach – the terminology is kind of the same. It’s how they run their whole program – from the top to the bottom, show everyone respect.

“I don’t care if it’s a CEO, a GM or a head coach or a janitor, cafeteria lady. Show everyone respect. That’s kind of what Arkansas taught me and that’s exactly what I’m learning here as well.”

Wise acknowledged he’s relying on Flowers like he did at Arkansas, but he’s careful not to take things too far.

“It’s been awesome. He’s a big mentor,” Wise said. “The advice he gives me is pretty much take one day at a time and don’t try to think ahead, just think in the now. He’s been helping me out here and there with the plays and what I have to do and it’s been great… I try to follow him a little bit. Try not to get too close to him, but try to follow him and see what he does and see how he works and do the same.”

Despite a few injuries last year as a senior, Wise finished with 49 tackles, 5.5 for a loss and 3.5 sacks.

Flowers obviously made the transition from Arkansas to the Patriots well, and Wise feels he can do the same.

“With the pro-style offense that Coach Bielema run, going against that for the last four-five years will prepare me for what I’ll see in the future going against other teams with pro-style offensives,” he said. “Since I have experience in that field, I believe I can carry on in the league and see how they run their formations, see what plays they run. I know it’s different teams, different levels, but still the same concept. Transferring over I believe it’ll be very beneficial for me.”

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Jason McCourty: Patriots had ‘mutual interest,’ but no room in secondary 05.18.17 at 10:54 am ET
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Jason McCourty signed with the Browns this week. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)

Jason McCourty signed with the Browns this week. (Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)

There was a chance the McCourty brothers could join forces in the Patriots secondary with Devin’s brother Jason being a free agent, but it won’t happen.

Jason signed a two-year deal with the Browns this week, but appearing on Good Morning Football on Thursday, he said there was mutual interest between he and the Patriots. The only issue was it wasn’t a fit given the players the Patriots already have.

“I think there was definitely mutual interest,” McCourty said. “Me and Devin have never hid the fact that us playing together would be a dream come true. My mom kind of has hinted at that since we both got into the league. She knows it would be a lot easier only having to travel to one city during the season.

“I think there was definitely mutual interest, but to be honest, the Patriots are kind of set at cornerback. They have a lot of talent in that room. There really wasn’t room for me. Me and Dev talked about that and that’s just the way of the league. I’m excited about the opportunity I have in Cleveland to work with those guys.”

This could have been more likely if Malcolm Butler was not on the roster because as it stands now, at cornerback the Patriots have Stephon Gilmore, Butler, Cyrus Jones, Eric Rowe, Jonathan Jones and Justin Coleman.

Jason would be battling for the third cornerback spot, where in Cleveland he likely will be a starter.

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Martellus Bennett details halftime of Super Bowl LI, what led to Patriots’ comeback 05.18.17 at 10:00 am ET
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Martellus Bennett explained the Super Bowl LI halftime scene in a recent interview. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

Martellus Bennett explained the Super Bowl LI halftime scene in a recent interview. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

It’s been over three months since the Patriots overcame a 25-point deficit to beat the Falcons, 34-28 in overtime of Super Bowl LI, but the halftime scene is still fresh in Martellus Bennett’s mind.

New England trailed 21-3 at the half, and then 28-3 in the early stages of the third quarter.

Bennett, who is now a member of the Packers, detailed the halftime scene in an interview with Inc.com.

“It took that collective group of guys to be together to come back,” Bennett said. “We came into the locker room at halftime, and there was no bickering, there was no bitching, there was no complaining, there was no moaning. There was no throwing chairs. There was none of this epic ‘We’re going to come back,’ Rudy, Remember the Titans-type speech. There was none of that TV [expletive]. But when you looked around the locker room, you didn’t see anyone that was discouraged. You didn’t see doubt in anyone’s eyes. And that’s like all 53 guys — you looked around and you could see that everybody was determined to figure out what they could do to help us win.”

Added Bennett: “So we went back out there at halftime — we got up, coach gave all the coaching points, all the changes. I was like, ‘Alright, coach. This is the plan you have, coach. I trust you. This is what you think is going to win. That’s exactly what we’re going to do.’ And I’m going to do my part, my small equation of the 11 that is on the field at the time. [We] put our hands up, [and said], ‘Hey, this is going to be written in the history books. Patriots on three. One, two, three, Patriots, break.’ And the rest is history.”

Bennett finished the game with five catches for 62 yards.

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Tom Brady wishes Celtics and Cavs? luck before Eastern Conference finals 05.17.17 at 7:52 pm ET
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Tom Brady has been a fan of Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics of late, as the Celtics won every game against the Bulls after his social media post prior to Game 3 in the first round.

Before the Eastern Conference finals, Brady posted a similar post to social media except he didn’t just wish the Celtics luck. He wished the Cavs and LeBron James luck as well.

Brady posted a picture of Thomas and James with the caption: May the best team win! Good luck! You earned it! @isaiahthomas @kingjames @celtics @cavs @tb12sports

Interesting. Maybe the best players in each sport just root for one another regardless of who they are going up against.

Here is the post.

May the best team win! Good luck! You earned it! @isaiahthomas @kingjames @celtics @cavs @tb12sports

A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on

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NFL responds to Gisele Bundchen’s claim of Tom Brady sustaining concussions 05.17.17 at 4:47 pm ET
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The NFL says they have no record of Tom Brady having a concussion. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

The NFL says they have no record of Tom Brady having a concussion. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

On CBS This Morning Wednesday, Gisele Bundchen, the wife of Tom Brady, revealed the quarterback has had concussions over the course of his career, including one last season.

The only issue with this is Brady has never been listed on any injury report with a concussion in his 17-year career.

The NFL responded to Bundchen’s comments with a statement. It said the NFL has no record of Brady having any sort of concussion, but will continue to gather more information from the team and Brady.

The statement reads: We have reviewed all reports relating to Tom Brady from the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants and certified athletic trainer spotters who worked at Patriots’ home and away 2016 games as well as club injury reports that were sent to the league office.

There are no records that indicate Mr. Brady suffered a head injury or concussion, or exhibited or complained of concussion symptoms. Today we have been in contact with the NFLPA and will work together to gather more information from the club’s medical staff and Mr. Brady. The health and safety of our players is our foremost priority and we want to ensure that all of our players have and continue to receive the best care possible.

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Patriots reportedly work out WR Andrew Hawkins 05.17.17 at 4:32 pm ET
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The Patriots reportedly worked out WR Andrew Hawkins on Wednesday. (Scott R. Galvin/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots reportedly worked out WR Andrew Hawkins on Wednesday. (Scott R. Galvin/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots are always looking to find depth no matter what time of the year.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots worked out former Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins on Wednesday. He recently got his Master’s degree from Columbia University.

Hawkins is 31 years old and has played for three teams — the Bengals and Browns — in his six years in the NFL.

His best season came in 2014 with the Browns when he had 63 catches for 824 yards and two touchdowns. Last year he hauled in 33 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns. It was also the only season he played in all 16 games.

The Patriots don’t appear to have room on the roster for him, but Hawkins could be a player to bring in for training camp and have around in case any of the top receivers were to get injured.

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