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Sheriff files complaint against Aaron Hernandez for attacking fellow inmate 03.07.14 at 6:49 am ET
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Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is expected to be charged with assault after his altercation with a fellow inmate last week at the Bristol County House of Corrections, following an investigation by the office of Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson.

Hodgson, who talked about the incident with Dennis & Callahan last week, said Thursday that his office has filed a complaint.

“The investigation would indicate that our officers believed that it absolutely needed to go to a criminal complaint,” Hodgson told WHDH-TV, adding: “I can just tell you that there was an altercation that took place between Mr. Hernandez and another inmate. I can’t get into really the details now that it’s gone to this level of complaint.”

The complaint will be reviewed by a clerk magistrate, who will decide how to proceed.

Hernandez is said to have attacked the inmate when they encountered each other in a hallway near the isolation unit where Hernandez was being confined 21 hours per day. TMZ reported that the victim, who had been taunting Hernandez all day, was in handcuffs.

Hernandez is being held without bail after being charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd last year. He also is under investigation for a double homicide in Boston in 2012. He faces civil suits in all three deaths.

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Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson on D&C: Aaron Hernandez altercation raises questions of ‘potential failure in our protocols’ 02.27.14 at 10:22 am ET
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After a physical altercation with another inmate, former Patriot Aaron Hernandez has been relocated to an isolated cell at Bristol County Jail. Hernandez, who is being held without bail for the murder of Odin Lloyd, will eat his meals and spend 23 hours per day in the cell.

According to reports, Hernandez confronted another inmate in a hallway and attacked him because he had been taunting the former tight end.

“The investigation is still ongoing — we’re reviewing the surveillance tapes [and] my investigators are working with the witness statements and so forth,” Bristol County Sheriff Tom Hodgson said on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning (listen to the interview at the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page). “We’re trying to piece it all together and figure out exactly what went wrong and find out if in fact there were any relationships along the way — over the course of the time here or anywhere else.”

During the one hour each day that Hernandez is not in his cell, he must wear waist chains and leg irons. According to Hodgson, Hernandez was sent to isolation for the duration of the investigation, but he will not necessarily stay there for 30 days as was initially reported.

Before the altercation, Hernandez was in special management, where he was allowed out of his cell for three non-consecutive hours each day. The prison’s protocol requires that only one inmate can be out of his cell at a time. The altercation took place in one of the common areas of the Bristol County House of Correction on Tuesday.

“The fact that there was another inmate out in that common area raises questions for me about potential failures in our protocols and potentially an employee making a bad decision or not thinking about what they otherwise could be doing,” Hodgson said.

“We’re like anybody else in any organization — we can have systemic failures and sometimes that happens. We have to look at that and say, ‘What are we going to do to fix this and make sure this doesn’t happen again?’”

Hodgson added that depending on the outcome of the investigation, Hernandez could go from facing internal disciplinary action to dealing with criminal charges for assault and battery. The sheriff could not confirm if the inmate Hernandez allegedly assaulted was in handcuffs at the time of the altercation.

Although Hernandez is being held after pleading not guilty to Lloyd’€™s murder, Hernandez also is under investigation for the deaths of two men who were killed in 2012. The families of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who were killed while they were in their car in the South End, filed two $6 million wrongful death suits against Hernandez on Wednesday. The case was filed in Suffolk Superior Court.

Back in September, police acquired a video that showed Hernandnez and the two men at a Boston nightclub at the same time. Abreu and Safiro were shot and killed a few hours later.

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Report: Aaron Hernandez attacked fellow inmate 02.25.14 at 6:12 pm ET
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Aaron Hernandez allegedly attacked a fellow inmate at the Bristol County jail on Tuesday, according to TMZ.

While Hernandez is usually relegated to solitary confinement, he apparently came in contact with the other prisoner in a hallway. According to TMZ, Hernandez recognized the other man — who had been harassing Hernandez “nonstop” throughout the day — and “beat the guy up pretty good.”

Hernandez has been behind bars since June — he’s facing murder charges stemming from the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd.

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Lucky Seven: Taking a look at how some possible fits for Patriots did at combine at 4:28 pm ET
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Tight end Jace Amaro makes a grab while working out at the combine. (AP)

Tight end Jace Amaro makes a grab while working out at the combine. (AP)

Earlier this month, we presented a list of seven players for Patriots fans to keep an eye on at the combine. With the combine now in the rearview mirror, here’€™s a look at how each one of them did, as well as how it all relates to New England:

Tight end Jace Amaro, Texas Tech: Amaro, regarded as one of the best tight end prospects in the draft, checked in at 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds. His arm length was 34 inches and his hand size was nine inches. He finished with a 4.74 in the 40, 28 reps in the bench press (in the top five at his position), and 118 inches in the broad jump. Amaro appeared to be a little sloppy in the pass catching drills, but there appeared to be no reason why he wouldn’€™t be a solid first-rounder as the pre-draft process kicks into high gear.

While it’€™s questionable whether or not he’€™d last until No. 29 — when the Patriots are on the board — he still met with New England while in Indianapolis:

“€œIt was good — they broke my tape down. They look like they like me a lot. They said I fit their system very well so I guess we’€™ll see how it goes,”€ he said when asked about his meeting with the Patriots. “I think that starting [with] maybe one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game would be a great start for me, especially in a system like that. Yeah, I’€™ve taken notice of teams like that. I think that would be an ideal place for me.”

Tight end Eric Ebron, North Carolina: The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Ebron ran a 4.6 40, the second highest among tight ends (behind the 4.50 of Tennessee State’€™s A.C. Leonard). He tweaked his hamstring and was unable to participate in the pass-catching drills, but still managed 10 feet in the broad jump (tied for third among TEs), as well as 24 reps on the bench (tied for sixth among TEs). He doesn’€™t lack for confidence, but that should bear itself when the draft rolls around in May, as he’€™s expected to be the first tight end picked, at least as it stands right now. That means it would be a stretch for him to last until New England’€™s first pick at No. 29.

Tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa: Fiedorowicz checked in at 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, and will likely be a second-day pick come May. (It’€™s debatable because of Oregon’€™s Colt Lyerla, a talented prospect who has had some off-field issues that could take him off New England’€™s draft board, regardless of his numbers.) Regardless, Fiedorowicz was consistently with the combine leaders at his position across the board, as he posted a 7.1 in the 3-cone (best among TEs) and 4.26 in the 20-yard shuttle (best among TEs). In addition, he had 25 reps in the bench press (fifth-best) and a 4.76 in the 40 (sixth best) and 110 inches in the broad jump (sixth-best).

Fiedorowicz has some New England connections: one, Iowa’€™s offensive line coach the past two seasons was Brian Ferentz, who spent the previous season as the Patriots tight end coach, working with both Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. And two, D.J. Hernandez –€” the brother of ex-Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez‘€” was a graduate assistant with the Hawkeyes last year.

He was asked about watching Gronkowski while in college.

“€œI was watching him on film. I always used to watch him in games, but when you see it break down as film it’€™s even more impressive,”€ Fiedorowicz said. “He plays hard every down, every play. He finishes guys. He uses his body in the passing game. He’€™s just an impressive guy. It’€™s the way he plays the game.”

Offensive lineman Zack Martin, Notre Dame: Martin was 6-foot-4 and 308 pounds. He wasn’€™t overwhelming — he was 14th among offensive linemen in the vertical jump (28 inches) and 11th in the bench press (29 reps). He also had a broad jump of 106 inches, a 3-cone time of 7.65 and a 4.59 in the 20-yard shuttle. But pedigree and versatility indicate that while he might not be a first-round pick, he’€™s probably not too far off, at least at this point. If the Patriots would be interested, they’€™d probably have to take him at No. 29.

Defensive tackle Ra’€™Shede Hageman, Minnesota: Hageman was one of several versatile defensive lineman who worked out in Indy, a group that included Timmy Jernigan and Aaron Donald. The 6-foot-6, 310-pounder posted a 35.5 in the vertical jump (seventh-best among defensive linemen) and had 32 reps on the bench (ninth-best among the defensive linemen). He’€™s known for his high level of athleticism — he bulldozed an offensive lineman onto his back during one-on-one drills at the Senior Bowl — as well as the fact he played several spots along the defensive line over the course of his career.

“€œIt’€™s 32 teams –€” it’€™s a lot to take in,”€ he said when asked specifically about New England’€™s defense against the rest of the league. “I’€™m pretty sure they run either a 3-4 or a 4-3. I’€™m capable of playing both positions. Just the fact if I had the chance to play for New England, I’€™d be ready.”

Cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska: Jean-Baptiste could be the beneficiary of the Richard Sherman Effect — at 6-foot-3 and 218 pounds, he’€™s the biggest corner in the draft, and if teams are trying to replicate the Seattle defensive blueprint, Jean-Baptiste would allow them to super-size their secondary. Considered a second-day prospect, on Tuesday he led all defensive backs with a vertical jump of 41 1/2 inches, and his broad jump of 10-feet-8 inches was tied for third at his position. It appears unlikely that the Patriots would be in the market for a cornerback, particularly through the first two days of the draft. But it will be interesting to see if Jean-Baptiste’€™s draft stock rises simply because of the success of the Seattle secondary of if his rise is tied to his good work at the combine and Pro Day.

Defensive lineman Louis Nix III, Notre Dame: Nix had an eventful combine. He got off one of the best lines of the combine when he was asked about his recent weight loss, saying that dropping more than 20 pounds made him “€œfeel sexier.”€ He checked in at 6-foot-2 and 331 pounds, and ran a 5.42 in the 40. (He struggled to stick the landing on the broad jump, falling backwards.) Despite the drop in weight, he’€™s still considered a space eater of Wilforkian proportions, someone who is able to work consistently as a run stopper at either defensive tackle spot. With the Patriots having to thinking about the post Vince era sooner rather than later, it would be ideal to see him drop into the twenties, as his size and versatility might allow some Wilfork comparisons. But we had Nix going to the Steelers with the 15th overall pick in our first mock draft, and his performance in Indy did nothing to dissuade us from moving him off that spot.

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Logan Mankins, Rob Gronkowski providing blueprint for new generation of college prospects 02.20.14 at 10:41 pm ET
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UCLA's Xavier Su'€™a-Filo has found a model in Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins. (AP)

UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-Filo has found a model in Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins. (AP)

INDIANAPOLIS — Two members of the Patriots who have managed to carve out impressive careers over the last few seasons are offensive lineman Logan Mankins and tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Their work hasn’t gone unnoticed by the next generation of college prospects. UCLA offensive lineman Xavier Su’a-Filo name-checked Mankins on Thursday at the combine, calling Mankins a “bad-ass” who provides a perfect blueprint for any aspiring offensive lineman.

“I watch a lot of Logan Mankins, left guard from the New England Patriots. I think Logan, he was a high draft pick, but he’€™s physical. He’€™s a bad-ass,’€ Su’€™a-Filo said when asked if there was anyone he models his game after. ‘€œHe started from Day 1 in New England, and I love how nasty he is — something about his game that I really try to implement.’€

Mankins is a good model for the 6-foot-3, 304-pound Su’a-Filo for a couple of reasons. One, Mankins has established himself as one of the best offensive linemen in the league because of his longevity, technique and all-around bad-assery. And two, Su’a-Filo started his college career as a tackle, has moved to guard, a position he’€™ll have to master at the NFL level. Mankins was a tackle in college, but has made his bones as an elite-level guard in the NFL.

“You know, it wasn’€™t too bad,” Su’a-Filo said of the transition he’€™s already undergone. “My offensive line coach, with our young offensive line, he had me take a lot of reps just to stay fresh. When I was a true freshman in 2009, I started at left tackle. So it wasn’t real foreign to me. After a little while of not playing it, all it took was a few extra reps in practice for me to feel comfortable there again, and I think it felt good playing both positions.”

As for Gronkowski, he’€™s served as a model for Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz, a 6-foot-5, 265-pounder who had 75 catches the last two seasons with the Hawkeyes. Fiedorowicz has a couple of New England connections working for him: one, Iowa’€™s offensive line coach the past two seasons was Brian Ferentz, who spent the previous season as the Patriots tight end coach, working with both Gronkowski and Hernandez. And two, D.J. Hernandez — the brother of ex-Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez — was a graduate assistant with the Hawkeyes last year.

Fiedorowicz said Thursday he’€™s watched a lot of tape of Gronkowski and Hernandez.

“I like watching Rob Gronkowski, someone I look up to. He can dominate both the line of scrimmage and down the field. That’s who I kind of want to be like,” Fiedorowicz said of Gronkowski. “I was watching him on film. I always used to watch him in games, but when you see it break down as film it’€™s even more impressive.

“He plays hard every down, every play. He finishes guys. He uses his body in the passing game. He’s just an impressive guy. It’€™s the way he plays the game,” he added. “That’s what I’€™m shooting out to be. I proved it a little bit in the Senior Bowl and some of my times — maybe Saturday, I can show them my speed.”

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Mike Mayock says RaShede Hageman, Jace Amaro potential first-round fits for Patriots 02.18.14 at 4:56 pm ET
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Mike Mayock likes RaShede Hageman as a possibility for the Patriots. (AP)

Mike Mayock likes RaShede Hageman as a possibility for the Patriots at No. 29. (AP)

In a marathon conference call with reporters on Tuesday, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock was asked about what sort of direction the Patriots might go in when it comes to this year’s draft, and the possibility New England addresses defensive line and tight end.

Mayock mentioned a few different names as possible first-round fits for the Patriots, who have their first overall selection at No. 29.

“Depending how you look at this thing and what type of defensive tackle you’re looking for, [Louis] Nix and [Timmy] Jernigan are probably gone,” Mayock said when talking about defensive tackles who could be available to New England. “Then (Dominique) Easley, the kid I really like from Florida, tore an ACL, a second ACL, so he’s not going to go (early). He’s one of those picks that the Patriots tend to get in like the third or fourth round for value — a first-round guy later on.

“I think (RaShede) Hageman from Minnesota is kind of the big question mark there,” he added. “If he’s still on the board — because he’s an explosive kid — he could play a couple different spots, and coach Belichick likes those versatile guys. He’s had some off-the-field questions attached to him, but he’s got a ton of ability and talent. So if Hageman was sitting there, I think he’d be really interesting.”

At tight end, he pointed to Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins or Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro as possible fits in Foxboro.

“(Eric Ebron) is going to be long gone [but] there’s a lot of different varying opinions on what you’re looking for,” he said. “Seferian-Jenkins, for lack of a better term, is built like (Rob) Gronkowski, whereas Amaro from Texas Tech is built more like (Aaron) Hernandez. So there are a lot of people that like Amaro and point to Hernandez as that, quote, kind of guy.

“Depending on what you’re looking for — and that’s probably the kind of guy they are looking for — if Amaro is sitting there and they like him, he’d be logical at 29, and I think the other guy would be Hageman. Outside of that, I think the other top guys would be gone.”

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Report: Aaron Hernandez’s barber could become witness in murder trial 02.13.14 at 10:02 am ET
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Two days before Aaron Hernandez was arrested and later charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd, the former NFL star’€™s barber made a house call. Some eight months later, Fox 25 in Boston has uncovered that Hernandez and the barber, Robby Olivares, had a social relationship and Olivares may be a witness during the trial.

According to the report, recent court statements made during Friday’€™s hearing show that Olivares might be linked to the murder case. One of the keys to the case, according to Hernandez lawyer Jamie Sultan, is finding out what specifically happened at a nightclub in Boston’€™s Theater District called Rumors two nights before Lloyd was shot five times. Authorities have said they believe an exchange occurred between Hernandez and Lloyd at the club that caused Hernandez to no longer trust Lloyd.

A security manager at the club claims to have heard the exchange, and, while authorities are not certain Olivares was at the club that night, they suspect he was and heard the exchange. While he could be witness, nothing has reportedly linked Olivares to any criminal action.

“If he were to testify about what was said that ultimately lead to Mr. Hernandez having a motive to participate at a minimum in this murder, that’€™s crucial evidence,” said Boston criminal defense attorney David Yannetti.

Olivares used the social media platform Instagram to post pictures of himself and Hernandez. According to Fox 25, one photo was posted after midnight on  June 17, 2013 — the night that Lloyd was murdered.

If Olivares were to be a witness during the trial, it would not be the first time he has provided information during the case. Olivares “guided” the grand jury to Hernandez’€s secret apartment in Franklin, according to court documents made public in July.

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