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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price talk Reggie Wayne debut, Devin McCourty role in secondary 08.25.15 at 5:24 pm ET
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the debut of 15-year veteran receiver Reggie Wayne at Patriots practice on Tuesday. Wearing his new No. 15 jersey, he worked with receivers coach Chad O’Shea and started running routes with Tom Brady. Several Patriots also returned to shorts and shells practice on Tuesday, incluidng receiver Aaron Dobson, running Travaris Cadet, offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, receiver Julian Edelman and tight end Scott Chandler. The Patriots continued their preparations for their third preseason game this Friday night in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers.

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Reggie Wayne has ‘no time’ to look back on Indy: ‘I know what I can bring to the table’ at 2:01 pm ET
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FOXBORO — A media crowd of 50 reporters and cameras huddled around Reggie Wayne‘s locker Tuesday at Gillette Stadium before his first practice with the Patriots.

At 36 (37 in November), Wayne wants Patriots fans to know he feels he has enough left to make an impact with Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. His message?

What left? “Like I have enough to play. If I didn’t think I had anything left, I wouldn’t be here. One thing I don’t do is worry about what people say. If I didn’t play at all, if I decided to retire, they still would have something to say. I can’t do nothing about that. Only thing I can do is let my work speak for itself. I know what I can do. I know what I can bring to the table.”

Wayne said after 14 seasons in the NFL, he never considered retirement this summer.

“No, not at all. I’ve been training since May,” Wayne said. “I’ve always had that feeling I was going to play. It was just finding out what the best situation was for myself. I had some options but I feel like I made the right decision.”

As for a message to Colts fans who feel betrayed that he’s left for the hated Patriots?

“No time for that right now,” said Wayne, who could return to Indianapolis in Week 6. “I would believe I left on good terms. As far as Week 6, I don’t even see that right now. Right now, I’m worrying about today and getting better and trying to figure out this playbook and figure out my way around this maze. And when that time comes, it comes.

“I knew I was going to be behind the 8-ball. I was sitting at home in Miami and just constantly getting that itch. And the longer I waited, the harder it was going to be. I think it’s right on time. I have to go back to school and try to figure all this out.”

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Patriots make Reggie Wayne signing official at 12:30 pm ET
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Reggie Wayne has jpined the Patriots after 14 years in Indy. (Rob Leiter/Getty Images)

Reggie Wayne has jpined the Patriots after 14 years in Indy. (Rob Leiter/Getty Images)

FOXBORO ‘€“- The Reggie Wayne era in Foxboro is officially underway.

The Patriots announced Tuesday, before their practice, that they have signed the 14-year veteran receiver. ESPN reported it as a one-year deal on Monday. Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the deal is worth up to $3 million, with $500,000 guaranteed.

Wayne, 36, is a veteran of 14 NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (2001-14). The 6-foot, 203-pounder, originally entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick (30th overall) by Indianapolis out of Miami (Fla.) in the 2001 NFL Draft. Wayne enters the 2015 season seventh in NFL history with 1,070 receptions and eighth with 14,345 receiving yards. He is one of six players in NFL history to post four career 100-plus reception seasons (2007, 2009-2010, 2012) and became the 11th NFL player with back-to-back 100-plus receptions seasons (2009-10). He also owns the NFL record of 82 consecutive games with three or more receptions.

He has played in 211 games with 197 starts and has registered 1,070 receptions for 14,345 yards and 82 touchdowns. He has eight 1,000-yard seasons, including seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons (2004-10), to become just the eighth player in NFL history to accomplish the feat. Wayne has been named to six career Pro Bowls (2006-10, 2012) and played in all 16 games for the Colts for 11 consecutive seasons from 2002 through 2012.

Wayne has played and started in 21 postseason games and ranks second in NFL postseason history in receptions (93), fourth in receiving yards (1,254) and tied for seventh in touchdown receptions (9).

Last season, Wayne played and started in 15 games and finished with 64 receptions for 779 yards and two touchdowns.

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Mike Petraglia talks Patriots signing Reggie Wayne, Brandon Gibson to injured reserve 08.24.15 at 9:51 pm ET
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia explains why the Patriots signed 14-year veteran receiver Reggie Wayne Monday after the loss of Brandon Gibson to season-ending injured reserve with a knee injury.

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Report: Reggie Wayne taking physical with Patriots 08.23.15 at 1:06 pm ET
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Reggie Wayne has intrigued the Patriots for many years. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Reggie Wayne has intrigued the Patriots for many years. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Patriots may finally be getting some help from the outside to replenish their quickly depleting corps of wide receivers.

Reggie Wayne arrived in New England Saturday night as the Patriots were losing Brandon Gibson to a right leg injury. The former Pro Bowl receiver who made a spectacular career with the Colts catching passes from Peyton Manning is expected to undergo a physical Sunday in Foxboro.

Last October against the Bengals, Wayne became the ninth receiver in NFL history to record 14,000 receiving yards. He suffered an elbow injury in the game and missed the following week’s matchup against the Steelers. Near the end of the season last year, it was announced that Wayne had played with a torn triceps since Week 6, which would require an offseason surgery to repair. He did not catch a pass during the AFC championship game in Foxboro and was targeted just twice by Andrew Luck.

On March 6, the Colts announced that they would not re-sign Wayne, making him a free agent four days later after 14 seasons with the Colts. The 36-year-old is a six-time Pro Bowler.

Bill Belichick did not make reference to Wayne being in town during his conference call on Sunday.

Gibson’s right leg injury is the latest in a spate of injuries to hit the wide receiving group, as Brandon LaFell (PUP), Julian Edelman, Brian Tyms and Aaron Dobson are all nursing various injuries. Tyms reportedly injured his foot this week and could be lost for the season.

This does not include the reported injury to tight end Scott Chandler. Neither Chandler nor Rob Gronkowski (rest) have played a preseason snap this year.

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Free Agent Snapshot: Hakeem Nicks 02.10.15 at 11:58 am ET
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Logan Ryan makes a play on Hakeem Nicks in the AFC championship game. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Logan Ryan makes a play on Hakeem Nicks in the AFC championship game. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

When free agency begins in early March, there are a handful of players across the league who could appeal to New England. With the understanding that the status of these players could change because of the franchise or transition tag, here are a few possibilities for the Patriots to consider. We have to stress that all of these guys aren’€™€™t necessarily considered the elite of the free agent class — instead, they’€™€™re players we think would be a good fit in New England. We already featured C.J. Spiller, and this series will continue over the coming days and weeks.

Hakeem Nicks
Position: Wide receiver
Age: 27 (Jan. 14, 1988)
Height: 6-foot-1
Weight: 208 pounds

The skinny: Nicks is coming off a disappointing and underachieving season in Indianapolis, where he signed a one-year, $5.5 million free agent contract last March. Since his breakout seasons of 2010 and ’11, Nicks has fallen off the map in terms of production. In 2010, just his second season, he had 79 catches for 1,052 yards and 11 touchdowns. The next season, he was a key part of Giants Super Bowl championship run, hauling in 76 catches for a career high 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns. It was that production that opened the door for Victor Cruz to break onto the season for the Giants. But in the three seasons since then, Nicks has a total of seven touchdowns and hasn’t broken the 900-yard plateau.

By the numbers: In the Week 17 game against the Titans, Nicks had 3 receptions for 46 yards, putting him over 5,000 receiving yards for his career. But he finished his first season in Indy with just 38 catches for 408 yards and four touchdowns. In his last three seasons, Nicks has managed yardage seasons of 692, 896 and 405 respectively.

Why it would work: Nicks could be a viable and relatively cheap option to bring into camp to push Aaron Dobson and Brian Tyms and add depth to the receiving corps. Nicks could be looking for that one bust-out season to show that 2010 and ’11 were not just flashes in the pan. He is playing for one more big contract. He also could be very well motivated to work with Tom Brady (who wouldn’t be?) as Brady aims for a record fifth Super Bowl title. Bill Belichick knows Nicks’ game very well from preparing for him twice in 2011, including the Super Bowl against the Giants, and twice last season against the Colts, including the AFC championship. Nicks caught 10 passes for 109 yards in Super Bowl XLVI and had a nice touchdown pass on a fade route against the Patriots in the November meeting. Belichick knows you can’t have enough veteran savvy players and Nicks certainly qualifies as both. He is considered a very intelligent player who is capable of making adjustments in-game and in-route. That is a must with Tom Brady. Nicks also has a history of posting huge games: 12 catches vs. Houston, Oct. 10, 2010 and 199 receiving yards vs. Tampa Bay, Sept. 16, 2012 and three touchdowns against Carolina, Sept. 12, 2010.

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Dean Blandino admits footballs are not logged: ‘Certainly something that could be a thought’ 01.29.15 at 6:15 pm ET
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PHOENIX — Following a 20-minute press conference inside the Phoenix Convention Center Thursday, the NFL’s director of officiating acknowledged that likely changes are coming in the way NFL officials check in game balls before every contest.

At the heart of the Deflategate controversy is how the Patriots game balls were handled prior to the AFC championship game against the Colts by referee Walt Anderson. Questions have arisen as to whether every ball was checked to be between the required 12.5 and 13.5 PSI before being approved for use in the game. Dean Blandino attempted to clarify the rules and clear his officials of any wrongdoing.

“Walt did it himself. Walt gauged the footballs himself,” Blandino said. “That’s something that he’s done throughout his career.”

Did Blandino and the league simply take ref at his word? “Yes,” Blandino said. “There were balls from both teams that were tested but with the investigation going on, I can’t get into specifics.

“They’re not logged and that’s certainly something that could be a thought. They’re tested, they make sure that they’re in that acceptable range and then they basically mark the football to say this is an acceptable football in that proper specification.

“Whatever it is, if it’s in that acceptable range, we leave it where it is. It’s only when it’s either above or below that we have to get it in that acceptable range. We’re confident proper protocols were followed.”

In other words, according to Blandino, there’s no specific PSI record of each individual ball.

There has also been the suggestion that the Colts gave the league a heads up that the Patriots were doing something to the footballs as far back as November, when Mike Adams picked off Brady twice. It is customary for NFL teams to talk with officials of an upcoming game to alert them to concerns they might have. Did the Colts contact Blandino or his office before the AFC championship?

“No they did not,” Blandino said when asked by WEEI.com. “We were not made aware.”

This directly contradicts a claim by Colts GM Ryan Grigson, (which the New York Post reported two weeks after the Super Bowl) who said the NFL had direct knowledge of the Colts’ concerns. It would seem highly unlikely the NFL office would know something and the officials would not.

Who does the measuring of the footballs?

“It’s either the referee or someone he delegates that job to,” Blandino said. “They’re responsible for gauging all the footballs but the referee himself will inspect every football and then put his mark on the football.” Read the rest of this entry »

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