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Shots Heard 'Round The Web - Patriots Links 5/28/09

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<em>Detroit LB Paris Lenon returns an interception 61-yards for a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs.</em>
Detroit LB Paris Lenon returns an interception 61-yards for a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs.


Andy Hart focuses on newly signed LB Paris Lenon.

The 6-2, 235 pounder brings instant experienced depth to a thin inside linebacker spot in New England. Jerod Mayo and Tedy Bruschi are currently penciled in as starters with 2008 rookie free agent Gary Guyton as the top reserve and situational player off the bench. The position lost 2009 third-round pick Tyrone McKenzie to a season-ending knee injury in rookie mini-camp. Eric Alexander, Antonio Appleby and Vinny Ciurciu will also battle for roster spots on the inside.

Mike Reiss will be at Gillette today watching for Vince Wilfork.

Is nose tackle Vince Wilfork set to make a statement about his displeasure over stagnant contract negotiations?

The Patriots would not confirm if Wilfork participated in OTAs over the last two days. The team's website noted that "over 80" of the 91 players on the roster were on the field. Wilfork did not return messages the last two days, nor did his agent.

Ryan Wilson (NFL Fanhouse) has some bad news for all the chumps who enjoyed a Tom Brady-less 2008 New England Patriots team: Dreamboat is back.

With the nuptials out of the way, he's now focused on his full-time gig as the Patriots quarterback. Two seasons ago, he was the centerpiece of the league's most explosive offense. And while Josh McDaniels and Bill Belichick did a swell job of making do with Matt Cassel last year (And I mean that in the best way possible; Cassel went 11-5 after not starting an organized tackle football game in nine years -- that's impressive.), there's a good chance, even with that slow, aging defense, that the Patriots would've won 32 consecutive regular-season games.

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