Karen Guregian says Tyrone McKenzie has kept his focus.
While McKenzie played inside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme in college, he seemed poised to make the adjustment to a 3-4. He said he’s put on about eight pounds, going from 240 to 248, and feels faster and stronger and has more "power when I bring the heat." He certainly wasn’t shy when describing what he’s going to be able to do to help the team.
"I’m very strong, I’m very fast. I have a lot of assets that are part of my game," said McKenzie, who is good to go with no restrictions and claimed he wouldn’t need to wear a brace on the surgically repaired knee. "You guys (the media) can fill in the blanks. I’ll give you plenty to write about. I just have to get on the field first."
As for what kind of linebacker he is, McKenzie wasn’t into labels because he can do just about anything.
"I’m more of a hybrid linebacker, to where I have the size, I have the height, I have the weight, but I have the speed too," he said. What he continues to be is an intriguing prospect, one whose intangibles jump out at you.
- Paul Perillo notes Patriots LB Tyrone McKenzie missed his entire rookie season with the torn ACL but he's as confident as ever.
- Gillette Stadium will host it's first college football games in 2010 and 2011 between UNH and UMass. Tickets to the general public will be available later this spring.
- Albert Breer reports the Patriots hosted free-agent Cory Procter on a visit Wednesday. Procter spent the last three years in Dallas as a steady backup at center and guard.
- Mike Reiss cleans out his Patriots notebook with a few interesting nuggets. One is that Matt Light enters the final year of his 6-year contract extension without it ever being adjusted.
- Albert Breer takes a crack at how the Patriots might look come September with a way-too-early 53-man roster projection.
- Tom E. Curran sees Tyrone McKenzie as an x-factor at linebacker for the Patriots.
- Christopher Price says Shawn Springs plans to take some time before deciding on next move.
- Tom E. Curran says "Soooorrrrryyyyy, Shawn...! If the locker room exchange between AD and Springs had nothing to do with the incident, it was ill-timed and unprofessional. If it was a direct reference to it, it was worse than that."
- Mike Reiss notes the camaraderie among Patriots cornerbacks.
- Ian Rapoport notes rookie WR Taylor Price can't show at OTAs until June 12th because he is subject to an NCAA/NFL rule that bars players from attending workouts while their school is in session. Ohio University's graduation is June 11th.
- Albert Breer notes the Patriots ranked 10th in the Forbes ranking of the world's most valuable sports brand.
- Ian Rapoport notes the cover of the State Senate Committee on Ways and Means budget features a quote from one William Stephen Belichick, Head coach of the New England Patriots: "It is what it is." Ha.
- Jeff Howe sees the Patriots focused on adding quality character guys during the 2010 offseason.
- Bill Price (NY Daily News) U.S. appeals court rules against Jets season-ticket holder in spygate lawsuit. Fans can protest by not buying tickets or NFL merchandise, but they have no right to seek damages in court.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Spygate lawsuit finally dies. Here is the AP article.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) All hands on deck without Wes Welker.
- Bob Raissman (NY Daily News) Harrison Blind-Sided.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NBC ties keep Rodney Harrison off 'Inside the NFL'.
- Len Pasquarelli (ESPN) A high-stakes game of chicken. For the restricted free agents who refuse to sign tenders, cut in pay a real possibility.
- Holdouts: Much ado about nothing. (SI)
- First coast News 12 Fred Taylor opens foundation in Jacksonville.
- Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) NFL says Galea case "highlights the need for enhanced testing"
- Sally Jenkins (Washington Post) The Anthony Galea trial will force us to ask ourselves a difficult question: What's the difference between doping and therapy?
- Howard Bryant (ESPN) Anthony Galea thickens the steroids plot.
- Michael Lombardi (Nat'l Football Post) How coaches use team rankings.
- Dave Zirin (SI) DeMaurice Smith: Lockout looks inevitable.
- Jeff Darlington (Miami Herald) Dolphins' Brandon Marshall misses workout after 'routine procedure'.
- Time for concern in Miami with Marshall? Reports of hip surgery for WR raise soome questions. (Nat'l Football Post)
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Dolphins must install offense sans Marshall.
- Andrew Brandt (Nat'l Football Post) Did Cushing get a free pass for too long?
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