Tom E. Curran notes Veteran OL Robert Gallery has never played for a team with an over-.500 record in the NFL.
"I knew a lot about this place when I was in college [at Iowa] with Coach [Kirk] Ferentz and his relationship [with Bill Belichick]," explained Gallery, the second overall pick in the 2004 draft. "It's a place that's run right and the tradition's right and they're all about winning. Going through eight years of never having a winning season, that's something you really covet when you get to this point, so that's why I'm here."
"This was an easy decision," said Gallery, a player that the Patriots' organization thought very highly of since he was in college. "We heard from these guys first and it was a fast decision for me because this has been a goal for a while and obviously when they reached out it was a done deal after we talked about it.
'It was a good fit for both of us, I was excited when I got the call. It's a place I've known about since college and that I've always wanted to be a part of and it worked out.
"[Winning] is one of the big reasons that I came here because we've never had a winning season in my eight years and obviously that's why you play this game and that's a very big part of my deciding to come here."
Christopher Price reports Paul Haynes, who worked with Jake Bequette at Arkansas, says Patriots will love his versatility and maturity.
"He does have that flexibility the Patriots love," said Haynes, who also served as a collegiate coach for the Patriots’ sixth-round pick Nate Ebner at Ohio State before he left for the Razorbacks.
"He can play over a tight end — he’s big and physical enough to do that, but he’s also athletic enough to drop into coverage. Jake is a big body that’s athletic," Haynes said. "Whatever the Patriots want to do make him and mold him into, you can do those things with him. You can move him inside. You can move him outside. You can do whatever."
"He made the transition [to the new coaching staff] really easy for me. It could have been really different, especially with those guys who were seniors, but what he did to make things easier was incredible," Haynes said of Bequette. "I’ve always thought that because of everything he brings, including his leadership qualities, he’s going to be successful, even if he didn’t play football.
"There are guys you like to coach, who give you reasons to keep showing up in the office, even when you do want to," he added. "Jake is one of those guys. He will do what you tell him to do. You don’t have to worry about him when he leaves the facility. He’ll be a great player and a great teammate in New England."
- The New England Patriots announce the addition of two new coaches and assign position responsibilities for 2012.
- The New England Patriots signed RB Joseph Addai today. In addition, the Patriots signed seven rookie free agents.
- Player Interviews: Robert Gallery (6.22 min. video) and Daniel Fells (6.50 min.)
- PFW in Progress - The PFW crew is joined by OL Robert Gallery, rookie mini camp is previewed, and more. (2 hour program)
- Tom E. Curran says Robert Gallery is intent on being one of the five starting guys on the field.
- Karen Guregian notes the Patriots will put their first-year players through the paces today and tomorrow as rookie camp commences at Gillette Stadium.
- Field Yates offers a terrific description of what to expect from rookie minicamp.
- Mike Reiss takes a look at the Patriots' rookie minicamp roster.
- Karen Guregian reports Kyle Arrington already sees chemistry forming with the new guys in the secondary.
- Karen Guregian says Rugby star Nate Ebner will have Pats fans at hello.
- Mike Rodak offers his analysis on the coaching staff changes, most of which were changes in title.
- Mike Rodak posts an updated look at the Patriots coaching staff.
- Jeff Howe tackles his weekly Patriots mailbag: Stevan Ridley looks ready to carry the load; Kevin Faulk could join coaching staff.
- Field Yates tells us what deals Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower can expect.
- Greg A. Bedard rehashes selective Revis' and Cromartie's verbal attacks on the Patriots, but doesn't offer any commentary.
- Field Yates reports Tom Brady was the catalyst who was able to connect a woman with chronic kidney failure to a kidney donor through MatchingDonors.com.
- Kevin Fishbain (Pro Football Weekly) Third-year AFC East players entering crucial offseason. Patriots: OLB Jermaine Cunningham.
- John Clayton (ESPN) Two-TE set is latest copycat trend: Thanks largely to Patriots' success, AFC teams emphasizing TE production.
- James Walker (ESPN) Jets cannot complain about trash talk.
- Chris Burke (SI) Each NFL team's most promising undrafted free agent. Patriots: RB Brandon Bolden (Ole Miss).
- Gregg Rosenthal (NFL.com) Bill Belichick's son joins Patriots' staff as assistant.
- Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) NFL Power Rankings: Giants are apple of our eyes; Jets not so much. Patriots 3rd.
- James Walker (ESPN) Grading the 2009 draft: Patriots. C-
- Adam Rank (NFL.com) Million dollar arms: Six top quarterbacks in NFL.
- advice for rookies: Get in your playbook. (Nat'l Football Post) Some
- Jason La Canfora (NFL.com) Plaxico Burress, Ryan Grant among best remaining free agents.
- Bob Raissman (NY Daily News) NY Jets Tim Tebow-Mark Sanchez dynamic will officially not be on 'HBO: Hard Knocks' this season.
- Jim Steeg (Nat'l Football Post) The rebirth of the United States Football League.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Three more concussion cases filed, with more than 180 former players.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) League, union at odds over Ornstein email.