Field Yates reports the Patriots currently have 89 players on the active roster and speculates on who will get the final spot.
Faulk has spent the entirety of his 13-year career in New England, and has previously suggested that he would only return to the field if it were with the Patriots. The alternative, retirement, seems very much in play as well. ...
Faulk was used in a limited role last season, and was not active for Super Bowl XLVI. After countless important carries, catches and blitz pick-ups, he’d have plenty to be proud of should he call for retirement soon.
Carter had already accrued 10 sacks by the time he went down with a season-ending quadriceps injury in the Patriots' 14th regular season game of 2011, and established himself as the latest low-profile, high-reward veteran free agent pickup by Bill Belichick. ...
Without knowing enough about his timetable, it’s difficult to judge his immediate future, but it would make sense if the team invited Carter to rejoin the franchise upon receiving a clean bill of health. That could be within the next month, during training camp, or even beyond. For now, it’s a wait-and-see situation.
Ellis, like Carter, played under a one-year deal in 2011. Unlike Carter, however, Ellis didn’t come cheap, and he wasn’t as productive as many expected out of him, given his contract and playing history.... Ellis has flashed versatility in the past. Should he remain available entering training camp, don’t discount the possibility of a return -- at the right price.
It spoke volumes that Jones played meaningful snaps for the Patriots just days after signing with the team in late November of 2011. He proved to be a sufficient late-season addition, totaling 20 tackles in eight appearances with the Patriots.
Should the Patriots experience similar injury issues at any point this season, Jones seems like the kind of guy New England would turn to once again in a pinch ...
Ihedigbo had by far his best season as a pro for New England last year, notching 69 tackles in a prominent safety role. The secondary struggled as a whole, however, and as mentioned already, the team has worked to inject new personnel into the lineup. ...
He has what it takes to make an NFL roster, and should find work before the beginning of the season. The question is, will a numbers crunch and possible desire to go in a different direction preclude a return to New England for Ihedigbo?
- Patriots Today - Stallworth comes back for more. (3.49 min. video)
- Player Interviews: Brad Herman (6.01 min.), Mike Hartline (3.25 min.), Marcus Forston (4.28), Justin Francis (8.15 min.) and Aaron Lavarias (2.54 min.)
- Karen Guregian reports Wes Welker closed out any thoughts of a protracted contract war with the Patriots by stating he would not miss any regular-season games.
- Jerry Spar highlights Wes Welker's appearance on WEEI's Mut & Merloni show, where he said he probably won't attend June minicamp while still negotiating.
- Tom E. Curran points out the Pats' leverage on Welker is his love for the game.
- Tom E. Curran notes Wes Welker says Brady's football passion is 'like a sickness'.
- Jeff Howe hears from a source that Wes Welker and the Patriots are still not close on a contract; July 15 is a key deadline for negotiations.
- Mike Reiss notes the Patriots have one of the deepest wide receiver groups in all of football.
- Field Yates points out which current Patriots were previously listed on Bruce Feldman's annual Freak List in college football.
- Mike Reiss gives a couple of thoughts on Brandon Spikes eyed as a breakout performer, by Alex Marvez on Fox Sports.
- Shalise Manza Young notes Markell Carter has put on 20 lbs since last season, hasn't lost any speed and has gained explosiveness.
- Tom E. Curran tells us New England can spend up to $5.402 million on its seven rookies in 2012, and breaks down on who should be getting what.
- Mark Farinella notes that the Patriots controlled which rookies were available to the media this year, and not surprisingly, CB Alfonzo Dennard was unavailable.
- Christopher Price takes a quick look at some of the highlights of the Patriots' schedule for the next few months.
- Ricky Doyle reports Rob Gronkowski and Rob Ninkovich will host the Joe Andruzzi and Friends Golf Tournament.
- Rich Levine says there are at least a handful of current Boston athletes on the way to the Hall of Fame.
- Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Wes Welker says he has nine and a half million reasons to play.
- Alex Marvez (Fox Sports) NFL players poised for breakout seasons in 2012. Brandon Spikes is picked for New England.
- Joe Fortenbaugh (Nat'l Football Post) Home field advantage rankings. Patriots ranked 3rd.
- Daniel Jeremiah (NFL.com) Top QB division belongs to Drew Brees, not Aaron Rodgers.
- Andrew Lawrence (SI) League focusing on mental health, but players must buy in.