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New England Patriots Links 6/12/14 - Shortage of TEs Gives Justin Jones Valuable Reps

Daily News and Links for 6/12/14

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Gronk and Hooman stretch it out
Gronk and Hooman stretch it out
Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports



  • Mike Reiss discusses the amount of work the team is doing on red zone offense and who might help in that area. (1.20 min. video)
  • Doug Kyed fees the Patriots should find Rob Gronkowski's progress encouraging, but they still need a tight end.
  • Doug Kyed reports Rob Gronkowski was voted No. 41 by players on NFL Top 100 list.
  • Jeff Howe hears from a source that the Patriots have remained in contact with Dustin Keller since he visited Gillette Stadium over a month ago.
  • Phil Perry examines which TE would be the better fit in New England, Jermichael Finley or Dustin Keller.
  • Mike Reiss tells us what he'll be watching at today's OTAs: The O-line, Justin Jones getting valuable reps, Revis and the DBs.
  • Phil Perry points out what he'll be keeping an eye on today at OTAs: Red Zone work, the hurry-up and two-minute drills; More.
  • Zuri Berry tells us what he'll be watching for as the Patriots get close to wrapping up OTAs: Armand Armstead (does he even exist?); Rookies; More.
  • Mike Reiss reports (4th round) rookie OT Cameron Fleming was finally able to report to the team Tuesday, as Stanford will hold its graduation this weekend.
  • Doug Kyed reports Stevan Ridley and the Patriots haven't yet discussed a contract extension.
  • Christopher Price says Tom Brady has plenty of company when it comes to QBs who were successful in later years.
  • Doug Kyed reports recently released pass rusher Quentin Groves was in Foxboro on Wednesday.
  • Mike Reiss reports first-year OT R.J. Mattes, who was a long shot to make the final roster, has been released by the Patriots.
  • Mark Daniels hears from Brandon LaFell's high school football coach Tom Nolen, who talks about LaFell's ability to listen, learn and adapt.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: Only a handful of players have a roster spot locked up.
  • Nick Underhill Patriots Mailbag: What does Kenbrell Thompkins need to do to make the team?
  • Zuri Berry updates the Patriots upcoming schedule.
  • Mike Reiss looks at the Patriots offseason financial situation from ESPN's Stats & Information department.
  • Tom E. Curran looks back at where Patriots players have landed on the NFL's Top 100 list in past years.
  • Zuri Berry notes yesterday was Photo Day at GIllette Stadium, and posts the first official pic of Darrelle Revis looking fine in red, white, blue and silver.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Today is the 9th of 10 OTAs and the 3rd that is open to the media; Media focus will be on the health of Wilfork, Kelly and Will Smith; Others to keep an eye on will be those who left for the bubble shortly after jogging last week - Gronkowski, Solder, Slater, D.J. Williams, Green and Bolden; All three QBs were picked off but there was improvement in the passing game; RB Roy Finch appears to be the best undrafted rookie in the open sessions so far; Pats have not had any noticeable production from their TEs with Gronk sidelined.
  • Mark Daniels Patriots Journal: A bigger Josh Boyce has made himself noticed during the first weeks of OTAs as a go-to target for Brady and leading the way in kick return drills; Chris Jones is very aware he has stiff competition at the DT position; Danny Amendola hosted a Celebrity Waiter Night at Towne in Boston for his Catches for Kids Foundation; With the release of R.J. Mattes, Patriots have an open roster spot available.