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Thursday, May 26th Patriots OTA times, rumors, and live updates: TE Martellus Bennet "was a standout"

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We'll be providing live updates during the Patriots first open practice!

The New England Patriots are hosting their first team activity open to the media on Thursday. Media will have access to practice at 10:55 am EST and will be speaking with the defense upon the conclusion.

OTAs will be the first time that a few questions will be answered- or at least be addressed- this offseason and should be pretty exciting.

We will see which offensive linemen take the field in front of quarterback Tom Brady, and we can see if the coaching staff is as high on guard Shaq Mason as the rest of us were after the playoffs last season. Where will acquisitions Joe Thuney and Jonathan Cooper line up?

We know that rookie wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell bypassed the Rookie Premiere event in order to learn the playbook; does he slide into the offense without a hitch? He'll have plenty of opportunities with receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola recovering from injuries.

We'll also get a nice look at the tight end trio of Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett, and Clay Harbor. That should be fun.

On the defensive side, we'll see a handful of players that effectively received red shirt seasons in 2015, in edge defenders Geneo Grissom, Trey Flowers, and Rufus Johnson, along with cornerback Darryl Roberts. Hopefully they pick up where they left off last preseason.

We'll also welcome edge defender Chris Long, defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, and linebacker Shea McClellin. They'll add some quality depth to the rotation.

ESPN's Mike Reiss reflected on seeing and hearing about running back Dion Lewis last offseason, and we can all remember the hype around cornerback Malcolm Butler in 2014. Some fringe players will make strong cases to contribute in 2016.

Pats Pulpit will be posting updates throughout the morning. Feel free to share anything you see in the comments section.