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 Latest Patriots Player Notes
Jul 27 2015 - Chris White
  LB Chris White failed his physical with the Patriots Monday (July 27) and was declared active/physically unable to perform.


Jul 27 2015 - Ryan Wendell
  C Ryan Wendell failed his physical with the Patriots Monday (July 27) and was declared active/physically unable to perform.


Jul 27 2015 - Vince Taylor
  DT Vince Taylor failed his physical with the Patriots Monday (July 27) and was declared active/physically unable to perform.


Jul 27 2015 - Matthew Slater
  WR Matthew Slater failed his physical with the Patriots Monday (July 27) and was declared active/physically unable to perform.


Jul 27 2015 - Brandon LaFell
  WR Brandon LaFell failed his physical with the Patriots Monday (July 27) and was declared active/physically unable to perform.


Jul 27 2015 - Chris Jones
  DT Chris Jones failed his physical with the Patriots Monday (July 27) and was declared active/physically unable to perform.


Jul 27 2015 - Dane Fletcher
  LB Dane Fletcher failed his physical with the Patriots Monday (July 27) and was declared active/physically unable to perform.


Jul 27 2015 - Dominique Easley
  DT Dominique Easley failed his physical with the Patriots Monday (July 27) and was declared active/physically unable to perform.


Jul 27 2015 - Matt Flynn
  QB Matt Flynn failed his physical with the Patriots Monday (July 27) and was placed on active/non-football injury.


Jul 26 2015 - Ryan Allen
  P Ryan Allen signed a three-year contract extension with the Patriots Sunday (July 26). The deal takes Allen through the 2018 season, according to multiple reports. Allen, 25, has the option to renegotiate after two seasons, the Boston Globe reported. The move comes 10 days after the Patriots signed Stephen Gostkowski to a four-year deal worth $17.2 million, an extension that made him the highest-paid kicker in the NFL. Allen would have been a restricted free agent after the 2015 season and potentially an unrestricted free agent after the 2016 season. Allen, a left-footed punter, made the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana Tech in 2013. He has punted in every game for the Patriots over the last two seasons (32 regular season, five in the playoffs). Last season, Allen ranked 10th in the NFL with a 46.4-yard average and 12th in net punting (39.9). In two seasons with the Patriots, he has averaged 46.1 yards per punt with a net average of 40.2. He put 25 of his 66 punts inside the 20 during the 2014 regular season.


Jul 24 2015 - Tarell Brown
  CB Tarell Brown agreed to a one-year deal with the Patriots Thursday (July 23). Brown, 30, spent seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and started in 14 games with the Oakland Raiders last season, when he played most of the year -- from Week 4 to Week 15 -- with a broken bone in his foot. He has 11 interceptions in his career but none is his past 27 games. He became an unrestricted free agent in March. He visited the Patriots in May and told Sirius XM Radio at the time that four teams were showing interest in signing him for 2015.


Jul 24 2015 - Zach D'Orazio
  WR Zach D'Orazio was signed by the Patriots Thursday (July 23). Undrafted out of Akron, D'Orazio had signed with the Patriots on May 26 but was waived June 11. The 6-foot-2, 212-pounder was a two-year starter at Akron who finished his career with 119 receptions for 1,422 yards and five touchdowns after converting from quarterback in 2012.


Jul 15 2015 - Stephen Gostkowski
  K Stephen Gostkowski signed a four-year deal worth $17.2 million on Wednesday (July 15), the deadline for designated franchise players to sign a long-term extension. Gostkowski signed his one-year tender of $4.56 million the same week the Patriots designated him a franchise player, which restricted his ability to sign with other teams in free agency. The two sides beat Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline for signing a new contract. Gostkowski, 31, was a fourth-round pick of the Patriots in 2006. Last season, he became New England's all-time leading scorer and was 35-of-37 on field goals to lead the NFL with 156 points.


Jun 22 2015 - Malcom Brown
  DL Malcom Brown, selected by the Patriots in the first round of the draft (32nd overall), signed a four-year contract Friday (June 19). Brown started 26 of 39 games over his three-year career at Texas and finished with 165 tackles, 8.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and six passes defensed.


Jun 17 2015 - Brandon Bolden
  RB Brandon Bolden was primarily a special teams player and fill-in during his first three seasons as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots. But with Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen gone and LeGarrette Blount suspended for the season opener, there are a lot of offensive reps up for grabs in the backfield this summer. Some of those could go to second-year back James White or free-agent addition Travaris Cadet. Deon Lewis is another option as a diminutive back on passing downs. But it just might be Bolden, a longtime favorite of the New England coaching staff who steps up to fill the void. He has shown unique skills while serving as a season-long backup to Blount that make him an option in the passing game or pretty much anything else. "He plays on all four downs," Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said after Wednesday's workout during the second of three days of mandatory minicamp. "He's a good early-down back, he's a good third-down back and he's a good fourth-down back. "(He's) one of our best special teams players, certainly one of our best offensive special teams players along with (Matthew) Slater. So, yeah, he's a very valuable guy, fills a lot of roles, smart, doesn't need a lot of reps, and he's got a lot of experience." Not surprising for a guy who has so endeared himself to the hard-to-please Belichick, Bolden wasn't all that talkative when asked about the possibility of expanding his role. He's looking to, as Belichick might advise, simply to do his job. "Whatever they call me to do. I'm just excited to play football," Bolden said. "Reps or no reps. Special teams or offense. I just want to play football. "I'm just here to do whatever they tell me to do. If they want me to do first and second down, I can. Third down. I can. I've been doing fourth down on special teams. Like coach always says -- the more you can do. I work at all phases of the game as much as I can." Whether Bolden wants to admit it or not,


Jun 17 2015 - Jake Bequette
  TE Jake Bequette has been a clear disappointment as a third-round pick in 2012 out of Arkansas. He saw nearly no action on defense in his three seasons, spending all of 2014 on the practice squad. This year, Bequette is transitioning to tight end. Though he looked raw at times on the practice field, he showed some flashes of offensive ability. "Jake works hard," Belichick said. "I think he's really into it. He wanted to do it, wants to do it and he's worked really hard at it. The techniques are different, but he played on the end of the line on defense, so he has some familiarity with that kind of spacing over there if you will and what it looks like on the other side of the ball. "(He's) athletic in the passing game, he's got good size and playing strength. We'll see how it goes in training camp. He's made a lot of progress and I think he'll be ready to compete at that position as well as on defense. "Obviously, we know he can play defense. He's spent a lot of time over there. We'll see how it all goes as we get into pads and get into competition and contact. But I think he's in good position to compete." Apparently, it's a role he has had off and on while in New England. "We had some depth issues in training camp really the last couple years," Belichick said. "So on the scout team in practice when our defense was practicing and he was on the practice squad this year and he wasn't going to be active for the game, then he would take reps at tight end. "So that kind of caught our eye. He runs well. (When) the quarterbacks threw to him, he caught it, did a competitive job blocking. We just felt like he's had enough time on defense, and he's a smart kid -- it's not like learning is an issue for him. "We felt like he spent enough time on defense, so we put a lot of time in on offense and see where he can get to there and then evaluate it."


Jun 17 2015 - Joe Cardona
  LS Joe Cardona, New England's fifth-round pick out of the Navy, took part in OTA and minicamp practices. He is the team's only long snapper on the roster this spring and has looked solid in practice. But Belichick said it is not yet a certainty that Cardona will be available full time for NFL action because of his remaining military commitment. "We'll see," Belichick said. "He's been here for pretty much everything that we've done. Ultimately, that's not really our decision. But the Navy has been very cooperative in terms of his responsibilities. But he's in the Navy; he's on duty. It's not like he's getting out of anything. He's active. We've been able to work the schedules out, so we'll see how it goes."


Jun 16 2015 - Scott Chandler
  TE Scott Chandler has been one of the stars of New England's OTA and minicamp practices. The free agent and former Buffalo Bill spent a lot of time working with Rob Gronkowski and Brady. The team hopes to utilize the two tight ends together in so-called "12 personnel," especially in the red zone. Chandler was a little banged up late in Tuesday's minicamp practice, but said he was "OK." He emphasized that although he has a start to building a rapport with Brady, it's still early in the process. "I still think there is a lot of room to grow there, and a lot to learn," Chandler told reporters. "But it's coming along. We try to take a step forward every day."


Jun 12 2015 - Matt Flynn
  QB Matt Flynn, who wasn't tendered as a UFA by the Packers on May 12, was signed by the Patriots Friday (June 12). The 29-year-old Flynn played in seven games for the Packers last season. Flynn joins a Patriots roster that has Tom Brady and second-year player Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback, but New England is likely to be without Brady at the start of the season while he serves a suspension resulting from the Deflategate investigation. The journeyman Flynn has spent seven seasons in the NFL with the Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders and the Buffalo Bills. A seventh-round draft pick by the Packers in 2008, Flynn has played in 51 games and started seven, throwing for 2,541 yards and 17 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. Flynn was Green Bay's backup from 2008 through 2011 and then signed with Seattle as an unrestricted free agent in 2012. A year later, he was traded to the Raiders but was released on Oct. 7, 2013, and signed a week later by the Buffalo Bills before being released again and returning to Green Bay. In seven games last season for the Packers, Flynn completed 8-of-16 passes for 66 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. But the Packers decided to go forward with Scott Tolzien as their No. 2 quarterback behind starter Aaron Rodgers as the start of training camp in late July draws closer.


Jun 11 2015 - Zach D'Orazio
  WR Zach D'Orazio was waived by the Patriots Thursday (June 11). D'Orazio, 23, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Akron on May 26, 2015. The 6-foot-2, 212-pounder, was a two-year starter at Akron, appearing in 28 games at wide receiver and finished his career with 119 receptions for 1,422 yards and five touchdowns. D'Orazio began his college career as a quarterback before switching to wide receiver in 2012.


Jun 11 2015 - Jimmay Mundine
  TE Jimmay Mundine was signed by the Patriots Thursday (June 11). Mundine, 23, played in 45 games with 19 starts at tight end and closed his career as Kansas' third-ranked tight end in terms of yards and receptions with 1,082 yards on 86 receptions. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder, has the most touchdowns by a tight end in school history with 11. Last season, Mundine started in all 12 games and set a single season record for a tight end in school history with 584 receiving yards.


Jun 11 2015 - D.J. Lynch
  LB D.J. Lynch was signed by the Patriots Thursday (June 11). Lynch, 22, played in 48 games with 26 starts at Bowling Green and finished with 230 total tackles. The 6-foot, 252-pounder, had his best season as a junior in 2013 when he started all 14 games and was named All-MAC after finishing with a team-high of 83 total tackles.


Jun 10 2015 - Malcolm Butler
  CB Malcolm Butler may have been the hero of the New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory, but that does not make him immune to discipline when he fails to meet his responsibilities. Butler missed a flight to Boston because of weather issues and was late for the first practice of organized team activities (OTAs) on May 26. As a result he was held off the practice field for three weeks, the Boston Herald reported. Butler had planned to be in Boston the day before OTAs began, but weather problems made that impossible. He also contacted team officials to let them know he would be late. Butler had been absent during two recent open workouts, and it was unknown why he was not present until this information surfaced. He is expected to be back on the field for Thursday's workout. Butler intercepted a pass by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson at the goal-line with 20 seconds remaining to preserve the Patriots' 28-24 victory in the Super Bowl.


Jun 8 2015 - Derek Cox
  CB Derek Cox was signed by the Patriots Monday (June 8). Cox, 28, is a veteran of five NFL seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2009-12) and the San Diego Chargers (2013). The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder, originally entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick by Jacksonville in 2009 out of William & Mary. He has played in 63 NFL games with 56 starts and has accumulated 204 total tackles, 13 interceptions, and 39 passes defensed. After being released by San Diego on March 4, 2014, Cox spent time with Minnesota and Baltimore. He went to training camp with Minnesota after joining the Vikings on March 16, 2014. He was released by Minnesota on Aug. 25, 2014, signed by Baltimore on Aug. 27, 2014 and then released on Aug. 30, 2014.


Jun 4 2015 - Joe Cardona
  LS Joe Cardona, selected by the Patriots in the fifth round of the draft (166th overall), signed a four-year contract Thursday (June 4). Cardona was a four-year player for Navy, appearing in 52 games.


May 26 2015 - Zach D'Orazio
  WR Zach D'Orazio was signed as undrafted free agent by the Patriots Tuesday (May 26). D'Orazio, 23, started for two years at Akron as a wide receiver and finished his college career with 119 receptions for 1,422 yards and five touchdowns, including 62 catches for 658 yards as a junior in 2014 after he switched to wideout from quarterback.


May 26 2015 - Dane Fletcher
  LB Dane Fletcher, who wasn't tendered as a UFA by the Buccaneers on May 12, was signed by the Patriots Tuesday (May 26). The 28-year-old Fletcher signed with the Patriots as an undrafted rookie in 2010 and was with the team through the 2013 season before signing with Tampa Bay last year. Fletcher, known for his strong special teams play, started four games on defense in 2014 and has 10 career starts at linebacker.


May 25 2015 - Vince Taylor
  DT Vince Taylor was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Patriots on May 8.


May 25 2015 - Chris Harper
  WR Chris Harper was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Patriots on May 8.


May 25 2015 - David Andrews
  C David Andrews was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Patriots on May 8.


May 19 2015 - Kevin Hughes
  T/G Kevin Hughes was signed by the Patriots May 11.


May 18 2015 - Dekoda Watson
  LB Dekoda Watson was signed by the Patriots Mayb 12. Watson, 27, has played in 70 NFL games, with seven starts, and has registered 120 tackles, three sacks, one interception, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries during his five-year NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010-13), Jacksonville Jaguars (2014) and Dallas Cowboys (2014). Last season, he began the season with Jacksonville and appeared in nine games with one start. He posted nine tackles before being released on Nov. 11, 2014, and signing with Dallas on Nov. 14, 2014. He played in one game for the Cowboys, but did not accrue any statistics. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder originally entered the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick (217th overall) by Tampa Bay in 2010 out of Florida State. Watson's most productive NFL season came with the Buccaneers in 2013 when he registered 42 tackles, two sacks, one interception and one forced fumble.


May 9 2015 - Geneo Grissom
  DE Geneo Grissom, selected by the Patriots in the third round of the draft (97th overall), agreed to terms on a four-year contract Saturday (May 9). The deal is worth $2.891 and includes a signing bonus of $581,948. The 6-foot-4, 252-pounder, played in 39 games with 11 starts and registered 88 tackles, eight sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries at Oklahoma. Last season, he played in 10 games with seven starts and tallied 39 total tackles and 3.5 sacks.


May 9 2015 - Darryl Roberts
  CB Darryl Roberts, selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the draft (247th overall), agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Patriots Friday (May 8).


May 9 2015 - A.J. Derby
  TE A.J. Derby, selected by the Patriots in the sixth round of the draft (202nd overall), agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Patriots Friday (May 8).


May 9 2015 - Xzavier Dickson
  DE Xzavier Dickson, selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the draft (253rd overall), agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Patriots Friday (May 8).


May 9 2015 - Matthew Wells
  LB Matthew Wells, selected by the Patriots in the sixth round of the draft (178th overall), agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Patriots Friday (May 8).


May 9 2015 - Shaquille Mason
  G Shaq Mason, selected by the Patriots in the fourth round of the draft (131st overall), agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Patriots Friday (May 8).


May 9 2015 - Tre' Jackson
  G Tre' Jackson, selected by the Patriots in the fourth round of the draft (111th overall), agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Patriots Friday (May 8).


May 9 2015 - Trey Flowers
  DE Trey Flowers, selected by the Patriots in the fourth round of the draft (101st overall), agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Patriots Friday (May 8).


May 9 2015 - Jordan Richards
  S Jordan Richards, selected by the Patriots in the second round of the draft (64th overall), agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Patriots Friday (May 8).


May 9 2015 - Dekoda Watson
  LB Dekoda Watson had his contract terminated by the Cowboys Friday (May 8).


Apr 22 2015 - Jerod Mayo
  LB Jerod Mayo, a team captain whose last two seasons have been ended early by injuries, reportedly has restructured his contract to reduce his $6.25 million salary. Mayo will be guaranteed $4.5 million, with a chance to earn $6 million if he plays in 85 percent of the plays next season, according to reports by FOX Sports and NFL Network. The Patriots also inserted a $4 million option next year to engage the final two years of the contract. Mayo, 29, has played in just 12 games over the past two years, six in 2014 because of a torn patellar tendon and six in 2013 because of a torn pectoral muscle. New England's first-round pick in 2008, Mayo had been one of the team's best defenders over his first five seasons. He has 756 tackles, 10 sacks, eight forced fumbles and three interceptions in his career.


Apr 7 2015 - LeGarrette Blount
  RB LeGarrette Blount was suspended by the NFL Tuesday (April 7) for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Blount will miss the first game of the regular season. Blount was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers last year when he and Steelers teammate Le'Veon Bell were stopped by police. Blount was arrested for marijuana possession, but prosecutors dropped the charge after Blount performed 50 hours of community service. Blount can still participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. Bell, who was driving the car, was charged with DUI and received probation. He probably will be suspended for two games by the NFL, although no announcement has been made. Blount was released by the Steelers and joined the Patriots for the final five games of the 2014 regular season. He rushed for 281 yards and three touchdowns in those five games and ran for 189 yards during the playoffs. He scored three touchdowns in the 45-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game.


Apr 3 2015 - Sealver Siliga
  DT Sealber Siliga re-signed with the Patriots Thursday (April 2) as an exclusive-right free agent.


Mar 27 2015 - Dont'a Hightower
  LB Dont'a Hightower reportedly will be out six to seven months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right labrum. Hightower had surgery Feb. 10, according to the Boston Globe. The injury kept Hightower out in Week 14 against the San Diego Chargers, but he returned to play the rest of the season -- other than an insignificant Week 17 game against the Buffalo Bills. Hightower had 33 tackles and 1.5 sacks while playing with the injury, according to the Globe. Hightower is the fourth Patriot to undergo surgery this offseason. Right tackle Sebastian Vollmer also had a torn labrum repaired, right guard Ryan Wendell underwent shoulder surgery as well, and defensive tackle Chris Jones had a torn calf muscle fixed.


Mar 18 2015 - Robert McClain
  CB Robert McClain left the Falcons for the Patriots Wednesday (March 18), agreeing to terms on a one-year, $1.25 million contract that includes a $150,000 signing bonus. McClain, 26, has bounced between the Carolina Panthers (2010), Jacksonville Jaguars (2011) and Atlanta Falcons (2012-14) in four NFL seasons. In 63 career games, he has 202 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. In 2014, McClain started six of 16 games for the Falcons and totaled 60 tackles, one sack and two interceptions.


Mar 18 2015 - Bradley Fletcher
  CB Bradley Fletcher left the Eagles for the Patriots Wednesday (March 18), agreeing to terms on a one-year contract. Fletcher, 28, spent the past two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles after four years with St. Louis Rams. He has 306 career tackles and eight interceptions. Last season with the Eagles, Fletcher started the first 15 games but was burned repeatedly late in the season in coverage and benched for the final game. He led the Eagles with 26 passes defensed.


Mar 17 2015 - Travaris Cadet
  RB Travaris Cadet was signed by the Patriots Tuesday (March 17). Cadet, a pass-catching specialist, played for the New Orleans Saints last year, compiling 38 receptions for 296 yards. He became a free agent when the Saints elected not to tender him as a restricted free agent. For his career, the three-year veteran only has 11 carries. The Saints originally signed Cadet as an undrafted free agent out of Appalachian State in 2012.


Mar 14 2015 - Alan Branch
  DT Alan Branch was re-signed by the Patriots Saturday (March 14), agreeing to terms on a two-year contract.



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