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The Patriots’ 2015 preseason schedule has been announced. (Oliver Thomas)
The New England Patriots’ preseason schedule has been released. And it starts at home.
The Patriots will begin the four-game slate at Gillette Stadium against quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. From there, it’ll be onto New Orleans to face cornerback Brandon Browner and the Saints in Week 2. Then in Week 3, the Patriots will head to Carolina to face the Panthers. And lastly, the preseason will come to a close in Foxborough versus a familiar opponent, the New York Giants, now featuring halfback Shane Vereen and linebacker Jonathan Casillas.
The Patriots will host local college prospects for a pro day at Gillette. (Oliver Thomas)
With college pro days winding down over the final three weeks of April, the New England Patriots are holding their own.
The Patriots’ pro day Thursday at Gillette Stadium features 2015 NFL draft prospects from neighboring schools. And thus, the group workout does not count against the organization’s 30 permitted official visits.
Boston College dual-threat quarterback Tyler Murphy was one of the expected names, according to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, but the Florida transfer has since been scratched due to a scheduling conflict.
Samford safety Jaquiski Tartt attended the NFL Scouting Combine. (NFL.com)
The New England Patriots’ roster currently consists of five safeties. But the organization has recently taken a close look at another.
The Patriots put Samford safety Jaquiski Tartt through a workout on the South Alabama campus on Wednesday, according to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.
Halfback Stevan Ridley has agreed to terms with the Jets. (NFL Game Rewind)
Stevan Ridley’s journey through free agency has come to an end without a return to New England.
The 26-year-old running back has agreed to one-year deal with the New York Jets, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday evening.
“Sending love to all my day one fans, and every teammate I’ve had the pleasure to take the field with,” the former Patriot posted on his Instagram account. “We all know it’s a business, yet it’s also a blessing. So either way you see it, you’ll never understand. Love New England, love my former teammates, and I’m truly thankful for the opportunity the Patriots organization has blessed me with.”
Ridley spent his first four NFL seasons in Foxborough, where he amassed 2,817 career rushing yards and 22 touchdowns.
USC’s Randall Telfer has a visit scheduled with the Patriots. (Patriots.com)
The New England Patriots will visit with USC tight end Randall Telfer next week, Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun and National Football Post reported.
Telfer has also visited the Philadelphia Eagles and has a private meeting scheduled with the Atlanta Falcons, according to Wilson.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound target caught 65 passes for 648 yards and 12 touchdowns over four seasons and 48 games with the Trojans. He appeared in 13 games in 2014, finishing his senior campaign 21 receptions for 197 yards and two scores.
Utah lineman Jeremiah Poutasi has drawn contact from New England. (Utah Football)
With the 2015 NFL draft drawing near, Jeremiah Poutasi is drawing his share of suitors.
According to Rotoworld.com’s Josh Norris, the Utah offensive lineman has visited or worked out with a dozen teams, including the New England Patriots.
The 6-foot-5, 335-pound Ute started all 13 games at left tackle in 2014, and went on to be named second-team All-Pac 12 in result. He logged a combined 23 starts over his previous two seasons, with 10 arriving at right tackle as a true freshman in 2012.
The Patriots have held a private workout with Northwestern State’s Deon Simon. (NFL.com)
The New England Patriots are digging deep for a two-gap prospect.
One stop in that search heading into the 2015 NFL draft has led the Patriots to Northwestern State’s Deon Simon, whom the team worked out privately last week, according to WEEI.com’s Chris Price.
The 6-foot-4, 330-pound Simon is seen as a 3-4 nose tackle and a possible seventh-round pick in early May. And in his NFL.com draft diary, the Southland Conference product shared that he already had a formal interview with the Patriots at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.
Florida tackle D.J. Humphries is projected as a first-round pick. (NFL.com)
Retired Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, who’s helping out in an advisory role through the 2015 NFL draft, made his way to Gainesville for the Florida pro day Tuesday, according to NFL Media’s Albert Breer.
The Gators’ group of line prospects is headlined by projected first-round pick D.J. Humphries, a 6-foot-5, 307-pound offensive tackle who’s played in 29 career games with 19 starts at Florida.
The NFL has suspended LeGarrette Blount for the 2015 opener. (NFL Game Rewind)
When the New England Patriots embark on Week 1 of the 2015 regular season, LeGarrette Blount will not be among them.
The Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount has been suspended without pay for next September’s regular-season opener, according to an NFL spokesperson.
Blount’s suspension is for violating of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. And under it, the 2009 undrafted free agent is permitted to take part in the team’s offseason program and preseason itinerary, before serving his one-game ban.