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The Patriots continue to host visitors.... Former players are in the news and much, much more in this edition of the newswire ...

Patriots Host Visit with QB Garoppolo  (NESN)

    Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo came to New England for a pre-draft visit this week. The meeting was first reported by Mike Reiss from on Wednesday. Garoppolo joins the list of top tier quarterback prospects that have come to Foxboro in the last few weeks including Johnny Manziel, Aaron Murray and Teddy Bridgewater. In 2013, Garoppolo was awarded the Walter Payton Award given to the top offensive player in the FCS. Adrian Peterson, Steve McNair and Tony Romo are among the list of notable players to have received the award in the past.

New England's Head Doctor Steps Down   (

    Dr. Thomas Gill has stepped down from his position as the Massachusetts General Hospital chief of sports medicine ultimately ending his tenure with the team. Gill has been with the Patriots for over a decade and also worked alongside the Boston Red Sox from 2005 to 2011. In recent years, Gill has been scrutinized for his work including the surgery he performed on tight end Rob Gronkowski's fractured forearm last season. Dr. Matt Provencher has been named his replacement.

Gun Investigation Linked to Hernandez Arrest    (FOXSPORTS)

    Florida resident Oscar Hernandez Jr. was recently indicted by a grand jury for a gun-trafficking case that has since been associated with Aaron Hernandez's murder trial. Three weapons found in the investigation have been linked to the former Patriots tight end's trial for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Two pistols and a semi-automatic rifle that were once owned by Aaron Hernandez where among the weapons confiscated.

Former Patriot Turns to Baseball   (

    Donald Jones, a former Patriots and Bills wide receiver, has joined a New Jersey minor league baseball team as an outfielder. Jones, who was cut by New England last year, was forced into retirement at the age of 25 after health issues emerged during a workout with the Indianapolis Colts. After being diagnosed with Berger's Disease, Jones underwent a kidney transplant four months ago.

Mankins Responds to Spikes Trash Talk   (CSNNE)

New England guard Logan Mankins dismissed the frenzy of harsh tweets made by former teammate Brandon Spikes during Thursday's media interviews at Gillette Stadium. "I don't
know if he was joking or being serious, but that's just Spikes being Spikes," said Mankins. One of Spikes' many social media posts included a statement guaranteeing that his new team, the Buffalo Bills, would win both games against the Patriots next season.  

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