PATRIOTS NEWSWIRE: Hernandez Indicted Again

In this edition of the Newswire: Hernandez's murder charges grow, Patriots Executive leaving, Rookies get numbered and more.

Hernandez Indicted in Double Murder (boston.com)

Former Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez has been charged with two counts of first degree murder for the slaying of two Boston victims who were shot to death in their car in 2012. The new charges were announced by Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley on Thursday morning.

According to prosecutors, Hernandez opened fire on victims Daniel de Abreau and Safiro Furtado who were stopped at a traffic light on their way home after an encounter at Cure Lounge earlier that evening.

Hernandez already faces a murder charge for the death of semi-pro player Odin Lloyd in June 2013.

Patriots Executive Joining Buccaneers (NESN)

New England's director of college scouting Jon Robinson announced his departure from the team on Wednesday. He will be reuniting with Tampa Bay's general manager Jason Licht who worked in the Patriots' front office for six years.

Robinson began his career with the Patriots as an area scout in 2002. Hardwork paid off as he was promoted to regional scout followed by assistant director of college scouting before taking on his current role as director of recruiting in 2009.

Robinson was one of the few executives to join Belichick in the war room during last weekend's NFL draft.

Guard Jon Halapio Brings Toughness (Boston Globe)

While the Patriots' newest guard Jon Halapio may lack lateral quickness or stiffness in his hips, one quality that he has proven to have is toughness.

In his final season with the Gators, Halapio played through a torn pectoral muscle and even a gouged eye in a game against Tennessee that required post-game stitching. In addition, chronic knee pain, back pain or a torn hamstring could not stop the 6-foot-4, 323-pound lineman from getting on the field.

"I love playing football. My mentality is to play until I can't play anymore," the 179th draft pick told reporters on Tuesday.

Halapio played 51 career games, started 43 games and was voted as a team captain in his last season in Florida.

Rookies Receive Uniform Numbers (NESN)

The Patriots' newest draftees were assigned their jersey numbers after arriving in Foxboro on Sunday. Former wide receiver Wes Welker's No.83 has been given to receiver Jeremy Gallon while Spikes' old No.55 will be worn by linebacker Deontae Skinner.

First-round pick Dominique Easley will take former offensive lineman Will Svitek's No. 74, while quarterback Jimmy Garappolo is keeping his college jersey No. 10.

Here is the full list of the 2014 draft class numbers according to NESN:

10 – Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo
21 – Cornerback Jemea Thomas
28 – Running back James White
29 – Running back Roy Finch
31 – Safety Shmaiel Gary
36 – Running back Stephen Houston
42 – Cornerback Travis Hawkins
44 – Tight end Tyler Beck
45 – Linebacker Cameron Gordon
55 – Linebacker Deontae Skinner
66 – Center Bryan Stork
69 – Guard Jon Halapio
71 – Offensive tackle Cameron Fleming
71 – Defensive end Zach Moore
74 – Defensive tackle Dominique Easley
83 – Wide receiver Jeremy Gallon
86 – Tight end Asa Watson
88 – Tight end Justin Jones

Belichick Hopeful for Smith's Recovery (ProFootballTalk)

Bill Belichick is optimistic that veteran Will Smith will be healthy and ready to add to his career sacks as a member of the Patriots come August.

"We'll see where Will is able to get to. He's got a lot of experience —he's got a lot of production through his career. I think he'll be competitive, but we'll have to see how he rehabs from the injury. But we're optimistic that he'll be on the field and be able to compete at some point," Belichick told WEEI.com.

Smith, who was picked up as a free agent from the Saints in May, is still recovering from a torn ACL injury which left him on the sidelines for a majority of last season. If ready to play, he will compete against Jake Bequette, Michael Buchanan and newbie Zach Moore for the third defensive end spot to play alongside Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich.

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