Patriots Sign Derrick Johnson (NESN)
After an impressive minicamp tryout in New England, Maine's Derrick Johnson has signed a deal with the Patriots confirmed by his agent Josh Stevens on Sunday. The undrafted free agent ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash and a 6.60-second three-cone drill during his pro day in May. In his last season with Maine, the wide receiver recorded 60 passes for 608 yards and two touchdowns.
Patriots and Eagles to Practice Together (Star Ledger)
Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Eagles coach Chip Kelly will join forces for a second year in a row. According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Philadelphia Eagles will head to New England later this summer for another round of joint practices. The two teams spent two days practicing together last season including choice words between Aaron Dobson and Philadelphia cornerback Cary Williams who were kicked out of practice over the scuffle.
Although there has not been a specific date announced, the Eagles will face the Patriots in a pre-season game on August 15th and the practices will likely occur in the days prior to the game.
Jones Looking to Learn from Gronkowski (Providence Journal)
Newly signed tight end Justin Jones hopes to learn from a player he's watched throughout his career.
"I've been learning from Gronk since I was in high school, man. He was great at Arizona, I watched him there," said Jones. "He's a great athlete, a great tight end…I've been definitely in the film room and checking in on what's going on with him all the time. He's the best tight end in the league, so I can't wait to learn as much as I can from him."
The 6-foot-8 East Carolina tight end brings both athleticism and size to the team, potentially taking a much-needed tight end spot on the roster. Due to academic reasons, Jones sat out his final college season, however, recorded 52 catches for 598 yards with 12 touchdowns in his three years at ECU.
Brady's House Up for Sale (Entertainmentwise)
Quarterback Tom Brady's house has been put on the market for a hefty $50 million dollars. The Brentwood mansion features six bedrooms, a library, infinity pool, 14,000 square feet waterfall, gym and moat. Brady and wife Gisele built the estate four years ago but put it up for sale to permanently move to Boston. According to the New York Post, hip-hop billionaire Dr. Dre has put a substantial offer on the house.
New England Hosts Three Linebackers (National Football Post)
The Patriots hosted workouts with James Anderson, Marvin Mitchell and Stevenson Sylvester according to NFL sources. Anderson had 102 tackles and four sacks last season with the Chicago Bears. The linebacker has recorded 556 tackles, 12 sacks and three interceptions during his NFL career.
Former Viking Marvin Mitchell recorded 42 tackles last season. In his career, he has two sacks, one interception and 171 tackles.
In four seasons, Stevenson recorded 34 career tackles during his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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