Linebacker James Morris Released (Boston.com)
Only four days after signing with the Patriots, rookie James Morris has been released by the team. The linebacker made $20,000 in those four days including a $10,000 signing bonus and base guaranteed salary of $10,000 stated in his contract. An undrafted free agent out of Iowa, Morris was cut after a "failed physical designation" according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Morris had 400 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and six interceptions in his college career. The Patriots also released rookie tight end Tyler Beck only three days after his contract signing.
Logan Ryan Graduates from Rutgers (NJ.com)
Keeping his word to his family, centerback Logan Ryan finished his degree in labor relations at Rudgers University and will attend the school's graduation ceremony on Saturday. Selected by the Patriots as a third-round pick, Ryan entered last year's draft after his redshirt junior season.
"It's a big accomplishment in my life. I held my word to my parents and Coach (Kyle) Flood, and I stuck with it and I'm fortunate," Ryan told NJ.com. "I even had some classes start when we were in the playoffs, but my professors worked with me and allowed me to focus on the season. Then when our season ended, by the time the Super Bowl rolled around, I was already in class. I knew it was something I wanted to do this year and not get too far removed from it."
Ryan tied fifth place last year with five interceptions, starting seven games in his rookie season.
Jones Focusing on Lower Body This Offseason (CSNNE)
Patriots high producing defensive end Chandler Jones wants to raise the stakes even higher in 2014 by further conditioning his body during offseason workouts.
"I feel like if I can get my legs stronger, and get it equal with my upper body, I'll be more proportional and it will help me with my game a lot. Last season was my upper body. This year, I'm focusing more on my lower body," said Jones. "It can definitely help with me and the whole sport of football, change of direction, my bull rush, whatever it is. Stronger legs definitely generates more power and more speed."
Listed as a defensive end, Jones remarkably recorded 79 tackles and 11.5 sacks last season, higher than the Texans' well-known J.J. Watt, the Rams' Robert Quinn or Buffalo's Mario Williams.
The Hall at Patriot Place Offering Free Military Admission (patriots.com)
Veterans and active duty military can enjoy a free showing of the Hall at Patriot Place during Memorial Day weekend. Free admission is being offered from Saturday, May 24 to Monday, May 26.
Guests are able to view exhibits featuring the Patriots' history, an inside look at team huddles, the Hall of Champions, player jerseys and more. Since 2008, Raytheon and The Hall have allowed free admission to veteran and military members on Veterans Day and Memorial Day each year.
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