Patriots Host Jermichael Finley (NESN)
Veteran tight end Jermichael Finley stopped by New England last Friday according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. The former Green Bay star recorded 25 catches for two touchdowns and 300 yards before suffering a season-ending spinal contusion that ended his 2013 season.
In 2011, his best season to date, the tight end caught 767 passes including eight touchdowns and 767 yards. If signed, Finley could bring the Patriots back to their highly successful two-tight end offense.
Garropolo Officially Inks Deal with New England (boston.com)
Second round draft selection, Jimmy Garoppolo spent Monday signing his official contract with the Patriots. According to Boston Globe's Ben Volin, the rookie quarterback will receive a guaranteed $1.1 million including a signing bonus of $853,744 for his four year deal. Garropolo will also be paid workout bonuses of $50,000 and $75,000 during his second and third year with the team. Both Garoppolo and veteran quarterback Tom Brady's contracts are set to expire in 2017.
New England Players and Owner Come Together for Football Safety (Providence Journal)
Patriots owner Robert Kraft teamed up with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and a handful of Patriots players to teach the importance of football safety to New England mothers. Chandler Jones, Devin McCourty, Logan Ryan and Matthew Slater were among the list of players to assist with the ‘Moms Football Safety Clinic' on Thursday with over 100 local area mothers in attendance.
The clinic included a panel of ‘football moms,' drills led by players and safety concussion information from Goodell.
"There's been more awareness in the last several years, and we're a part of that. The fact that our popularity, the platform we have, it's an opportunity," said Goodell. "It's part of our responsibility to make the game safer not only at the NFL level, to protect our players. But also every other level of football, and frankly, sports in general. Because this is not just a football issue. It's in all sports. You're hearing it. My girls play soccer and their teammates have had multiple concussions. We want our kids to play sports and play them safely."
Amendola Ready For Another Chance (Providence Journal)
After a less than spectacular first season with the Patriots, wide receiver Danny Amendola is ready to prove himself in the 2014 season.
"For me, it's the start to the season. Put the last season behind us and look forward to the next one, and this is where it starts for me. I really believe that," Amendola explained. "Have a good offseason, have a good OTAs and carry that through camp and keep it rolling."
Amendola signed a $28.5 million, five-year contract with the Patriots last year, however, spent much of his time on the sidelines plagued with injuries similar to his first four years with the Rams. The wide receiver had 54 catches for 633 yards and two touchdowns last season, most of which came in Week's One and Ten.
The wide receiver is no stranger to battling injuries, suffering a groin injury in 2013, dislocated clavicle in 2012 and dislocated elbow which made his miss much of the 2011 season. 2010 remains Amendola's best season to date, catching 85 receptions for 689 yards and three touchdowns along with 1142 kickoff returning yards for the Rams.
No Numbers for Patriots Players (ProFootballTalk)
According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, New England is the only team in the league to have numberless, unidentified players during practice. While many list the names on the back of jerseys or helmets, every team except for the Patriots have numbers listed on the back of jerseys or helmets.
"We're learning a lot of different names and faces right now. We want our teammates to learn who the other people in the huddle are. I think it's great for the quarterbacks to do that but also for the skill players, the different groups of linemen, the different centers," said offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. "There are a lot of different people working with one another during the course of practice that really lends itself to us becoming a team. That's what we're really focused on."
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