With less than three weeks left until the draft, the Patriots have been busy hosting numerous elite prospects. USC wide receiver Marquise Lee is the most recent player to be reported stopping by Foxboro this week for a pre-draft visit. A potential first round prospect, Lee excelled in his sophomore year catching 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns. This is the second meeting for Lee who also sat down with the Patriots during the NFL Combine back in February.
Offseason Workouts Could Lead to Big Bucks for Players (ESPNBoston)
Monday marks the beginning of offseason workouts for Patriots players, many of whom could be cut a hefty bonus check if they fully participate. For most NFL teams, players must usually be involved in 80-90 percent of activities in order to be paid for these workouts. According to Field Yates of ESPN Boston, fourteen players are set to gain bonuses for a total of $1,740,500 in potential payouts. Browner, Gronkowski, Mankins and Mayo are among the eligible players topping the list with as much as $250,000 in possible earnings.
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Patriots Staff Raising Money through Boston Marathon (Providence Journal)
Members of the Patriots staff, including Athletic Trainer Joe VanAllen, have already raised more than $375,000 as part of the Patriots Marathon Team. The team, made up of 52 runners from both staff and local citizens, will take part in running the 2014 Boston Marathon on Monday. All proceeds raised will assist the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards program which honors local members of the community who have excelled in volunteerism by providing grants to non-profit associations around the New England area.
Law Reflects on Being Hall of Fame Nominee (Boston Herald)
Ty Law, one of three finalists named for the 2014 Patriots Hall of Fame, has taken to the media to show his utmost appreciation for the honor also explaining what he would have done differently during his NFL career. "Coming back full circle now and being considered as one of the Patriot all-time greats is very humbling to me. I left and played on some different teams, but my heart was always with the Patriots regardless of where I was at. It's an amazing feeling. I'm never one to be too lost on words, but I am right now," stated Law. The former cornerback spent ten years playing in New England before moving to the Jets in 2005 because of contract issues. Law later played with the Chiefs and Broncos until his retirement after the 2009 season. Bill Parcells and Raymond Clayborn were also named Hall of Fame nominees earlier this week.
Patriots Showing Interest in Andre Williams (National Football Post)
Running back Andre Williams is said to have peaked the interest in New England along with the New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Brown according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. The All-American Boston College player won the Doak Walker Award after rushing 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. Williams is projected to be drafted in the second or third round this May.
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