The Patriots may need some veteran linebacker depth with Dont’a Hightower expected to miss much of the offseason and some of training camp due to his offseason shoulder surgery.

The Patriots may need some veteran linebacker depth with Dont’a Hightower expected to miss much of the offseason and some of training camp due to his offseason shoulder surgery.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, veteran free agent linebacker Rolando McClain is visiting with the Patriots on Monday.

McClain was drafted eighth overall by the Raiders in 2010, but had a few off field incidents while with the team. He was released on April 5, 2013. He then signed with the Ravens five days later, but announced his retirement May 15, 2013. He then came back to the league last season playing with Dallas, and had a productive season despite knee and groin injuries, finishing with 65 tackles and a sack.

It’s worth noting he’s facing a four-game fine for violating the league’€™s substance abuse policy, but no suspension.

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Ryan Hannable

WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2015 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

Cody Prewitt (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Cody Prewitt led the SEC with six interceptions in 2013, and he followed that up with three in 2014. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

CODY PREWITT

Position: Free safety

School: Mississippi

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 217 pounds

Achievements: 2014 AP All-America second team, 2014 Bednarik Award watch list for best defensive player, 2014 All-SEC first team 2013 AP All-America first team, 2013 All-SEC first team, 2013 Thorpe Award semifinalist for best defensive back

What he brings: Prewitt has good size for a free safety, but scouts worry that he doesn’t use his size to his advantage enough. He is considered to be a better playing in a zone defense, and his man coverage has come into question. Scouts and experts applaud his ability to read plays and his above-average ball skills, but they say he has average top-end speed.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 3-5

Notes: Prewitt is ranked sixth among safeties and 101st overall in the draft at ESPN.com. He finished the 2014 season with 64 tackles and three interceptions, one year after leading the SEC with six interceptions. At the NFL scouting combine he ranked third in his position in the broad jump (10 feet, 5 inches) and fourth in the 60-yard shuttle (11.44 seconds).

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Video: Prewitt lays a big hit on a Boise State receiver in August 2014.

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Nik Beimler

The fiancee of Aaron Hernandez returned to the stand in his murder trial Monday and once again insisted she did not remember when questioned by the prosecution about some of her actions on the day after the murder of Odin Lloyd in June 2013.

The fiancee of Aaron Hernandez returned to the stand in his murder trial Monday and once again insisted she did not remember when questioned by the prosecution about some of her actions on the day after the murder of Odin Lloyd in June 2013.

Monday morning’s testimony focused on Shayanna Jenkins removing a box from the North Attleboro home she shared with Hernandez after receiving a phone call from the then-Patriots tight end. Prosecution has speculated that the box may have contained the murder weapon.

“He told me to go downstairs in our storage room and remove a box from our home,” Jenkins testified. “I believe he said it was important, I’m not too sure.”

Jenkins was shown on video sitting in the living room next to her sister, Shaneah, who had been dating Lloyd. Jenkins then is seen receiving a phone call and walking down to the basement. She acknowledged in court that she was asked to remove a box, which she said was open and contained smaller boxes inside — although she did not see the contents — and she put the box in a large plastic garbage bag and put baby clothes on top of it “so nothing was exposed.”

While she was able to recall the approximate dimensions of the box and the weight of the bag, she said she couldn’t recall why she asked to borrow her sister’s car and has no recollection of where she disposed of the bag. She said she drove around for about 45-60 minutes due in part to being nervous, and she does not remember where she found the “random dumpster” in which she deposited the bag.

“I think it was a residential area. I’m not sure,” she said. “I’m not sure what was around.”

Jenkins said she felt caught in the middle, trying to comfort her sister but also feeling the strain from her fiance being questioned by law enforcement about his possible role in the killing.

“At that point I was nervous,” she said. “Like I said, there were a lot of things going on. I really had to play a neutral role as far as trying comfort my sister. Everyone’s emotions were kind of on me. There was a form of breaking down at that point. So yeah, I was nervous.”

Jenkins was shown on security camera taking out money from a bank ATM, but she could not recall why she took out the cash. During Friday’s testimony she admitted meeting with Hernandez’s two alleged accomplices and giving them $500 in cash after dropping off Hernandez at the North Atlleboro police station to be questioned. She also admitted finding a handgun in a “kitchen junk drawer” in their house.

Jenkins said Hernandez denied any involvement in the murder after returning from the police station.

“I believe I asked him at that point if he did, did it, and he said no,” Jenkins recalled.

Jenkins has been granted immunity, meaning she cannot incriminate herself on the stand but she also can’t plead the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions. She previously was charged with perjury for allegedly lying to a grand jury investigating the murder. She told the grand jury that she was not told to remove the box, which contradicts what she said in court.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2015 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

Arie Kouandjio (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

There are concerns about Arie Kouandjio’s duability, especially after he had multiple knee surgeries while at Alabama. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

ARIE KOUANDJIO

Position: Guard

School: Alabama

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 315 pounds

Achievements: 2014 AP All-America second team, 2014 All-SEC first team

What he brings: Kouandjio has the right body type to be an NFL guard, and scouts generally like his ability to move defenders out of the way in the run game. The main concerns have to do with his durability and athleticism. He has had multiple surgeries in both knees, and has trouble moving to make blocks. He is expected to have trouble when matching up against more athletic linemen and when asked to leave the line of scrimmage.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 5-7

Notes: Kouandjio had multiple knee surgeries prior to the 2012 season. His brother Cyrus also played for Alabama and currently is on offensive linemen for the Bills. ESPN.com ranks him as the sixth guard and 156th overall in the draft.

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Video: Here’s Kouandjio (77) and the Alabama offensive line against Texas A&M in 2013.

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Nik Beimler
Greg and Chris talk with Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston in hour 2 of NFL Sunday to discuss a variety of offseason happenings with the Pats and throughout the league. Greg and Chris also get into the NFL Draft and where Mariota and Winston will go.

[0:05:02] ... went when he talked with Jim Jones you're talking about a you Rob Ninkovich I think few few really good about where you wars defense affront wanna be able to get a little bit moral affront. ...
[0:17:35] ... So does the name that stand out to meet Chris would beat Dan Connolly their captains starting left guard last season. Still on the free agent market and I look at you know their their guard ...
[0:18:38] ... a lot of fighting between now and then outside of that media Dan Connolly are neck guard position. And then you go to the draft you feel about the draft if you look at how the ...





Mike Reiss calls the guys to talk about the offseason news for the Pats. He talks about the Pats/Jets tampoering fiasco, free agency, where he sees Ridley and Connolly ending up, if the Patriots would be interested in Reggie Wayne and more.

[0:08:51] ... lines. See I wonder if his future is tied to that'd be Julian Peterson and I think if if he is Peter Peterson heads of going to doubt restaurants of sticking in Minnesota. I think he's ...
[0:10:28] ... Ridley. And Mike we talked about Chris and I just talked about Reggie Wayne. Last hour and his availability a free agent market and the fact that the patriots have kicked the tires on some wide receivers. What sort of interest do you think there would be from the patriots and Belichick and Reggie Wayne. Well that we know Belichick has looked him in the past I think the one thing that I think about with him ...
[0:12:13] ... So that the names that stand out to meet Chris would be Dan Connolly their captain starting left guard that last season. Still on the free agent market and I look at you know their their guard position right now and to me that's sort of done screamed out as one that. Wolf will be addressed whether it's with Dan Connolly you're in the draft going forward so. That would be probably the one at the top of the list the last question ...
[0:13:15] ... a lot of fighting between now and then outside of the media Dan Connolly are neck guard position. And then you go to the draft you fill out the draft if you look at how the ...






In the first hour of the show, Greg and Chris discuss the news coming out of the owners' meetings this week and rule changes. Belichick's blow-up over the league not wanting to spend on endzone cameras was well documented and the guys react. They also talk about the Jets ridiculous tampering charges, free agents still lingering out there, where Stevan Ridley will land and the RB position in New England. Dickerson and Price briefly discuss the adventures of Tom Brady before being joined by WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia to talk all things Pats in the offseason.

WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2015 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

Mario Edwards (Harry How/Getty Images)

Mario Edwards had the fifth-best score at the combine for defensive linemen in the broad jump. (Harry How/Getty Images)

MARIO EDWARDS JR.

Position: Defensive end

School: Florida State

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 279 pounds

Achievements: 2014 All-ACC first team, 2013 All-ACC third team

What he brings: Edwards demonstrates an “impressive combination of athleticism, strength and instincts,” according to CBS Sports and also uses his “long arms and strong hands” to keep blockers away, “maintaining vision, awareness and patience when engaged with taller opponents.” He also has good acceleration, and per Derek Stephens of CBS Sports, that helps translate into power on contact. An AFC West scout told NFL.com, though, that “conditioning and desire are a big problem for him and they go hand in hand. He just looks content to stay blocked by lesser players, and it is so frustrating to watch because you know he has the talent to be so much better.”

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 2-3

Notes: Edwards finished the year with 44 tackles, 11 for loss, and recorded three sacks on the season, good for second on the team. In his career at FSU, Edwards had 89 total tackles, 23 for loss and eight sacks. A 10-foot broad jump at the scouting combine put him fifth among defensive linemen, and he also ran a 4.84 40-yard dash, had 32 reps on the bench press and posted a 32.5 inch vertical jump. Edwards’ father also played football at Florida State, though he was a cornerback, and then spent five seasons in the NFL. According to NFL.com, Edwards did not meet expectations while at Florida State and “ended his career as a core defender rather than a dominant force.” The perception of Edwards its that there is more to his ability level than he shows in his current level of play and that he needs to find “more passion and effort from snap to snap,” according to NFL.com.

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Video: Here is a package of Edwards’ 2014 highlights.

Blog Author: 
Judy Cohen