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The Patriots reportedly won't pick up Jonathan Cooper's fifth-year option. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots reportedly won’t pick up Jonathan Cooper’s fifth-year option. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

New Patriots guard Jonathan Cooper will play this season in New England, but after that nothing is guaranteed.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Patriots will not pick up the fifth-year option on Cooper, which will make him a free agent after this season.

It was an $11 million option and with his inability to stay on the field to start his career, he isn’t the type of player the Patriots invest in.

Cooper was acquired by the Patriots in the Chandler Jones trade along with a second-round pick earlier in the offseason.

The former top 10 pick will be battling for playing time with a number of interior lineman including Bryan Stork, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, Tre’ Jackson and rookie Joe Thuney.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — Josh McDaniels on Monday sounded like a coach who isn’t the least bit worried about the possibility of Jimmy Garoppolo starting the season as the Patriots quarterback in Arizona.

McDaniels met with quarterbacks Tom Brady and Garoppolo on Monday and went over some material as they begin the long process of working up toward a game plan for the coming season.

Josh McDaniels speaks Monday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Josh McDaniels speaks Monday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — Josh McDaniels on Monday sounded like a coach who isn’t the least bit worried about the possibility of Jimmy Garoppolo starting the season as the Patriots quarterback in Arizona.

McDaniels met with quarterbacks Tom Brady and Garoppolo on Monday and went over some material as they begin the long process of working up toward a game plan for the coming season.

Of course, part of that game plan might include Garoppolo calling signals for the first four games if Brady isn’t successful again in restoring his eligibility, which was taken away by the Second Circuit Appellate Court.

“Today, it was a short period of time. I feel comfortable that Jimmy knows what we’re doing,” McDaniels said Monday. “He’s confident and I think the guys are confident in Jimmy. He’s in third year now. He has those qualities. That’s a big part of the reason why you draft a quarterback, is that they demonstrate those things in college. We expect to see those from him and Jacoby and Tommy and anybody else that would be in that room.

“Like most quarterbacks that I’ve ever had a chance to work with, the first year you never feel like you catch up. It’s in some ways overwhelming. He works his butt off. He works hard every day. He cares about football. He loves the game. He wants to be good. This is his passion. And in Year 2, it was better. We’d expect him to take another step forward this year, too. But a lot of that is up to the player. We’re going to push hard and he’s reciprocated with the same level of hard work that we saw from him when he was a rookie. I’m eager to see how he continues to improve this year.”

Garoppolo has appeared in 11 games in his career, but, except for the Bills game at the end of the 2014 season, never with the outcome in question. He attempted only four passes last season, all in the season finale at Miami, completing his only pass of the 2015 season in the game.

But from the moment he made his debut, in the 2014 blowout loss in Kansas City, where he threw the only touchdown pass of his career to Rob Gronkowski, McDaniels has liked what he’s seen from his growth chart as an NFL quarterback.

“It’s only been one day for me to be able to see him doing that. At that position, we expect all of them, whoever they are in that room, to demonstrate those qualities,” McDaniels said. “This is pro football. The offense, wherever you’re at, requires the quarterback to be a very strong presence, to be a confident person, to be able to communicate well and to lead. That’s his job. And if he wants to be a successful player in this league at that position, those are the things he’s going to have to do.

“I don’t think there’s any difference relative to the expectation. If they’re in the weight room, on the practice field, they’re doing agility and conditions, they’re in film sessions, we expect all of our quarterbacks to demonstrate those qualities, and we think that they can. Those expectations will remain high.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

The maneuvering on the Patriots roster continued Monday with the release of two players from the active roster.

The team announced the release of defensive back Rashaan Melvin and linebacker James Vaughters. This follows the drafting of nine college players over the weekend, including two linebackers and corner Cyrus Jones in the second round out of Alabama.

The maneuvering on the Patriots roster continued Monday with the release of two players from the active roster.

The team announced the release of defensive back Rashaan Melvin and linebacker James Vaughters. This follows the drafting of nine college players over the weekend, including two linebackers and corner Cyrus Jones in the second round out of Alabama.

Melvin, 26, was signed by the Patriots to a future contract on Jan. 26, 2016. The 6-foot-2, 193-pounder, originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Tampa Bay out of Northern Illinois on May 2, 2013. He made the Tampa Bay 53-man roster as a rookie, but did not play in any games that season. Melvin was with Tampa Bay for the first three games of the 2014 season before being released and signing with the Miami practice squad.

He was signed by Baltimore from the Miami practice squad on Nov. 8, 2014, and played in three games with two starts in the regular season and two starts in the postseason. He played in one of Baltimore’s first four games in 2015 before being released on Oct. 13, 2015, and was claimed off waivers from Baltimore and awarded to New England on Oct. 14, 2015. Melvin played in eight games with the Patriots last season and accumulated three tackles and two special teams tackles before released by the Patriots on Dec. 8, 2015. He joined the Patriots practice squad on Dec. 10, 2015, where he remained for the rest of the season.

The 22-year-old Vaughters was originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as a rookie free agent out of Stanford on May 8, 2015. The 6-foot-2, 254-pounder, spent the first month of last season on the Green Bay practice squad before being released. Vaughters signed a future contract with the Patriots on Jan. 21, 2016. He played in 54 games with 18 starts and tallied 119 total tackles and 12½ sacks during his college career.

The two releases leaves the Patriots roster at 83, allowing for as many as seven undrafted rookie free agents to be added to the team, along with veteran free agents.

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

After a two-year "retirement," Dante Scarnecchia is back with the Patriots. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)FOXBORO -- Rest easy, younglings: Yoda has returned.



At the end of last week, the NFLPA requested a 14-day extension to request a rehearing in the Deflategate case and on Monday, the NFL responded by saying they are not happy with the NFLPA’s request.

Lawyers wrote “there is no need” for a 14-day extension in a filing made to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

At the end of last week, the NFLPA requested a 14-day extension to request a rehearing in the Deflategate case and on Monday, the NFL responded by saying they are not happy with the NFLPA’s request.

Lawyers wrote “there is no need” for a 14-day extension in a filing made to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

“The first preseason game is just over three months away,” Paul D. Clement, the NFL laywer wrote via USA Today. “Time remains of the essence.”

As it stands now, after last weeks decision by the appeals court, Tom Brady will be suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — The 68-year-old Dante Scarnecchia knows full well what he’s getting back into.

The new Patriots offensive line coach returned this January after two years off and on Monday, at Gillette Stadium, he strolled down the hallway from the team offices and explained why he came out of retirement.