The Patriots' 2010 preseason is going to be one of the most unique in the history of Bill Belichick's tenure as head coach. After it was announced the team will hold a series of "combined practices" in the days leading up their preseason contest against the Falcons in Atlanta on Aug. 19, ESPN reported Tuesday morning the Patriots will do the same thing in the days prior to their Aug. 12 preseason opener against the Saints in Foxboro.

Pro Bowl left guard Logan Mankins won’t attend voluntary organized team activities with the Patriots over the next month without a new contract, his agent told Comcast Sports Net on Monday. Mankins’ agent Frank Bauer said Mankins would not be in attendance, and added that no progress was being made at this time on a new deal.

The Patriots announced Monday afternoon ago they claimed and were awarded quarterback Mike Teel off waivers from Seattle. The move, which was hinted at over the weekend by many people (including Teel on his Twitter feed), gives the Patriots four quarterbacks on the roster — Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer, Zac Robinson and Teel. (The team announced earlier Monday morning that Teel had made it in for the start of organized team activities, and will wear No. 6.) Teel, 6-3, 225 pounds, was drafted by Seattle in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2009 draft out of Rutgers.

The Patriots open organized team activities Monday in Foxboro, a series of 12 practices that will run on-and-off for the next month or so leading up to mandatory minicamp in mid-June.

Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker reiterated his stance on Saturday that there is no set timetable for his return, but feels like his rehab is "going good so far." Speak at his football camp in Braintree, Welker told reporters his plan was to "keep working hard, keep doing the things I've been doing to get to where I am right now."

The Falcons announced Friday afternoon that the Patriots will visit for a couple of days of practices in Georgia before the preseason game between the two teams Aug. 19 at the Georgia Dome. In what they are calling "combined practices," the Patriots and Falcons will work out together in Flowery Branch, Ga. starting on Aug. 17, two days before the teams battle in a preseason meeting in Atlanta.

It appears that quarterback Mike Teel has been claimed off waivers by the Patriots. Teel, who was recently cut loose by Seattle (and tweeted the news of his release by the Seahawks here and here), said "Hello New England" on Friday afternoon. The 24-year-old Teel, a sixth-round pick of Seattle in 2009, served as the team's No.

Julian Edelman is coming off the greatest rookie season by a seventh-round pick in the history of the Patriots.

Multiple outlets are reporting the Patriots hosted free agent offensive lineman Cory Procter on a visit Wednesday. A 27-year-old, Procter is a 6-foot-4, 311-pounder who has played center and guard in his five years with the Dallas Cowboys. Overall, he has appeared in 44 career regular-season games with 13 starts. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.

A U.S. court of appeals dismissed a case by a New York Jets fan against the New England Patriots seeking damages for the Patriots' video taping of Jets coaches' signals. The fan who brought the suit, Jets season ticket holder Carl Mayer, sought $185 million in damages for Jets fans, charging that the Pats' practices had defrauded fans who spent large amounts of money on games that were rigged. But the appellate court upheld a ruling by the lower court suggesting that fans had no legal right to seek damages.