The Patriots have announced they have signed punter David King, a former Australian Rules Football player. King stands 6-foot-1, 190 pounds and is a right-footed kicker. He has been working out at the Aguiar Kicking Academy and recently had a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks. For more on King, click here, or to see video of the punter, click here.

 

FOXBORO — Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday morning the Pats have received a “pretty decent” number of inquiries about their three second-round picks — the 44th, 47th and 53rd overall selections in the draft — but those phone calls haven’t surprised the New England coach.

FOXBORO — Much has been made about the Jets recent acquisition of wide receiver Santonio Holmes, as well as the Dolphins reported Wednesday morning trade for receiver Brandon Marshall. At his pre-draft press conference on Wednesday morning, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked if the recent moves that have been made within the division have an impact on New England’s overall draft strategy.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the Broncos are trading controversial wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Dolphins for a pair of second-round draft picks. Once the deal is complete, ESPN is reporting that Marshall will sign a contract extension that will be among the largest in league history. Marshall, 26, had 101 catches for 1,120 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns last season, but was suspended during the preseason last year after he acted inappropriately at a preseason workout.

The New England Patriots have announced that center Jon Morris (1964-74), defensive tackle Houston Antwine (1961-71) and running back Sam Cunningham (1973-79, 81-82) are the three finalists for the 2010 Patriots Hall of Fame class. 

 

Morris was a seven-time American Football League All-Star, a total that ranks second only to John Hannah's nine in franchise history. The center is a member of the Patriots 50th Anniversary Team and the 1960s All-Decade Team.

 

Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork spoke to the media Tuesday morning from Gillette Stadium and addressed the disappointing finish to last season. "I think everybody knows where we left off last year. That's not a big surprise. It was a disappointing year for us all. I think everybody understands the level of play needs to be heightened," Wilfork said.

As Steve Belichick used to tell his son, “The hay is in the barn.”



WEEI.com has confirmed via a league source a report that Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant had a workout with the Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Thursday. Bryant is a 6-foot-2, 225 pound receiver who had 87 receptions for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior in 2008, but sat out most of 2009 after the NCAA ruled him ineligible because he reportedly lied to investigators about his affiliation with Deion Sanders.

According to the latest NFLPA records, four Patriots have had their base salaries increase for the 2010 season because they’ve reached unspecified incentives. Two rookies saw a boost — tackle Sebastian Vollmer went from $395,000 to $420,000, a bump of $25,000, while cornerback Darius Butler went from $395,000 to $545,000, an increase of $150,000. Two veterans also benefited greatly, as safety Brandon McGowan went from $730,000 to $1,330,000 and defensive lineman Mike Wright moved from $1,200,000 to $2,125,000.

Syracuse defensive tackle Arthur Jones will work out for the Patriots this week, according to multiple outlets. Jones is a 6-foot-3, 301-pounder who was slowed by a knee injury at the end of the 2009 season (it caused him to miss the final three games of the year for the Orange and the Senior Bowl, as well as the combine in February), but still managed to land a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team. In 2009, Jones recorded 19 tackles, including 12 solo and seven for a loss of yards. He also had 1.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries.