Making his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Show, Patriots quarterback talked about the difficulties new wide receiver Chad Ochocinco is facing in trying to pick up the team's offensive system, and how the wideout is progressing. (To listen to the entire interview, click here.)

Speaking on his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan Show, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady explained that the decision for him not to play in the teams' preseason opener last Thursday against Jacksonville came as a surprise to him, and that he didn't find out about the plan until Wednesday night. (To listen to the entire interview, click here.)

On the heels of the news that the Patriots will host wide receiver T.J. Houshmandazadeh on Monday, Len Pasquarelli of Sports XChange is reporting that safeties Darren Sharper and Renaldo Hill will also be in town to work out for the Patriots.

Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandazadeh will visit the Patriots on Monday, according to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald. The 33-year-old veteran, a former teammate of current New England wide receiver Chad Ochocinco when the two were together in Cincinnati, has also played for Seattle and Baltimore over the course of his 10-year career. He has 616 career receptions for 7,091 yards and 43 touchdowns. For more Patriots news, check out

Four weeks from Monday, the 2011 Patriots will meet the Dolphins in Miami in the regular-season opener. With the understanding that things could change dramatically between now and then, after two-plus weeks of training camp and a preseason game against Jacksonville, here’s our best guess as to what the 53-man roster is going to look like against the Dolphins:

FOXBORO -- Speaking for the first time since agreeing to a six-year contract extension worth an estimated $51 million, Patriots Pro Bowl offensive guard Logan Mankins said he was relieved the process is over and can now focus on playing his best for the Patriots. 

"I don't know. Stuff just falls into place sometimes," Mankins said following Sunday's practice. 

FOXBORO -- Pepper Johnson wanted to make it clear in his briefing with reporters on Sunday that he has no preconceived notions about working with Albert Haynesworth. As a matter of fact, the Patriots defensive line coach said he couldn't be happier to work with the man who came to New England in late July with a very checkered and unflattering reputation as a troublemaker.

FOXBORO -- Adding more depth to their corps of linebackers, the Patriots Sunday announced they have signed veteran free agent Niko Koutouvides. Terms were not disclosed.

FOXBORO -- Patriots left tackle Matt Light returned to the practice field Saturday after coming off the physcially unable to perform list. Light, who signed a two-year deal to return to the team that selected him in the second round of the 2001 draft, said that he is "working it in slow" after offseason shoulder surgery. 

The Patriots announced Saturday they have signed rookie free agent defensive lineman Zack Roth. Terms of the contract were not announced. Additionally, the Patriots announced that offensive lineman Chris Morris and defensive lineman Steve Williams have been released. For more Patriots news, check out