Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, who was named prominently in a Yahoo! Sports report about improprieties within the football program at the University of Miami, issued a statement Wednesday via his Twitter feed. Wilfork wrote: I am aware of the report that has claims that involve me while at the U. While the NCAA and the U conduct their investigations [my wife] and I believe that it is not appropriate for us to comment. Thanks for your continued support and confidence in me.

FOXBORO — The second NFL preseason game is usually the toughest one to call. There isn’t the getting-to-know-you process that comes with the  opener, and it still doesn’t have the intensity of the third preseason game.

Eli Manning was a guest of ESPN Radio in New York on Wednesday. During his interview with Michael Kay, Manning was asked if he puts himself in the same class with Tom Brady as a quarterback. 

Former Patriots cornerback Ronnie Lippett, who played at the University of Miami in the early 1980s, checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to discuss the latest scandal involving his alma mater. In a Yahoo! Sports report, Miami booster Nevin Shapiro explained how he provided cash, gifts and favors to dozens of Hurricanes football players — including current Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork — from 2002-10.

FOXBORO — No team takes big bodies and turns them into NFL-ready offensive linemen like the Patriots.

A report by Yahoo! Sports indicates that Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork accepted $50,000 while he was a player at the University of Miami in order to sign with Axcess Sports, a player agency started by Nevin Shapiro and Michael Huyghue.

According to multiple reports, the NFL's supplemental draft has been delayed after it was initially scheduled to take place this Wednesday. 

Mike Florio of joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to talk about the Patriots and news from around the NFL.

There are questions concerning the Patriots' two recent high-profile acquisitions, Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth, but Florio said he doesn't expect the team will cut either player.

FOXBORO — For the Patriots, this training camp has been all about big names: Ochocinco! Albert! Mankins! Brady!

Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show on the season's first edition of Patriots Monday at Gillette Stadium, touching on a variety of topics as the Patriots prepare for their second preseason game Thursday in Tampa.

The Pats held Monday's practice session inside the practice bubble due to rain, though Belichick, who squirted footballs with water during the practice, said he would have rather been out in the rain. Ultimately, concerns over the well-being of the field won out and the session was moved indoors.