Patriots owner Robert Kraft was called to the stand in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial Tuesday morning. Kraft took to the stand for roughly 30 minutes.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft was called to the stand in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial Tuesday morning. Kraft took to the stand for roughly 30 minutes.

Kraft said he went to Gillette Stadium the day Hernandez was connected to Odin Lloyd’s murder where he was working out in the weight room. Kraft spoke to Hernandez asking him about the murder.

Hernandez said he was not involved and was “at a club.” He asked Hernandez if he had any involvement and Hernandez told Kraft he was “innocent.” Kraft then said after the 5-10 minute conversation the two hugged and kissed as they always did and he thanked Kraft for his concern.

Hernandez also told Kraft, “he hoped that the time of the incident became public because he was at a club at that time.” There is video evidence that shows otherwise.

Kraft was also asked about what he knew about Hernandez and Lloyd’s relationship. He said it was a social relationship because Lloyd was his fiance’s sister’s boyfriend.

The Patriots owner also said he didn’t know much about Hernandez’s life outside of Gillette Stadium.

After his 30 minutes of testimony Kraft stepped down from the stand and did not look at Hernandez as he walked out of the courtroom.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2015 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

Sammie Coates (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Sammie Coates helped his cause with a strong performance at the Senior Bowl (above) and at the combine. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

SAMMIE COATES

Position: Wide receiver

School: Auburn

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 201 pounds

Achievements: 2014 Biletnikoff Award watch list for best receiver, Maxwell Award watch list for best overall player

What he brings: Coates is praised for his top-end speed to go with his above-average size. However, many question his consistency, especially when it comes to dropping passes. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein says Coates has “early round traits and late-round receiving skills right now, but the upside will be hard to pass on and could pay off in a big way.”

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 1-3

Notes: Coates had 34 receptions for 741 yards and four touchdowns in 2014. He has some injury problems, as he was forced to redshirt his freshman season because of a knee injury and missed a game early in 2014 because of his knee. He finished among his position’s leaders at the combine in the bench press (23 reps), vertical jump (41 inches), broad jump (10 feet, 11 inches) and 20-yard shuttle (4.06 seconds).

Related articles:

Bleacher Report: How Coates’ injury affects his draft stock

ESPN.com: Coates is ready for NFL

Video: Coates catches five passes for 104 yards and a touchdown against Texas A&M in 2013.

Blog Author: 
Nik Beimler

Dan Connolly isn’t the only Patriots free agent visiting with a team in Florida.

Dan Connolly isn’t the only Patriots free agent visiting with a team in Florida.

According to the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero, running back Stevan Ridley is visiting with the Dolphins on Tuesday. Ridley is a free agent after spending his first four seasons in the league with the Patriots.

Ridley suffered a season-ending knee injury against the Bills in Week 6 this past season, so it seems likely the LSU product will take a one-year, “prove it” deal as a first-time free agent. Chris Price took a look at Ridley’s situation in this weeks Sunday Notes.

In four seasons in the league, Ridley has ran for 2,817 yards and 22 touchdowns.

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Ryan Hannable

Offensive lineman Dan Connolly is scheduled for a visit with the Bucs later this week, according to a report from ESPN. The 32-year-old free agent is one of the longest-tenured member of the New England roster, having been with the Patriots since 2007.

Offensive lineman Dan Connolly is scheduled for a visit with the Bucs later this week, according to a report from ESPN. The 32-year-old free agent is one of the longest-tenured member of the New England roster, having been with the Patriots since 2007. The 6-foot-4, 311-pounder has played all three interior positions along the offensive line, and has started 43 regular-season games the last three seasons for New England.

There are plenty of Patriots’ ties in Tampa for Connolly to consider — fellow offensive lineman Logan Mankins was dealt to the Bucs late last August. In addition, the Tampa Bay front office features GM Jason Licht and assistant GM Jon Robinson, both of who made their bones in the New England system.

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Christopher Price

Tom Brady showed his multi-sport skills this past weekend in the Bahamas by playing 36 holes of golf with Michael Jordan, Keegan Bradley and Luke Donald and then playing pickup basketball with the trio later that night.

Bradley, a life-long Boston sports fan and 2011 PGA Championship winner, has long idolized Brady and met him once before spending the weekend together in the Bahamas. Seeing Brady play football and hearing about how “unathletic” he was, Bradley said Brady’s skills on the court took him by surprise.

“I’ll tell you what, I grew up in New England idolizing Brady, I watched him win his first Super Bowl in my basement with my dad. All I hear about Brady is he’s this unathletic quarterback and he’s not mobile. You should see him on the basketball court,” Bradley said Monday afternoon appearing on the SVP & Russillo show on ESPN Radio. “He’s so athletic. I couldn’t believe the talent he had. I mean obviously he’s a great athlete, but he is a really good basketball player and he’s a really good golfer. I was blown away with his ability with both those sports.”

Bradley explained how the pickup game came about.

“It was pretty spectacular,” he said. “We were out playing golf and I looked at Luke Donald and said, ‘Let’s go shoot some hoops.’ I was thinking that might entice MJ to the court. I’ve never shot with him. We went there and he didn’t have any shoes on and we were just shooting. Then, it kind of got to where I was talking a little trash to him and it got a little serious and he said, ‘Go back and get my shoes.’

“Then I knew it was going to happen and then Brady shows up and of course Brady and MJ were going to be partners because they have the greatest of all-time partnership going. We played this game and it was just unbelievable. I could see MJ talking trash and he was just loving it.”

The four played golf together for two days — Bradley and Donald vs. Brady and Jordan. The first day it came down to the last hole and Jordan made a 20-foot putt to push the match. Bradley called the pair, the “greatest trash talkers ever.” The next day Bradley and Brady had their own wager, and Brady’s competitive nature came out.

“I say to Tom Brady, I am going to give him 12 shots, and this is easy money,” Bradley said. “I am getting all cocky on the first tee and I get a match with him and I win the first hole so I go, ‘TB, I’ll give you a buy out if you want.’ I kept chirping and he runs off and he played the next 14 holes at 4-under par. Beat me 6&5. He’s really good. I couldn’t believe it. His competitive juices kicked in and he smoked me.”

Bradley enjoyed his time with his childhood idol in Brady and a person now he calls a “good friend” in Jordan, as Jordan has played a large role in helping with the US Ryder Cup teams, as well as playing at the same course in Florida.

“It was one of those moments where you look around and realize ‘I don’t know how I got here.’ It was just a really, really fun time,” said Bradley.

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Ryan Hannable
Darrelle Revis and many of the rest of the New England defensive backs training together last offseason. Now, despite the fact that Revis is back with the Jets, DBs like Logan Ryan are still sticking with Revis' offseason coach Will Sullivan. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis and many of the rest of the New England defensive backs trained together last offseason. Now, despite the fact that Revis is with the Jets, DBs like Logan Ryan (center) are still sticking with Revis’ offseason coach Will Sullivan. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

Despite the fact that Darrelle Revis isn’t with the Patriots anymore, some New England defensive backs still are going to spend at least part of the offseason working with the man who played a role in helping shape Revis into an All-Pro.

Will Sullivan, who is the offseason position coach for Revis (the corner calls Sullivan “the best positional coach I’ve ever had … period!”), spent a chunk of last offseason working with several of the Patriots defensive backs as well, and those players plan on sticking with Sullivan this offseason at his facility in Arizona.

According to Sullivan, Devin McCourty, Logan Ryan and Tavon Wilson either have plans to work out with Sullivan or already have been out to spend time with him at his facility.

“Some of them are already here working with me — I’ve been in contact with all of the guys who were here last year,” Sullivan said. “Logan has been out here — he’s been working with me for the last couple of weeks, reviewing film and what he did wrong last year. I think by now, we’re five games in. We’ve already done plenty of self-scouting and talked about how this year is going to be a big year for him.

“Tavon is supposed to come out next week. He’ll be out here with me until he has to head back. And I think Devin is set to come out here sometime in the summer — he usually likes to come and work out when his brother Jason can come out, too.”

Ryan has been the one who has received the bulk of the attention to this point in the offseason, according to Sullivan. He’s well aware that with the loss of Revis as a free agent, more will likely be on his shoulders in 2015.

“On Logan, I’ll say it like this: I think Logan, in his first year, he surprised people with his production. The times when he was asked to fill in the last two seasons, he’s done a good job,” Sullivan said of Ryan. “My thing is that now he’s a solid guy who you can stick in there. Now it’s about him taking that next step, if he’s given that opportunity. In 16 games and the playoffs, can he compete consistently against No. 1 and No. 2 receivers.

“Has he progressed? Definitely. I think Logan has been competitive since Day 1. It just boils down to whether or not he’ll be able to step up and take advantage of his opportunities,” Sullivan added. “Look, we saw it in the Super Bowl — defensive backs in New England don’t have a long leash. Everybody around the league knows that. They don’t hesitate to sit guys down. It’s just part of the culture there in New England. You have to be a tough-minded son of a gun to succeed there, to know that one game I might get 10 snaps, and then the next game I might be starting. They move guys around a lot.”

Of course, Sullivan said he’s going to continue his work with Revis. However, he professes to have no insight into Revis’ line of thinking that led him to leave Foxboro and return to the Jets as a free agent earlier this month. According to Sullivan, when it comes to talking about a new contract, the Revis circle of trust comes down to the cornerback, his agents and his uncle, Sean Gilbert. That way, he leaks are minimized.

“During the negotiation times, Revis disappears,” Sullivan said. “He doesn’t answer texts, email, phone calls. He does that every time. He usually goes some place you can’t find him — he’s not in his normal spots. He does a good job disappearing when he has to. So when it came to what was happening, I didn’t know a thing, and I’m glad I didn’t. That’s what his agents are for. My job is just to get a report from his agents, and go from there.”

As for talk that Revis has lost a step, Sullivan acknowledges he might be biased, but he still begs to differ.

“I feel like he’s gotten better with age. I truly do,” Sullivan said. “It’s interesting — that matchup of top corners against No. 1 receivers is the only spot where they get younger and younger on one side of the ball and older on the other. The receivers get younger, and the great DBs get older and older. That makes honing your craft all the more important, and that’s what he does very well. He’s gotten better with age.

“You look at the fact that outside the ACL injury the guy had a nine-year career where he didn’t miss many games. He comes in and he’s always in good condition. He’s not out there doing anything crazy. He takes care of his body the right way,” Sullivan added. “He still has a great feel for the game, and he knows what he’s doing. At this age, it’s more about picking your spots, understanding what’s going on on both sides of the ball and knowing where to get help and how to use it, if you need it.”

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

The Patriots may need some veteran linebacker depth with Dont’a Hightower expected to miss much of the offseason and some of training camp due to his offseason shoulder surgery.