The Patriots hosted Southern Cal offensive lineman Tyron Smith on a visit Wednesday, according to ESPNBoston. A two-year starter at USC, the 6-foot-5, 307-pounder played in 24 of his final 25 college games with the Trojans, and was named All-Pac 10 first team as a senior. He is considered a first-round prospect. For more Patriots news, check out

With the reigning MVP under center, the Patriots are one of the few teams in the league who don’t need help at quarterback.

Here's the Patriots regular-season schedule for 2011:

Mon. Sept. 12 at Miami, 7 p.m.
Sun. Sept. 18 vs. San Diego, 4:15 p.m.
Sun. Sept. 25. at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 2 at Oakland, 4:15 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 9 vs. N.Y. Jets, 4:15 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 16 vs. Dallas, 4:15 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 30 at Pittsburgh, 4:15 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 6 vs. N.Y. Giants, 4:15 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 13 at N.Y. Jets, 8:20 p.m.
Mon. Nov. 21 vs. Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 27 at Philadelphia, 4:15 p.m.

Even though the Patriots' schedule won't be officially released until tonight at 7, there are some early leaks. The first one comes from the New York Daily News, which reports that the Patriots and Jets will play at Gillette Stadium in Week 5. The second comes from the Newark Star-Ledger, which is reporting that the Patriots will host the Giants in Week 9 — specifically, Nov. 6 at 4:15 p.m. That would eliminate two of the eight home games, with the other six (Miami, Buffalo, Dallas, Indianapolis, Kansas City and San Diego) set to come later tonight.

Bill Belichick was a guest on Sirius/XM NFL Radio on Monday night, telling Pat Kirwin and Jim Miller that the Patriots -- owners of three of the top 33 picks in this year's NFL Draft -- have already had discussions with other organizations that have interest in the New England picks.

“We’ve definitely been contacted by teams below us offering to move back, and by teams behind us looking to move up,” Belichick said. “There definitely seems to be a lot of interest in our draft picks. And as you know we’re not afraid to trade them.”

Despite the labor situation, the NFL announced Monday that the 2011 regular-season schedule will be unveiled on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on NFL Network and

The Patriots' list of opponents is already known: They will play home games against Buffalo, the New York Jets, Miami, Dallas, Indianapolis, Kansas City, the New York Giants and San Diego. In addition, New England will travel to face Buffalo, the New York Jets, Miami, Denver, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Washington.

In a conference call with reporters Monday morning, Bill Parcells said his time in the NFL was done, but joked that you could write down the statement "in pencil."

"No, I'm done. I know I've said that before — you better put it down in pencil," Parcells said. "I'm going to be 70 years old in August and I'm enjoying my time now. This is the first ... I really left Miami about October 1st last year, and this is the first time I've really had any extended period of time to myself. I'm doing some things that I enjoy doing.

You’ve read the draft annuals and memorized what Mel Kiper, Jr. and the rest of the analysts have to say when it comes to who might be on the Patriots’ radar for the first few rounds. But how is the rest of New England’s draft board going to look?

Bill Parcells and Drew Bledsoe have been announced as first-year nominees for the Patriots Hall of Fame, joining three-time finalist Houston Antwine in rounding this year's class of those up for consideration. Starting Friday, fans will have one month to vote for the nominee they feel is most deserving of Patriots Hall of Fame induction. Voting will take place at through May 15, with the winner being announced May 16.

Despite the labor uncertainty, the NFL announced its 2011 preseason schedule on Tuesday. The Patriots will host Jacksonville the weekend of Aug. 11-15 and the New York Giants the weekend of Sept. 1-2. They will travel to face Tampa Bay on Aug. 20 and Detroit on Aug. 27, with the game against the Lions set to start at 8 p.m. and be broadcast nationally on CBS.

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