Ron Brace tragically passed away last weekend. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Ron Brace tragically passed away last weekend. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Last weekend there was the tragic news of former Patriots defensive tackle Ron Brace passing away at age 29.

It was later reported by the Boston Globe that the former Boston College Eagle and Patriot died of an apparent heart attack.

Brace was selected by the Patriots in the second round of the 2009 draft. He played for the Patriots from 2009-12, before his final NFL season in 2013 with the Redskins on the practice squad.

Bill Belichick coached Brace during his time in New England.

“Obviously, very sad to hear that,” Belichick said Saturday. “It’s a young man that died early so it’s always tragic. The fact that he was in our lives, part of our family, gives us a heavier heart. Obviously, our thoughts and prayers and sympathy go out to his family. It was sad news. Very, obviously unexpected, it’s sad.”

He was a native of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Brace had 24 tackles in his career with the Patriots.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — Although it wasn’t much of a surprise, Bill Belichick wasn’t in the mood to talk about Deflategate during his post-draft press conference.

Belichick was given the chance to address the matter as Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was reinstated last Monday, but he didn’t want to go there.

Bill Belichick didn't want to talk about Deflategate.(Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick didn’t want to talk about Deflategate.(Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Although it wasn’t much of a surprise, Bill Belichick wasn’t in the mood to talk about Deflategate during his post-draft press conference.

Belichick was given the chance to address the matter as Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was reinstated last Monday, but he didn’t want to go there.

The coach interrupted the question and said, “I’ll talk about the draft. You good on that?”

Although it wasn’t in front of the media, owner Robert Kraft addressed the matter Friday night at the Patriots draft party at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots owner said he and Brady are on the “same page” with the case and have been in “constant communication.”

Besides Brady being suspended, the team lost its first-round pick in the draft. Belichick was asked if not having a first-round pick impacted the team’s overall philosophy in the draft, but he said it didn’t.

“No. You control what you can control,” Belichick said. “What we had, we tried to do the best we could. That’s how we approach it — whether it is picking guys or moving positions or trading into next year, whatever it was, we just tried to make the most of it. We traded up, we traded down, we [got a draft pick in 2017]. Not saying it was great or anything, we just tried to do the best we could.”

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — Kevin Faulk surprised a lot of people when he showed up to the NFL draft Friday night to announce the Patriots’ third-round pick with a Tom Brady jersey under his sport jacket — showing support for the quarterback who had his four-game suspension reinstated earlier in the week.

FOXBORO — Kevin Faulk surprised a lot of people when he showed up to the NFL draft Friday night to announce the Patriots’ third-round pick with a Tom Brady jersey under his sport jacket — showing support for the quarterback who had his four-game suspension reinstated earlier in the week.

A lot of people throughout Patriot Nation approved of the attire, even Bill Belichick.

“Love Kevin. He always makes good decisions,” Belichick said Saturday night following the draft. “Looked sharp out there.”

Faulk explained the move to WEEI.com’s Chris Price earlier in the day.

“It was a move that wasn’t about me,” Faulk said. “It was a move in support of my brother. We’ve been together for a long time, and it was a way for me to show support for Tom.”

He also said Brady texted him afterwards giving his approval.

When announcing the pick, Faulk said, “With the 78th pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the New England Patriots and Tom Brady select Joe Thuney.”

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Another Rex Ryan press conference and another press conference of Rex Ryan talking about the Patriots.

In his post-draft press conference, Ryan commented on Tom Brady’s four-game suspension being reinstated last week.

Another Rex Ryan press conference and another press conference of Rex Ryan talking about the Patriots.

In his post-draft press conference, Ryan commented on Tom Brady’s four-game suspension being reinstated last week.

“It is what it is. We’re gonna play them if Steve Grogan is their quarterback,” Ryan said via ESPN’s Mike Rodak.

The Bills will play the Patriots Oct. 2, which will be the final game of Brady’s suspension.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — Three incredibly early thoughts on the Patriots selection of wide receiver Devin Lucien with the 225th pick in the draft.

FOXBORO — Three incredibly early thoughts on the Patriots selection of linebacker Elandon Roberts with the 214th pick in the draft.