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FOXBORO — All is forgiven, if not forgotten, when it comes to Vince Wilfork and the Patriots.

The perennial Pro Bowl nose tackle spoke Thursday after the conclusion of minicamp for the first time since re-working his contract to return to New England.


FOXBORO — All is forgiven, if not forgotten, when it comes to Vince Wilfork and the Patriots.

The perennial Pro Bowl nose tackle spoke Thursday after the conclusion of minicamp for the first time since re-working his contract to return to New England.

Wilfork tore his right Achilles last September in Atlanta and was lost for the rest of the season.

Wilfork returned to Gillette Stadium to be around the team during his rehab but that loyalty didn’t immediately earn him the benefit of the doubt with the organization.

According to multiple reports, he felt slighted by the team and asked to be traded, going as far as removing his nameplate from his locker inside the Patriots locker room.

But after agreeing to a complicated, incentive-laden $23 million, three-year extension ($4 million signing bonus) in late March, Wilfork began the process of moving on. A big step in that process came this week when he stepped on the field for minicamp practices on Tuesday. On Thursday, he spoke for the first time about his return, making it clear that business is business and he’s all about football going forward.

“I’€™m here. That’€™s a dead issue,” Wilfork said. “I’€™m here for a reason. If I didn’€™t believe in the things that were brought to me, I wouldn’€™t have signed it. I’€™m here. There’€™s a reason that I’€™m here. I’€™m not upset. I’€™m not holding no type of grudge. Business is business. Everybody handles business different ways.

“But in my career, I think the right thing was for me to be up here with my family and my teammates and a staff that I’€™ve been around for so long, the organization that I know. It was just a smart decision for me and my family to be here. But if we think that it wouldn’€™t work, I wouldn’€™t be here. It’€™s a positive thing that I’€™m here. There’€™s no grudges. That’€™s something that happened a while ago. It’€™s the first time I’€™ve actually talked about it, but it’€™s a non-issue.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

FOXBORO — Here we go again.

In the latest edition of Monday Morning Quarterback on SI.com, columnist Greg Bedard reports that new Browns head coach and former Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine believes that old copies of the Jets playbook, circa 2011, may have wound up in the hands of the Patriots.

FOXBORO — Here we go again.

In the latest edition of Monday Morning Quarterback on SI.com, columnist Greg Bedard reports that new Browns head coach and former Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine believes that old copies of the Jets playbook, circa 2011, may have wound up in the hands of the Patriots.

“The initial playbook itself is actually quite thin, and that’€™s by design,” Pettine told Bedard. ‘€œI don’€™t put a lot of graduate-level information in it. We know in places like New England, it’€™s only a matter of time that they somehow mysteriously end up with our playbook.’€

Pettine told Bedard that there was a story circulating that at Wes Welker‘€™s wedding in 2012, Tom Brady laughed with Jets outside linebackers coach Mike Smith (Welker’€™s college roommate at Texas Tech) that the Patriots “may or may not” have had possession of some Jets defensive playbooks.

‘€œIt didn’€™t shock me because Rex would give them out like candy anyway,’€ Pettine continued. ‘€œHe gave one out to [Alabama coach Nick] Saban and I was like, ‘€˜Don’€™t you know Saban and Bill [Belichick] are pretty good friends? I have a feeling it’€™s going to end up in New England.’€™’€

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

FOXBORO — The Patriots held their final minicamp workout before their summer break on Thursday. The practice took place in the bubble, and was held in sweats, T-shirts and helmets. In the 40 minutes the media was allowed to watch, we came away with a few quick notes:

– The following players were not spotted during the media window: wide receiver Aaron Dobson, cornerback Malcolm Butler, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, wide receiver Wilson Van Hooser, wide receiver Josh Boyce and defensive lineman Armond Armstead were not spotted at the start. In addition, after the media was led out of the practice bubble, quarterback Ryan Mallett, wide receiver Jeremy Gallon and tight end D.J. Williams were working outside as part of a rehab group.

– The defensive linemen were working as a group in the corner of the bubble directly in front of the media, and it was hard not to notice the presence of rookie Dominique Easley, as well as veterans Tommy Kelly, Vince Wilfork and Will Smith all cutting and bursting in a series of footwork drills. All four — who are coming off season-ending injuries last year — appeared to be moving smoothly. As for Easley, the rookie had a long protective sleeve on his leg and was limited in his pre-practice stretching — he sat out some of that work. But he appeared to be moving nicely. It’s a long way between now and the start of the regular season, but Easley appears to be OK.

– The highlight of what we were able to see likely came roughly 20 minutes into the workout, when Wilfork got up to make a nice interception in a  defensive drill. He will never be mistaken for Darrelle Revis, but considering the fact that he was coming back from a season-ending Achilles’ injury, it was a positive sight for the New England defense.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

The Patriots are one of the teams who are reportedly “in the mix” for free agent cornerback Brandon Flowers, according to a report from the Baltimore Sun.

Flowers was cut by the Chiefs less than a week ago. The 28-year-old is a 5-foot-10, 190-pounder out of Virginia Tech. Flowers has been in the league for six seasons, and has 17 interceptions over the course of his career, including a career-best five in 2009. Last year, he had 71 tackles (65 solo) and one interception.

The Patriots are one of the teams who are reportedly “in the mix” for free agent cornerback Brandon Flowers, according to a report from the Baltimore Sun.

Flowers was cut by the Chiefs less than a week ago. The 28-year-old is a 5-foot-10, 190-pounder out of Virginia Tech. Flowers has been in the league for six seasons, and has 17 interceptions over the course of his career, including a career-best five in 2009. Last year, he had 71 tackles (65 solo) and one interception.

According to the Sun, Flowers has also received interest from the Chargers, Falcons, Vikings and the Ravens, according to the Sun.

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

FOXBORO -- They all are members of a club they'd rather not be a part of.



Darrelle Revis became the second member of the Patriots to land on the NFL Network’s Top 100, checking in at No. 37 on the countdown Wednesday night.

Darrelle Revis became the second member of the Patriots to land on the NFL Network’s Top 100, checking in at No. 37 on the countdown Wednesday night.

A three-time first-team All-Pro who will turn 29 next month, the 6-foot, 205-pound Revis has spent seven years in the league — six with the Jets (2007-12) and one with Tampa Bay (2013). He has 21 career picks to his credit, with his best season coming in 2009 when he had six. He signed with the Patriots as a free agent on March 12 after being released by the Bucs.

Rob Gronkowski was the first New England player to make the list, landing at No. 41.

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price