One of the biggest things that comes with winning the Super Bowl is the rings, which the Patriots have always done a great job of designing over the years.

The Patriots reportedly will be getting their Super Bowl LI rings early next month.

Robert Kraft reportedly will be handing out Super Bowl LI rings next month. (Stew Milne/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft reportedly will be handing out Super Bowl LI rings next month. (Stew Milne/USA Today Sports)

One of the biggest things that comes with winning the Super Bowl is the rings, which the Patriots have always done a great job of designing over the years.

The Patriots reportedly will be getting their Super Bowl LI rings early next month.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, invitations recently went out to Patriots players to save the date of Friday, June 9 for when they will be receiving their Super Bowl LI rings.

Typically, this is a ceremony held at Robert Kraft’s house. June 9 is the day after mandatory minicamp concludes, so players on the 2017 team will already be in town.

At the last ring ceremony there was an issue involving Darrelle Revis and his mom not being allowed to attend the ceremony after the cornerback had signed with the Jets, but there likely will not be such an issue this year and should be a fun event for all involved.

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Keep a close eye on Malcolm Butler. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

Keep a close eye on Malcolm Butler. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

1. We touched on this briefly last week, but it’s worth reiterating. Even though it appears Malcolm Butler will be playing for the Patriots in 2017, it doesn’t mean everything is all well and good. As CSNNE’s Mike Giardi, who has been all over the Butler situation from the outset pointed out, just because he resumed working out with the Patriots this week during OTAs doesn’t mean he’s necessarily happy. Butler hasn’t been too thrilled with the Patriots since they signed cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a five-year, $65 million deal at the start of free agency. He wanted out of New England and even visited the Saints as a restricted free agent, but the Saints didn’t sign him to an offer sheet and the Patriots and Saints couldn’t come to an agreement on a trade. This is why he reported to Gillette Stadium this past week — he had no choice. He’s in all likelihood playing for the Patriots in 2017, so what else would he do? It’s important to realize just because he’s back with his teammates, doesn’t mean he’s changed his view on what has taken place this offseason. He’s now in a position to play the year out and become an unrestricted free agent after the season, but even this is something to keep an eye on. For the past two seasons Butler has been the No. 1 corner in New England, but now that belongs to Gilmore. It’s also worth considering since the Patriots will be going up against a number of big receiving teams this year, maybe Butler gets asked to play the slot with Gilmore and Eric Rowe, who has bigger than Butler, on the outside. Butler’s situation is worth monitoring because if he isn’t playing the way he wants and that turns into internal issues with being upset, Bill Belichick could do what he did with Jamie Collins last year and trade him out of town before he becomes an unrestricted free agent after the season. This isn’t to say he won’t play the year with no issues, it’s just something to keep an eye on.

2. A lot of the Patriots draft attention is going to their first selection in Derek Rivers, but don’t sleep on fourth-round pick Deatrich Wise out of Arkansas. Wise battled shoulder and hand injuries during much of his senior season so he didn’t put up the best of numbers. Wise’s best year came as a junior at Arkansas when he finished with eight sacks (all in conference play), which led the SEC. Also, he tied for 10th nationally in sacks per game against ranked opponents (1.13). He’s also very close with Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers, so maybe working along side Flowers could get Wise back to his 2015-self and big things could be coming for the rookie defensive end.

3. Rivers comes from Youngstown State where he was coached by Bo Pelini, who was the Patriots’ linebackers coach from 1997-99. Pelini has many of the same values as Belichick so Rivers is already fairly familiar with the “Patriot Way.” “It’s all culture,” he told reporters Thursday at Gillette Stadium when he was introduced to the media. “It’s a culture and it’s a mindset. I think they definitely bring that. That’s what ‘Patriots’ way’ means – just blue-collar hard work. We’re going to get after it each and every day. We’re going to go hard. That’s what Bo brought – that same type of culture, that same type of attitude.”

4. The Patriots are heavy, heavy favorites to win Super Bowl 52. Following the completion of the NFL draft, Bovada LV released its latest odds and have the Patriots at 7/2 odds (22.2 percent) to win the Super Bowl next year. The next closest teams are Cowboys and Packers at 12/1 odds (seven percent). This means the Patriots are three times more likely to win the Super Bowl next year than any other team.

5. Running back Mike Gillislee, who the Patriots signed as a restricted free agent from the Bills the week of the draft, seems like he will fit well in New England. He played for Urban Meyer at the University of Florida, and Gillislee himself noted the two styles are similar. The running back didn’t know who he would play the 2017 season for for roughly a week, as the Bills needed to decide if they would match the Patriots’ offer, but in the end the 26-year-old believes everything worked out for the best. “And I ended up with the best, being here, to a winning squad,” Gillislee said to reporters last week at Gillette Stadium. “No offense to Buffalo, but just to come here and continue helping this team win games [is exciting].”

6. Appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Friday night, Gisele Bundchen said her meditating during Super Bowl LI may have helped the Patriots overcome a 25-point deficit against the Falcons to win in overtime. “I made it happen,” she said. “I brought some great energy. I feel like a little responsible.”

7. It was hard to not notice the huge Patriots presence at the Kentucky Derby this weekend. The most noteworthy thing from this viewpoint was all three quarterbacks on the trip together in Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett. This shows how well liked and respected Brissett is only going into his second year, and also the narrative Brady not liking Garoppolo could not be any more wrong.

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Ryan Hannable

Tom Brady and his crew have arrived at the Kentucky Derby in style.

Not only does the group include current Patriots Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett and Julian Edelman, but also former Patriots Matt Cassel, Larry Izzo and Wes Welker.

Here’s a picture from Brady’s Instagram.

Tom Brady and his crew have arrived at the Kentucky Derby in style.

Not only does the group include current Patriots Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett and Julian Edelman, but also former Patriots Matt Cassel, Larry Izzo and Wes Welker.

Here’s a picture from Brady’s Instagram.

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Ryan Hannable

Even though Michael Floyd is still on house arrest following his DUI arrest last year, it appears he’s close to finding a new team.

Michael Floyd is reportedly starting to get interest from other teams. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports)

Michael Floyd is reportedly starting to get interest from other teams. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports)

Even though Michael Floyd is still on house arrest following his DUI arrest last year, it appears he’s close to finding a new team.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the free agent wide receiver is talking to the Vikings, amongst other teams, and hopes to have a deal by end of next week.

The receiver’s house arrest sentence is up in June, and is not allowed to leave Arizona until a motion is filed, according to the Scottsdale City Court. The earliest he can report to a team outside Arizona is June 17.

After being arrested for DUI in December, the Cardinals released him and the Patriots claimed him off waivers the next day.

Floyd played in two regular-season games for the Patriots and finished with four catches for 42 yards and one touchdown. He was inactive for the AFC championship game and Super Bowl LI.

The Patriots never really seemed interested in bringing him back.

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Ryan Hannable

The Patriots will be well-represented at the Kentucky Derby this weekend.

Thanks to a picture surfaced by team radio color analyst Scott Zolak, all three quarterbacks — Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett — as well as Julian Edelman were part of a large group boarding a plane to attend the Kentucky Derby.

Brady has made the trip several times, bringing Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola in the past.

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Ryan Hannable

The Patriots will be well-represented at the Kentucky Derby this weekend.

Thanks to a picture surfaced by team radio analyst Scott Zolak, all three quarterbacks — Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett — as well as Julian Edelman were part of a large group boarding a plane to attend the Kentucky Derby.

The Patriots were busy Friday afternoon with signing some rookies.

Their biggest move was signing sixth-round pick Conor McDermott, an offensive tackle out of UCLA. He was the first of the Patriots’ four draft picks to sign.