Tom Brady Sr. vehemently defended his son Wednesday in the wake of the release of the Wells Report, which seemed to lay the blame (at least partially) at his feet.

In non-Deflategate news, according to multiple reports, free agent linebacker and former Patriot Brandon Spikes is at Gillette Stadium for a visit on Tuesday.

The following is the full text of a statement from Patriots owner Robert Kraft made after the Wells Report was issued Wednesday afternoon:

The league has released the Wells Report, a 243-page document investigation into the matter of Deflategate, and at first glance, it appears to implicate quarterback Tom Brady

The Patriots are among the NFL teams showing interest in undrafted offensive lineman La’el Collins, according to Nick Underhill and Ross Dellenger of The New Orleans Advocate.

The Patriots announced Tuesday the have released cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, long snapper Tyler Ott and linebacker Deontae Skinner. Here’s a portion of the statement from the team on the moves.

FOXBORO — Nate Solder has a fresh look on football, and life.

The Patriots 2015 preseason schedule was finalized Tuesday. Here are the dates and times for the games this summer:

Aug. 13 vs. Green Bay 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 22 at New Orleans, 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 28 at Carolina, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 3 vs. New York Giants, 7:30 p.m.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Patriots are releasing cornerback Alfonzo Dennard.

After playing 10 and 13 games the first two years of his career respectively, the 2012 seventh round pick played in just six games last year before being played on injured reserve at the end of the year. He appeared to lose the confidence of the coaching staff.

Some of Bill Belichick's draft picks have raised eyebrows around the NFL.</p>
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