WEEI's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Reggie Wayne's arrival in New England and look at what he might be able to bring to the team.

[0:00:04] ... patriots expert columnist for WEEI dot com. Christopher price alright press the Reggie Wayne era has officially begun after fourteen years and Indianapolis he has come over to the hated patriots. Or at least that's the way of course the colts fans feel in central Indiana. But it was funny and talking to Reggie Wayne today he said. Can't really worry about what the colts fans think right now. His job is learning the playbook going back to school like he told both of us and I ordered fifty reporters and really learning what Tom Brady and bill while chuck expect from him. Yet been interesting to it to watch Emeril was interesting to see him in the ...
[0:01:32] ... something like that's always for sale in the locker room. And our Reggie Wayne that told you that. No 87 is over with his new number and now New England will be the number fifteen. He was on the practice field on the upper grass field fine job at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday afternoon and he has assimilating as quickly as he canny was working with Tom Brady. And a couple of the offensive coaches of receivers coach offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in terms of the role he will. Bill moving forward you would think it be like similar to a role that Deion Branch bill that I trustworthy receiver. Yeah I think that this them into that I think there's some me the idea that he ...
[0:03:15] ... of the regular season how how much can we really expect from Reggie Wayne what he's healthy and I found some interesting historical comparisons. The best year for eat 37 year old wide receiver was TERRELL OWENS back in 2000 and where it got 72 passes. Ridgeway is not taken 72 passes in this offense but. The one comparison ...





FOXBORO — It was a day of significant returns and debuts at Gillette Stadium.

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FOXBORO — It was a day of significant returns and debuts at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots returned to the practice field on Tuesday in shorts and shells and Reggie Wayne was on the field wearing his new No. 15 and working with Tom Brady and the wide receivers.

Several players made a return to practice including receiver Aaron Dobson, third down back Travaris Cadet and offensive lineman Ryan Wendell. Receiver Julian Edelman and tight end Scott Chandler were also on the field during the beginning portion of the practice that was open to the media.

Also back on the field were defensive linemen Rufus Johnson and Trey Flowers, both injured in the preseason opener against the Packers on Aug. 13.

There were ten players not spotted at practice, including Brandon LaFell, rookie cornerback Darryl Roberts, linebackers Dekoda Watson and Dane Fletcher, offensive linemen Marcus Cannon, Chris Barker and Bryan Stork, defensive lineman Joe Vellano, defensive lineman Chris Jones and tight end Jake Bequette.

The Patriots will practice again on Wednesday before leaving on Thursday for Charlotte and preseason game No. 3 against the Panthers on Friday night.

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Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

FOXBORO — Fullback Eric Kettani is back on the street.

The 28-year-old veteran fullback who has had several stints with the Patriots was released by the team on Tuesday.

Kettani was signed by the Patriots on Aug. 4. The 5-foot-11, 235-pounder, originally signed with New England as a rookie free agent out of Navy in 2009 and after spending time on the Reserve Military list, he went to training camp with the Patriots in 2011 and spent part of the 2011 and 2012 seasons on the team’€™s practice squad.

Kettani also spent time on the practice squad with Washington (2012), Kansas City (2013) and Jacksonville (2014).

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Mike Petraglia

In the wake of this week’s signing of Reggie Wayne, there was some talk about what sort of expectations the Patriots might have for the veteran wide receiver in 2015. With the understanding that Wayne will turn 37 in November, here’s a look at the 10 best seasons for 37-year-old receivers in the history of the NFL.

1. Terrell Owens (2010), 72 catches, 983 yards, 9 touchdowns
2. Jerry Rice (1999), 67 catches, 830 yards, 5 touchdowns
3. Charlie Joiner (1984), 61 catches, 793 yards, 6 touchdowns
4. Tim Brown (2003), 52 catches, 567 yards, 2 touchdowns
5. Art Monk (1994), 46 catches, 581 yards, 3 touchdowns
6. Drew Hill (1993), 34 catches, 384 yards, 0 touchdowns
7. Don Maynard (1972), 29 catches, 510 yards, 2 touchdowns
8. Irving Fryar (1999), 26 catches, 254 yards, 2 touchdowns
9. Ricky Proehl (2005), 25 catches, 441 yards, 4 touchdowns
10. Keenan McCardell (2007), 22 catches, 256 yards, 1 touchdown

While Wayne’s career arc has slipped as of late (he’s gone from 111 catches and 1,355 receiving yards in 2010 to 64 catches for 779 yards last season), provided he stays healthy in 2015, there’s the real possibility of him showing up on this list at the end of the year. One interesting historical comparison could be Monk. Both have a relatively similar body type (Wayne is 6-foot and 198 pounds, while Monk was a slightly bigger target at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds), and both are known as being steady and relatively durable. (Between the ages of 30 and 37, they each played in at least 15 seasons in six of seven seasons.) Monk spent 14 years with Washington before joining the Jets in 1994. In his lone season with the Jets, the 37-year-old managed to catch 46 passes. Wayne is on a similar path, having spent 14 years with the Colts before joining the Patriots. Considering the environment he’s walking into and his past record, if he’s able to replicate Monk’s production, New England will probably be pretty happy.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price


FOXBORO — When it comes to joining a new team, Reggie Wayne knows that he’s starting from square one.

The veteran receiver, who spent the last 14 seasons in Indy, officially joined the Patriots on Tuesday. He’s fully cognizant of the challenge that lies ahead of him when it comes to getting up to speed in the New England system, saying Tuesday afternoon he’s doing whatever he can to learn the playbook and find a role in the offense.

“All that [role] is on my shoulders,” Wayne said. “How fast I can catch up, how quick I can learn, it will all take care of itself. Right now, it’s just taking it one day at a time. They’re throwing everything at me and seeing what sticks. It’s homework for me. That’s all I can do.”

He added: “I’m excited about the transition. I have so much work ahead of me, I’m sitting at my locker now, cramming. It’s been some years once I had to cram. [It’s] something new for me, and I’m looking forward to the journey.”

Wayne talked briefly about his time with the Colts on Tuesday, but mostly, it was about looking forward and playing in New England. He said that one of the reasons he chose the Patriots over some other “serious calls from good teams” was the chance to play for Bill Belichick. Wayne said Tuesday he has great “respect” for the Patriots coach.

“One thing about it you have to respect is what he’s done in this league over the years,” the former Colts receiver said of Belichick. “Even though I was on the opposite side, you see that from afar. That’s what you want. You want to be a part of that. You want to learn how to put that into your repertoire. The Pro Bowls, before the games, after the games. It was always mutual respect. He’s one of the best at it.

“He’s one of the best to ever do it.”

If he’s able to stay healthy, the 36-year-old Wayne projects as an intermediate threat in the New England offense, and with Brandon LaFell on the shelf, could take over some of LaFell’s responsibilities while he works back to 100 percent.

He’ll also get plenty of help from the likes of quarterback Tom Brady, who he’s already connected with.

“I talked to him briefly because I’ve been so busy studying,” Wayne said of Brady. “I talked to him — he was excited to have me here. He’s looking forward to us partnering up. I told him, ‘I know I’m a little behind. I’m going to do my best to catch and during practice when you want to go to the side, I’m all for it.'”

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Christopher Price

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FOXBORO — A media crowd of 50 reporters and cameras huddled around Reggie Wayne‘s locker Tuesday at Gillette Stadium before his first practice with the Patriots.

FOXBORO — It appears that Devin McCourty is simply going with the flow.

FOXBORO — It appears that Devin McCourty is simply going with the flow.

The veteran defensive back, who was switched from safety to cornerback for Saturday’s game against the Saints, expressed some frustration after the contest with what happened, saying, “It didn’t feel great and I don’t think it looked great.”

On Tuesday, McCourty was asked if the level of frustration he expressed after Saturday’s game has subsided.

“I’ve just got to play,” he said. “As a player, you just have to go play football. Obviously, a new week, you have to prepare and get ready to go for a new challenge this week. That’s all I can do.”

McCourty was asked if the new challenge of this week against the Panthers would involve the “old challenge” of playing safety. He laughed.

“We’ll see,” he said with a smile.

On Tuesday, McCourty was one of several players who sounded excited about the prospect of new teammate Reggie Wayne.

“He’s a great player,” said McCourty. “Any time you an add a veteran player who has made a ton of plays throughout his career, not just good for the offense, but [it’s good] for the overall locker room. Obviously we’ve heard great things about him and watch him play. I think everybody is excited to have him here.”

McCourty said that when it comes to the Patriots-Colts rivalry, there’s no worries about it being weird for Wayne in New England.

“I don’t think players really think about that,” he said. “It’s kind of weird — you go to different locker rooms, and almost all have the same type of guys there. Everyone comes in here ready to work and you start building a team and building that camaraderie going into the season.”

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Christopher Price