Sports Illustrated’s Peter King made his weekly appearance with Mut & Merloni on Friday to discuss NFL news and expound on his prediction that the Patriots will win the Super Bowl. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

According to an ESPNBoston report, the Patriots have continued their on-again, off-again relationship with Austin Collie by re-signing the wide receiver six days after releasing him for the second time.

Collie has played in seven games this season, recording six catches for 63 yards.

The Browns will interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for their vacant head coaching position on Saturday, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Cleveland will reportedly meet with McDaniels at an undisclosed location in the New England area. The Browns are looking to replace Rob Chudzinski, who was fired after one season where he led Cleveland to a 4-12 record.

FOXBORO -- No team in the AFC will rely more on its rookies to get it through the postseason than the Patriots.



FOXBORO — Devin McCourty saw the replay of his nasty helmet-to-leg collision with Ed Dickson on Dec. 22 in Baltimore.

“You watch it and I don’t know that much about concussions and all that but just watching it as a player, it was a weird hit but it is what it is,” McCourty said Wednesday, after taking part in his first practice since that awkward, if not scary, looking hit that bent his neck.

FOXBORO — Tom Brady has always given praise to the loyal fans that show up in all elements to cheer him and the Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

FOXBORO — Whether or not the Patriots lose offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to the Cleveland Browns, Tom Brady made a point of appreciating the work McDaniels has done in his two stints in New England.

FOXBORO — On a frigid New Year’s morning outside Gillette Stadium, the Patriots returned to practice in their bye week and joining the Patriots for the first time in two weeks was safety Devin McCourty, who missed the season finale with a concussion.

According to ESPN.com, Penn State‘s Bill O’Brien has agreed to become the new head coach of the Houston Texans.

O’Brien, who served as an assistant coach with the Patriots from 2007-12, is expected to officially hired by the Texans no later than Saturday.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick wouldn’t comment Tuesday on a report that the Cleveland Browns had asked permission to speak with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels about their head coaching job.