Patriots quarterback Tom Brady watched Wednesday’s horrific Back Bay fire from his nearby home, and he checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Thursday morning to talk about his experience and his respect for the first-responders, especially the two firefighters who lost their lives battling the blaze. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Only one of the Patriots’ proposed rule changes was approved on Wednesday at the NFL annual meeting. The goalpost height will increase by 5 feet, moving from 30 to 35 feet.

The proposal to move the point-after attempt to the 25-yard line was tabled, although the NFL will experiment with longer PATs in the preseason, moving the line of scrimmage for the extra point to the 20-yard line for the first two weeks of exhibition games.

The proposal to add more cameras for instant replay has been tabled until May.

ORLANDO — Patriots coach Bill Belichick deferred all questions on the status of defensive lineman Vince Wilfork Tuesday, saying that, “if you have any questions about Vince, you should ask Vince.”

ORLANDO — Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday he’s “looking forward” to the chance to work with veteran cornerback Darrelle Revis.

ORLANDO -- In the words of Lloyd Christmas, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance.”



According to a Boston Herald report, defensive lineman Vince Wilfork has cleaned out his locker at Gillette Stadium and taken down his nameplate.

ORLANDO — Even though he was among the owners Monday at the league meetings, Robert Kraft had not problem putting on his fan hat, especially when it came to talking about the acquisitions of new free agents Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and Brandon LaFell.

ORLANDO — Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Monday he’s still holding out hope that defensive lineman Vince Wilfork is with the team in 2014.

The Steelers have a weekend visit planned with free agent running back LeGarrette Blount, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.

Blount, who played with the Patriots last season, finished 2013 with 153 carries for 772 yards and seven touchdowns in the regular season, and added 166 yards and four touchdowns in the division playoff victory over the Colts.

New England has reportedly maintained an interested in re-signing the 6-foot, 250-pound Blount, who has not taken any other visits throughout the free agent process.

Are the Patriots better now than they were at the start of free agency? As the first wave of this portion of the team-building comes to a close, they've certainly shown improvement -- particularly when it comes to their secondary -- but at the same time, it’s important to remember that the process of crafting the final 2014 roster is far from finished.