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Since he came to New England, Devin McCourty has become a leader in the Patriots locker room. Now, the Patriots apparently want him to stick around for the long term.

Rookie safety Calvin Pryor isn’t afraid to jump right into the Patriots-Jets rivalry.

FOXBORO -- Stevan Ridley gets it.



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FOXBORO -- We already know what Darrelle Revis’ defensive teammates think of New England’s acquisition of the former All-Pro corner: Across the board, they have delivered rave reviews for



Veteran free agent Kevin Williams visited the Patriots on Thursday, according to Tom E. Curran of Comcast Sports Net.

The defensive tackle is a six-time Pro Bowler who will turn 34 next month. He’s spent 11 years in the NFL, all with the Vikings. The 6-foot-5, 311-pounder has been durable over the course of his career, as he’€™s only missed five regular-season games since entering the league in 2003. He has 60.5 career sacks, including 8.5 in 2008.

The Patriots announced Wednesday they have signed veteran linebacker James Anderson and released wide receiver Mark Harrison.

Here’s a portion of the press release issued by the team:

Defensive tackle Kevin Williams is one of several veteran free agents on the market, but sounds like he’d be interested in signing with the Patriots.

Kevin O’Connell has some idea of what Jimmy Garoppolo is going through.



Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday to explain why he wrote that Tom Brady is no longer a top-five quarterback. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

The Patriots announced the signing of second-round draft choice Jimmy Garoppolo on Monday afternoon.