FOXBORO — The Patriots signed rookie free agent defensive lineman Seali’€™i Epenesa out of UCLA on Tuesday. The following is a portion of the release issued by the team on the move:

Epenesa, 22, played in 41 games and finished with 46 total tackles and one sack during his four year college career. The 6-foot-1, 310-pounder played in 12 games with seven starts as a senior in 2013 and was credited with 16 tackles and one sack.

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FOXBORO — Bill Belichick is someone who likes to prepare.

During a hearing Monday in Bristol Superior Court in Fall River, attorneys for Aaron Hernandez asked that the murder charge against the former Patriots tight end related to the killing of Odin Lloyd be dropped.

FOXBORO — Sebastian Vollmer is ready to put 2013 behind him. As a matter of fact, he admitted Thursday he’d rather not think about how it ended at all.

Who could blame him?

The Patriots announced Thursday the signing of wide receiver Jeremy Johnson, a rookie free agent from SMU.

Johnson, who stands 6 feet, 179 pounds, was an All-American Athletic Conference second-team player after leading the Mustangs with 112 catches for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns as a senior in 2013. In his four years at SMU, Johnson finished with 196 receptions for 1,936 yards and 10 touchdowns.

With Tom Brady ostensibly on the back nine of his career, he uttered a telling statement earlier this spring when he told Peter King, “You don’t have to suck when you get older.” 



As far as Tom Brady is concerned, there’s only one stat that matters: wins.

In the wake of a recent column from last week that suggested Brady was not the quarterback he once was because of some statistical slippage, the quarterback said Monday that when you get right down to the heart of the matter, victories are what matters most.

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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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