Despite the labor uncertainty, the NFL announced its 2011 preseason schedule on Tuesday. The Patriots will host Jacksonville the weekend of Aug. 11-15 and the New York Giants the weekend of Sept. 1-2. They will travel to face Tampa Bay on Aug. 20 and Detroit on Aug. 27, with the game against the Lions set to start at 8 p.m. and be broadcast nationally on CBS.

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According to a report from Vic Carucci of, the Jets have interest in Randy Moss. 

The wide receiver, a free agent, could be targeted by the Jets when the lockout ends, multiple league insiders told Carucci. Moss played for the Patriots, Vikings and Titans in 2010, setting career lows with 28 catches and 393 yards receiving.

According to an ESPN report, the Patriots are hosting University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker for a two-day visit starting Tuesday. Locker, who passed for 2,265 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, is projected to go in the mid- to late first round of the draft later this month. The Patriots have the 17th and 28th overall picks.

Tom Brady's backup in 2010 was Brian Hoyer, who was signed as an undrafted free agent from Michigan State in 2009.

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Running back Fred Taylor, who was with the Patriots the last two seasons, told the Gainesville Sun on Monday that he's "basically retired" from football.

The 35-year-old Taylor struggled to stay healthy in his two seasons with New England, as he was hobbled by a series of injuries that forced him to miss 19 of 32 regular-season games while with the Patriots. In two years in New England, Taylor has 106 carries for 424 yards and two touchdowns.

Former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel was arrested for theft at the Belterra Casino in Florence, Indiana on Monday morning, according to Pro Football Talk.

Vrabel, who was dealt from New England to Kansas City before the start of the 2009 season, was reportedly booked at 5:28 a.m. on Monday for what, under Indiana law, is a Class D felony. PFT reports that Vrabel was released at 10:39 a.m. Monday after posting a $600 bond.

Former Patriots running back Laurence Maroney was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor marijuana possession, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Patriots cornerback Leigh Bodden said on Thursday that his shoulder “feels good,” and his rehab — which he continues to go through every day — has been great. Speaking on Sirius NFL Radio, he told hosts Bob Papa and Ross Tucker that he’s “ready to play.”

According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the NFLPA will not hold an event opposite the NFL on the first night of the draft.

However, the NFLPA is still encouraging potential draft picks not to attend the draft, which will be held April 28-30 in New York City. Schefter reported earlier in March that 17 top prospects who were expected to receive invitations to attend the draft had been contacted by the NFLPA and asked not to appear at the draft.

Patriots running back Fred Taylor told Jaguars beat writer Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union that he thinks he has two more years left in the NFL, and that being sidelined for most of the 2010 season has left him feeling like it bought him some extra time.

According to Ganguli, Taylor seemed conflicted about whether he should retire or continue playing. The 35-year-old will be a free agent if he decides to return to the league.

Taylor also said that he thinks the labor situation will be resolved in a month.

Jon Morris, a six-time AFL All-Star with the Boston Patriots and the first player to earn a Pro Bowl nod for the New England Patriots following the merger of the AFL and NFL, was named to the Patriots' Hall of Fame on Sunday.