Some think that after an offseason that saw them lose Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd and Aaron Hernandez and saw Rob Gronkowski undergo multiple surgeries, the Patriots are ripe for the picking.

The Patriots are set to sign North Carolina Central defensive tackle John Drew, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.

The 6-foot-2, 333-pound Drew started his college career at Duke before being kicked off the team in the wake of his involvement in firing a gun on campus. He turned his career around at NCCU, but suffered a toe injury last year, which likely affected his draft stock. As a senior, he played in eight games, starting seven, and finished with 18 tackles (eight solo).

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was in attendance at Gillette Stadium Monday morning, according to a source.

Monday morning marked Brady’s first return to the facility since the start of summer break in June. The quarterback, who will turn 36 next month, will be joined by the rest of his teammates later in the week, as full squad workouts are set to start Friday. (Rookies reported on Sunday.)

The Patriots announced Sunday they have signed rookie free agent cornerback Justin Green.

In addition to the news they have released wide receiver Donald Jones, the Patriots announced Friday they had signed rookie wide receivers Perez Ashford and Quentin Sims.

The 22-year-old Ashford, was originally signed by the Browns as a rookie free agent out of Northern Illinois on April 30 but was released by the Browns on May 30. The 5-foot-11, 182-pounder played in 48 games during his four collegiate seasons and finished with 110 receptions for 1, 192 yards. He was also utilized as a kickoff returner during his career.

The Patriots will release wide receiver Donald Jones, according to multiple outlets.

Despite his recent arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence, the Patriots have no plans to cut cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, according to a report from the Boston Globe.

It has been an offseason influx the likes of which Patriots fans have never seen.



The Patriots have announced the schedule for the first four days of training camp.

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger took a shot at current Patriots backup quarterback Tim Tebow on Thursday, ripping Tebow’s mechanics.

Mettenberger, who spent the offseason working with former NFL assistant and current LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, has struggled at times — he finished 70th in the country last year in passing efficiency and 73rd in completion percentage. (Last season, he threw for 2,609 yards and 12 touchdowns on 207-of-352 passing.)