The Falcons announced Friday afternoon that the Patriots will visit for a couple of days of practices in Georgia before the preseason game between the two teams Aug. 19 at the Georgia Dome. In what they are calling "combined practices," the Patriots and Falcons will work out together in Flowery Branch, Ga. starting on Aug. 17, two days before the teams battle in a preseason meeting in Atlanta.

It appears that quarterback Mike Teel has been claimed off waivers by the Patriots. Teel, who was recently cut loose by Seattle (and tweeted the news of his release by the Seahawks here and here), said "Hello New England" on Friday afternoon. The 24-year-old Teel, a sixth-round pick of Seattle in 2009, served as the team's No.

Julian Edelman is coming off the greatest rookie season by a seventh-round pick in the history of the Patriots.First-year wide receiver Julian Edelman became a vital part of the Patriots passing game in 2009. (AP)



Multiple outlets are reporting the Patriots hosted free agent offensive lineman Cory Procter on a visit Wednesday. A 27-year-old, Procter is a 6-foot-4, 311-pounder who has played center and guard in his five years with the Dallas Cowboys. Overall, he has appeared in 44 career regular-season games with 13 starts. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.

A U.S. court of appeals dismissed a case by a New York Jets fan against the New England Patriots seeking damages for the Patriots' video taping of Jets coaches' signals. The fan who brought the suit, Jets season ticket holder Carl Mayer, sought $185 million in damages for Jets fans, charging that the Pats' practices had defrauded fans who spent large amounts of money on games that were rigged. But the appellate court upheld a ruling by the lower court suggesting that fans had no legal right to seek damages. 

 

Sixth-round pick Ted Larsen became the first of New England’s 12 draft picks to sign a contract, inking a deal with the Patriots on Tuesday. A league source indicates Larsen signed a four-year deal that includes a signing bonus of $80,300. While a final dollar amount was not confirmed, it’s reasonable to think that Larsen’s contract is in the same neighborhood as the four-year deals that last year’s sixth-round picks Jake Ingram and Myron Pryor both signed, contracts that were roughly $1.8 million.

The Patriots announced Tuesday afternoon they have signed sixth-round draft choice OL Ted Larsen. In addition, the Patriots announced today that they have released veteran CB Shawn Springs. Larsen, 6-foot-2, 305 pounds, began his college career as a defensive tackle before moving to center as a junior in 2008. He started 30 of 43 games at North Carolina State (five starts at defensive tackle and 23 starts at center). Larsen was named All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team by The NFL Draft Report after starting all 12 games as a senior in 2009.

Ladies and gentlemen, our long national nightmare is halfway over: The NFL offseason is at the midway point.



Logan Mankins and the Patriots have been working on a new contract for the Pro Bowl offensive lineman, and while Patriots owner Robert Kraft told ESPN on Sunday he “really hopes” the two sides can work out a new deal, Mankins’ agent told the Boston Herald that the two sides are still “pretty far apart” on a contract that could keep the All-Pro left guard in New England for the long term. “There has been discussions," agent Frank Bauer told the Herald. “We’re pretty far apart.

FOXBORO -- While it's clear that Richard Seymour was hurt by being traded from the Patriots to the Raiders before opening week last season, the defensive lineman painted a good picture of the franchise to someone who wound up signing in New England this summer. 

 

Gerard Warren, a 4-3 down lineman in Oakland's system in 2009, said he was sold on coming to the Patriots and making the transition to a 3-4 scheme, in part, by the high recommendations of Seymour when the two played together last season.