The Patriots announced Saturday they have signed rookie free agent defensive lineman Zack Roth. Terms of the contract were not announced. Additionally, the Patriots announced that offensive lineman Chris Morris and defensive lineman Steve Williams have been released. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Saturday at Gillette Stadium that offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, whom the team drafted in the fifth round is "doing what he can do" as he works his way back from non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

"He's in all the meetings," Belichick said of the Texas Christian product. "He's on his own workout program. He does the things that everybody does, but they're specifically for him. Some things he can mainstream, other things he can't, but that's all based on medicals." 

Former Patriot player and coach Corwin Brown was taken from his house to a hospital after a self-inflicted gunshot wound, ending a seven-hour standoff with police at his home in Indiana. Police had arrived shortly before 1 p.m. on Friday is response to a domestic disturbance call.

A police SWAT team has surrounded the home of former Patriots coach Corwin Brown, according to a report in the South Bend Tribune. Police arrived earlier in the day in response to a domestic disturbance call and the SWAT team was called in after shots were reported fired from inside the house. It is believed that Brown is the only person inside the house.

On Friday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick addressed the new contract for Pro Bowl offensive lineman Logan Mankins, saying it was “great” to have him inked to a long-term deal and calling Mankins “one of our best players.”

FOXBORO — He stands in the longest shadow in the NFL, but every preseason, Brian Hoyer continues to remind people why he could be one of the most underrated players on the New England roster.



FOXBORO -- Always the perfectionist, Patriots coach Bill Belichick assessed his team's performance following Thursday night's 47-12 blowout win over the Jaguars. 

"It's good to get started after a couple of weeks of practices, of course against ourselves. It's good to get out in the stadium and play. I thought there were some positive things tonight," Belichick said of his team, which was led by quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett.

FOXBORO -- Playing without Tom Brady, the Patriots quarterback combo of Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett looked very sharp and rookie Stevan Ridley found the end zone three times as the Patriots crushed the Jaguars, 47-12, in their preseason opener Thursday night at Gillette Stadium. 

A resting Brady watched in full uniform on the sideline as Hoyer directed two first half touchdown drives, completing 15-of-21 passes for 171 yards and an 11-yard TD pass to Taylor Price as the Patriots built a 19-9 halftime lead. Hoyer compilied a quarterback rating of 111.4

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen joined The Big Show Thursday to talk about Albert Haynesworth, the reported signing of Logan Mankins to a six-year deal and the Patriots' preseason opener vs. the Jaguars. Mortensen was asked if he thought there would be a change in preseason philosophy with a shortened training camp.

Former Vikings head coach Brad Childress blasted Randy Moss in an interview with NFL.com on Thursday.

“We had good guys, by and large,” Childress said of his Vikings team in 2010, “[but Moss] walked in the locker room and vomited on it.”

Moss made a good first impression with Childress, but that did not last long.