One of the reasons Tom Brady and Wes Welker were able to build the sort of bond that led to Welker’s dominance over the last six years was the fact they spent a ton of time together in the offseason — outside of the offseason workout programs — working together on the quarterback-receiver relationship. The two spent plenty of time engaged in offseason throwing sessions in Southern California, working together to help understand exactly what the other one needed.

According to, Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty underwent shoulder surgery this offseason but is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. The report did not specify on which shoulder McCourty underwent the procedure, which was characterized as “routine.”

The Patriots will hold a pre-draft visit with former Louisiana State cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, according to a league source. Mathieu, formerly known as “The Honey Badger,” won the Chuck Bednarik award in 2011 as the best defensive college player in the country and was a Heisman finalist, but was booted from LSU for repeatedly violating its’ drug policy.

By the time his career is done, no Hall of Fame quarterback of the modern era will have gone through more personnel changes in the passing game than Tom Brady.

The Patriots will sign wide receiver Michael Jenkins, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. The 30-year-old Jenkins, who caught 40 passes for 449 yards and two touchdowns last season with the Vikings, is a 6-foot-4, 214-pounder out of Ohio State who has been in the league for nine seasons — seven with the Falcons and the last two with Minnesota. His best seasons came in 2007 and 2008, when he caught a combined 103 passes for 1,309 yards and seven touchdowns.

Rob Gronkowski said he’s “feeling a lot better” as he continues with his rehab process over the course of the offseason. The big tight end, who suffered multiple arm injuries late in the season, was on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” on Wednesday morning, and was asked how his rehab is going.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is worth $2.3 billion, according to Forbes. Kraft, who has owned the team since 1994, is the eighth-richest owner in the NFL — he trails Seattle’s Paul Allen ($15 billion); St.

It appears the NFL’s 2013 regular-season schedule will be released on April 16, as the NFL Network has apparently scheduled the release show for that evening at 8 p.m. While the list of opponents for each team has been finalized, the dates and times have yet to be announced.

Here’s a look at who the Patriots will face in 2013:

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According to a report from Field Yates of (via twitter), the Patriots have agreed to re-sign right tackle Sebastian Vollmer. Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports (via twitter) that a four-year deal will be announced on Monday. Vollmer, 28, was taken by the Patriots in the second round of the 2009 draft.