Kevin Faulk is the newest member of the Patriots Hall of Fame. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Kevin Faulk is the newest member of the Patriots Hall of Fame. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Patriots announced Wednesday that Kevin Faulk has been voted by the fans as the 25th entrant into the Patriots Hall of Fame.

Faulk joins Troy Brown (2012) and Tedy Bruschi (2013) as the third player to enter The Hall as a career Patriot with three Super Bowl rings. He is also just the fifth player to be selected by the fans into the Patriots Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility, joining Drew Bledsoe (2011), Brown, Bruschi and Ty Law (2014).

Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft issued a statement, calling Faulk a “selfless and tireless contributor” to three Super Bowl champions.

“Kevin Faulk helped deliver three Super Bowl championships and redefined the way an entire generation of Patriots fans celebrated football in New England,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “Despite entering the NFL as the second-leading rusher in SEC history, he arrived in New England without ego or pretense. He was a selfless and tireless contributor to the team, accepting every challenge and excelling in many roles throughout his 13-year career. His work ethic, enthusiasm for the game and clutch performances, especially on third down, earned him the respect of his coaches, teammates and fans alike. For all his contributions and memorable moments on the field, some of my fondest memories were of Kevin’s contributions off the field. He earned our Ron Burton Community Service award in 2009 and often involved his family in his volunteer work, teaching his children the values of giving back.”

Faulk’s induction ceremony will be held on Monday, Aug. 1 on the NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon. The outdoor hall of fame ceremony is free and open to the public. Fans of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. In addition, Faulk will be honored with a halftime ceremony at the Patriots’ 2016 home opener against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Faulk retired as the franchise’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards (12,349) return yards (5,041) and kick return yards (4,098). A three-time Super Bowl champion, the LSU product played his entire career with the Patriots (13 seasons), and helped New England claim nine division titles, five conference crowns and three Super Bowl championships. A versatile presence out of the backfield over the course of his career, the 5-foot-8, 202-pounder rushed for 3,607 yards and 16 touchdowns, and added 431 receptions for 3,701 yards and 15 touchdowns.

While Faulk was a fan favorite, it’s likely he took that to a new level earlier this spring when he wore a Tom Brady jersey to the NFL draft.

“It was a move that wasn’t about me,” Faulk said of the decision to show support for the embattled quarterback. “It was a move in support of my brother. We’ve been together for a long time, and it was a way for me to show support for Tom.”

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Christopher Price
Markus Kuhn speaks to reporters Tuesday at Gillette Stadium (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Markus Kuhn speaks to reporters Tuesday at Gillette Stadium (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — Markus Kuhn feels like one lucky guy.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound defensive lineman not only landed on his feet after signing a one-year deal with the Patriots. It’s a low-risk deal for the Pats, who liked enough of what they saw from the German in his four previous years with the Giants to add him to the roster for depth.

He has a base salary of $760,000 with a signing bonus of $140,000. What’s was the first thing on his mind when he signed with the Patriots?

“Championship. That’s the first thing,” Kuhn said without hesitating.

Kuhn, who was a seventh round pick of the Giants in 2012 out of North Carolina State, is also reunited with another German native in Sebastian Vollmer. But it wasn’t Vollmer that inspired Kuhn to sign in Foxboro.

“Honestly, before I signed here, really not much,” Kuhn said at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday. “It was more like primarily when I came here he reached out to me right away. We saw each other a few times in preseason games. We’d talk just because we’re both German, which is special in this league, but other than that, when I first came here, we went to dinner and just hung out, talked, and he told me a little bit about this place here and yeah, I’ve loved it.”

Kuhn is looking forward to the start of OTAs next week and getting on the field and showing he has what it takes to make the roster.

“[I’m] loving it. [It’s a] great organization,” Kuhn said. “Just to come here and be a part of this right now, really exciting for me of course.

What did lead him to sign in New England?

“It was just for me, if you have an opportunity to play for an organization like this with a team and everything around it, it was not really much to think for me if I would come here or not,” Kuhn said. “I loved the opportunity. I was excited I was able to come here and that’s why I grabbed it and ran with it.”

On Dec. 7, 2014, Kuhn returned a fumble for a touchdown against the Titans. It was the Giants’ first non-offensive TD of the season and also the first NFL touchdown scored by a German national. Ironically, that same year, Vollmer was winning his first Super Bowl ring.

“I talked to Sebastian about that too, and he was like, ‘Well, who got a ring out of the two of us?’ I was like ‘OK, touché, touché. Not bad’. Obviously, it was a great experience,” Kuhn said. “I mean especially as a defensive lineman to score period in the NFL it was very exciting. Overall, when you’re out there and you’re able to make a play, I was able to do that, and obviously of course the history behind it meant something to me.

“Honestly, I’m just happy for the football and the guys in Germany that there’s a bigger market coming over from Germany and more and more guys, like all over the globe that are actually interested in the sport and getting better at it, and now even having a guy straight out of Germany [Moritz Boehringer] being drafted. I think that’s a huge accomplishment and it just shows where the sport is going.

“Since the sport, when you play in Germany, is not really to the level that it is here, even [collegiately], it’s no comparison. Every day I think I’m really still growing and now having different coaches again, having different inputs, I think it’s only going to help my level of play as well, again.”

Kuhn tore his ACL in Week 10 of his rookie season in 2012. But he came back to make the Giants and record 48 tackles over his four years in New York, mostly as an interior defensive lineman.

“I know it’s just pretty much you just have to look that you find a spot where you fit in,” Kuhn said. “The ways around are just pretty much they plug you in where they think you can excel at best. That’s pretty much it. I played pretty much just as a defensive tackle. With the Giants, I know it was only we played left or right, so it was either you played a shaded nose or you play a three-technique two high. So, that’s pretty much what we mainly did.”

Now, Kuhn must carve out a niche in New England with the likes of Terrence Knighton, Alan Branch and second-year nose Malcom Brown.

“It’s definitely been quite a new room this year but I mean you have a guy like [Terrance Knighton] coming in who’s been a really great player and he knows so much about football,” Kuhn said. “I mean so much more than I do, so he’s really been a great help just from like little technique things but also a young guy like Malcom. He’s been here last year. I think he had a really good year last year. He played well and he knows the system really well so you learn from an older veteran and then a younger guy who’s been here before.”

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Mike Petraglia

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In the latest edition of the It Is What It Is podcast, Chris Price talks with Ian Rapoport of NFL Media about the Patriots offseason, the major questions facing the team going forward, the health of receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola and the mindset of quarterback Tom Brady as he continues to fight Deflategate.

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WEEI

Dominique Easley has found a home.

About a month after being released by the Patriots, the defensive lineman reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Dominique Easley

Dominique Easley

Dominique Easley has found a home.

About a month after being released by the Patriots, the defensive lineman reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

He was selected in the first round by the Patriots in the 2014 draft, but finished on injured reserve each of the last two seasons.

Easley now gives the Rams five former first-round picks on the defensive line as he joins Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, Robert Quinn and Quinton Coples.

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — Sebastian Vollmer wasn’t about to take the bait.

The 34-year-old veteran offensive tackle took time out from his offseason workout Tuesday at Gillette Stadium and spoke about the process of moving on and building something new for the coming season.

Sebastian Vollmer speaks Tuesday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Sebastian Vollmer speaks Tuesday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — Sebastian Vollmer wasn’t about to take the bait.

The 34-year-old veteran offensive tackle took time out from his offseason workout Tuesday at Gillette Stadium and spoke about the process of moving on and building something new for the coming season.

When last we saw the right tackle entering his eighth season in the NFL, he was playing left tackle on a make-shift offensive line that was manhandled by the defensive front of the eventual Super Bowl champion. It was a performance that precipitated the departure of offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and ushered in the return of Dante Scarnecchia.

Did the way the season ended last year (losses in Miami and Denver) factor into inspiration for this year?

“It’s a new year. I feel like we don’t need extra motivation for anything,” Vollmer said. “I think we come out here and try to better yourself as a player, as a team, as a group, all that stuff. Putting in these hours and working toward the common goal. Now, it’s getting ready for OTAs next week and then we have training camp coming up and all that stuff. So, it’s a long road ahead. But it’s just doing what we’re told to do and grinding it out, really.

“It’s good. There’s a lot of new teammates, obviously,” Vollmer said of the re-worked offensive line. “It’s exciting for us to get to know them and all get on the same page with OTAs starting next week. Exciting times.”

Exciting indeed. Naturally, everyone wanted to get a feel for what it’s like to have Scarnecchia back in the budiling.

“Obviously, had him my first five years. Excellent coach. Can’t praise him high enough. So obviously, us as players we’re asked to do to the best of our abilities. We’re going to keep that approach the same. Expecting good things. I think he expects the best of us and himself. I think just the way he coaches, detail-oriented. He just gets the best out of you.”

Vollmer downplayed the familiarity aspect of Scarnecchia.

“I don’t know. There are new players at every position in a year,” Vollmer said. “I don’t think that matters too much. I think you kind of re-do your whole thing every year and prepare yourself as good as you can. It’s not like we’re doing something completely new here. So, if you’ve spent a year here or more, there’s some familiarity with the system, obviously. I feel like you approach every year like you’ve never hear it before. I think that’s my approach and I think that might be best for maybe picking up a couple of things you didn’t realize before. I think it’s just starting from scratch and building the foundation again.”

Does Vollmer feel DeGuglielmo was a fall guy in the way the ’15 season ended?

“I think every team has the same goal in mind, especially in this phase now,” Vollmer said. “If ultimately your season comes to a crashing end, it’s never a good feeling. I think you do a lot of self-evaluation of things you could’ve done better. I think in the following year, you try to implement the good things and cut out the bad things. I don’t question anybody’s effort. We all gave whatever we could. In the end, it wasn’t good enough. We’ve got to give the Super Bowl champs all the credit and it’s onto a new year for us now.”

Any chip on the shoulder, individually or as a group?

“Again, I think that all might sound good for the media, playing things up,” he added. “It’s a new year. It’s new people on our team and everywhere in the league. You’re trying to build something new because it’s just not the same team for anybody. I think it’s just starting over.

“I just come in here and work as hard as I can to have a good season.”

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Mike Petraglia

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