Defensive back James Ihedigbo tweeted Friday evening that he was joining the Patriots. The UMass product wrote: Thanks to #jetsfans for all the love an support greatly appreciate it's on to a new chapter.....I'm Officially a New England Patriot!!!!!! Ihedigbo is a 6-foot-1, 214-pound safety who has spent three seasons in the NFL, all of them with the Jets. The 27-year-old had his finest season last year with New York, finishing with 22 tackles and three sacks in 14 games.

The Patriots have worked out free-agent running back Clinton Portis, according to The Boston Herald. The 29-year-old Portis, a 5-foot-11, 219-pounder out of the University of Miami, was released by the Redskins in a salary cap move this spring. A second-round pick in 2002 by the Broncos, Portis has 2,230 carries for 9,923 yards and 76 touchdowns over over his nine-year career, the last seven of which were spent with Washington. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick described defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth as "day-to-day" in a conference call with reporters on Friday afternoon. Haynesworth, who has practiced twice with his teammates since he was first acquired in a trade from Washington on July 28, has been kept out of practice since Aug. 3. Belichick also assured the media that Haynesworth is at Gillette Stadium with the rest of his teammates. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King spoke with Mut & Merloni about the Patriots and other NFL news Friday afternoon.

King said that the Patriots’ more aggressive pass rush this preseason reflects less a philosophical change and more a personnel-based decision.

Patriots veteran tackle Matt Light has been slowly working his way back into form following offseason shoulder surgery and in his absence first round pick Nate Solder has been seeing most of the time at his position. Appearing as a guest on WEEI's The Big Show, Light said that the competition among the offensive line is healthy and that the mentoring process happens naturally.

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday to discuss Thursday's impressive preseason victory over the Buccaneers.

"Coach has been putting in new things each and every day. We've just been trying to see what works," Mayo said. "Last night, some things worked well for us. We'll go back to the drawing board and take those good things out and work on the bad plays and see what happens."

It had been a long time since Tom Brady had seen real action on a football field.



With less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Thursday's 31-14 win over the Buccaneers, Patriots running back Danny Woodhead -- playing on special teams -- took a vicious and dizzying helmet-to-helmet hit from Devin Holland while covering a punt. He made it to the sidelines but medical staff immediately took his helmet away and tended to him.

"I saw him in the locker room," Pats coach Bill Belichick said afterward. "He seemed all right. We'll see how it goes." 

Tom Brady engineered touchdown drives on four of the first five possessions of the night and the defensive line completely dominated as the Patriots rolled to a 31-14 win over the Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium Thursday night. 

Wide receiver Mark Clayton will work out for the Patriots on Friday, according to Aaron Wilson of Scout.com. Clayton, 29, is a former first-round pick of the Ravens out of Oklahoma who was traded to the Rams last year. In his career, he has 257 catches and 3,422 yards and 14 touchdowns. Wilson quotes a league source as saying Clayton has made a sound recovery from tearing his patellar tendon in his right knee last year and is on the verge of being ready to play again.