The Patriots reportedly hosted Andrew Gachkar on Tuesday. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots reportedly hosted Andrew Gachkar on Tuesday. (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots appear to still be searching for depth next to Dont’a Hightower in the middle of the defense.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, the Patriots hosted veteran linebacker Andrew Gachkar on Tuesday.

As of now, behind Hightower the Patriots have Elandon Roberts, Shea McClellin and Jonathan Freeny.

It’s worth noting, if the Patriots are interested in signing him this wouldn’t happen until Wednesday, as any signings made after Tuesday do not count towards the compensatory pick formula.

Gachkar, 28, has spent the last two seasons with the Cowboys, after playing his first four years with the Chargers. The Missouri product has totaled 145 tackles and 2.5 sacks in his career and also has some special teams value.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Brandin Cooks has only been a member of the Patriots for a few months, but he seems well aware of the winning culture that’s already in place.

Speaking to reporters at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, Cooks aluded to all the moves the Patriots have made in the offseason.

Brandin Cooks called working with Tom Brady "amazing." (Chuck Cook/USA Today Sports)

Brandin Cooks called working with Tom Brady “amazing.” (Chuck Cook/USA Today Sports)

Brandin Cooks has only been a member of the Patriots for a few months, but he seems well aware of the winning culture that’s already in place.

Speaking to reporters at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, Cooks eluded to all the moves the Patriots have made in the offseason.

“We’re on a mission,” he said. “Whatever mission that may be, I don’t know, but we’re on a mission. That’s what it seems like.”

The 23-year-old played with a great quarterback in Drew Brees with the Saints, and now he will play with another great quarterback in Tom Brady.

“It’s amazing,” Cooks said.

Added Cooks when asked what makes it amazing: “I think you can answer that. Yeah, I’ll let you be the judge of that. He’s just an awesome quarterback and I’m glad to have the opportunity to play with him.”

Cooks finished the 2016 season with 78 catches for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns.

Here are some other highlights from his media session.

On the Week 2 game in New Orleans: “Yeah, it’s exciting, but it’s going to be another game. I’m not going to treat it any differently. It’s Week 2, so I’ll be focused on Week 1. Once Week 2 comes, that’s all I’ll be focused on. It’s not like I put an “X” on the calendar for that game. I just want to go in, do my job, handle business and let the rest take care of itself.”

On being in New England: “It’s a new transition. You know, a little cold coming from New Orleans, but I love it. I originally grew up on the West Coast, so I’m obviously halfway across the country now – or across the country – but it’s a great atmosphere. Going down to the city is amazing. I live in Oregon now during the offseason, so I’m used to a little bit of cold, rainy days, but it’s a little different out here, so we’ll see.”

On impressions of coaching staff: “Their focus. Their attention to detail, once again, here is amazing. But, you know what, everything is going so fast right now, so I’m not looking at those type of things. I’m just, once again, looking at what I have to do to be the best I can be here.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Brandin Cooks didn't try and take Jimmy Garoppolo's No. 10. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Brandin Cooks didn’t try and take Jimmy Garoppolo’s No. 10. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

A lot of times when players move to new teams and want to keep their jersey numbers from their previous team they make deals with whomever has their number on their new team.

New Patriots receiver Brandin Cooks wore No. 10 in New Orleans, which is obviously Jimmy Garoppolo’s with New England.

When the Patriots released their jersey numbers Monday Cooks had No. 14, not No. 10. Speaking to the media at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, Cooks said he didn’t even try to get No. 10 from Garoppolo.

“I didn’t even try,” Cooks told reporters. “I didn’t even think about asking him. [It is] a new journey, new opportunity, so I wanted something different.”

Cooks said there was no real reason for him choosing No. 14.

“No big significance at all, really,” he said. “I was [No.] 7 in college, so the way that I like to think about it is double-7. Yeah, no big significance.”

Most Patriots fans know No. 14 for quarterback Steve Grogan. He played 16 seasons in New England and threw a career-best 28 touchdowns in 1979.

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Ryan Hannable

In the eyes of the law, Aaron Hernandez is now an innocent man.

Aaron Hernandez is now technically an innocent man.  (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Aaron Hernandez is now technically an innocent man. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

In the eyes of the law, Aaron Hernandez is now an innocent man.

Judge Susan Garsh, who sentenced the disgraced ex-NFL star to life in prison three years ago for the 2013 Odin Lloyd murder, abated the verdict Tuesday. Under Massachusetts law, a defendant’s convictions are void if he didn’t exhaust all of his legal appeals upon his passing. Hernandez was in the process of appealing his first-degree murder conviction.

“Abatement is the law in this commonwealth and the court is required to follow that precedent,” Garsh said, via the Boston Herald’s Bob McGovern.

Prosecutors argued against the abatement, saying it would reward Hernandez for his suicide. Hernandez hanged himself in his cell April 20 at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley. He was acquitted of double-murder charges five days prior.

Garsh’s decision to vacate Hernandez’s verdict could carry broad implications for his estate, which is currently worthless. Lloyd’s mother filed a wrongful-death suit against Hernandez, and the families of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, the victims in the aforementioned double murder, are planning to do the same. The Patriots may now be obligated to pay Hernandez the $3.5 million signing bonus they voided after the Lloyd arrest. New England could also owe Hernandez an additional $2.5 million in guaranteed salary.

In the suicide note to his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez, the former Patriots tight end wrote, “You’re Rich,” a possible reference to the money the Patriots may now be forced to pay his estate.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

Two Patriots were included in the NFL’s Top 100 countdown Monday night as LeGarrette Blount was No. 80 and Julian Edelman was No. 71.

Edelman finished last season with 98 catches for 1,106 yards and three touchdowns. He moved up 16 spots from last year.

Julian Edelman was No. 71 in the NFL's Top 100. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Julian Edelman was No. 71 in the NFL’s Top 100. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Two Patriots were included in the NFL’s Top 100 countdown Monday night as LeGarrette Blount was No. 80 and Julian Edelman was No. 71.

Edelman finished last season with 98 catches for 1,106 yards and three touchdowns. He moved up 16 spots from last year.

“It’s always cool to be in this and see what the other guys think of you,” Edelman said on NFL Network. “As a competitor you always think you should be better than what you are. You strive to be better. Thankfully this a good team sport I get to play and these types of things don’t justify the kind of player you really are I don’t think.”

Blount also reacted by tweeting, “Not done yet.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

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The Patriots have unveiled on their website uniform numbers for newly acquired players this offseason.