There were no public statements from Patriots officials, and Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio were mostly out of sight, out of mind.



ESPN’s Todd McShay joined Dennis & Callahan Wednesday morning to discuss the NFL scouting combine and April draft.

 

A lot was made of Cam Newton’s performance at the combine. The Auburn quarterback struggled with some of his throws, and he was reportedly caught off guard by a question about why he disobeyed a call for a kneel-down at the end of the national championship game.

 

Because workplace productivity is overrated, stop by the WEEI.com post-combine Patriots chat with Christopher Price and D.J. Bean on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the It Is What It Is blog. With the annual NFL scouting combine in the rearview mirror, we'll talk Patriots and how things look heading into the draft. We'll also break down how the top prospects looked, and make a few ill-advised predictions as to who is going to go end up where.

According to a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Patriots have agreed to a two-year deal with defensive tackle Marcus Stroud. 

 

The 32-year-old Stroud, a three-time Pro Bowler, was released by the Bills in February after three seasons with the club. He played his first seven NFL seasons in Jacksonville. Stroud finished with 49 tackles and 3.0 sacks for the Bills in 2010.

 

INDIANAPOLIS -- According to a report from the Boston Herald, the Patriots have asked offensive lineman Nick Kaczur to take a "massive pay cut" from his $3.4 million salary, and that given his unwillingness to do so, the Patriots are "going to have to" cut the 31-year-old. 

 

The Patriots have signed safety Josh Barrett to a two-year extension, according to multiple reports. The 26-year-old was acquired in a roundabout fashion by New England this past season — placed on waivers by the Broncos before he underwent season-ending shoulder surgery, he was picked up by the Patriots, where New England kept him on its 80-man training camp roster until they placed him on injured reserve before the start of the season.

Frank Bauer, the agent for Patriots guard Logan Mankins, told The Boston Globe Thursday that he is unhappy with the current state of affairs between his client and the team. The Pats recently franchised Mankins, who has been a three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro. 

 

INDIANAPOLIS — Jets coach Rex Ryan gave the latest of his colorful press conferences Thursday, opening his session with the media at the NFL scouting combine by spending the first five minutes talking about the television show "CSI" and guaranteeing the Jets will win the Super Bowl next season. 

 

The NFL Scouting Combine is a place for making good impressions, but it’s also the birthplace of annual blunders. While it’s easy to point at foolishly high picks that stem from individual performances, the mysterious slipups of the combine are not limited to just teams.



According to a report from Fox Sports, former Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs III is expected to retire due to neck injuries. Just 27 years of age, Hobbs suffered a neck injury as a member of the Eagles while returning a kick against the Giants on Nov. 21. He did noy play again and was placed on injured reserve.