The Patriots are going to hold a private workout with Connecticut punter Desi Cullen tomorrow in Hartford, according to a league source. Cullen, a 23-year-old out of Louisville, averaged 42.8 yards per punt this past season (good 28th in the country). A 6-foot, 201-pounder, he’s best described as a combo guy who can punt (he was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award), handle kickoff duties for the Huskies, as well as hold for field goals and kick some long field goals.

In Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback at SI.com, former Patriots wide receiver Donte' Stallworth recounts the events of March 14, 2009, when he hit a man with car, causing the man's death. Stallworth, who was charged with DUI, served a brief jail sentence and received a one-year suspension from the NFL. Stallworth says that he did not feel like he was driving impaired, and he explains in detail what happened when he saw the man was crossing the busy highway.

The Patriots have reached an agreement with veteran free agent defensive lineman Damione Lewis, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 32-year-old Lewis was a first-round pick out of Miami in 2001 and has played with St. Louis (2001-05) and Carolina (2006-09). His finest season came with the Rams in 2004 where he played in all 16 games and ended up with career highs of 61 tackles and five sacks in addition to eight quarterback pressures. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.

 

It's safe to say veteran LaDainian Tomlinson is excited to be in the AFC East for several reasons, not the least of which is the chance to face the Patriots twice a season. The running back, speaking with New York-area media at the Jets' practice facility on Thursday, sounded fired up about the opportunity to square off with New England on a regular basis now that he's in the same division. "It's going to be fun," Tomlinson told reporters.

FOXBORO — Like everyone else around New England, current Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer has heard the rumors the franchise is interested in drafting much-ballyhooed Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. Hoyer, who said he had a chance to meet Tebow the other day when the ex-Gator came to Foxboro for a visit, doesn’t seem fazed about the prospect of competing with the former Heisman Trophy winner for a job.

The NFL announced its 2010 preseason schedule Wednesday afternoon, and the Patriots will open their slate against the defending Super Bowl champion Saints at home on Aug. 12. New England will also face Atlanta the following week in a nationally-televised contest against the Falcons in the Georgia Dome, with that kickoff coming at 8 p.m. The Patriots round out their preseason schedule by hosting the Rams on Aug. 26, and traveling to meet the Giants in the preseason finale the following weekend — the ninth time in 10 years New England and New York will meet in the preseason.

The NFL announced Tuesday afternoon that they will release the 2010 preseason schedule on Wednesday at 3 p.m. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick and much-ballyhooed Florida quarterback Tim Tebow dined together at Tresca in the North End last night, according to a story posted Tuesday on The Boston Herald website. Belichick and Tebow were joined by Patriots personnel chief Nick Caserio. Belichick has been extremely complimentary of Tebow in the past, telling reporters last week at the NFL meetings that ”there are a lot of positives” with Tebow. ”My sense of Tim Tebow is, if you asked him to play nose, he’d play nose (tackle). I think he’s that kind of kid.

Two players from the 2005 Patriots said Monday morning they didn’t know about the divide between Josh McDaniels and Tom Brady that season that caused them not to talk to each other for three weeks, according to a story in Sunday’s Denver Post.

While neither player denied the story, one player said when they were around Brady and McDaniels at the same time that season, you couldn’t tell they were clashing. But at the same time, it wasn’t like any reported divide between the two had an effect on the New England offense that season.

According to a story in Sunday's Denver Post about Broncos' coach Josh McDaniels, McDaniels and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady once went three weeks without speaking to each other in 2005. McDaniels, who was in his first season as New England's quarterbacks coach, would eventually go on to become the Patriots' offensive coordinator before taking the head coaching job with the Broncos before the start of the 2009 season.