According to court documents released Tuesday afternoon, Tom Brady and his defense team have been granted a 14-day extension to file a petition for a rehearing.

Last Monday, Brady’s four-game suspension due to Deflategate has been reinstated by the federal court. At that point, he had 14 days to consider whether or not he could appeal the decision, but quickly asked for the extension.

As a result of Monday’s announcement, the petition from Brady’s team must be filed on or before May 23.

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Christopher Price
Matt Patricia

Matt Patricia

FOXBORO — Now the fun really begins for the Patriots’ coaching staff.

Ever since the day the Patriots lost to the Broncos in the AFC championship in Denver, Bill Belichick, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and the entire staff has been working on putting together a new roster to hit the ground running with in the spring so they get get started with on-field prep for the 2016 season.

This week, in the days immediately following the draft, the Patriots’ staff can finally move on from the first offseason phase, which has included free agency, trades, veteran workouts and the draft.

“For us, the focus is really, right now, is [this week],” Patricia said during an offseason media availability at Gillette Stadium. “[This week] is Phase 2 of the offseason program where now we’ve got the guys out on the field. We can actually go out and see the new guys that we have in, see the guys coming back from being away. That’s really kind of our focus.”

The “guys” Patricia is referencing are veterans already on the roster or newcomers like defensive ends Chris Long and Frank Kearse, nose tackle Terrance Knighton and linebackers Shea McClellin and Ramon Humber and defensive back E.J. Biggers.

“Every year is a new year for us,” Patricia said. “We have to start over every year. You take the guys that come in as veteran players, guys that have gone from first-year rookies to now second-year players, the progression that they have to make, along with free agents you’ve signed that have to now kind of incorporate along with the eventual rookies and draft picks and free agents, when we finally get those guys in. So, for us it’s just a process. Basically, just starting from scratch, starting over, getting everybody back in, starting to work the offeseason program, the running and the conditioning, the [weight] lifting, all that stuff right now.

“We’ll get into the information part of it here where we’ll start learning a little bit about the defense and what we do and things like that. It’s exciting for me, it’s exciting for us as a staff to kind of have everybody back. [Coaches] sit in rooms for a couple of months and stare at each other. When the players finally get back, that’s really what’s exciting, is when we get those guys back and now we get the opportunity to get back to football.”

There are four draft picks who will also be new to the system but haven’t arrived on campus yet, led by second-round corner Cyrus Jones out of Alabama.

“I think for us, we’ll see what we see in Cyrus when he gets here,” Patricia said. “He’s a young man who put himself in a good position to be brought into the NFL. He’s going to step into a game where there’s guys that obviously have been working, competing and getting ready to play football at the NFL level. Again, for us, it’s really about the guys that are here right now, working hard, trying to see how they’ll come together and how it fits. For us, it’ll be a long process for everybody. I don’t care if it’s a guy that’s been here one day or guy that’s been here five or seven years, it’s always a new process every year to figure out how that whole group fits together.”

Vincent Valentine, the third-round defensive tackle out of Nebraska, will have to compete with the likes of second-year tackle Malcom Brown, Terrance Knighton, Alan Branch and free agent Markus Kuhn.

“We’ll just have to see when those guys get here,” Patricia said. “Those guys are a little ways off from coming in. So, right now, it’s the first time we’re able to be out on the field and see our new guys we signed in the front and back end [of the roster]. Knighton, Chris Long, along with Malcom Brown coming back from Year 1 to Year 2. Just glad to be out there with our guys right now.

“Obviously, the veterans, for them, coming into a new organization but they’ve been around professional football. Guys like that have played a lot of football in the NFL. When you come in as a rookie, it’s just a completely different world for you to make that transition from college to the NFL. Those veteran free agents come in at it from a whole different perspective of understanding the professional side of it and just really trying to indoctrinate themselves into your program.”

One new coach who doesn’t figure to need a lot of orientation is Steve Belichick, the safeties coach who takes over for Brian Flores, who moved to take over the linebackers.

“Steve’s been with us for a while. Steve’s obviously been around the program forever,” Patricia said. “I’ve know him for a long time. He does a great job of really learning the craft, learned the coaching, learned what we do, how we do it. He obviously has great insight from his dad and being around everything. It’s like how we do everything around here. He’s just a good young coach that has worked his way into position to take that next step, like we all have here. So, we’re ready to go. For me, nothing really changes for me. He’s been here, he’s been working. He’s been doing all the things we ask him to do. He’s going to be doing all that, still.”

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Mike Petraglia

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was as happy as anyone when it came to the return of offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, and said as much when he met the media on Monday.

“This is one of the guys I would credit with teaching me a lot of the things that I’ve been fortunate enough to learn while I’ve been here in New England and pro football,” McDaniels said of Scarnecchia. “I have the utmost respect for him as a coach, and even more as a person. He’s an incredible guy to have on our staff. He’s a tremendous asset for me and for everybody else in the building. He’s works as hard as anybody else does. He’s as knowledgeable about offense, offensive line or anything else associated with that as anybody that I could imagine. And he’ll be a tremendous benefit to our team and to our offense this year.”

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Christopher Price

The 2016 NFL draft is in the books and despite not having a first-round pick, the Patriots were able to add solid players to their roster for next season.

As expected, the team didn’t make all of its picks as they made three trades in the draft.

The national draft experts gave Nick Caserio and the Patriots average grades for their selections. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

The national draft experts gave Nick Caserio and the Patriots average grades for their selections. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

The 2016 NFL draft is in the books and despite not having a first-round pick, the Patriots were able to add solid players to their roster for next season.

As expected, the team didn’t make all of its picks as they made three trades in the draft.

On Day 2, they sent pick No. 61 to the Saints for picks Nos. 78 and 112. Then on Day 3, they acquired pick No. 147 from Miami for two sixth-round picks a seventh-round pick, but didn’t actually make that pick as they traded it to Seattle along with pick No. 243 for pick No. 225 and a 2017 fourth-round pick.

The national draft experts labeled the draft fairly average with most grades in the C+/B- range.

NFL.com: B

They really liked the Joe Thuney selection in the third-round, calling the offensive lineman “intelligent and tough.” They also liked another offensive lineman, Ted Karras in the late rounds, calling him the “perfect fit” for the team.

Sports Illustrated: C+

They referred to it as a “very Belichickian draft.” With taking receiver Malcolm Mitchell in the fourth round, they called him a potential “surprise star if his size and route running translate to the pros.”

CBS Sports: B-

After noting the Patriots didn’t have a first-round pick they said they did a “nice job with what they had.” They also raved about the Cyrus Jones pick saying he could be one of the most underrated cover-men in the draft.

Pro Football Focus: B-

They really liked Thuney, calling him one of the steals of the draft. They noted he ranked as a top-20 guard in 2014 and a top-5 tackle in 2015, and he’s only given up 14 total pressures in two years. Lastly, they called seventh round receiver Devin Lucien one of the late sleepers overall.

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Ryan Hannable

The father of former Boston College and Patriots defensive lineman Ron Brace III said at Brace’s memorial service Monday that his son dealt with symptoms from concussion issues prior to his unexpected death on April 23 at the age of 29.

Ron Brace

Ron Brace

The father of former Boston College and Patriots defensive lineman Ron Brace III said at Brace’s memorial service Monday that his son dealt with symptoms from concussion issues prior to his unexpected death on April 23 at the age of 29.

Ronald Brace Jr., wearing his late son’s No. 97 Patriots jersey as he spoke at St. John’s Congregational Church in Springfield, said despite reports that his son died of a heart attack, the actual cause of death has not yet been determined.

Brace Jr. said he believes his son had brain damage caused from his football career. The father said Brace suffered fainting spells, which apparently led to him getting into a car accident and also collapsing at a drug store.

“This concussion stuff is serious,” Brace Jr. said (via MassLive.com). “Ron had an extraordinary amount of concussions. I believe the concussions had something to do with his death.”

Brace Jr. said he discovered his son was dead after finding him in front of the television at the family home in Springfield and first thinking that he was sleeping.

“He looked so peaceful in his face, but when I touched him to try to wake him up he was cold,” Brace Jr. said.

A Springfield native who prepped at Worcester’s Burncoat High School, Brace was a second-round pick in 2009 after a stellar career at BC. He played four NFL seasons, all with the Patriots, appearing in 39 games and starting seven.

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Jerry Spar
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The Patriots reportedly won't pick up Jonathan Cooper's fifth-year option. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots reportedly won’t pick up Jonathan Cooper’s fifth-year option. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

New Patriots guard Jonathan Cooper will play this season in New England, but after that nothing is guaranteed.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Patriots will not pick up the fifth-year option on Cooper, which will make him a free agent after this season.

It was an $11 million option and with his inability to stay on the field to start his career, he isn’t the type of player the Patriots invest in.

Cooper was acquired by the Patriots in the Chandler Jones trade along with a second-round pick earlier in the offseason.

The former top 10 pick will be battling for playing time with a number of interior lineman including Bryan Stork, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, Tre’ Jackson and rookie Joe Thuney.

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — Josh McDaniels on Monday sounded like a coach who isn’t the least bit worried about the possibility of Jimmy Garoppolo starting the season as the Patriots quarterback in Arizona.

McDaniels met with quarterbacks Tom Brady and Garoppolo on Monday and went over some material as they begin the long process of working up toward a game plan for the coming season.