Ivan Fears

Ivan Fears

FOXBORO — Not many people within the confines of Gillette Stadium know Kevin Faulk better than running backs coach Ivan Fears.

Fears coached Faulk from 2002 to the end of his career in 2011, so he wasn’t surprised at Faulk wearing a Tom Brady jersey under his jacket when announcing the Patriots’ third-round pick Friday night at the NFL draft.

In fact, he knew Faulk would do something to support Brady, he just didn’t know what it would be.

“Fantastic. Fantastic,” Fears said Monday of what he thought of Faulk’s choice. “You know that’s my boy. If anyone could go out there and do the right thing — you know Kevin and [Tom] Brady are [tight]. You know he was going to do something. I was just waiting to see. I loved it.”

Faulk is also up for the Patriots’ Hall of Fame this summer and Fears said he has his vote.

“He’s got my vote, you know that guys,” he said. “He’s got my vote. What he did here and what he’s been able to do for this program for the years I have been here. The kind of guy, leadership role, definitely my guy.”

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — After four years in the Patriots system, Steve Belichick was deemed ready to be a positional coach, as he was promoted to safeties coach this offseason.

New Patriots safeties coach Steve Belichick spoke to the media for the first time Monday. (WEEI.com)

New Patriots safeties coach Steve Belichick spoke to the media for the first time Monday. (WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — After four years in the Patriots system, Steve Belichick was deemed ready to be a positional coach, as he was promoted to safeties coach this offseason.

“It means everything to me,” Belichick said in his first ever meeting with the media on Monday. “I’ve been around football my whole life so to have the support of the coaches and everybody else behind me to step up to a bigger role in this organization, I’m just excited about it.”

Steve is of course the son of Bill and they are continuing the family coaching tree as Bill learned from his dad, also Steve, when Steve coached at Navy from 1956-89.

The youngest Belichick said he’s wanted to be a coach since his first football play at four years old.

“I love my dad. He’s my role model. He’s my idol,” Belichick said. “I want to be just like him. I have since I knew what an idol was. It’s rewarding for me to be able to see him more and learn from him more because I’ve been away from him for high school and college.”

Belichick has done a number of different things with the team in his four years on the staff, working with every position. After playing four years of lacrosse at Rutgers, he walked on to the football team as a long snapper, playing with current Patriots Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon.

“They’ve been hard, but they’ve been a lot of fun,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot of stuff from a lot of smart people in this building. Players, coaches, everybody, so it’s been hard trying to learn everything and do stuff the right way, but it’s been awesome. I wouldn’t do anything differently.”

Added Belichick: “My responsibilities were helping us win. If that was breaking down film, that was throwing interceptions to the defensive players to make them feel good, that’s what I do. I’m here to win.”

He was a bit more open with the media than his dad is, especially when asked about wearing a hoodie, trademarked by his dad with the sleeves cut off.

“If I’m cold, I’ll put the hood up and warm my head up,” Belichick said. “It’s a good piece of clothing. I think everyone should have a hooded sweatshirt in their closet.”

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Ryan Hannable
New Patriots safeties coach Steve Belichick spoke to the media for the first time Monday. (WEEI.com)

New Patriots safeties coach Steve Belichick spoke to the media for the first time Monday. (WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — After four years in the Patriots system, Steve Belichick was deemed ready to be a positional coach, as he was promoted to safeties coach this offseason.

“It means everything to me,” Belichick said in his first ever meeting with the media on Monday. “I’ve been around football my whole life so to have the support of the coaches and everybody else behind me to step up to a bigger role in this organization, I’m just excited about it.”

Steve is of course the son of Bill and they are continuing the family coaching tree as Bill learned from his dad, also Steve, when Steve coached at Navy from 1956-89.

The youngest Belichick said he’s wanted to be a coach since his first football play at four years old.

“I love my dad. He’s my role model. He’s my idol,” Belichick said. “I want to be just like him. I have since I knew what an idol was. It’s rewarding for me to be able to see him more and learn from him more because I’ve been away from him for high school and college.”

Belichick has done a number of different things with the team in his four years on the staff, working with every position. After playing four years of lacrosse at Rutgers, he walked on to the football team as a long snapper, playing with current Patriots Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon.

“They’ve been hard, but they’ve been a lot of fun,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot of stuff from a lot of smart people in this building. Players, coaches, everybody, so it’s been hard trying to learn everything and do stuff the right way, but it’s been awesome. I wouldn’t do anything differently.”

Added Belichick: “My responsibilities were helping us win. If that was breaking down film, that was throwing interceptions to the defensive players to make them feel good, that’s what I do. I’m here to win.”

He was a bit more open with the media than his dad is, especially when asked about wearing a hoodie, trademarked by his dad with the sleeves cut off.

“If I’m cold, I’ll put the hood up and warm my head up,” Belichick said. “It’s a good piece of clothing. I think everyone should have a hooded sweatshirt in their closet.”

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Ryan Hannable
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Devin McCourty’s wedding wasn’t the only Patriots-related event Saturday night.

Gisele Bundchen celebrated her book launch with a party at The Bowery Hotel in New York City. Besides her husband Tom Brady, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and wide receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman attended the event, courtesy of Gisele’s publicist Amber Clapp on Instagram.

Devin McCourty’s wedding wasn’t the only Patriots-related event Saturday night.

Gisele Bundchen celebrated her book launch with a party at The Bowery Hotel in New York City. Besides her husband Tom Brady, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and wide receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman attended the event, courtesy of Gisele’s publicist Amber Clapp on Instagram.

Many have wondered about Brady and Kraft’s relationship with the Deflategate saga, but Kraft offered his support for Brady Friday night at a draft party at Gillette and with him attending this event, it shows the two are just fine.

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Ryan Hannable

On this week’s edition of “NFL Sunday,” former Patriots running back Kevin Faulk joined Mike Giardi and Chris Price and talked about his decision to wear a Tom Brady jersey to the podium at the draft Friday night, the fallout that ensued from his decision and the depth of his friendship with the quarterback. Faulk also offered his thoughts on the team going forward and life after football.

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Roster moves could be on the horizon for the Patriots. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Roster moves could be on the horizon for the Patriots. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — During the offseason, NFL rosters can have a maximum of 90 players.

Following the NFL draft, the Patriots have 85 players and five open spots, but then comes the undrafted free agent signing period and the team appears to be connected to more than five players, putting them over the limit of 90.

Bill Belichick said you can’t always believe what is reported on social media with these signings, as nothing is official until the team reports it, but certainly is something that’s going on.

“Obviously, we talk to a lot of players and I’d say until anything gets official and turned in and the contract is signed, all of that which I have no idea,” Belichick said Saturday. “That’s an ongoing process and as you can imagine there’s 32 teams and hundreds of players and agents and fax machines and phone calls and everything. Sometimes those things get done, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes a guy you think you’re not going to get you get. Sometimes a guy you think you’re going to get you don’t get. Sometimes you get the guy you’re going to get and you lose the guy you think you’re going to lose so we’ll just have to see how it all works out.”

With the players taken in the draft, team’s depth charts can change a great deal over the weekend and also, with all the new players coming aboard some players already on rosters will need to be released to make room for others.

This will all take place in the coming days.

“I think that on Monday’s waiver wire you’re going to see a lot of players on it throughout the league because of players that were drafted or acquired or free agents, whatever it happens to be, that other transactions will offset those or be part of the process so we’ll just have to see how all of that plays out,” Belichick said. “There’s definitely a little bit of juggling there. I’d say the main thing for me would be that if the player’s circumstances change to the point where you don’t really think you can give that player a fair opportunity, then it’s in your best interest and his best interest to move on and let him find a better opportunity somewhere else. I’d say that’s not an infrequent situation.”

As it relates to the Patriots, it appears with the team adding two wide receivers in the draft, wide outs like Chris Harper and DeAndre Carter. Along the offensive line, Chris Barker and Keavon Milton are possibilities to be let go as well.

On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker seem like a position that could see some shuffling as Tony Steward and Kevin Snyder are candidates to be let go.

This is just a reminder that the NFL is a business and there really isn’t any safe time of the year for anyone.

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Ryan Hannable