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Davante Adams (AP)

Davante Adams (right) set a Fresno State record with 233 career receptions in just two seasons. (AP)

DAVANTE ADAMS

Position: Wide receiver

School: Fresno State

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 212 pounds

Achievements: 2013, 2012 All-American, 2013 Paul Warfield Award, 2012 Mountain West Freshman of the Year, two-time first-team All-Mountain West

What he brings: Adams has good hand-eye coordination as well as leaping ability, allowing him to make grabs in challenging situations. His production may have been inflated by Fresno State’€™s offense and the team’€™s quarterback, Derek Carr.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 1-2

Notes: Adams caught a touchdown pass in 22 of the 26 games he played during his Fresno State career. He led the FBS with 131 catches as a sophomore during the 2013 season and finished the season with 1,719 yards, second in the nation. Adams, who redshirted his freshman year, set a Fresno State record with 233 career receptions. … The 21-year-old had the third-best vertical jump of wide receivers at the combine, reaching a height of 39.5 inches, but struggled in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.56 seconds. He improved his 40-yard dash, shaving .09 seconds off his time, during his pro day.

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Video: Here is a video highlighting Adams’ career at Fresno State.

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Meredith Perri

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Loucheiz Purifoy (AP)

Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy (with ball) shows promise but lacks consistency and did not impress at the NFL combine. (AP)

LOUCHEIZ PURIFOY

Position: Cornerback

School: Florida

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 190 pounds

Achievements: 2013 All-SEC second team

What he brings: Purifoy is a frustrating player for scouts to study as he flashes elite ability where he can make plays and cover the field but also flashes poor ability where he appear slow and lost and fails to tackle well. Bottom line is Purifoy is an inconsistent player who needs to get better at tackling. He’€™s a bigger cornerback, which will help him at the NFL level, but he needs to find some consistency as he was lackluster at the NFL combine, running a 4.61 40-yard dash and benching 225 pounds six times.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 3-4

Notes: In 2013 Purifoy had two interceptions, 24 tackles and two sacks. In 2012 he blocked two field goals and forced three fumbles on special teams. Purifoy recorded 22 tackles on special teams in 2011, a team high. … Purifoy was suspended for the first game by the Gators after he was arrested in February 2013 for a misdemeanor possession of marijuana. … During the 2013 Florida spring practices, Purifoy was tried out at wide receiver. In 2012, he recorded one catch for five yards and a rush for eight yards.

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Video: Here are highlights of Purifoy against Kentucky in 2013.

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Arjuna Ramgopal
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron met with the Patriots Wednesday. (AP)

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron met with the Patriots Wednesday. (AP)

Another day, another series of prospect workouts for the Patriots:

1. Several outlets reported that Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron met with the Patriots on Wednesday. On the heels of the news that New England has reached out to Zach Mettenberger, McCarron is likely another quarterback who could be had somewhere after the first round — perhaps on Day 2. (For what it’s worth, at this point the Patriots’ second day picks are at No. 62 and No. 93.)

The Crimson Tide product didn’t post overwhelming stats as a collegian — 9,019 passing yards, 77 touchdowns and 15 picks — but has a pair of national championships on his resume, as well as the fact that he quarterbacked a team coached by one of Bill Belichick‘s most trusted former colleagues in Nick Saban.

Speaking at the combine in February, McCarron was open in his level of respect for the Patriots, Belichick and Tom Brady. He called New England “the Alabama of pro football,” and was asked if he patterned his game after anyone in the league.

“When it comes to similarities, from body build, to how we were talked about coming out of college, I think Tom Brady,”€ McCarron said, who has spoken with Brady in the past. “I think we play the game the same way. He still moves in the pocket pretty well to get away from blitzes. Everyone doubted his arm strength coming out. It’€™s turned out pretty good so far.

“€œI love the Patriots organization,”€ McCarron said. “If I had the chance to go there and sit behind Brady for however long and learn from one of the best to ever play the game, that would be an awesome experience.”

2. The Patriots held a private workout with Illinois State defensive end Colton Underwood on Thursday, per a league source. The 6-foot-3 255-pounder played in 45 games as a collegian and finished with 215 tackles. He finished third in ISU history in career tackles-for-loss with 44 and No. 4 on the career sacks list with 21.5 after senior season. While he was a defensive end in college, his size and skill set suggest that he might be a good fit as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense at the next level, provided he can show an ability to drop into coverage. To that end, he’s dropped 15 pounds since the end of the season in an attempt to make the switch. (One intriguing part to his game that could also help him at the next level is the fact that he showed some ability as a fullback in some of his pre-draft workouts, and that sort of versatility is always welcome in Foxboro.) For more on Underwood, check out this piece on him here.

3. The Patriots also worked out center Weston Richburg out of Colorado State on Thursday, per Tony Pauline. Richburg, who was reportedly put through his paces by New England offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo, is a 6-foot-3, 298-pounder who has manned the middle of the Rams offensive line for the better part of the last four years. (He started in 50 consecutive games over the course of four years ‘€” a school record.) He was a Mountain West first teamer last season, and considered one of the best centers in the draft. For more on his performance, check out our profile of him here.

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Christopher Price

The Patriots announced Thursday that Dr. Thomas Gill will “end his tenure as medical director with the team” because he’s stepping down as the chief of sports medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Sports Medicine to focus on his private practice.

According to the team, Dr. Matt Provencher will take over Gill’s role.

Here’s the complete statement from the team on the move.

Dr. Tom Gill. (AP)

Dr. Tom Gill. (AP)

The Patriots announced Thursday that Dr. Thomas Gill will “end his tenure as medical director with the team” because he’s stepping down as the chief of sports medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Sports Medicine to focus on his private practice.

According to the team, Dr. Matt Provencher will take over Gill’s role.

Here’s the complete statement from the team on the move.

“After well over a decade of service with the New England Patriots, Dr. Thomas Gill has stepped down as the chief of sports medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Sports Medicine to focus on his private practice which will subsequently end his tenure as medical director with the team. We have always had the chief of sports medicine at MGH serve as the team’€™s medical director and will continue to work with MGH to provide those services. We greatly appreciate the many years of dedicated service and innovation that Dr. Gill provided our team and wish him well in the future. We will continue to work with MGH Sports Medicine to provide our medical services and look forward to receiving the level of care and expertise that MGH has been providing the New England Patriots since our team’€™s inception. Dr. Matt Provencher is the new chief of sports medicine at MGH and will become the team’€™s new medical director.”

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

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Jeremy Hill had a productive two years at LSU, but he comes with some off-field baggage. (AP)

Jeremy Hill had a productive two seasons at LSU, but he comes with some off-field baggage. (AP)

JEREMY HILL

Position: Running back

School: LSU

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 233 pounds

Achievements: 2013 AP first-team All-SEC, 2013 coaches second-team All-SEC

What he brings: Hill isn’t a back who will amaze you with his speed, but he is a big, physical player who hits the line and churns his legs. His big frame, effective vision and deceptive cutting ability make him a battering ram who punishes defenders. His 4.66 40-yard dash time at the NFL combine was not great, elevating concerns about his speed. Analysts note that Hill has a tendency to lose his balance, and there are concerns about his tendency to carry the ball with one hand.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 2-3

Notes: Hill, 21, spent three seasons at LSU, playing two after redshirting his first year. He ran for 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2013, and 755 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012. In the 2014 Outback Bowl Hill ran for a career-high 216 yards and two touchdowns and was named MVP after the Tigers beat Iowa. … Hill comes with some baggage. He was charged with a misdemeanor battery for an April 2013 incident in which he was videotaped striking a man outside a bar. Hill pleaded guilty and was charged with community service and paying the man’€™s medical expenses. While a senior at high school in Baton Rouge, La., Hill pleaded guilty to forcing an underage girl into performing a sexual act.

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Video: Here are Hill’€™s 2013 highlights against Florida.

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Arjuna Ramgopal
Chip Kelly and Bill Belichick will get together again this summer. (AP)

Chip Kelly and Bill Belichick will get together again this summer. (AP)

The Patriots unveiled their 2014 preseason schedule on Wednesday afternoon. While the specific dates and times have yet to be announced for all four games, here are four thoughts on how things shape up at this point:

– The Patriots have held joint practices at least twice a year three of the last four years (the lockout in 2011 prevented scheduling those types of get-togethers that season), and so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see joint practice scheduled with the Eagles prior to their Week 2 game in Foxboro. Pals Bill Belichick and Chip Kelly worked together in Philly prior to last year’s preseason opener, and so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see then run it back again this summer.

– The matchup with the Redskins will be the first preseason contest for New England against Washington since 2009 when Albert Haynesworth fell on Tom Brady, crunching the quarterback’s shoulder. This time around, the Week 1 will feature the most high-profile offseason additions on either side of the ball — Washington wide receiver DeSean Jackson against New England cornerback Darrelle Revis.

– The third game of the preseason is always the one where the starters will go extra minutes, and provide the best chance to see how the No. 1 offense and defense look with the regular season looming. This time around, that will be against the Panthers in Foxboro. The Carolina offense has lost a lot this offseason, and that third game should be a good measuring stick to see if it will be able to replicate the success it had in 2013, despite losing so many offensive options around quarterback Cam Newton. (Also, if the NFL had a sense of humor, it would assign Clete Blakeman to work the game.)

– It wouldn’t be the last weekend of the preseason if the Patriots and Giants didn’t play. This marks the 10th consecutive year that the Patriots and Giants will meet in the preseason, and the 24th preseason meeting in all between the two teams. Last year, the Patriots beat the Giants, 28-20 — the game was marked as Tim Tebow‘s last game in New England. He played the entire second half, and went 6-for-11 for 91 yards and two touchdowns, both of which went to rookie wide receiver Quentin Sims.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

The NFL unveiled the 2014 preseason schedule on Wednesday, and the Patriots will host the Eagles (Week 2) and Panthers (Week 3), while traveling to face the Redskins (Week 1) and Giants (Aug. 28, Week 4). Specific dates and times for all four games will be announced shortly.

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The NFL unveiled the 2014 preseason schedule on Wednesday, and the Patriots will host the Eagles (Week 2) and Panthers (Week 3), while traveling to face the Redskins (Week 1) and Giants (Aug. 28, Week 4). Specific dates and times for all four games will be announced shortly.

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Christopher Price

Former Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes took some shots at his old team on Twitter Wednesday.

Spikes, who signed with the Bills as a free agent, started with some relatively good-natured trash talk about playing the Patriots twice in 2014.