The Patriots announced Thursday the signing of wide receiver Jeremy Johnson, a rookie free agent from SMU.

Johnson, who stands 6 feet, 179 pounds, was an All-American Athletic Conference second-team player after leading the Mustangs with 112 catches for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns as a senior in 2013. In his four years at SMU, Johnson finished with 196 receptions for 1,936 yards and 10 touchdowns.

With Tom Brady ostensibly on the back nine of his career, he uttered a telling statement earlier this spring when he told Peter King, “You don’t have to suck when you get older.” 



As far as Tom Brady is concerned, there’s only one stat that matters: wins.

In the wake of a recent column from last week that suggested Brady was not the quarterback he once was because of some statistical slippage, the quarterback said Monday that when you get right down to the heart of the matter, victories are what matters most.

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Since he came to New England, Devin McCourty has become a leader in the Patriots locker room. Now, the Patriots apparently want him to stick around for the long term.

Rookie safety Calvin Pryor isn’t afraid to jump right into the Patriots-Jets rivalry.

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Veteran free agent Kevin Williams visited the Patriots on Thursday, according to Tom E. Curran of Comcast Sports Net.

The defensive tackle is a six-time Pro Bowler who will turn 34 next month. He’s spent 11 years in the NFL, all with the Vikings. The 6-foot-5, 311-pounder has been durable over the course of his career, as he’€™s only missed five regular-season games since entering the league in 2003. He has 60.5 career sacks, including 8.5 in 2008.

The Patriots announced Wednesday they have signed veteran linebacker James Anderson and released wide receiver Mark Harrison.

Here’s a portion of the press release issued by the team:

Defensive tackle Kevin Williams is one of several veteran free agents on the market, but sounds like he’d be interested in signing with the Patriots.