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News Blitz 4/1: Could Patriots WR Mark Harrison emerge as a tight end?
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com believes Patriots WR Mark Harrison has a chance to emerge as a "move" tight end this season due to the Patriots depth at wide receiver.
"The former Rutgers Scarlet Knight is 6-foot-3 and 231 pounds, which is about as big as it gets for a receiver and almost puts him into a "move tight end" classification," writes Reiss. "Harrison had some things going for him coming out of Rutgers but went undrafted and then didn't pass a physical with the Bears (foot injury). The Patriots signed him on May 20 and he ended up spending last year on season-ending injured reserve." READ MORE>>
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports that Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis has "dramatically intensified" his offseason workouts, with his torn ACL from 2012 "out of mind," according to Revis' trainer Brett Fischer.
"Now that (Revis) is with a new team, obviously a winning organization like that, he’s so fired up. To see the determination that he has, he’s unbelievable," Fischer told the Herald. "The fun thing for me is we’re starting with a person who played this year with basically no injury, so we can take him to the next level. I think fans in New England are going to see a guy who is even better than in the past because he has rehabilitated himself from the ACL."
Howe adds that Revis is currently working out with Patriots safeties Tavon Wilson and Adrian Wilson at the Fischer Institute in Phoenix, AZ. Cornerback Logan Ryan is set to arrive this week, with Devin McCourty joining the crew after minicamp. READ MORE>>
"Mosley is a little bit lighter than the linebackers the Patriots have gone with in recent years, which could actually work in his favor," notes O'Malley. "Right now, New England's three starting linebackers all weigh over 250 pounds, but don't feature a classic coverage linebacker. The return of Jerod Mayo and emergence of Jamie Collins offset that a little bit, but the Patriots are in perpetual need of speed at the linebacker position." READ MORE>>
"Though tight end is a tempting pick for the Patriots here, this defense needs another motor," writes Burke. "Ford, though undersized at 6-2, would provide it and then some. It might take Ford some time to convince coaches he’s worthy of pushing Chandler Jones or Rob Ninkovich for playing time on first and second down. In a passing situation, though, his quick strike would be welcome." READ MORE>>
Vinnie Iyer of Sporting News ranks every NFL team based on their moves in free agency this offseason. The Patriots come in at No. 3 on Iyer's list behind the Tampa Buccaneers and Denver Broncos.
"Revis and Browner give them a cornerback duo that can stack up with anyone," adds Iyer. "LaFell was worth a flyer as an experienced outside receiver. They were also able to keep Julian Edelman and Vince Wilfork. New England did well to keep up with Denver in the race for conference supremacy." READ MORE>>