Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com reports that
Mary Paoletti of CSNNE.com writes that the Patriots have been meeting with a number of top receiver prospects at the NFL Combine. Players who have reportedly sat down with New England include Tennessee's Cordarelle Patterson, USC's Robert Woods, and Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins. Paoletti adds that the 5-11, 205-pound Hopkins has unique potential. "His catch radius, ability to win contested balls, and willingness to take hits should be attractive to
Evan Silva of Rotoworld.com ranks his top-50 NFL free agents and envisions Aqib Talib and Sebastian Vollmer returning to New England on long-term deals. Wes Welker, who comes in at No. 17 on the free agent list, is a player that Silva sees moving on from the Patriots. "Although they eventually leaned on him due to
Karen Guregian of The Boston Herald believes the likelihood of the Patriots landing free agents Ed Reed or Charles Woodson appears slim. She adds that the best bet to find safety help could be in this year's NFL Draft, which is said to be loaded with talent at the position. "There’s been a lot of buzz about LSU free safety Eric Reid, who’s 6-foot-2, 212 pounds, has coverage skills and hits like a freight train," writes Guregian. "Then there’s Florida International strong safety Johnathan Cyprien, whose stock rose at the Senior Bowl. Cyprien is 6-0, 209 and another big, physical aggressive Rodney Harrison-like presence."