Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com tries to predict which game will open the Patriots' 2012 season. Reiss ranks the most intriguing opening game as Broncos at Patriots, with the main storyline being Peyton Manning's Denver debut against
Boston.com shares a slideshow featuring the 12 new Patriots that were added in free agency this offseason, with Greg Bedard giving comments on each player. In commenting about OL
Christopher Price of WEEI.com writes about 11 under-the-radar prospects for the Patriots to ponder. Here's a look at the players included in his list: Appalachian State WR Brian Quick, Bethune-Cookman DE/OLB Ryan Davis, UMASS TE Emil Igwenagu, South Dakota G/T Tom Compton, Presbyterian DB Justin Bethel, Furman CB Ryan Steed, Albion CB Chris Greenwood, Maine S Jerron McMillian and S Trevor Coston, and Merrimack LB Shawn Loiseau. In writing about Brian Quick, Price notes that the Patriots have shown extreme interest in the wideout, according to multiple sources. "The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder, a former high school basketball star, is relatively new to football, as he played just one year in high school before reaching college, so he's still developing. Regardless, there's plenty of pre-draft buzz around Quick, as his size and senior numbers (71 catches, 1,096 yards and 11 touchdowns) mean he likely won't last past the third round."
Jeff Howe of NESN.com reports that Patriots TE
Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com reports that the Patriots are showing interest in free-agent DT Amobi Okoye. The former 10th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, Okoye spent last season in Chicago on a one-year deal. Curran writes, "He's kind of stubby and a little undersized for a two-gapping player so he may have minimal relevancy for the Patriots in a 3-4 scheme. But his speed and power -- still untapped, it seems -- should make him a decent penetrator."