Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com shares his thoughts on Patriots backup QB Ryan Mallett as he enters his contract year.
"There was a time when the Patriots might have felt Mallett could develop into a tradable commodity, but I don't think it ever generated the momentum the club hoped," writes Reiss. "So at this point, my feeling is that whatever the club could get in return (projected here as a late-round pick at best) pales in comparison to the value Mallett has on the roster as Tom Brady's insurance policy. I think the best-case scenario for the team and Mallett at this point is that he lights it up in the preseason, creating some value for himself, and then he can sign elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent next offseason and the Patriots could potentially be rewarded with a high compensatory draft choice." READ MORE>>
Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com reports that Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard was released from an adult detention center on Friday after serving 35 of a possible 60 days following a probation violation.
"His legal issues did not impact his availability on the field, as he finished his second season in 2013, starting nine of the 13 games he played," adds Yates. "He had 40 tackles and one interception, then added two more interceptions in the playoffs." READ MORE>>
Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald doesn't believe that free agent RB Chris Johnon is a good fit for the Patriots due to the team's emphasis on running backs with pass protection skills. She adds that due to the NFL's evolution into a pass-heavy league, running backs are becoming devalued.
"That doesn't mean you don't need offensive balance, or a decent running game as a complement. You do, but it's not necessary to overpay for it," writes Guregian. "That's why Chris Johnson, who was released by the Titans Friday, might not necessarily be a good fit. He's not skilled in pass protection, and unless he's willing to take short money, it's doubtful he'll land in Foxboro." READ MORE>>
Tom E. Curran](http://www.csnne.com/blog/patriots-talk/taking-stock-pre-draft-visits) of CSNNE.com lists all of the 2014 NFL draft prospects that have reportedly worked out for the Patriots or visited the team's facility in Foxborough. Players include Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin and Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz.
"Also, according to Twitter, members of the Patriots staff are at BYU working out Cougars outside linebacker Kyle Van Noy, an impressive coverage linebacker," adds Curran. READ MORE>>
Doug Kyed of NESN.com writes that Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks told the NFL Netowrk on Friday night that he visited and worked out for the Patriots.
"Cooks, who said he can be better than DeSean Jackson, is expected to be selected in the first round of May's NFL draft," notes Kyed. READ MORE>>