At the conclusion of the NFL's Annual Meeting out in California, Carolina Panthers head coach John Fox talked to reporters about the rumors of a trade with the Patriots for defensive force Julius Peppers.
"It was almost laughable. That can't happen," he said, in part, in a *Boston Globe *piece.
The Boston Herald, meanwhile, has a feature on draft prospect Pat Whiteof West Virginia, an athletic QB whom some football observers see as a Wildcat-type player at the next level.
"They have some interest in Pat White for obvious reasons," said ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper in the story, referring to the Patriots. "They got torched by the Wildcat. Maybe now they want to return the favor and get the ultimate quarterback who can do some damage in that regard.
"So if New England is in fact one of those teams who is going to look at him, the late second round isn't out of the realm of possibility for him."
And in The Providence Journal, there's a recap of safety Rodney Harrison'smost recent media appearance, in which he had plenty to say about plenty of topics, including recent NFL rules changes.
Pats head man Bill Belichickdid some talking as well this week, as chronicled on FOXSports.com. QB Tom Brady's status was one obvious topic.
"Tom is like all the other players in our offseason program," Belichick said. "He's working hard. He's doing everything to be ready to go just like he always does. I don't see any difference in the way he's approaching anything. It's good to see him there."