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Patriots.com News Blitz - 4/3/2012

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Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com writes that free-agent center Dan Koppen will visit with the Tennessee Titans this week, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. Koppen has been the Patriots' starting center since 2003, however the team recently re-signed Dan Connolly to a three-year deal.  According to Reiss, the Connolly deal "seemingly reflects the team is ready to turn the starting center spot over to him."

Greg A. Bedard of The Boston Globe shares what he views as the most up-to-date Patriots depth chart.  Bedard notes that after putting together the depth chart, he sees three or four possible free agent additions coming. "DE Andre Carter, when he's healthy; a veteran running back; a solid run DE/DT (Luis Castillo?); and a safety. The Patriots could just wait for the draft for the latter two spots. Or at least see where they are after the draft and then fill in with what's on the market."  He adds that the Patriots don't have a lot of depth chart holes, with the most glaring needs a veteran RB, blocking TE, defensive end, and safety. 

Karen Guregian of The Boston Herald *writes that there is little change in the look of the new Patriots Nike uniforms which were unveiled today in New York City.  What was the biggest change?  "It was a little odd not seeing the familiar MHK on the left shoulder. And the gray stripe on both shoulders may have been a bit more streamlined," writes Guregian.  She also notes that it's obvious that the material of the uniforms are lighter and geared toward comfort both in cool and warm weather.*

Jeff Howe of NESN.com ranks the Patriots' top 10 draft picks of all-time.   Ranking number one on Howe's list: 2000's 199th overall pick, Tom Brady.

Jeff Howe also writes that South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery's immense talent yet inconsistent dedication may cause the Patriots to debate the wideout's value on draft day.  The 6-foot-3, 216-pounder caught 183 passes for over 3,000 yards and 23 touchdowns in three seasons at South Carolina.  Howe writes, "Jeffery is insanely talented, and he's got great ball skills and fits the mold of a prototypical outside receiver. He's got pretty good speed and showcased the ability to take over games in the SEC. While Jeffery wasn't consistent, he might benefit from a regimented system in New England, which could maximize his ability on the field."

Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com reports that Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola is brushing aside any Patriots chatter after rumors circulated last month that New England had the restricted free-agent on their radar.  "It was just kind of humorous to me," Amendola said. "My agent actually called me. He was like, 'What's the deal? People are calling me wondering if you're in Boston, or if you're going to be a Patriot.'"  Curran writes that unless Amendola signs a long-term deal with the Rams instead of the restricted free-agent tender, he will be an unrestricted free agent next March. 

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