*Patriots Insider* reported that the Patriots released second-year offensive tackle Jeff Roehl, who signed with the team before last season and was sent to NFL Europe. Roehl, 26, originally was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Giants in 2003.
The Providence Journal's Jim Donaldson compares the Patriots to the Red Sox and discusses their upcoming season with concerns. "The Patriots open training camp a week from today with the best arm in the game, but without a leg to stand on if something happens to Brady."
Michael Parente of the Woonsocket Call believes that as long as Tom Brady, the two-time Super Bowl MVP, doesn't encounter a serious injury, the Patriots will be a contender for another world championship in 2006.
In his daily blog, the Boston Globe's Mike Reiss offers a look at which players should definitely make the roster based on their health and performance in minicamp.
Previously in the Blitz...
The Pats' own Tedy Bruschi was featured in a recent ESPN series featuring Make-A-Wish kids who have sports related wishes. The 10-part series began with a little boy who wanted to "Coach the Eagles" for a day. It continued with a girl with a brain tumor who wanted to meet the Seattle Mariners, and a Nascar fan who got to meet Jeff Gordon. One Wish installment featured Andrew Geracoulis, a 6-year old from Virginia whose wish was to meet Tedy Bruschi. Cynthia Geracoulis, Andrews mother writes a feature for ESPN.com on the experience.
Boston Globe writer Mike Reiss reports that Patriots first-round pick Laurence Maroney has re-signed with his previous agent group (Lock, Metz & Malinovic Sports). According to Reiss, Maroney had been approached by an agent who broke away from the group. Reiss also reports the signing of former Golden State Bear, Ryan O'Callaghan to the Patriots.
The Sun-Sentinel's Dave Curtis offers an article on University of Florida coach Urban Meyer's admiration for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Apparently the two share similar coaching styles and have developed a friendship. Five Florida Gators attended the Pats rookie-mini camp this year.
In his daily blog, the Boston Globe's Mike Reiss offers a breakdown of the Patriots depth at the tight end position