Patriots scouting defensive prospects

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Patriots scouting defensive prospects

According to Pro Football Talk's draft visits and workout tracker, the Patriots have been connected with 13 NFL Draft prospects, with still three weeks before the NFL Draft.

Out of those 13 players, eight have been quarterbacks and five have been wide receivers.

Kidding, kidding.

If these visits and workout are any indication, the Patriots are well aware at their need to improve their defense

Just one player, Iowa State receiver Brandon Taylor, is from the offensive end of the ball, with the other 12 being defensive players.

But it breaks down even further.

Of those 12 players on defense, Seven of them are out of the secondary.

Not surprising, unless it is, because nobody really knows what's going on behind closed doors at Gillette stadium, especially when it comes to the NFL Draft.

But the Patriots gave up a total of 4,703 passing yards last season, second worst in the NFL behind the Packers. Yes, they were ahead in most of those games, prompting teams to throw the ball more. But opposing teams who passed on them had a 62.4-percent success rate, tenth highest last season. So yeah, there's room for improvement.

According to PFT, here are the secondary players the Patriots have been seen with at some point in some way, shape, or form.

Josh Bellamy, Louisville CB

Jordan Bernstine, Iowa State safety

Omar Bolden, Arizona State cornerback

Ron Brooks, LSU cornerback

Tony Dye, UCLA safety

Micah Pellerin, Hampton cornerback

Brandon Taylor, LSU safety

Patriots-Rams inactives: Slater, Coleman, Richards out

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Patriots-Rams inactives: Slater, Coleman, Richards out

FOXBORO -- The inactive lists for today's Patriots-Rams game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
S Jordan Richards
WR Matthew Slater
DL Woodrow Hamilton
RB D.J. Foster
T LaAdrian Waddle
DL Darius Kilgo
CB Justin Coleman

PATRIOTS-RAMS PREGAME

LOS ANGELES RAMS
WR Tavon Austin
DE Robert Quinn
QB Sean Mannion
TE Temarrick Hemingway
OL Rodger Saffold
DB Steve Williams
OL Pace Murphy

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!

*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.

*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.

*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.

*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.

*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.

*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.