Patriots work out fleet of players on Saturday


Patriots work out fleet of players on Saturday

It was a busy day for the Patriots on Saturday. In addition to the trade with the Rams for receiver Greg Salas and rounding out their practice squad, the team worked out several young players. The team worked out wide receivers Thomas Mayo and SamKirkland; running backs Kahlil Bell and Josh Vaughan, defensive back Ben Hannula and linebacker Noah Keller. Kirkland, who played at Kent State and had 113 catches there, was with the Redskins in camp. The Patriots added him to their practice squad.

Mayo played at Division II Concord (Pa,) College. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Raiders andwas released five days ago. He had more than 4,000 yards receiving in college.
Bell, 25, started the final two games in 2011 for the Bears. He gained 337 yards on 79 carries for the Bears last year but was released when he refused to take a significant pay cut last week.
Vaughan played 10 games over the past two seasons for the Panthers. Hannula was released by the 49ers after signing with them after impressing during a mini-camp tryout. He has no game experience in the league. Keller was signed by the Rams as an undrafted free agent. He played inside linebacker at Ohio University. The Patriots also had interest in him as a UDFA after the draft.

Giants finally release Josh Brown


Giants finally release Josh Brown

From the It’s About Time department, the Giants announced Tuesday that they have released kicker Josh Brown. 

Brown’s release comes after a messy week for both the organization and the NFL as details about Brown’s admitted domestic violence emerged. The NFL, which initially suspended Brown for one game for a 2015 fourth-degree domestic violence charge, placed him on the commissioner’s exempt list Friday. While on the exempt list, Brown was still under employment with (and therefore paid by) the Giants. His release ends a four-year stint in New York after previously playing for the Seahawks, Rams and Bengals. 

"We believed we did the right thing at every juncture in our relationship with Josh," Giants president and co-owner John Mara said in a statement. "Our beliefs, our judgments and our decisions were misguided. We accept that responsibility.

"We hope that Josh will continue to dedicate himself to rehabilitation, and to becoming a better person and father. We will continue to support him in his efforts to continue counseling, and we hope that Josh and his family can find peace and a positive resolution.

"We have great respect and feel strongly about our support for the good people who work tirelessly and unconditionally to aid the victims of domestic violence and who bring awareness to the issue. We have been partners with My Sisters' Place (a domestic violence shelter and advocate based in Westchester, New York) for nearly 20 years. The leadership of that organization has provided invaluable insight as we have considered our decisions in this matter. We value and respect their opinion, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the future."

Belichick doesn't rule out possibility of Lewis practicing this week


Belichick doesn't rule out possibility of Lewis practicing this week

Last week, when Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked if his team would have guard Tre' Jackson or running back Dion Lewis available at practice, Belichick said "probably not." For him, that's about as definitive as it gets. 

This week, it's a different story. 

Belichick was asked on Tuesday if the Patriots would "start the clock" on Lewis and Jackson, both of whom have been on the physically unable to perform list since training camp. The Patriots have five more weeks to determine whether or not they would like to have Lewis or Jackson practice. Once they do begin practicing, the clock starts, and the team will have three weeks to activate them. 

"We’ll have to talk with our medical and conditioning staff and kind of get a sense of where everybody is, and then figure that out from when practice starts on Wednesday," Belichick said. "So we’ll take a look at that information and see where we are, and then make a decision on it prior to Wednesday’s practice."

It wasn't a confirmation that either player would practice, but it wasn't "probably not," either.