Reports: Lloyd to visit with 49ers


Reports: Lloyd to visit with 49ers

All afternoon on Tuesday you heard about wide receivers signing big time contracts to NFL teams.

None of those wide receivers were Brandon Lloyd. And none of those teams were the New England Patriots.

Cause for concern? Maybe. Or Maybe the Patriots are just playing the waiting game, going back and forth with Lloyd's camp and trying to find the best deal for both sides.

No, they're not about to go spend Pierre Garcon money (42.5 million over five years, 21.5 million of which is guaranteed) all over the NFL.

But it could be that type of money -- money thrown around by other teams -- that could spoil the Patriots' hope at landing a big name wideout like Lloyd.

Now, ESPN and NFL Network are reporting that Lloyd is on his way to San Francisco to meet with the 49ers, who just signed Randy Moss to a one-year deal on the cheap. Lloyd was drafted in the 4th round by the 49ers back in 2003 where he played for three seasons.

With a number of receivers now off the market (Garcon, Vincent Jackson, Marques Colston, Robert Meachem), more focus will be on someone like Lloyd, and the 49ers are "Exhibit A".
If the Patriots are serious about bringing Lloyd on, they'll probably have to spend a little more money than they want to. With Lloyd turning 31 in July, and with really only one great season (2010) to show, maybe the Patriots look somewhere else.

Either way, a decision on Lloyd will probably have to come soon -- whether they make it or he does.

Do you feel like the Patriots should pay up? Let us know!

Whether Goodell visits Foxboro or not, Patriots players say they don't care


Whether Goodell visits Foxboro or not, Patriots players say they don't care

FOXBORO -- Roger Goodell will reportedly be in Atlanta for the NFC Championship Game this weekend and therefore will miss the AFC title game between the Patriots and Steelers at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. His absence will mean he hasn't been to a Patriots game in more than two years, when he was present for the AFC title game in 2015 -- the birth of Deflategate. 

It's news that broke on Tuesday and sent some Patriots fans into an uproar. Patriots players, though, sound like they're having a hard time caring one way or the other.

"He’s the commissioner, so obviously whatever he wants to do, he can do," Tom Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Monday. "If he wants to come, that would be -- yeah, he can come."

In the Patriots locker room on Tuesday, others struck a similar tone.

"I could care less," said Patriots receiver Chris Hogan. "I'm focused on Pittsburgh and their defense and studying them as much as I can this week, watching them as much as I can so that I can go out there on Sunday and be prepared."

Special teams captain Matthew Slater was similarly disinterested in the discussion.

"The game's going to be played," he said. "Whoever's in attendance is in attendance. We'll just worry about trying to play well."

Hogan 'feeling good' as he recovers from thigh injury


Hogan 'feeling good' as he recovers from thigh injury

FOXBORO -- Patriots wideout Chris Hogan indicated after Saturday's divisional round win over the Texans that he'd be OK, and he doubled down on that stance when meeting with reporters Tuesday. 

The veteran receiver, whose first season with the Patriots has brought his first career postseason experience, injured his thigh against Houston. He left in the third quarter and did not return. 

"Feeling good," Hogan said. "Just had a little minor setback in the game. I'm working back every single day and feeling better every day."

Hogan had an awkward collision with Texans defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney at the end of the first half on a play at the goal line. To that point, he had reeled in four passes for 95 yards as the team's primary deep threat. With Hogan out, Brady relied upon Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd as wideouts.

Hogan explained that he was expecting to practice this week.

"I'm just gonna go day by day," he said. "Come in here tomorrow. Everything's been feeling better day by day. I'm looking forward to getting out there and practicing this week."