Bruschi will let his kids play football -- at age 14


Bruschi will let his kids play football -- at age 14

FOXBORO -- Another vote is cast on the issue of youth football.

Tedy Bruschi was asked Wednesday, at his fifth-annual youth football clinic, if he will let his kids play the game he made a career out of.

Bruschi answered after a thoughtful pause.

"Where I stand is where my mother stood: My mother didn't want me to play football until I was 14-years old -- until I was older," he said. "And I believe that.

"My oldest is 11. He talks about playing football. I'm teaching him fundamentals of football. He hasn't put a helmet on yet -- maybe one of my old ones from the Patriots and things -- but I believe in letting my kids develop a little bit before they play. That's the way it was with me. I'm pretty sure I'm okay. Hopefully, it works out for them that way also."

He stood silent for a moment, then smiled.

"But football . . . I would want them to be a part of it. It's a great sport."

Wednesday's event highlights those all-important fundamentals. Almost 60 kids rotate to various stations where they get tips from current and former Patriots on tackling, kicking, passing, and the like.

Bruschi's three sons -- Tedy Jr., Rex, and Dante -- were in attendance.

Patriots re-sign 2016 practice-squad receiver DeAndrew White


Patriots re-sign 2016 practice-squad receiver DeAndrew White

The Patriots announced today that they re-signed receiver DeAndrew White to help fill out their 90-man roster. White was a staple on New England's practice squad in 2016, signing on in mid-September and remaining with the club through its Super Bowl run.

Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama in 2015, White made the 49ers roster out of training camp and played in four games, finishing with two catches for 18 yards. The 6-foot, 192-pounder also returned six kicks for 142 yards and returned one punt for 4 yards that year. 

The Patriots are as deep at receiver as they've ever been, it seems. White will slot in on the depth chart behind Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola. The team has a handful of long-shots at the position who could be ultimately competing for a shot to make the practice squad, including second-year player Devin Lucien and undrafted rookies Austin Carr and Cody Hollister.