PFT: Winslow to work out for Patriots


PFT: Winslow to work out for Patriots

The Patriots never met a tight end they didn't like.

OK, that's not completely true. But they sure to love them some tight ends. Kellen Winslow is a tight end, and a fairly accomplished one at that. Recently cut by the Seahawks, he will work out with the Patriots, according to Pro Football Talk.

From PFT:
If signed, Winslow would join a group of tight ends that includes Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, and Visanthe Shiancoe. Then theres Jake Ballard, whom the Pats claimed on waivers and will carry on injured reserve.

Theres no indication Winslow, who was cut Saturday by the Seahawks, will be offered a contract. If he is, its more proof of the extent to which the Pats are transforming NFL offense with big guys who can run and catch.

Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell gets a new deal . . . with Scholastic Books


Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell gets a new deal . . . with Scholastic Books

Second-year Patriots receiver Malcolm Mitchell already had a children's book published before he was drafted last year. Now he has a three-book deal with children's book publisher Scholastic. 

The three books will include a newly-illustrated edition of his self-published first crack at the children's book genre, "The Magician Hat," according to the Associated Press. That will come out in May of next year and be followed up by two more original works. 

Mitchell has been a children's literacy advocate since before joining the Patriots. That he joined a reading club -- made up mostly of women twice his age or more -- was quickly seized upon by multiple media outlets in the build-up to last year's draft as one of the feel-good stories in that year's class of prospects. 

Mitchell has founded a youth literacy initiative called Read With Malcolm, and he's the Patriots "Summer Reading Ambassador," encouraging young students to read as much as possible during the summer months. He hosted reading rallies across New England that began in Roxbury, Mass. back in March and finished up last week at The Hall at Patriot Place.