Dane Fletcher


The Patriots had an opportunity to activate a pair of defensive players to their 53-man roster, but they opted not to. 


FOXBORO -- Even after a bit of a layoff since Thursday night's game with the Dolphins, the Patriots were still missing defensive end Jabaal Sheard and offensive lineman Marcus Cannon from practice


Training camp opens on Thursday but there will be a handful of Patriots unable to hit the field at the outset thanks to offseason surgeries and ongoing rehab.


The Patriots have brought back linebacker Dane Fletcher, agreeing to a one-year deal with him as the team began OTAs on Tuesday.


The NFL dished out its 32 compensatory draft picks for 2015 on Monday, and the Patriots were awarded two additional selections. They received the top overall compensatory pick (No.