Update: According to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com, Tom Brady told reporters Wednesday that he thought last year's team had a "lack of trust" and a "lack of confidence." Of the Patriots six losses in 2009, they were leading at halftime in four of them and tied in the others. Their season ended with a 33-14 loss at home to the Ravens in the wildcard round of the playoffs.
Update: The Oklahoman is reporting Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker (ACL, MCL surgery, torn rotator cuff) admits that "it's hard to put any sort of timetable on" his recovery. Welker did say he's "happy" with his progress so far, and it's remarkable that he's already able to jog three months after knee reconstruction. "No telling when that’s going to be or how long it’s going to take," he said, "but all I can do is just work hard."
Update: ESPNBoston is reporting that Patriots rookie Devin McCourty is expected to battle Darius Butler and Shawn Springs for the starting left cornerback job this year. Veteran Leigh Bodden is locked in at right cornerback.
Fantasy Impact: McCourty has a ton to learn, but he will likely see time if he can demonstrate he is a better option then Butler and Springs who bought struggled at times last year.
Update: Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston is reporting on Twitter that the New England Patriots released OLB Adalius Thomas.
Fantasy Impact: The Pats become unhappy with Thomas when he caused off the field problems. He will certainly get interest from other teams, and it won't take him long to find a suitor. He is still a threat to opposing quarterbacks.
Update: Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston is reporting that the New England Patriots have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran wide receiver Torry Holt, according to a league source. The 33-year-old Holt played for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, totaling 51 receptions for 722 yards. Holt, who spent the first 11 years of his career with the St. Louis Rams, enters his 13th NFL season.
Update: Stephen Gostkowski signed his tender to remain with the Patriots, according to the Boston Herald. He was a restricted free agent, and will pocket $1.759MM in 2010.
Fantasy Impact: Gostkowski is a very reliable kicker, and the Patriots did not want to let him go.
Update: Former Clemson star C.J. Spiller has been anointed the best running back in this year's draft, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Tribune states his home run speed is comparable to the league's best running back, Tennessee's Chris Johnson.
Fantasy Impact: The draft is not loaded with solid running backs, so Spiller might be the first one off the board, but comparing him to Chris Johnson is a bit aggressive.
Update: ESPN's John Clayton suggests that the Kansas City Chiefs with the No. 5 pick in the draft might be a potential landing spot for former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen. Clausen's former head coach, Charlie Weis is also in Kansas City which is another reason for the speculation.
Fantasy Impact: Clausen's draft status is now essentially unknown with the Redskins landing Donovan McNabb. If the Browns (7th pick) and the Bills (9th pick) pass on him, he may drop to the late first round.
Update: According to the Boston Globe, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady plans to be in Foxborough at some point during the offseason conditioning program, but has not made an appearance as of yet. Brady is a veteran leader and should make his way to Foxborough at some point to show his face.
Fantasy Impact: Brady isn't a guy to worry about. He will get his work in, and will remain one of the topic quarterbacks in the league.
Update: The Boston Herald is reporting, that Patriots wide receiver, Wes Welker is rehabbing a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder in addition to his torn ACL and MCL. No timetable for his return have been given, but do not expect to see Welker for Week 1.
Fantasy Impact: Welker's shoulder won't require major surgery, but it is just another injury he must endure. Fantasy owners should not rely on Welker to be back anytime soon, and he could miss the first 6 weeks of the regular season at a minimum.