Patriots bring in Utah running back Devontae Booker for a visit


Patriots bring in Utah running back Devontae Booker for a visit

Utah running back Devontae Booker, a 5-11, 219-pounder who can contribute on the ground and in the passing game, is visiting with the Patriots on Wednesday.

The visit, reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Media doesn’t necessarily indicate the Patriots are more enamored with Booker than any other running back in the class. It’s more likely the team brought him to town to check his health. He had November knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee and didn’t take part in the Senior Bowl of NFL Combine.

The upside to Booker’s abilities is that he’s a smooth, cut-on-a-thread runner that shows great patience and understands how to run behind zone-blocking. He’s also got terrific hands and has both the power and suddenness to get extra yards with strength or elusiveness.

He does not have breakaway speed, according to Pro Football Focus and other draft analysis sites. He also hasn’t done much pass-blocking. Also, as you’ll see in these highlights, his propensity for letting the ball get away from his body as opposed to carrying it high and tight is going to have to be coached out of him. But he’s a fun runner.

Biggest takeaway on Booker being in town? The Patriots are tire-kicking on all running backs and will likely be in the market for one next week.

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.