The NFL announced on Thursday that it had finalized the dates and times for the exhibition season.
Things kick off with the annual Hall of Fame Game, which will take place between the Packers and Colts in Canton, Ohio on August 7 at 8 p.m.
The Patriots will get their preseason slate of games started when they take on the Saints at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Bill Belichick's club will then host the Bears -- after joint practices with Chicago -- on Aug. 18 at 8 p.m.
On the road for their final two exhibition games, the Patriots will play at Carolina on Aug. 26 at 7:30 p.m., and then they'll visit the Giants on Sept. 1 for a 7 p.m. kick.
The Patriots have acquired wide receiver and kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson in a trade with the Raiders, NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry confirms.
Pardon My Take, a podcast by Barstool Sports, first reported the news.
Ian Rapaport of NFL Network reports the Patriots sent a fifth-round pick to Oakland and received a Raiders' sixth-rounder along with Patterson.
More to come...
There's one gigantic hole to fill on the Patriots offensive line.
Replacing Nate Solder is no easy task and it's not exactly clear how the Pats will yet.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport was first to report the Patriots would like to bring back Waddle or Fleming.
It now appears that one of the former backup tackle is taking a serious look elsewhere, according to Ian Rapoport.
It's not the best offensive line free agency market this season, so the Pats may prefer to bring back a guy they are familar with.
If Fleming is off the board, Waddle still remains as an option for New England.