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One day before Patriots rookies begin training camp Thursday (the veterans join them in a week), the team agreed to contract terms with its final remaining unsigned draft pick, linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

With Patriots rookies set to start training camp on Thursday (the veterans join them in a week), the team on Wednesday came to contract terms with its final remaining unsigned draft pick, linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

WHY HE SHOULD MAKE IT: Considered an early-to-mid round talent by some draft analysts, Dennard slipped to the seventh round after an arrest five days before April’s draft. While Dennard will begin low on the depth chart, the landscape ahead of him could change. In an often unsettled defensive backfield, Dennard could quickly find a significant role if he emerges this summer.

Free agent Visanthe Shiancoe will meet with the tight-end rich New England Patriots on Thursday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Veteran defensive lineman Gerard Warren has been a quality value signing for the Patriots in each of the last two years. He’s hoping to make it three straight years, but as noted by colleague Mike Rodak, the 33-year-old Warren is among a group of players who would be considered on the roster bubble.

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — New England Patriots [team stats] star tight end Rob Gronkowski made a big impression on the NFL over the past two seasons. On Tuesday night, he made a similar impression on fans — young and old — at a signing event at The Page Restaurant and Sports Bar in Portsmouth.

The Patriots offensive line consists of 300-pound bodies in motion – and no one’s broken a sweat hitting a blocking sled in training camp as of yet.

New England Patriots rookie Alfonzo Dennard has been granted a delay in his trial on a charge of assaulting an officer.

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