The Patriot Way: New England Patriots News, 5/6


Good morning, everyone. Start your Wednesday by catching up on the latest news surrounding the New England Patriots from around the football universe.

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Timothy Rapp of the Bleacher Report gives us the latest  on the Aaron Hernandez situation. If there is someone you don’t want to be right now, it’s the former Patriots’ tight end.’s Elliot Harrison pegs the Patriots atop the rest of NFL in his post-2015 NFL Draft power rankings. Harrison cites the Patriots’ full harvest from the 2015 NFL Draft as the reason. Of course, the Patriots should lead every power rankings until they have lost their first game in 2015.

A return to his natural position of defensive end should re-boot Jabaal Sheard’s career, asserts’s Doug Kyed. Apparently, Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich are helping Sheard get acquainted with the lay of the land in New England. Raise your right hand if you are excited about the addition of Sheard to the Patriots’ front seven.

“I would love to stay,” Nate Solder tells the Boston Herald. Jeff Howe also reminds us that neither of the Patriots’ rookie offensive linemen, Tre’ Jackson and Shaw Mason, play Solder’s position of left tackle. Set to earn almost $7.5 million in the last year of his contract, Solder intends to live in the present. Let’s hope that the Pats’ brass intends to plan for the future.

As you all probably know by now, the Patriots have cut ties with Alfonzo Dennard. But you may not have heard about the releases of long snapper Tyler Ott and linebacker Dontae Skinner, per The waiving of Ott indicates that Navy man Joe Cardona may be available for the 2015 season. Unlike Ott, Skinner actually contributed in 2014, racking up 13 total tackles in seven games.

For more on the Dennard release, check out Musket Fire to see why the Patriots acted prematurely in cutting ties with the former Cornhusker, and where the cornerback could end up.

Last but certainly not least, check out Cyrus Geller’s pondering of La’el Collins possibly signing with the Patriots.