The Patriot Way: Spikes Released and Other New England Patriots News, 6/9


If you’re looking for a collection of New England Patriots news for this Tuesday, you’ve come to the right place. Take a break from your busy morning and sift through these nuggets of Patriots news from around the web.

The first order of business: Brandon Spikes. By now, you know he’s been released for his probable connection to a hit-and-run early Sunday morning on I-495. Here at Musket Fire, we took a closer look at linebacker depth behind Jerod Mayo, Dont’a Hightower, and Jamie Collins now that Spikes isn’t in the picture.

The Patriots wasted no time filling Spikes’ roster spot, signing veteran cornerback Derek Cox to bolster the secondary. Cox is no Darrelle Revis, but it’s worth noting that he is now the tallest cornerback on the roster at 6-foot-1. Here is the announcement of the signing on the Patriots official website.

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In lighter Patriots news, Rob Gronkowski appeared on set with Big Papi for a Dunkin’ Donuts ad. Just another day at the playground for Gronk.

Bleacher Report’s Erik Frenz tells us about the hardest workers from OTAs thus far. Keep an eye on Daxton Swanson in that crowded cornerback competition.

The New England backfield isn’t exactly the team’s strongest positional group, but Matt Miller of Bleacher Report has three Patriots backs in his top 90: Travaris Cadet, Jonas Gray and LeGarrette Blount.

Adam Kurkjian of the Boston Herald points out that this isn’t the first time Bradley Fletcher has played with a chip on his shoulder. Say what you want about Dez Bryant’s favorite cornerback, but you can’t knock his work ethic.

Over at 247Sports, Oliver Thomas remarks that despite the offseason losses, 25 teams endured more personnel turnover than the Patriots in terms of snaps.