A few picked-up pieces on the Patriots:
Rookies meet the media today. After first-round draft choice Dominique Easley was formally introduced Monday as part of the traditional photo shoot with owner Robert Kraft and team president Jonathan Kraft, a handful of other rookies are scheduled to meet with reporters Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, guard Jon Halapio, defensive end Zach Moore and tight ends Tyler Beck and Asa Watson are among those confirmed on the schedule.
Kevin Faulk's annual softball game. Former Patriots running back Kevin Faulk is holding his fifth-annual charity softball game on Saturday to benefit the Kevin Faulk Foundation. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET at Brockton's Campanelli Stadium. Event organizers have confirmed the attendance of the following Patriots players: Julian Edelman, Shane Vereen, Duron Harmon, Ryan Mallet, Jonas Gray, Brandon Browner, D.J. Williams, Kyle Arrington, Dont'a Hightower, Patrick Chung, Chris Jones, Chandler Jones, Sealver Siliga, Brandon Bolden and Matthew Slater.
King's take on Mallett. Peter King of TheMMQB answers his Tuesday mailbag and it includes his thoughts on Patriots No. 2 quarterback Ryan Mallett and some of the media-generated trade buzz surrounding him. Similar to the reporter in this space, he doesn't understand it.
Following up on Boston possibly hosting NFL draft. After Boston Mayor Martin Walsh expressed interest in hosting the NFL draft, and Patriots owner Robert Kraft supported the thought, we now have a feel for the possible competition the city would have. Ken Belson of the New York Times writes, "After Goodell said recently that the league would consider moving some or all of the draft to another location, he received calls from civic leaders in Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as Cleveland, Green Bay, Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Orlando, Fla., the league spokesman Brian McCarthy said. Not to be outdone, the Dallas Cowboys called last week and offered their stadium in Arlington, Tex., as a site."
Easley's trainer high on odds of strong return. Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal (welcome to the beat, Mark) goes the extra mile and catches up with the trainer who worked with Patriots first-round pick Dominique Easley in his rehab. "I would think his knees now are stronger than they’ve ever been,” Tony Villani told Daniels. “As far as this year and being available for the Patriots, I do not see him not being ready for the Patriots full-go when training camp opens in August.”
Patriots Hall voting set to conclude. Just a few more days to cast your vote for the Patriots Hall of Fame, with cornerbacks Ty Law and Raymond Clayborn, and coach Bill Parcells the finalists.