Patriots Notebook

Old, new faces at Patriots offseason training

Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork were among those present at Patriots offseason training.
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Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork were among those present at Patriots offseason training.

The Patriots officially opened their offseason training program Monday, with high attendance for workouts at Gillette Stadium.

Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork were among those present, as were Aqib Talib, Chandler Jones, and newcomers Leon Washington and Armond Armstead.

Rob Gronkowski was also at Gillette Monday.


Video posted on the team website showed work being done inside the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse, as well as the weight room, with conditioning drills aimed at improving players’ speed and building stamina.

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The Patriots will hold on-field organized team activities May 20-21, 23, 28-30 and June 3-4, 6-7.

Mandatory mini-camp will be June 11-13.

None of the offseason sessions are open to the public.

Schedule change

In light of Monday’s Boston Marathon tragedy, the Patriots have postponed the predraft press conference that had been scheduled for Tuesday. Director of player personnel Nick Caserio will speak with media later in the week.

Final three


The Patriots announced the finalists for induction into the franchise’s Hall of Fame: linebacker Tedy Bruschi, coach Chuck Fairbanks, and offensive tackle Leon Gray.

Bruschi, a third-round draft pick out of Arizona in 1996, was a seven-time Patriots captain. In 189 career regular-season games (139 starts), he recorded 680 tackles, 30½ sacks, 17 forced fumbles, and 12 interceptions, with four of them returned for touchdowns. Bruschi suffered a stroke in February 2005, but returned to the field that year and played through 2009.

Fairbanks became the sixth head coach in franchise history in 1973, and also served as general manager. He drafted some of the greatest players in team history, including John Hannah and Mike Haynes (both in the Pro Football Hall of Fame). In his six seasons, the Patriots went 46-39 and made two playoff appearances.

Gray was a third-round draft pick of the Dolphins in 1973, but was cut by Miami before the start of the season and claimed off waivers by New England. He and Hannah would become the best left tackle/guard combination in the NFL, protecting Steve Grogan, who was sacked a franchise-low 14 times in 1977. Gray was a key part of an offensive line that paved the way for the team to rush for 3,165 yards, which remains an NFL record.

Rodney Harrison and Willie McGinest were eligible this year, but did not make the selection committee’s cut.


Whichever man comes out on top in voting will join broadcaster Gil Santos in this year’s induction class. Robert Kraft announced at the end of last season that Santos, who was the radio voice of the Patriots for 36 years before retiring at the end of the 2012 season, would be enshrined.

Voting began Monday at and runs through May 15.

Tight end signs

Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui signed his restricted free agent tender with New England Monday. Claimed off waivers from the Redskins last September, Hoomanawanui played in 14 games. He was tendered at the minimum level, so his salary for 2013 will be $1.323 million.

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