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  1. Clayton: DE Will Smith visiting Pats

    Mike Reiss

    Free-agent defensive end Will Smith, formerly of the New Orleans Saints, is visiting the New England Patriots today, a source tells senior writer John Clayton. The 6-foot-3, 282-pound Smith has spent his entire career with the Saints (200...

    Blog | April 01, 2014
  2. Woodson's release & Patriots safeties

    Mike Reiss

    When senior NFL writer John Clayton assessed potential landing spots for veteran defensive back Charles Woodson, he put the Patriots in the mix (link here). When "Around the League" editor Gregg Rosenthal handicapped the best pote...

    Blog | February 17, 2013
  3. Patriots were 8th in total payroll

    Mike Reiss NFL Senior Writer John Clayton delivers his weekly mailbag on Monday, and he leads things off with a point that we're particularly passionate about when it comes to teams signing players to contracts: Big spending doesn't always produce big ...

    Blog | February 11, 2013
  4. Clayton: Plenty of '13 Pats cap space

    Mike Reiss

    In his weekly mailbag on, NFL senior writer John Clayton had a list of every NFL's salary cap space for 2013. The list included the carryover for each team from 2012 to 2013. According to Clayton, the Patriots will carry over $5.6 million...

    Blog | January 10, 2013
  5. Wilfork on Clayton's All-Pro team

    Mike Reiss NFL senior writer John Clayton produced his 2012 All-Pro team and there is one Patriot represented: Defensive lineman Vince Wilfork. Wilfork joins Geno Atkins (Bengals) as the two defensive tackles on Clayton's team. As part of the pho...

    Blog | December 28, 2012
  6. Rapid reaction: Aaron Hernandez

    Mike Reiss

    LONDON -- Aaron Hernandez had a setback with his injured right ankle and will not play Sunday against the Rams, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and senior writer John Clayton. What does this mean for the Patriots' offense? ...

    Blog | October 26, 2012
  7. Jonathan Fanene release analysis

    Mike Reiss

    This obviously wasn't the way the Patriots drew up their plans with defensive tackle Jonathan Fanene, who was their top free-agent signing this offseason from a signing bonus standpoint ($3.85 million). ESPN NFL senior writer John Clayton reports ...

    Blog | August 21, 2012
  8. Brady & all-time playoff performances

    Mike Reiss

    In a piece now posted on, senior writers John Clayton and Jeffri Chadiha and NFC West reporter Mike Sando team up to rank the 25 top playoff performances in NFL history. The Patriots show up once, with quarterback Tom Brady's performance ...

    Blog | June 21, 2012
  9. More or less? 12 wins for Pats

    Mike Reiss senior writer John Clayton projects win totals for each NFL team, dissecting every schedule and potential pitfalls along the way. His projection for the Patriots: 12-4, which had AFC East reporter James Walker playing the "more or less" game...

    Blog | June 19, 2012
  10. Spikes vs. Hightower on NFL radar

    Mike Reiss

    In a piece now posted on, senior writer John Clayton identifies 10 training camp competitions around the NFL that bear watching. One from the Patriots makes the cut, at No. 7, and it's Brandon Spikes vs. Dont'a Hightower at inside linebacker...

    Blog | May 13, 2012
  11. 2 Pats on Clayton All-Pro team

    Mike Reiss senior writer John Clayton picks his 2011 All-Pro team (link here) and two Patriots make the cut -- receiver Wes Welker and tight end Rob Gronkowski. In explaining the Gronkowski pick, Clayton writes, "Jimmy Graham was my first-half All-P...

    Blog | January 04, 2012
  12. Clayton's AFC playoff Q&A

    Mike Reiss senior writer John Clayton puts together his AFC playoff Q&A (link here) and he begins with this thought: Only three teams look like playoff teams -- the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. You have three tea...

    Blog | January 02, 2012
  13. Hot button: Pats best in AFC?

    Mike Reiss

    In a "Hot Button" series on, senior writer John Clayton and NFL reporter Ashley Fox debate which team is the best in the AFC. Clayton points to the Patriots, while Fox picks the Steelers. "The stage is set for the New England Patriots to ...

    Blog | August 17, 2011
  14. Clayton: Pats give LB Crowder physical

    Mike Reiss

    The Patriots had former Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder in for a physical on Thursday, senior writer John Clayton reports. Clayton noted that "it is too early to tell if they will make him an offer." Crowder, who entered the league a...

    Blog | August 05, 2011
  15. A feel for the Patriots' cap situation

    Mike Reiss senior writer John Clayton pens a piece on 10 possible players who could be salary cap-related cuts when the league year begins, and in the story he includes a chart of where the Patriots would stand with a projected $120 million salary cap....

    Blog | July 21, 2011
  16. Patriots' offense & explosiveness

    Mike Reiss

    In today's "Hot Button" topic on, the debate is which offense is most explosive in the NFL. senior writer John Clayton chooses the Patriots. NFC East reporter Dan Graziano goes with the Eagles. Readers looking to join the debate ...

    Blog | June 06, 2011