Willie McGinest - Remain Raw - Highlights

Always love a throwback Pats highlight film like this one.

It’s the final Friday Q&A before camp starts. Any last thoughts, questions, comments, whatevs?

Patriots Training Camp Preview: Tight End

With Rob Gronkowski ending the 2013 season on IR once again, most prognosticators figured the Pats would make a move on a tight end, either in free agency, the draft, or both this offseason.

The Pats re-signed Michael Hoomanawanui, but didn’t spend a single draft pick at the position, when most mocks gave them one of Jace Amaro, Troy Niklas, CJ Fiedorowicz or Austin Seferian Jenkins.

The Pats did kick the tires on a few of the injured free agent tight ends but never made a move. What can we expect to see from a lighter-than-expected tight end group this season?

Here’s our preview of a sparse tight end group.

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Revis’s pride will be fully engaged this season in Foxboro, and that could turn out to be a very good thing indeed for a New England team that knows it must tighten things down defensively if a fourth Super Bowl ring is to ever be secured by quarterback Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, the team’s 15th-year head coach.

Don Banks: 2014 NFL training camps: Storylines to follow - NFL - SI.com

Nothing readers of this blog didn’t already know here, but always nice to be reminded that the Pats did in fact sign Revis this offseason. It wasn’t a dream…

Is this the Revis effect?

Patriots have three open roster spots now with the release of Jeremy Johnson and Reese Wiggins, along with yesterday’s retirement of Armond Armstead. Expect some additions before camp opens next week. Maybe a tight end?

We tend to look for big-ticket items to mark offseason improvement. It would be much easier to draw conclusions about the Patriots’ Plan B if they had committed a major asset to acquire a No. 1 receiver or maneuvered to draft an instant-impact tight end. Generally speaking, I think we all know the Patriots don’t operate in such dramatic fashion. There are no easily identifiable signs that tell you they have put together a more balanced offense, and in truth, no team can expect an equal performance without one of its best players on the field. If you look close enough, however, you can see that the Patriots seem to have planted the seeds of nuanced possibility.

Inside Slant: Patriots without Gronkowski - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN

Nodding… I’ve said it many times before, little-to-no credit is ever given to development of internal players. This should be a big year for that on offense for the Pats’ offense.

Patriots Training Camp Preview: Offensive Line

The offensive line has long been a point of pride for the New England Patriots. But recent years have brought transition, and they will be further put to the test with this offseason’s departure of legendary offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia.

The Pats were able to reinforce their line in the draft this year, and with the return of Sebastian Vollmer, the Pats should once again be able to give Tom Brady top-notch protection.

Here’s our preview of the offensive line.

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It has been a pleasure being around Armond, as he gave everything he could to play for us,” Belichick said. “Armond worked extremely hard since joining us last February. He’s had a lot of adversity personally that he’s had to deal with – unusual compared to most other players – but he’s always had a great attitude, worked hard and really did everything we asked him to do. While it is unfortunate he will not be able to play football, Armond is an outstanding young man who has a very bright future in whatever path he chooses.

Armond Armstead announces his retirement | Sports - Patriots | providencejournal.com | The Providence Journa

Bummer, was really looking forward to see what Armstead brought, especially last year when he was possibly going to be our interior pass rush problems. Now, with Easley in the fold, there was less of a make-or-break feeling around Armstead. Unfortunate that his career has ended like this.