Patriots Notes: Schedule, Ingram, Parcells...

Bill Parcells

News and notes from the final w3eek before the NFL Draft. Bill Parcells talks about his Hall of Fame nomination; Mark Ingram tweets about his visit to New England and the highlights from the 2011 Patriots schedule.

The NFL released its 2011 schedule, which features games against NFC East opponents for the Patriots. Their bye week is Oct. 23. Following that, they have a difficult stretch in which they travel to Pittsburgh, host the Giants, play at New York against the Jets, then return home to face the Chiefs followed by another trip to Philadelphia before the return home to take on Indianapolis.

   --Draft prospect Mark Ingram of Alabama informed followers on his Twitter account that he was heading to Boston, indicating an official visit and workout with the Patriots.

Ingram might be the pick of choice for New England considering Belichick's relationship with Alabama coach Nick Saban. The main concern is Ingram's surgically-repaired knee, which is something the Patriots more than likely inquired about during their visit.

   --The Patriots recently announced their three finalists for the team's Hall of Fame: DL Houston Antwine, QB Drew Bledsoe and coach Bill Parcells. Members of the media selected the finalists. This is the first year of eligibility for Bledsoe and Parcells and the third year Antwine has been a finalist. Fans vote on who ultimately makes it into the Hall.

   QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't really think I had a whole lot to do with that but I think the one thing I would say that was helpful, we were able to put, during the course of my time there - Drew Bledsoe, Troy Brown, Tedy Bruschi, Curtis Martin, Adam Vinatieri, Terry Glenn - we were able to put those players on the team to go with (Ben) Coates and (Bruce) Armstrong and (Maurice) Hurst. That was the beginning of some personnel continuity and some of those kids have gone on to be some of the great players in Patriots history so I do take some pride in that." -- Former NFL coach Bill Parcells on his induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame and his role in helping rebuild the franchise.

PERSONNEL

   MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.

FRANCHISE PLAYER:
   OG Logan Mankins.

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: None.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED
   --DT Marcus Stroud: FA Bills; $3.46M/2 yrs, $150,000 SB/$200,000 RB.

PLAYERS LOST
   --OG Stephen Neal (retired).

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