Patriots Sign Another OL

OL Pete McMahon

News and Notes from Foxboro: LaMont Jordan official, Lav Bauta released, Pete McMahon signed and more...

-- The New England Patriots signed free agent offensive lineman Pete McMahon on Sunday. Terms of the deal were not available. McMahon was assigned No. 64. The 6-foot-8, 330-pound Iowa roduct was originally selected by the Oakland Raiders in the sixth round of the 2005 NFL. He has not appeared in any NFL games.

-- Offensive lineman Lavdrim Bauta was released by the team, again on Sunday. The Patriots needed to clear space to sign offensive lineman Pete McMahon.

--Running back LaMont Jordan signed with the Patriots Saturday, one day after getting released by Oakland. The former Jet and Raider averaged 3.8 yards a carry over 12 games last season in the Bay Area and became expendable in a backfield that added first-round pick Darren McFadden. Jordan adds depth to a New England backfield that already includes returning veteran backs Laurence Maroney, Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk and Heath Evans.

To make room for Jordan on the roster, the team released first-year receiver Robert Ortiz.

--Running back Laurence Maroney has gotten plenty of reps running and catching the ball through the first couple days of training camp. The work for the healthy potential workhorse back comes on the heels of a very strong close to the 2007 season that included four 100-yard efforts and a total of seven touchdowns over his final six regular-season and playoff games.

Is Maroney -- who set a two-year career high with 835 yards in 14 games last fall -- expecting a breakout 2008 season?

"Are you?" the confidence ball carrier fired back quickly when posed that very question. When a reported responded in the affirmative, the former first-round pick agreed.

"Me too," he said with his usual coy smile.

--Quarterback Tom Brady took exception to Adalius Thomas knocking down one of his passes during a team, hurry-up drill on the second day of camp. After the ball fell to the turf, Brady charged at Thomas and head-butted the outside linebacker.
Thomas walked away from the reigning NFL MVP without further incident, but jokingly offered after the workout that there was more to come when both players got to the Gillette Stadium locker room.

"Yeah, he gave me a little head butt," Thomas said. "We are going to wrestle when we get in the locker room. We're going to lock up. And whoever loses, must leave tomorrow, must go home. So the loser, if Tom's not here tomorrow then you know that he lost.

"Old-fashioned retirement match. He'll have a press conference tomorrow at 12. All you guys are welcome to come. And if I have a press conference, you'll know that I lost."

And how did Thomas plan on finishing off his opponent in this battle for it all?
"I may do the Macho Man Randy Savage, the elbow," Thomas said, clearly enjoying the topic. "I'll drop him down one time. Get him down. If both of us come out tomorrow, then Bill stepped in between us. That's the predicament of it."

--Wide receiver Chad Jackson is being given the opportunity to win the job on the outside opposite Randy Moss, the one vacated by Donte' Stallworth's free agent departure to Cleveland. So far in camp, the third-year former second-round pick has been up-and-down in practice action. But Bill Belichick still sees the things he liked when he drafted Jackson, prior to hamstring and knee injuries limiting his first two seasons in the league.

"Chad is a terrific athlete," Belichick said. "He has worked very hard even though he has had a few tough setbacks. Particularly, coming back after the knee injury that he had at the end of his first season so he didn't have a good offseason to come into his second year. He has had a great offseason this year. He has worked very hard. His receiving skills have improved. He understands the offense obviously a lot better and he is still a very talented physical athlete who's continued to work hard in that area too. I think that he is off to a good start based on the spring and in training camp. I am excited to see him out there."

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