Patriots claimed OT Kevin Haslam off waivers from the Chargers.
A 2010 undrafted free agent, Haslam made three starts at left tackle last season because of Jared Gaither's disappearing act. He was ineffective in 294 snaps. Despite being a Rutgers product ' something coach Bill Belichick has grown increasingly fond of ' Haslam is a long-shot for the Patriots' final tackle spot.
Patriots RB Brandon Bolden is sitting out OTAs this week as he rehabs an "undisclosed ailment."
Pats beat writers are unaware of the injury's extent or location, but Bolden did miss Weeks 7-8 with a knee injury last season. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound prospect rushed for 274 yards and two touchdowns on 56 carries as a rookie.
CSN New England expects the Patriots and MLB Brandon Spikes to "part ways" after 2013.
Spikes is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and he hasn't participated in the conditioning phase or OTAs. Spikes is a stud against the run, but needs to cut down on penalties. If Spikes does reach 2014 free agency, he'll be a hot item as a ferocious downhill run plugger at age 26.
Patriots fourth-round WR Josh Boyce (foot) is participating in OTAs.
Boyce broke a bone in his foot at the Combine and was forced to miss rookie minicamp. He's a field-stretching burner, and will compete for snaps at X receiver with fellow rookie Aaron Dobson and veteran Michael Jenkins.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft confirmed Rob Gronkowski's fourth arm surgery went "as good as he could have hoped."
Per Kraft, Gronk will be back "as soon as possible." Right now, "as soon as possible" appears to be mid-August. That's because Gronk is tentatively slated for "minor" back surgery sometime in the next 3-4 weeks. Like Robert Griffin III, Gronk's Week 1 status will be hard to accurately gauge before training camp.
Jake Ballard (knee surgery) is participating in Patriots OTAs.
According to ESPN Boston, Ballard wasn't showing any effects of his February 2012 ACL tear, and participated in the "majority of practice reps." Ballard won't be a factor in the Patriots' passing game if both Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez are healthy, but the Pats' top two tight ends are rarely 100 percent at the same time. Ballard posted a 38/604/4 line in 2011 for the Giants before missing all of 2012.