With Patriots presumably eyeing WR help, UMass’ Andy Isabella might be a late-round possibility

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Could the Patriots’ next underdog story at wide receiver come from their own backyard?

Mark Whipple was the head coach at UMass the last five seasons, and got an up close look at Andy Isabella. And what struck him even more than the numbers — 231 catches in four years — was Isabella's almost exhausting commitment to the game.

“Last February, I’m in my office overlooking the stadium, and I look out, and I see someone out there in a big jacket, shoveling snow and looking like he’s clearing a path,” Whipple said.