First and 10: Busy Thursday for Patriots as free agency kicks into high gear

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Welcome to first and 10, a roundup of all the (mostly) Patriots-related news you need to start your Friday. Grab your coffee and let’s get to it.

Busy Thursday for the Patriots, who added five players in free agency -- defensive back/special teamer Terrence Brooks, wide receiver Bruce Ellington, wide receiver Maurice Harris, tight end Matt LaCosse and defensive lineman Mike Pennel.

For those of you who might be a bit underwhelmed by it all, remember that things started slowly in 2016 as well: