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Tuesday’s New England Patriots Links 8/19

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski took part in contact drills for the first time this preseason on Monday. (USA TODAY Images)

A quick rundown of links on this Tuesday Morning:


Patriots Practice Report: Missing Patriots appear for final training camp session – Shalise Manza Young

Observations from Patriots camp: Day 22 – Mike Reiss and Lee Schefter

Patriots Training Camp Observations: Rob Gronkowski Advances To Contact - Doug Kyed

Training camp observations: Rob Gronkowski progresses as the Patriots get healthier – Mark Daniels



Patriots Training Camp Notes: Rob Gronkowski Makes First Appearance in Team Drills РErik Frenz - Frenz looks at the return of Gronkowski and writes the chemistry between he and quarterback Tom Brady has picked up right where it left off.

What Happened in 1-on-1 Pass-Rush Drills Throughout Patriots Training Camp – Erik Frenz: Frenz has a good entry looking at how the players fared in drills on Monday.


Rob Gronkowski ramps up the intensity – Shalise Manza Young: Manza Young has an article on Gronkowski, who took part in 11-on-11 work on Monday and was in on contact drills for the first time this preseason.

Dominique Easley leads list of Patriots back in action - Michael Vega: Vega files his notebook this morning, which leads off with Easley’s return to practice Monday.


Patriots Notebook: Rob Gronkowski fully engaged – Jeff Howe: Howe files his notebook this morning, which leads off with the fact Gronkowski took part in contact drills for the first time this preseason.

Patriots Beat: Stevan Ridley‚Äôs fate in his hands – Karen Guregian: Guregian focuses on Ridley, who wasn’t happy after losing the football Friday night.

Back in action, Dominique Easley like kid in candy store – Adam Kurkjian: Kurkjian has an article on the return of Easley, who felt like a “lost kid” while he was out.


Cleaning out the Patriots notebook – Mike Reiss: Reiss has additional notes from Monday, with Dominique Easley having some good moments in practice.

Stevan Ridley: ‘Sick feeling’ with fumble – Mike Reiss: Reiss has comments from Ridley, who wasn’t pleased after fumbling the football Friday night despite the fact it was negated by a penalty.

Rob Gronkowski takes ‘step forward’ – Mike Reiss: Reiss has notes on the return of tight end Rob Gronkowski, after he took part in drills during Monday’s session.

Jerod Mayo, Bryan Stork return for Patriots – Mike Reiss and Lee Schefter: Both Stork and Mayo were among players back on the field on Monday, including tight end Michael Hoomanawanui.


Michael Hoomanawanui returns to practice ‘hungry’ to get back to full strength – Ryan Hannable: Hannable has an article on the return of Hoomanwanui,

What we learned: 10 takeaways from Patriots at end of camp – Christopher Price: Price has a good read on his thoughts as camp comes to a close, including the fact he feels Julian Edelman should have another strong season if he remains healthy.


Bill Belichick Transcript 8/18: We coach the players to play within the rules - Here’s the full transcript from yesterday’s press conference.


Checking in on the Rookies: Eagles vs. Patriots – Jimmy Flaherty: Flaherty takes a quick run through how the rookies performed Friday night, with an evaluation on each in this entry.

How Patriots Wide Receiver Brian Tyms Has Become a Steady WR for New England – James Christensen: Christensen has a good read on Tyms, who has had a strong preseason thus far.

Monday’s New England Patriots Links 8/18

Receiver Brian Tyms has caught the attention of some of his teammates thanks to his play this preseason. (USA TODAY Images)


Patriots’ roster competition begins to sort itself out – Ben Volin: Volin has his latest roster and practice squad projections.


Reports: Patriots Bolster Tight Ends Group by Re-Signing Justin Jones – Zuri Berry: Berry has an article on the fact the Patriots added another tight end after only having one healthy one on their roster.


Confident Roy Finch back in running – Adam Kurkjian: Kurkjian has a good read on Ray Finch, who is finally getting a hold of his nerves after a decent performance Friday night.

Secondary takes new emphasis in stride – Karen Guregian: Guregian has a good read on the fact the games have been unwatchable thanks to the number of flags thrown and some insight from Darrelle Revis on the situation.


Third-quarter review: Bad fit for Will Smith? – Mike Reiss: Reiss goes back and looks at the film and has several thoughts from Friday night’s¬†third quarter and ¬†feels Smith looked out of place playing defensive end.

Rookie TE Justin Jones back in fold – Mike Reiss: Reiss has a report of the return of tight end Justin Jones, who had previously been released back on August 10th.

Harvard’s Ott out of Pats’ snapper mix – Mike Reiss: Reiss has a note on the release of Ott, which now leaves Danny Aiken as the team’s lone long-snapper.


Reports: Patriots Re-Sign Tight End Justin Jones, Release Tyler Ott – Doug Kyed: Kyed follows up on reports of the team’s latest transaction.


Breer: Patriots must assess if Ridley’s fumbles worth it – Albert Breer of the NFL Network joined Sports Tonight and discussed Stevan Ridley, who fumbled again Friday night in the team’s win over Philadelphia.


New England Patriots: What We’ve Learned Through Week 2 of Preseason – James Christensen: Christensen looks at a variety of things we’ve found out about this team so far through two exhibition games.


Mallett answers back; battle for backup now on – Hector Longo: Longo has article on the back-up quarterback position, which after Mallett’s recent performance he feels is heating up.


Patriots Notebook: Tyms continues to make his case – Glen Farley: Farley files his notebook this morning, which leads off with a bit on receiver Brian Tyms, who has started catching some attention¬†from his teammates thanks to¬†the plays he’s made.


The good, bad, and ugly from Patriots camp … so far – Glen Farley: Farley has an article looking at a variety of things that have gone right and wrong during camp so far.


‘Unfortunately it wasn’t the guy’: Jets fan who punched female Patriots supporter in the face following scuffle is unrepentant after his MetLife Stadium ban is overturned – David McCormack: For those who remember the female Patriots fan who was punched in the face by this fan, who was subsequently banned from MetLife Stadium, here are more ridiculous comments from this idiot, who is also being allowed back in this year.

Friday’s New England Patriots Links 8/15

Tom Brady is expected to see action tonight against the Eagles. (USA TODAY Images)


Patriots Camp Report: Day 22 - Mike Reiss

Thursday Practice Notes – Christopher Price

Practice Observations
 - Jeff Howe


Five areas to watch in Patriots’ second exhibition game – Ben Volin: Volin has his “Five Areas to Watch” for tonight, including the quarterback rotation and he feels who every plays after Tom Brady comes out will speak volumes about their intentions.


Patriots Notebook: Jerel Worthy of long look – Jeff Howe: Howe has some notes on newly acquired Jerel Worthy after he saw action on Thursday.

Patriots-Eagles: 5 things to watch for – Jeff Howe: Howe has an article on tonight’s game and feels how well the Patriots’ offensive line protects Tom Brady will be among some things to keep an eye on.

Borges: Dan Connolly in a battle – Ron Borges: Borges believes that Connolly is fighting for a spot on the roster this preseason, although he feels Connolly’s versatility should keep him safe.


Listing Patriots not expected to play – Mike Reiss: Reiss runs down the list of players he expects to sit out tonight, which includes Aaron Dobson, and he believes Ryan Mallett may potentially sit tonight as well after being limited this week.

Key areas for Patriots vs. Eagles - Mike Reiss: Reiss looks at some key areas to watch tonight, including how the defense looks as a first unit playing together.

Weekly Patriots chat recap - Mike Reiss: Reiss has a recap from his chat yesterday, which goes over a variety of topics.

Cave recalls college battles with Worthy – Patriots offensive lineman Braxton Cave talks about what it was like matching up against newly acquired defensive tackle Jerel Worthy in college.

Jerod Mayo not present for Patriots practice – Mike Reiss: Reiss has a note on the fact Jerod Mayo wasn’t practice on Thursday morning.


Ryan Mallett: Two missed practices were ‘maintenance’ days – Ryan Hannable: Hannable has a quick entry on Mallett, who missed time this week with an apparent knee injuries, but appears to be OK.

Josh Boyce on Returning Kicks: ‘I think I’m pretty good for it’ - Ryan Hannable: Hannable has an entry with thoughts from Boyce, who believes he’s a strong candidate for New England’s return game.

Ryan Mallett Expects to Play Friday Night Against Eagles - Ryan Hannable: Hannable has an entry on the fact that Mallett is ready to go and he’s put last week’s performance in the “rear-view”.


Curran: What guys to watch vs Eagles - Tom Curran discusses a few things to keep an eye on and feels defensive lineman Will Smith is among several players to watch tonight.


What to look for in Patriots‚Äô preseason game vs. Philadelphia - Tim O’Sullivan: O’Sullivan has his things to watch for tonight, including whether or not Malcolm Butler can follow up his strong week one performance.


5 Things to Watch in Patriots Preseason Week 1 Matchup vs. Eagles - Erik Frenz:’s Erik Frenz looks at some things to keep an eye on tonight, including what he feels is “bordering on tragic” in regards to their tight end situation.

Wednesday’s New England Patriots Links 8/13

With Chris Jones dealing with an ankle injury and Sealver Siliga’s future up in the air, the Patriots acquired two defensive linemen Tuesday night. (USA TODAY Images)

Here’s a quick rundown of this morning’s links:


Patriots Camp Report: Day 20 – Mike Reiss

Observations from Patriots camp: Day 20 РMike Reiss and Lee Schechter 

Patriots Training Camp Notes: Darrelle Revis Struggles In First Joint Practice With Eagles – Erik Frenz

Tuesday Practice Notes: Presense of Eagles Sparks Intensity: Christopher Price


Eagles, Patriots join in practice run toward Super Bowl – Ben Volin: Volin has his “On Football” column for this morning, looking at

Darrelle Revis gets flagged down by officials - The Globe has photos from yesterday, with a good collection of images – although not really relevant to the title.

Officials help explain latest round of flag football – Shalise Manza Young: Manza Young has an article on the fact the officials who were on hand were there to help the team get a better understanding of the new rules regarding contact with defenders.

Notebook: Aaron Dobson right back in the swing – Rob Harms: Harms files his notebook this morning, which leads off a note on the return of Dobson to practice.

Patriots trade cornerback Justin Green to Dallas – Shalise Manza Young: Manza Young has details on the trade of Green to the Cowboys.


Aaron Dobson Back In the Mix, But Still Limited – Zuri Berry: Berry has an article on the return of Aaron Dobson, who was back at practice, albeit in a limited capacity Tuesday.


Patriots Notebook: Jimmy Garoppolo takes control on the field [+Video]  - Jeff Howe: Howe writes that Garoppolo returned from Washington a new man and looked completely different on the field Tuesday against the Eagles.

After Rob Gronkowski, position precariously thin [+Video] РKaren Guregian: Guregian looks at the lack of depth at tight end as the team continues trying to bring in additional players.

Patriots take challenge, pass it on to rivals [+Video] - Jeff Howe: Howe has a note on the ice bucket challenge the team took on Tuesday before making a challenge of their own.


DE Jerel Worthy heading to Patriots – Rob Demovsky: Demovsky has details on the Patriots trade for Packers defensive end Jerel Worthy.

Patriots don’t want repeat of ’13 at DT – Mike Reiss: Reiss has an article on the Patriots move to acquire two defensive tackles on Tuesday.

Hightower among offseason award winners – Field Yates: Yates writes that Dont’a Hightower was among the offseason award winners for the offseason workout program.

Electric atmosphere as 25k attend practice – Mike Reiss:¬†Reiss has a report on the fact that a massive amount of fans were on hand for Tuesday’s session.

Belichick to referee: Throw lots of flags – Mike Reiss: Reiss has notes on the fact Bill Belichick asked referee John Parry and members of his crew to throw flags and let the players know where they went wrong as they try and familiarize themselves with the new rules.


Breaking Down the New England Patriots’ Options at Tight End – James Christensen: Christensen takes a look at the tight end depth chart along with the chances of each player making the team.

Tuesday’s New England Patriots Links 8/12

Wide receiver Aaron Dobson made his return to practice for the first time on Monday. (USA TODAY Images- File Photo)


Patriots Monday, Aug 11th, Training Camp Observations – Steve Balestrieri

Patriots Camp Report: Day 19 - Mike Reiss

Observations from Patriots camp: Day 19 – Lee Schechter

Monday Practice Notes: Dominque Easley, Aaron Dobson Make Training Camp Debuts – Christopher Price



Patriots Project 53: Early look at who makes the cut РKaren Guregian: Guregian gives her roster predictions and her take on each positional group  in this entry.

Patriots Notebook: Team welcomes Easley, Dobson to practice – Adam Kurkjian: Kurkjian files his notebook this morning, which leads off with the return of rookie Dominique Easley and 2nd-year receiver Aaron Dobson to practice Monday.

5 things to watch from upcoming Patriots practices РJeff Howe: Howe has his thoughts on some things to keep an eye on, including some key position battles.

Pats’ depth chart still a little loose at tight end РAdam Kurkjian: Kurkjian has his thoughts on the tight end position, which is a little questionable depth-wise at this stage of camp.


Patriots’ new tight end trio getting along famously – Rob Harms: Harms has an article on the three newly signed tight ends by New England, who appear to be fitting in well so far.

Long shot Brian Tyms may catch on with Patriots – Ben Volin: Volin has an article on Tyms, who he feels has a chance to earn a spot.

With Eagles on deck, Patriots take it easy – Shalise Manza Young: Young has notes on Monday’s session, with the team getting some light work in before the Eagles come in for joint practices.

Eagles’ Cary Williams ‘doesn’t care’ if Patriots target him – Rob Harms: Harms has comments from Williams, who after his “cheaters” remarks last week isn’t worried about the Patriots going after him in practice.


Rob Gronkowski Feels Better After Time Off During Patriots Joint Practices With Redskins – Erik Frenz: Frenz has an article on Gronkowski, who seemingly benefited from a few days off after sitting out last week’s joint sessions against Washington.


Dan Connolly an offseason award winner – Mike Reiss: Reiss has a note on Connolly, who was acknowledged for his hard offseason work.

Patriots don’t respond to Cary Williams – Mike Reiss: Reiss has comments from Logan Mankins and Belichick regarding Williams “cheaters” comments.

Big day on health front for Patriots – Mike Reiss: Reiss has notes on the return of a couple players on Monday and the health of the team.

Ryan Mallett misses 2nd straight practice – Mike Reiss: Reiss has notes on Mallett, who was absent for the second straight day on Monday.

Dobson, Easley practice for first time РMike Reiss: Reiss has notes on the return of Aaron Dobson and 1st round pick Dominique Easley, who participated in practice for the first time this training camp on Monday.


Bill Belichick Talks Ice Bucket Challenge: “I Plan on Doing Something With It’ – Christopher Price: Price has comments from Belichick’s radio appearance Monday, where he responded to Giants’ president John Mara’s challenge to take the ice bucket challenge for ALS.

Stephen Gostkowski, Ryan Allen Give Patriots Stability on Special Teams - Ryan Hannable: Hannable has a ¬†good read on New England’s special teams group, which¬†obviously has two terrific kickers.

Experience on Patriots Offensive Line Making Transition to Dave Deguglielmo Era Easier – Ryan Hannable: Hannable writes that the experience New England has up front in this system is making the transition following Dante Scarnecchia’s retirement a little easier.

TE Ben Harstock Looks to Clear New Path With Patriots – Christopher Price: Price has a nice read on the newly signed tight end, who seems to have an idea of what he’s gotten himself into by signing with the team.


Dobson’s Return Puts Pressure On Boyce, Thompkins – Toucher and Rich spoke this morning about Dobson’s return and how it potentially affects the lower-tiered receivers.


Patriots Preseason Star Malcolm Butler Took ‚ÄėLong Route‚Äô To NFL – Doug Kyed: Kyed has a good read on Butler, who worked hard to get where he is as he tries to catch on in New England.


Eagles-Patriots: 5 best potential training camp fights as teams get together for physical practices – Elliot Short-Parks: Short-Parks has his list of match-ups he feels might have the potential for a scuffle in this entry.

Monday’s New England Patriots Links 8/11

So far tight end Rob Gronkowski has been yet to be cleared for contact. (USA TODAY Images)

Here’s a quick rundown of this morning’s links:


Patriots Training Camp Notes: Tom Brady Locked In With Danny Amendola – Erik Frenz

Patriots Camp Report: Day 18 – Mike Reiss
Observations from Patriots camp: Day 18 – Lee Schechter

Mallett absent, new tight ends abound and other Patriots Sunday camp blogservations – Andy Hart



How the Patriots’ roster could shake out - Ben Volin: Volin has his “On Football” column for this morning and offers up some scenarios about each position and how things might work out.

Rob Gronkowski getting better every day РRob Harms: Harms files his notebook this morning, which leads off with notes on Gronkowski as he continues trying to get ready for the season opener on September.

Michael Buchanan getting a chance with Patriots – Shalise Manza Young: Manza Young has a good read on Buchanan, who is getting his fair share of opportunities so far this training camp.


Rob Gronkowski’s not in clear just yet РKaren Guregian: Guregian has an article on Gronkowski, who continues working hard but cautious when it comes to his knee.

Patriots Notebook: David Tyms took a lonely road – Karen Guregian: Guregian files her notebook this morning, which leads off with a bit on Tyms, who had a big performance Thursday night.

Gronk still waiting to get cleared for contact – Karen Guregian: Guregian has comments from Gronkowski, who hasn’t been given the go ahead for contact yet.


New England Patriots’ projected roster – Mike Reiss: Reiss files his latest Roster projection, going down each position and listing his reasons behind each.

Rob Gronkowski: ‘No setbacks’ – Lee Schechter: Schechter has the latest from Gronkowski, who said the reason he didn’t travel was to give his knee time to heal after a busy week of practice.

Source: Patriots waive three, sign three – Field Yates: Yates has notes on a transaction from yesterday, with the Patriots waiving three players including tight end Asa Watson.


New England Patriots training camp: Humble Brian Tyms in ‘awe’ of chance to play with Tom Brady – Oliver Thomas: Thomas has a nice read on Tyms, who talked about the influence Randy Moss had on him when the two were together in San Francisco.


2013 Was No Flash in the Pan for Julian Edelman – Jason Cappell: Cappell has his thoughts on Edelman, who he believes will follow up his big season in 2014 with another solid year.


Patriots Rookie Tight Ends Fail to Capitalize With Gronkowski Absent РJames Christensen: Christensen writes that Justin Jones and Asa Watson missed a key opportunity to earn a role with the team during their time here.

Patriots Huddle: Friday’s News, Notes and Links 8/8

It was a rough night for Patriots QB Ryan Mallett. (USA TODAY Images)

Some notes and links following last night’s loss:


For all the praise Ryan Mallett received this week, it was quarterback Jimmy Garopplo who had the better outing during the Patriots 23-6 loss down in Washington Thursday night after Garoppolo finished the night completing 9-of-13 passes for 157 yards along with a touchdown in the second half.

While it hasn’t shown up as much during training camp, Garoppolo looked fairly poised and even showed some great touch on the football after hitting a couple of deep plays to Brian Tyms, including a 53-yard pass on third down in the fourth quarter along with his 26 yard touchdown throw to him in the closing minutes of the game.

“I did alright,” said Garoppolo after the game.¬† “There is a lot of stuff to improve on. It is a process. For any rookie quarterback, there is a lot to learn from and we will go watch the tape tomorrow and fix those things.”

Meanwhile, Mallett finished the night 5-of-12 (42%) for just 55 yards on a night that seemed fit for him to finally be able to showcase himself following a week that saw him garner some positive remarks from members of the national media who were in Virginia watching him.

Unfortunately it didn’t translate over into the game, which for now leaves Mallett the same as he’s been.¬† He’s been just O.K.¬† Not great, not terrible, but certainly not strong enough to be considered a starting caliber quarterback.

It’s early to pile too much praise on Garoppolo, but it wasn’t a bad start for the rookie.¬† It’s just one game and he was going against players who, many of which, won’t even be in the NFL one month from now.¬† But he made the most of his opportunity, which is about as much as he could have hoped for.

There’s still three preseason games to go and plenty of snaps likely in their future.¬† Hopefully for Mallett’s sake he’s able to regroup against the Eagles this week.


Last night was clearly an evaluation for some of the more unproven players, with a lot of New England’s starters sitting out while others got some plays in to get comfortable and back into game shape.

Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Logan Mankins were among some of the stars who sat this one out on the offensive side of the football, while Chandler Jones, Darrelle Revis, Devin McCourty and Dont’a Hightower were some notable names who were on the sidelines watching other guys take their reps on the defensive side.

However, out on the field were Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly, both of whom are coming back from injuries and needed the snaps as they continue working on settling back in.¬† Kelly told the Boston Globe after the game that he’s still got a bit more work ahead of him to get back into shape, but he expects next week’s game against the Eagles to go a little more smoothly.

‚ÄúI think I have to work on it, but that‚Äôs what these games are for,‚Äô‚Äô Kelly told the newspaper. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt see myself getting this gassed next week against Philly.‚ÄĚ


According to the Boston Globe, second year defensive tackle Chris Jones suffered an ankle injury in the first half and didn’t return, which delivers another blow to a group that already lost Sealver Siliga earlier in the week with a hand injury.

Prior to the two getting hurt their depth was already shaky at best, so Jones’ injury will be something to monitor, especially if the injury to Siliga is as serious as some of the recent reports have been stating.



Ryan Mallett unimpressive in Patriots opener – Ben Volin: Volin has his “On Football” column for this morning, which focuses on the rough night that Mallett had down in Washington.

Patriots stars missing in opener – Shalise Manza Young: Manza Young files her notebook this morning, which leads off with the fact quite a few starters sat out last night’s contest.

Patriots have rocky start to preseason – Here’s a collection of photos from last night’s game

Ryan Mallett hype is a trick of the trade – Christopher Gasper: Gasper writes there are lobbyists in Washington who wish they could spin as favorably as the Patriots have on Mallett recently.


Patriots vs. Redskins Stock Report: Ryan Mallett Struggles, Malcolm Butler Shines – Erik Frenz: Frenz recaps some of the performances from last night while taking a look at some players who helped their cause.


Ryan Mallett misfires – Jeff Howe: Howe has an article on the less than impressive performance by Mallett last night.

Patriots Notebook: Returning vets get little taste – Jeff Howe: Howe files his notebook, which leads off with him looking at the performances of Kelly and Wilfork in their first game action since being placed on injured reserve last year.

Brandon Browner burned early – Karen Guregian: Guregian has notes on the fact that the new contact rules hurt Browner last night.


Leftover Thoughts from Patriots’ Loss – Mike Reiss: Reiss has additional thoughts on last night’s game, including the fact it was another step forward for Vince Wilfork.

Belichick, players react to preseason loss – Mike Reiss: Reiss has additional quotes from inside the locker room after the game.

Tale of two backup QB’s for Patriots – Mike Reiss: Reiss contrasts the play of the two quarterbacks last night.

Observation deck: new England Patriots -Mike Reiss: Reiss has his takeaways from last night’s game along with some additional thoughts in this piece.

Ups and Downs for the Patriots – Mike Reiss: Reiss has some players who he feels had a good night, while others didn’t fare so well.


What we learned Thursday – Christopher Price: Price has a good read from last night’s loss after how it all unfolded.

Patriots Huddle: Thursday’s News, Notes and Links 8/7

Bill Belichick helped set up a productive week for the Patriots and Redskins during their joint sessions. (USA TODAY Images)

Some news and notes this morning:


It’s been a pretty busy week during the team’s joint practice sessions and after getting a look at most of the starters during their work against Washington, it appears Bill Belichick will let Tom Brady be a spectator and will start Ryan Mallett at quarterback in tonight’s preseason opener.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Mallett will get the starting nod tonight which means fans may get an opportunity to see how he fares with some of the first team players as he tries to continue a lot of the success he’s had this week. Mallett’s received plenty of praise during these joint sessions and now that he has an opportunity to showcase himself, how he performs this preseason could potentially raise his stock high enough to give New England an opportunity to move him before the trade deadline.

Mallett said this week he believes he can be a starter in the NFL and tonight will certainly be a great opportunity for him to be able to prove it.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to be able to play a lot,” Mallett told the media this week. “I haven’t really gotten too many chances during the regular season because I have a pretty good guy in front of me. Any time I get to play, I look forward to it.”


Bill Belichick has been an innovator in the NFL with a lot of his insight and methods and this week’s joint sessions in Washington appear to be yet another example of how big of an effect he’s seemingly having on the league thanks to how they approached these practices.

A lot of the national media is taking note of how the two teams worked together this week to work on different situations and how they were able to simulate so many different things over the course of the last few days. With every game being different and unfolding in different ways, it’s hard for teams to get much red zone work, two-minute drills, third down, etc. in a preseason game unless those situations present themselves in a given contest.

That’s one reason why the overall thought is that a lot more value appears to be being placed on joint practices instead of preseason games. Both Belichick and Washington coach Jay Gruden took a lot of time putting together a plan to make the most out of their time on the field while orchestrating nearly two hundred players into situations where they could best evaluate them. There was plenty of work in a lot of different areas and it seems like this ended up being a very productive week for both sides and Gruden seems pleased with how it went.

“I thought it was a great experience,” said Gruden. “It exposed some things we really have to work on as a staff and it exposed some things that we have to work on as players. Overall we competed really well. I‚Äôm excited the way we came off the ball and competed in all the drills, but moving forward we know we have a long way to go but we‚Äôre not as far as we think.‚ÄĚ

It seems to be a better way for teams to compete in a more controlled environment and for the most part both teams seemingly escaped with minimal injuries while getting a lot of work done. That’s about as much as they could have hoped for and tonight’s game will likely be more of an opportunity for some of the younger guys to showcase themselves as they try and battle for an opportunity to earn a roster spot.

Following tonight’s game, New England will get more work in next week when the Philadelphia Eagles visit Foxboro for another set of joint sessions.


The Patriots have seemingly suffered their first significant injury of this preseason after Siliga suffered an injury to his left hand on Tuesday that appears to be more severe than first thought.

According to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, Siliga was flown back to Boston to undergo further tests on his hand and there appears to be significant concern by the team over the injury.

That’s bad news for a team that doesn’t have much depth up front to begin with and Siliga had been a pretty good contributor there after a strong showing last season.

One can only hope now, for his sake, is that this will be something he’ll recover from.



Patriots, Redskins praise joint practices – Shalise Manza Young: Manza Young files her notebook this morning, which leads off with thoughts from both sides on this week’s sessions.


Source: Ryan Mallett to start Patriots’ preseason opener tonight against Redskins – Jeff Howe: Howe reports that it will be Mallett taking the field to start tonight’s game.

How offensive line protects Tom Brady key to success – Karen Guregian: Guregian has an article on whether or not there should be any cause for concern on the offensive line heading into this season.

For starters, here’s what to watch РJeff Howe: Howe has his thoughts on what to keep an eye on tonight when New England takes the field in their preseason opener.

It’s Ryan Mallett time РKaren Guregian: Guregian writes that Mallett will get a good long look tonight when the Patriots battle the Redskins.


Patriots not expected to play tonight – Mike Reiss: Reiss has his list of players he believes won’t see action tonight and recaps some of the injuries that took place this week.

W2W4: New England Patriots – Mike Reiss: Reiss has his list of things to keep an eye on, including the Patriots’ secondary’s first exposure to the new rules on illegal contact and defensive holding.


Ryan Mallett on his Future: ‘You Can’t Control What you Can’t Control’ – Mike Petraglia: Petraglia has an article on Mallett, who is confident in his ability to be a starter in this league.

What to watch for Thursday night in Patriots-Redskins Preseason Opener – Christopher Price: Price has seven things he’ll be looking for tonight, including how the interior of the Patriots’ offensive line performs.

Reports: Sealver Siliga Returns to Boston For Tests on Left Hand, Will Miss Time – Mike Petraglia: Petraglia follows up on reports on Siliga’s hand injury.

Week 9 showdown between Patriots-Broncos already toughest ticket – Christopher Price: Price has a note on how expensive the tickets between Denver and New England are and also on how the Patriots affect the median ticket prices for teams on the road.


Fan presents Brady with painting of him and ‘Gazelle’ - Here’s a note on a local artist from Richmond, Virginia, who headed over to present a photo of Brady and his wife. You’ll have to see it to understand it.


Dual practice could be way of future – John Clayton: Clayton has some thoughts on joint sessions after watching the Patriots and Redskins go at each other this week and believes that the way the two teams approached it should be a good model for other teams to follow.


Darrelle Revis looks revitalized in Patriots-Redskins Practice – Jason LaCanfora: LaCanfora has a terrific read with thoughts on Revis and some overall observations from his time watching these two teams.

Patriots Huddle: Wednesday’s News, Notes and Links 8/6

Edelman and the Patriots had a long joint practice session Tuesday down in Richmond against Washington. (USA TODAY Images)

Here are this morning’s links along with notes on each:

Here’s a quick run down with links to media observations from yesterday’s session:


 Another impressive day for Tom Brady РBen Volin


Patriots Training Camp Notes: Long Practice, Mixed Results – Zuri Berry


Tuesday Practice Report – Mike Petraglia


Patriots Camp Report: Day 13 – Mike Reiss

Observations from Patriots camp: Day 13 – Mike Reiss


Patriots offense stays hot in the Richmond heat, defense keeps hitting and other blogservations – Andy Hart

Butler getting job done at corner; Tues. joint practice notes from Richmond – Erik Scalavino


#SkinsCamp Day 11: Notes & Highlights – Andrew Walker



Bill Belichick has always seen Tom Brady as a leader – Shalise Manza Young: Manza Young files her notebook this morning, which leads off with comments from Belichick on his first year in New England, which included the drafting of Brady.


Justin Jones sees red with opportunity – Karen Guregian: Guregian has an article on Jones and writes that when he’s on the field, you can’t take your eyes off him.

Tom Brady still impresses and leads, bar none – Jeff Howe: Howe has an article on Brady, with humorous comments from Logan Mankins talking about the veteran quarterback.


Tom Brady: We don’t have all the answers – Mike Reiss: In this article Brady talks about the things they’re working on and the benefits of working against Washington’s defense.

Patriots tested in steamy 3-hour practice – Mike Reiss: Reiss gives his synopsis of yesterday’s session, which Brady said afterwards was one of the longer practices he could remember.

Brady on ‘pygmies’ Edelman & Amendola – Mike Reiss: Reiss has a funny comment from Brady, who is hoping the two receivers don’t get mad at him for the reference.

Belichick: ‘Situational’ practice important – Lee Schechter: Schechter has comments from Belichick from yesterday and the benefits of being able to work on different situations.


Tom Brady thanks Wes Welker for mentoring Julian Edelman, Develops Chemistry with Danny Amendola – Mike Petraglia: Petraglia has comments from Brady, who credits Welker for helping Edelman and also notes the receiver has “worked his tail off”.


Patriots Blog: Mallett Will Get Opportunity In Preseason – Levan Reid: Reid has notes from yesterday, including comments from Belichick, who praised Ryan Mallett during his press conference.


FARINELLA: Kraft mailing probably needs fine print – Mark Farinella: Farinella has an article on another potential access road on route one and his thoughts on the situation.


James White impresses New England Patriots – Bob Wolfley: Wolfley has a local article on White, who is a former Wisconsin Badger.


On Day 2 Redskins and Patriots stress red zone, third down, two-minute drill – Liz Clarke: Clarke has notes from Tuesday, which saw the two sides work on situational football and was something Bill Belichick felt was valuable to be able to create.

Tom Brady relishes the challenge, even in practice – Jason Reid: Reid writes that Brady has looked sharp, noting that even some Redskins fans have cheered for him while watching him.

Thoughts from Patriots’ Camp: Brady just as driven as ever – Mark Maske: Maske has Patriots-related thoughts in this piece, including comments from Brady on a variety of topics.

Patriots Huddle: Tuesday’s News, Notes and Links 8/5

So far Vince Wilfork isn’t paying any attention to his Achilles and is feeling good to this point of training camp. (USA TODAY Images)

Here are some links on this Tuesday morning, including links to observations from Monday’s joint practices against Washington:



Patriots Camp Report: Day 12 - Mike Reiss: Reiss recaps day one in Washington, noting that watching Darrelle Revis and DeSean Jackson go head-to-head drew some attention.

Observations from Patriots camp: Day 12¬†- Mike Reiss:¬†Reiss has additional information from Monday’s session in this entry.

Patriots Training Camp Notes: Brady, Mallett Shine¬†- Zuri Berry:¬†Berry has notes from Monday’s session, with Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett both looking impressive.

Providence Journal:

Patriots defense shuts down Griffin, Redskins in first joint practice¬†- Eric Kolenich:¬†Kolenich has some quick notes from Monday, which included a strong performance by the Patriots’ defense.


Patriots DBs must be aware of new emphasis on rules – Ben Volin: Volin files his “On Football” column for this morning, which focuses on the fact the Patriots’ defensive backs will have to learn a little more about the new rules the league is enforcing as it relates to downfield contact.

Patriots’ Chris Jones building on strong rookie season – Shalise Manza Young: Manza Young has a nice read on Jones, who is keeping his success from last season in perspective.


Patriots Training Camp Notes: Brady, Mallett Shine – Zuri Berry: Berry has notes from Monday’s session, with Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett both looking impressive.


Darrelle Revis shows off his talents – Jeff Howe: Howe has an article on Revis, who put on a strong performance while showing off what he’s capable of yesterday.

Patriots pin back ears on pass rush – Karen Guregian: Guregian has an article on the Patriots agressive pass rush, which they showed glimpses of yesterday.

Healthy Vince Wilfork’s words carry weight - Karen Guregian: Guregian has an article on Wilfork, who looked good during his outing on Monday as he continues getting ready for the season.

Patriots Notebook: Gronk sits this one out – Jeff Howe: Howe files his notebook this morning, which leads off with the fact Rob Gronkowski stayed back in Foxboro as he continues rehabbing his knee.


A few Ryan Mallett thoughts - Mike Reiss: Reiss has some thoughts on his own perspective on Ryan Mallett, who created a lot of buzz with his play on Monday.

Snapshots: Pats-Redskins practice¬†- Some photos from Monday’s session are in this entry.

RG III report: Wisdom from Tom Brady - John Keim: Keim offered up some comments from the Washington quarterback, who talked about his conversation with Brady.

Trimmer Wilfork: Achilles an afterthought – Mike Reiss: Reiss has an entry with comments from Vince Wilfork, who talked about the fact he’s not thinking about his achilles injury so far this preseason.

Camp Confidential: New England Patriots – Mike Reiss: Reiss has a good read with some insight into why there’s reasons for optimism and pessimism in different areas of this training camp.


Patriots training camp notes: Vince Wilfork drops weight in return from injury; Mike Mayock calls Ryan Mallet ‘a legitimate NFL starting QB’ – Nick O’Malley: O’Malley recaps yesterday’s events down in Richmond, Virginia.


Bill Belichick recalls good old days against Redskins, ‘Almost my Second Home’ – Mike Petraglia: Petraglia has comments from Belichick, who has a history with Washington.

Darrelle Revis: Day 1 vs. Redskins shows ‘physical’ Patriots ‘D’ ‘ Getting Better Every Day -¬†Mike Petraglia: Petraglia has an article with comments from Revis, who said his team continues to improve each day.


RGIII Appreciative Of Tom Brady’s Wisdom, Hopes To Pick His Brain More РDoug Kyed: Kyed has comments from Robert Griffin III after he and Tom Brady spent some time chatting on Monday.


For Patriots, joint practice with Redskins brings back memories - Eric Kolenich: Kolenich has an article on what it was like being in Richmond against the Redskins.

Donaldson: Is Darrelle Revis better than Pats Hall of Famer Ty Law? - Jim Donaldson: Donaldson compares Revis to Law and ponders if Revis might actually be a better player.


Ask PFW: How do you feel about “bubble” players? – Erik Scalavino: Scalavino has this week’s mailbag, which touches on a variety of topics including how he feels about players like Tavon Wilson, Patrick Chung, and Jake Bequette.