FOXBORO -- Donte' Stallworth has spent the last three seasons with three different teams.
And for Cleveland, Baltimore, and Washington, the veteran wide receiver totaled only three touchdown receptions. That's the same number of touchdown receptions that he had in one full season with the New England Patriots in 2007-08.
Stallworth is back with the Patriots -- for training camp at least -- and Bill Belichick had nothing but praise for the receiver who's had some off-the-field issues since leaving town the first time.
"I would say Donte' has really matured a lot, since he was here in '07," said Belichick on Friday. "He's been a very positive example and influence with what he does on a daily basis, but also some of the things that he's done with other players on the team. I think he's showing a lot more leadership. He's a very professional athlete. He really takes his job seriously, and acts in a professional way. He's a great example for, really, all of us, on a daily basis. And I'd say that's definitely grown since he was here in '07.
"He's been through a lot, but he handles himself very well, and like I said, very professionally. He's a great example for all of us, on a daily basis."
(More from Stallworth later . . .)
The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Dolphins game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
C David Andrews (illness)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)
TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
DT Malcom Brown (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)
OFF INJURY LIST
QB Tom Brady (Achilles)
TE Rob Gronkowski (illness)
G Jermon Bushrod (foot)
DE William Hayes (back)
QB Jay Cutler (concussion)
T Laremy Tunsill (illness)
LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps)
S Maurice Smith (illness)
OFF INJURY LIST
RB Senorise Perry (knee)
S Michael Thomas (knee)
DT Ndamukong Suh (not injury related)
FOXBORO — Within 30 seconds of his Friday press conference beginning, Tom Brady was talking about biscuits. That should tell you how small a deal he considers the Achilles tendon issue that kept him out of Wednesday’s practice.
Brady practiced for the second consecutive day Friday, after which he confirmed that he will be good to go Sunday against the Dolphins.
“I feel great. Ready to go, so I’ll be excited for Sunday and it feels good to get a little extra treatment,” Brady said. “I’m feeling great this time of year. It will be a fun week. Nothing to worry about.”
After that, Brady spoke about the aforementioned Thanksgiving biscuits of which he posted pictures on Instagram. He said they were good. Rob Gronkowski said he wanted some and that there would be “problems” if Brady didn’t bring any in for him. Everyone got a real kick out of it.
It’s hard to imagine Brady’s status for Sunday actually being up in the air. He has gone 134 consecutive regular-season games without missing time due to injury. His only absence in that span came in the form of last season’s four-game suspension for Deflategate.