Brady, Gronkowski, Chung among those missing from Patriots practice


Brady, Gronkowski, Chung among those missing from Patriots practice

FOXBORO -- Reporters no longer have access to full Patriots practices. That portion of training camp ended with the last practice before last week's preseason game against the Bears. 

Members of the media are, however, allowed to watch the early portion of Patriots practices -- as they are during the regular season -- and Monday's availability period revealed a few notable absences from the start of the workout. 

First and foremost, there were only two quarterbacks on the field, and neither of them were Tom Brady. As Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran reported over the weekend, Brady was excused from Sunday and Monday's sessions for a non-injury related reason. 

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was also unavailable for practice on Monday. He has not been spotted on the field since suffering an injury in the first joint practice with the Bears last week, but he has been seen in the Patriots locker room walking without a noticeable limp. 

Safety Patrick Chung was not present for the start of the session, which came as somewhat of a surprise as he participated in Thursday's game with the Bears and did not appear to sustain any kind of noticeable physical ailment. 

Defensive end Jabaal Sheard, who was tended to by Patriots trainers during the team's first preseason game with the Saints, was not present on the field Monday. Like Gronkowski, he has been seen in the locker room and has been walking without any apparent issues. 

Two of the four players on the physically unable to perform list -- Danny Amendola and Tre' Jackson -- were spotted but were not in full pads. Sebastian Vollmer and Dion Lewis, also on PUP, were not available. Lewis and Vollmer are not expected to be ready to play when the regular season begins. 

Running back Donald Brown, receiver Malcolm Mitchell and edge defenders Rob Ninkovich and Shea McClellin all headed for the lower field to do some conditioning soon after the team's warm-up. Receiver Keshawn Martin, running back DJ Foster and tight end Bryce Williams all remained with the team following the warm-up. That trio has typically done conditioning while the team has performed drills and conducted team practice periods so the fact that they remained with the majority of their teammates after the initial periods of the session may be viewed as a sign they are getting closer to full health. 

Guard Josh Kline, who appeared to endure a shoulder injury during the second quarter of the Bears game, was present for practice and participating. 

Guards Jonathan Cooper (foot) and Shaq Mason (reported hand injury) were not present for practice. Defensive lineman Alan Branch, who has ben suspended by the team, was also absent. 

Lastly, cornerback Logan Ryan, who has worn a red non-contact jersey since the start of training camp, was wearing blue on Monday. That could be an indication he's ready to participate in a preseason game, which would be a first for him this summer. 

What are the Patriots getting in Cordarrelle Patterson?

What are the Patriots getting in Cordarrelle Patterson?

The Patriots have made a trade with the Raiders to acquire receiver and special teamer Cordarrelle Patterson, according to a source. The deal, first reported by Pardon My Take, is an interesting one because it lands Patterson with the team that passed on the opportunity to draft him back in 2013. 


Bill Belichick dealt the No. 29 overall pick to the Vikings that year in exchange for four selections, including a second-rounder and a third-rounder. The second-rounder became Jamie Collins, and the third became Logan Ryan. The Patriots also took Josh Boyce with a fourth they received in the trade, and the fourth pick (a seventh) was traded to Tampa Bay in exchange for LeGarrette Blount. The Vikings took Patterson. 

Patterson's career to this point has been a mixed bag. One of the top athletes in the 2013 draft, the Tennessee product never quite panned out as a go-to No. 1 receiver. He has not missed a game in five seasons, but he has never cracked 600 offensive snaps in a single season. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder has turned himself into more of a gadget receiver as well as one of the game's best special teamers. 

Here's what the Patriots are getting in Patterson . . . 

TOP-TIER SPECIAL TEAMER: Patterson has solidified himself as one of the NFL's best kick-returners. In five seasons, he's ranked as the top returner in terms of average yards per return three times. He's never been outside of the top 10 in the league in that category. Last year he was sixth in the NFL with a 28.3 yards per return average. Patterson has also become a highly-effective gunner on punt units, a role he thrived in once he embraced it, and he has kick coverage experience. Patterson has not been a punt-returner. He has just one punt return under his belt compared to 153 kick returns. Patterson has been named a First-Team All-Pro twice for his work in the kicking game. 

INCONSISTENT RECEIVER: Patterson has never been able to take his explosiveness and translate that into consistent production offensively. He's not thought of as a precise route-runner, and he has a reputation as a "body-catcher." Yet, because he's so dynamic with the ball in his hands, offenses in Oakland and Minnesota have found ways to get the ball in his hands. He'll align in the backfield, take reverses and catch screens just to try to get him the ball in space where he can let his natural abilities take over. If he gets a crease, he can create a chunk play in a blink. 

THE COST: Patterson is in the second year of a two-year deal he signed with the Raiders last offseason. He has a base salary of $3 million and a cap hit of $3.25 million. The Patriots will be sending a fifth-rounder to the Raiders and getting a sixth-rounder back. (As an aside . . . The Patriots have used one fifth-round pick in the last six drafts. It was spent on long-snapper Joe Cardona. Why are they constantly dealing fifths away? Inside the Pylon's Dave Archibald did an interesting piece on that topic about a year and a half ago. The gist is that a) there's a significant drop-off in your chances of finding a star in the fifth compared to the fourth, and b) the talent in the fifth round, by some metrics, hasn't proven to be all that different from the sixth or seventh rounds.) 

THE FIT: Patterson is a relatively low-risk acquisition because of his cap hit (which on the Patriots slots him in between Shea McClellin and Chris Hogan) and because of the draft capital required to nab him. Trading for a player like Patterson as opposed to signing another team's free agent has the added benefit of not impacting the compensatory-pick formula. Patterson also fills a few needs. His abilities as a kick-returner will be more than suitable with last year's primary kick returner for the Patriots, Dion Lewis, out of the mix. What Patterson can do as a gunner and in kick coverage will also be useful with Johnson Bademosi now elsewhere. There's also a chance Matthew Slater plays in a different city in 2017, in which case Patterson's contributions as a gunner and in kick coverage could be critical. With Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman and Hogan all established in the Patriots offense, Patterson won't be expected to take on a heavy role in the Patriots offense. However, if he can pick up a new system, perhaps he could take on a role as a No. 4 or 5 wideout who benefits from plays designed to get him touches in space. Malcolm Mitchell, Phillip Dorsett and Kenny Britt -- now alongside Patterson -- will all be competing for time in New England's offense. Former Patriots coaching assistant Mike Lombardi seems to believe it's unlikely Patterson contributes offensively


Patriots acquire WR Cordarrelle Patterson in trade with Raiders

Patriots acquire WR Cordarrelle Patterson in trade with Raiders

The Patriots have acquired wide receiver and kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson in a trade with the Raiders, NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry confirms.

Pardon My Take, a podcast by Barstool Sports, first reported the news.

Ian Rapaport of NFL Network reports the Patriots sent a fifth-round pick to Oakland and received a Raiders' sixth-rounder along with Patterson.

More to come...