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Gaffney says he's good to go

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Gaffney says he's good to go

FOXBORO - Jabar Gaffney's most productive seasons as a pro were his last three - 54, 65 and 68 receptions in two years with the Broncos and one with the Redskins.

But while they were personally productive, they weren't quite fulfilling, the wideout indicated Thursday at Gillette Stadium.

"You go other places and you realize what you had here in Coach Belichick," said the 31-year-old Gaffney after a Patriots OTA practice. "He's a one of a kind coach and coming back here he reminded me of that real quick. His attention to detail and how he wants perfection and wants you to do your job."

Belichick's attention to detail was evident Thursday when, late in practice, he had the Patriots offense running laps for inefficient work.

"That's the thing, perfection," Gaffney replied when asked what all the running was caused by. "Can't make mistakes. You make mistakes, you're gonna take off and run for it."

Tom Brady's made no secret of his high regard for Gaffney, especially in the last few months.

Asked how the two are getting along now that he's returned, Gaffney said, "We have a great relationship on and off the field. We just have that rapport with each other. He knows where I'm gonna be and I know he's gonna put it right there. He has all the confidence in me and I have all the confidence in him. We picked right back up and started building that relationship up again.

In three years with the Patriots (2006-08) Gaffney only had 85 catches. But his ability as a technician and his dependability were standout traits.

His return - and that of Donte Stallworth and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels - has the Patriots going a little retro.

Gaffney laughed when asked if he still had some gas left in his tank, adding, "I'm ready to go a couple more years."

Patriots-Falcons injury report: Gilmore, Rowe out

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Patriots-Falcons injury report: Gilmore, Rowe out

As expected, after not practicing all week, Patriots cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore (concussion) and Eric Rowe (groin) have been ruled out for Sunday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

The full Patriots and Falcons injury report:

Tom Brady: Injuries like his, Gordon Hayward's 'big reality check for all of us'

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Tom Brady: Injuries like his, Gordon Hayward's 'big reality check for all of us'

FOXBORO — You’d have to go back to 2008 to find the last “you’ve got to be kidding me” injury to open a Boston season before Gordon Hayward. 

That injury, of course, was the torn ACL suffered by Brady on a hit to the left leg from Bernard Pollard with 7:27 left in the first quarter of Week 1. Brady missed the rest of the season and the Pats went on to miss the playoffs despite going 11-5 under Matt Cassel. 

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Brady, who reached out to Aaron Rodgers last Sunday after the Packers quarterback was lost for the season, said he felt for Hayward after the Celtics’ key free agent acquisition suffered a fracture-dislocation of his left ankle 5:15 into the season opener against the Cavaliers Tuesday.

“It’s just a big reality check for all of us because we all think we’re invincible to some degree, and then you go and you have this really tough injury that just happens,” Brady said. “It is tough and everyone probably goes through something a little different or it hits them at different times, and I feel bad for [Hayward and Rodgers], but I’m sure they’ll both come back stronger and better than ever. 

“That’s what you have to do as an athlete. You’re always faced with adversities and you’ve got to overcome them. Mental toughness is a big part of that. I know both those players have a lot of that.”