Patriots training camp notes: Day 3


Patriots training camp notes: Day 3

By Mary Paoletti and Danny Picard

Saturday marked the first Patriots training camp session in full pads, so you know there's a lot to talk about. Let's dive right in.

Today's attendance looked a lot like Friday's. The only discrepancies to note are Myron Pryor and Alfonzo Dennard wearing shorts instead of pads for today's first full contact session. You'll remember (I hope), Dennard appeared to tweak a hammy on Thursday. Not that Nick Caserio would enlighten reporters on his status: "We'll take it day by day." Right-o. Dennard was

Rob Gronkowski met with a trainer after completing a play during 11-on-11. The trainer put gloves on and gave attention to Gronkowski's face for a few minutes before another trainer was called over. Eventually, the tight end ran off the field holding a swath of cotton to his chin. When he came back out 20 minutes later he had a bandage on the exact spot. Gronkowski hopped right back into the action.

Brandon Spikes, who's been rehabbing since February knee surgery, participated in position drills under the watchful eye of Pepper Johnson. The linebackers coach even trailed behind Spikes when the team ran. It looked like a progression for No. 55 because he did get in on half-line drills. Still not ready for team drills yet, though.

Justin Francis suffered a leg injury during practice and had to be carted off the field. The undrafted D-lineman just passed his physical and was removed from the activenon-football injury list one week ago.

Linebacker Tracy White walked off the field around 3:19 PM and didn't return. No news of his injury yet.

Signs of the first full-pads practice: Dont'a Hightower getting both wrists taped, Patrick Chung running a lap for tackling Stevan Ridley to the ground, and more competitiveness in general. During 11-on-11, Vince Wilfork and Stevan Ridley got the football tied up between them -- neither surrendered even after the whistle was blown.

Laps, laps, laps. Jermaine Cunningham took a lap, Ron Brace ran one, Marcus Forston took a trip around the goalpost. Expect to see more of that as practices get more involved.

The top O-line unit had Nate Solder at LT, Robert Gallery at LG, Dan Koppen taking most of the snaps at center, Dan Connolly at RG, and Marcus Cannon at RT.

The second offensive-line unit had Kyle Hix at LT, Donald Thomas at LG, Ryan Wendell at C, Jamey Richard at RG, and Matt Kopa at RT.

Jerod Mayo and Devin McCourty each made huge plays during 7-on-7 that set the tone of the drills. On the first play, Mayo batted a ball out of Aaron Hernandez' hands after Hernandez seemingly made the catch on a quick out. When the TE turned up field and went to tuck the ball away, Mayo stripped it away from him.

On the very next play, Brady attempted to go deep down the right sideline to Brandon Lloyd, but McCourty stayed right with him, turned at the last second, and got his hands on the ball to break up what would have been a touchdown.

As for Brady's receptions, Wes Welker made one of the more notable catches of the day, laying out for and catching a ball down the left sideline.

Welker also unleashed an audible groan after missing a pass from Brady during the same receiver drills.

Ras-I Dowling laid a thunderous hit on an unsuspecting Ridley that sent the running back to the ground. It was a good hit; the takedown was accidental.

Aaron Hernandez used a gorgeous cutback against Tavon Wilson, leaving skid marks on the stunned rookie.

Chandler Jones looked good when the offensive and defensive linemen went 1-on-1. But you can tell he's still adjusting -- the DE looked especially gassed toward the end of practice. You know the look: hands on the hips at every chance.

In a surprise move, Chiefs sign Darrelle Revis


In a surprise move, Chiefs sign Darrelle Revis

KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Chiefs needed help in their leaky defensive backfield.

Darrelle Revis was ready to provide it.

So the AFC West leaders signed the seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback on Wednesday, a surprising midseason move involving a big-name player. Revis played for the New York Jets last season, but his massive salary cap number combined with a decline in performance led to his release in late February.

Still, the Chiefs were desperate to find a cornerback to play opposite Marcus Peters. Terrence Mitchell, Kenneth AckerSteven Nelson and Phillip Gaines have all failed to hold down the spot.

"He's ready to go now," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said in a conference call with reporters. "He was coming off the wrist (injury) and that he had last year, you know - this is when he was ready to go. We felt the same way. So it was a nice, mutual agreement that took place and here we are."

Reid did not rule out Revis playing Sunday against Buffalo, either.

Four days is typically a quick turnaround for a player to get acclimated to a team, especially one that hasn't played a snap since the end of last season. But Revis has a few things going for him: He has a vast amount of experience from which to draw, he is already familiar with defensive coordinator Bob Sutton's system having played for him with the Jets, and the Chiefs really have nothing to lose.

They enter the game with the 28th-ranked pass defense in the league, hemorrhaging more than 250 yards per game. That includes a 417-yard performance by Oakland's Derek Carr a few weeks ago.

"We've had some young guys trying their hearts out and doing a nice job for us, too," Reid said. "It's a win-win. You get a veteran guy and you have some young guys that will continue to grow."

Perhaps coincidentally, the Chiefs visit the Meadowlands to face the Jets on Dec. 3.

Revis at one point was considered the best cornerback in the league, picking off 29 passes over 10 seasons with the Jets, Buccaneers and Patriots. He won a Super Bowl ring with New England.

He parlayed that into a five-year, $39 million contract to return to the Jets, but a wrist injury slowed him down a couple of years ago. Revis struggled most of last season, looking as if the 32-year-old had lost a step for the first time, and the Jets made the decision to let him go.

He's spent the past summer and fall keeping in shape.

"He's been around awhile. He looks great physically," Reid said, "but time does that, time will take a step away from you. But he's a smart guy, knows how to play the game and that becomes important at this point in his career. I'm not telling you he can't still run, he can run."

Good enough to help the Chiefs (6-4), who had dropped four of their past five?

"Darrelle is a proven player in this league and we are excited to add him," first-year Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said in a statement. "He's had a Hall of Fame career and his leadership and playing experience will be valuable to our defense."

That may be where he is most beneficial: His experience. The Chiefs have little veteran presence in their secondary after safety Eric Berry was lost to a season-ending injury.

"You're talking about one of the all-time great players at that position," Reid said. "It's just a matter of getting him back in the swing of things and seeing where he's at. He's excited to be here. We are excited to have him. I would think his role would be to step in and be a starter."

Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Tom Brady sits out with Achilles injury

Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Tom Brady sits out with Achilles injury

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski both sat out of the entirety of Wednesday's practice at Gillette Stadium. 

Brady is dealing with an Achilles injury, per the injury report released by the Patriots. The Boston Herald has reported that Brady will play despite the issue. It's unclear when exactly Brady suffered the injury, but Brady was hit low by Raiders pass-rusher Khalil Mack in the fourth quarter on Sunday, and Mack was called for a roughing-the-passer penalty.

Gronkowski, like teammate David Andrews, is dealing with an illness. Patrick Chung, who left Sunday's game briefly, has an ankle issue. 

Here's the full injury report for both the Patriots and Dolphins . . . 


C David Andrews (illness)
QB Tom Brady (Achilles)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (ankle)
TE Rob Gronkowski (illness)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)

WR Danny Amendola (knee)
TE Marellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)
DT Malcom Brown (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)


LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps)
G Jermon Bushrod (foot)
QB Jay Cutler (concussion)
DE William Hayes (back)
T Laremy Tunsill (illness)

RB Senorise Perry (knee)
S Michael Thomas (knee)