Brady takes charge during quarterback warm-ups in first practice back

Brady takes charge during quarterback warm-ups in first practice back

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady wasted little time in making his presence felt on the fields behind Gillette Stadium. 

In his first practice back with the Patriots since serving his four-game suspension, Brady took a leadership role, directing equipment assistant Brenden Murphy on where to stand -- short, deep, on the hash, on the goal line -- as Murphy caught warm-up throws from both Brady and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. 

Brady worked with Garoppolo, rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels early in the sweats-and-shells session as the signal-callers got their arms loose and worked on ball-security in the pocket. Brissett did not make any warm-up tosses while members of the media were present. 

There didn't appear to be much rust when it came to Brady's passes, and Garoppolo also appeared to be throwing well after missing his second-consecutive game last week with a shoulder injury. 

Reporters were allowed to watch the first few minutes of Patriots practice, including stretching and a few warmup drills. The only players missing from the session were defensive lineman Vincent Valentine, running back Brandon Bolden and linebacker Shea McClellin. Valentine and Bolden left Sunday's loss to the Bills with injuries. 

The Patriots also had a few new faces on the practice fields for the first time: Newly-acquired tight end Greg Scruggs was wearing No. 83; practice-squad fullback Glenn Gronkowski wore No. 47; and practice-squad offensive lineman Chase Farris wore No. 66. 

Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

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Eric Ebron signs two-year deal with Colts

Former Lions tight end Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth $15 million with the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ebron was rumored to be a potential target for the Patriots, especially after new Pats running back Jeremy Hill tried recruiting him to the team.

The 24-year-old had 53 receptions for 574 yards and four touchdowns a season ago with Detroit. 


Patriots release Shea McClellin

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Patriots release Shea McClellin

Shea McClellin will be blocking kicks for somebody else next season. 

The Patriots announced Monday they've released the veteran linebacker, ending his tenure with the team after two seasons.  ESPN's Field Yates broke the news.

The Pats signed McClellin to a three-year deal prior to the 2016 season, but that was the only season in which he played for the team. McClellin missed all of last season due to injury. Prior to coming to New England, McClellin played four seasons with the Bears, who chose him 19th overall in 2012. 

McClellin's biggest contribution with the Pats came when he blocked a Justin Tucker kick in Week 14 of the 2016 season against the Ravens.