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Report: Ex-Pats DT Tommy Kelly to meet with Cards

08.25.14 at 5:39 pm ET
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Tommy Kelly is set to meet with the Cardinals, according to Kelly, who was cut loose by the Patriots over the weekend, could fill the void created by the season-ending injury to Darnell Dockett, who tore his ACL earlier this month.

The 33-year-old Kelly started five games for the Patriots last season before his season ended because of a torn ACL. The 6-foot-6, 300-pounder had 2 1/2 sacks for New England in 2013.

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Bill Belichick on D&H: Jimmy Garoppolo starting Thursday to get ‘experience that he needs’

08.25.14 at 4:45 pm ET
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined the Dale & Holley show on Monday with Steve DeOssie filling in for Michael Holley for his weekly interview touching on a number of subjects, including the quarterback situation in Thursday’€™s final preseason game, the releasing of a few veteran players on Monday and some of the league’€™s rule changes put in place during the preseason.

To hear the full interview, go to the Dale & Holley Audio on Demand page.

Belichick confirmed rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will start in Thursday’€™s preseason finale against the Giants and play a fair chunk of the game. He’€™s played in all three preseason games thus far, but will get his first extended work.

“I think in this case it is just an experience that he needs to go through to feel like he is going to start the game –€“ he is going to be in the game for every situation — second down, third down, goal line, red area, two-minute, whatever it is, he needs to be prepared for everything and handle whatever comes up,”€ Belichick said. “€œThis is also a week that he will have to deal with the media, deal with the production meeting before the game — I’€™m sure the fans will have a lot of insults for him when he walks on the field, it’€™s an away game — it’€™s all the things that a quarterback eventually will do as a starting quarterback.

“Whenever that happens, I have no idea, but whenever it does at least he will have done it once before. I think there is something to be learned here. Ryan [Mallett] has been here 3 ½ years and Tom [Brady] has done it a couple hundred times, so this is an opportunity for Jimmy to get that experience and I am sure he will learn from it.”

The Patriots released veteran defensive linemen Will Smith and Tommy Kelly, linebacker James Anderson along with rookie tight end Justin Jones on Monday. Releasing players ahead of Tuesday’€™s deadline to get the roster down to 75 players could give them a better chance of hitching on with another team in the league.

“€œI think that does help them a little bit from that standpoint,” said Belichick. “I think some of those players probably wouldn’€™t have had a big role in this week’€™s game anyway. We wanted to make sure we got a good look at some of the younger players that we do want to see that maybe have played a little bit less. In any case, we did what we felt like we needed to do and what is best for the team. The guys that are here will get their opportunity and some of them didn’€™t play much last week and they will play more this week. We’€™ll see how it goes.”

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Brian Tyms just wants to play Thursday before serving his ‘ridiculous suspension’

08.25.14 at 3:02 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Brian Tyms has done everything he can to make the right impression this summer with the Patriots.

The third-year wide receiver has caught touchdown passes, gotten open on third down routes and caught passes in traffic.

But he knows he has to make an extra-special impression since he will be suspended for the first four games of the NFL season – if he’s on an NFL roster – for taking Adderall last year and breaking the league’s PED policy. Despite being diagnosed with ADHD, Tyms was suspended in April and every team knew the terms with bringing the talented Tyms into camp.

The Patriots were particularly interested and brought him in. Now, Tyms is set to play his fourth straight preseason game Thursday night at MetLife Stadium, trying to convince the Patriots he is worth keeping around.

“I’m just excited to play, get a lot more opportunities, get to go out there one more time with my teammates before I have to serve this ridiculous suspension,” Tyms said Monday. “That’s all I can say. I’m really excited, man. I’m ready to go.”

What’s very obvious is how grateful he is to the Patriots for becoming the fourth NFL team to take a chance on him, joining the 49ers, Dolphins and Browns, where he played for Patriots executive Michael Lombardi last year, when Lombardi was in Cleveland. He’s been a happy camper in Foxboro this summer.

“Oh absolutely,” Tyms said. “They gave me a chance to show them what I could do and consistently keep coming back to me, no matter what quarterback I’m in with. And I really appreciate everybody for that.”

And the Patriots must appreciate the nine catches for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Only Julian Edelman has more catches (10) and no one on the Patriots has more yards this preseason. Tyms feels he’s made the most of his chance so far in three games.

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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price on Jimmy Garoppolo starting, Ryan Mallett trade bait

08.25.14 at 2:55 pm ET
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FOXBORO —’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the decision to make Jimmy Garoppolo the starting quarterback this Thursday night against the New York Giants in the Patriots’ preseason finale, and what it means for the future of Ryan Mallett in New England.

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Sebastian Vollmer, Sealver Siliga among those back at practice for Patriots Monday

08.25.14 at 2:15 pm ET
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FOXBORO — The Patriots were in full pads for their Monday afternoon practice session and saw a handful of players return to the field, including defensive lineman Sealver Siliga, offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer and linebacker Cameron Gordon.

The following players were not spotted at the start of practice: defensive lineman Chris Jones, defensive tackle Ben Bass, running back Tyler Gaffney and offensive lineman Chris Martin.

The Patriots continue preparation for the final preseason game of the year, set for Thursday against the Giants at MetLife Stadium.

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Patriots announce release of Tommy Kelly, Will Smith and James Anderson, cut TE Justin Jones

08.25.14 at 2:05 pm ET
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FOXBORO — The Patriots made four roster cuts on Monday, in advance of Tuesday’s deadline to get the roster down to 75 players.

Three of the players are veterans, in linebacker James Anderson and defensive linemen Tommy Kelly and Will Smith, while rookie tight end Justin Jones was also released.

Jones, 22, originally signed with the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of East Carolina on May 12, 2014. He was released on Aug. 10 and then re-signed on Aug. 18. Jones was a three-year starter and finished his career with 52 receptions for 598 yards and 12 touchdowns. The 6-foot-8, 277-pounder was not eligible to play last season. As a junior in 2012, he played in 13 games with five starts and caught 25 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns.

Anderson, 30, is a veteran of eight NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers (2006-12) and the Chicago Bears (2013) who signed with the Patriots as a free agent on June 4, 2014. The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder originally entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick of Carolina out of Virginia Tech in 2006.

He was released by Carolina on March 12, 2013, and was signed by Chicago as a free agent on March 24, 2013. Anderson has played in 110 NFL games with 69 starts and has registered 556 total tackles, 12 sacks, three interceptions, 23 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries.

Kelly, 33, is a veteran of 10 NFL seasons with the Oakland Raiders (2004-12) and the Patriots (2013). He originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Raiders out of Mississippi State in 2004. Kelly was released by Oakland on March 27, 2013, and signed with the Patriots as a free agent on April 10, 2013.

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Jimmy Garoppolo on starting Thursday night: ‘I’m excited about it. … It’s going to be fun’

08.25.14 at 1:08 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Jimmy Garoppolo is pumped up about getting his first NFL start in the Patriots’ preseason finale Thursday night against the Giants at MetLife Stadium.

“I’m excited about it,” Garoppolo said in front of his locker Monday after being tabbed the starter by Patriots coach Bill Belichick. “It’s a good opportunity to get out there and get some quality reps. It’s going to be fun.

“I came in with mindset that I’m going to practice and study as if I was the starter. If you want to be a successful player in this league, you have to take the mental reps, the physical reps and take advantage of your opportunities.”

Garoppolo has thrown four touchdown passes in the first three preseason games, including at least one in each of the contests. He said Monday that he’s been able to get into a rhythm with his offensive teammates.

“Just get in a rhythm with the offense,” Garoppolo said. “I have a great group of guys around me who have really made my job a lot easier. So, just week in and week out, just improve and if you do that, it’s makes your job a lot easier.

“You always want to come in with a good attitude and thinking that you’re going to succeed in everything. Having that mindset really helped out a lot.”

Garoppolo said he still has a healthy perspective on his role with the team, as he is battling with Ryan Mallett to be Tom Brady‘s back-up.

“I’m still a rookie so I have a have a long way to go and a lot to learn still,” Garoppolo said. “That playbook is pretty thick so it’s just one of those things that if you keep learning, day in and day out, then you’re on the right track.

“That’s just part of being a rookie. Each day if you keep improving and learning the system that much more, things will just gradually slow down for you.”

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