|08.13.14 at 11:07 pm ET|
The Patriots have waived tight end Terrence Miller with an injury designation, according to the NFL’s official transaction wire.
Miller, who was signed on Monday, is a 6-foot-4, 234-pound rookie out of Arizona who was undrafted this past spring. In his career with the Wildcats, he had 95 catches for 1,117 yards and three receiving TDs. He was not present for the Patriots’ joint practice with the Eagles on Wednesday morning.
ESPN is reporting that his roster spot was taken by defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, who was acquired from Green Bay for an undisclosed draft pick.
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|08.13.14 at 7:07 pm ET|
FOXBORO — With any Bill Belichick-coached team, there are always a number of moving parts and players in new positions. Training camp is as good of a time as any to give these a look.
Chandler Jones — who usually plays defensive end in a three-point stance — acknowledged Wednesday he has been dropping back into pass coverage on a few occasions. It’s something the third-year player relishes.
“I enjoy it. I really enjoy it — it shows a little bit of versatility,” Jones said after the second joint practice with the Eagles. “It all goes back to whatever Coach Belichick tells me to play, that’s where I am going to play.”
Having done it on a few instances last season and in college at Syracuse as well as in high school, the 6-foot-5, 265-pounder says there isn’t much difference between defensive end and the hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker position — just how you line up.
“Believe it or not, it’s very similar — that hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end position — it’s very similar. I feel like we’re doing the same exact thing, it may be difference stances to start off with,” said Jones.
Jones finished last season with 11.5 sacks after totaling six in his rookie campaign in 2012. Now that the Patriots are working with a full complement of defenders after an injury plagued 2013 season, it gives Belichick and Co. a chance to shift some players around to showcase their versatility.
With the team-first and winning attitude — moving around on the field is just an effort to do whatever it takes to win.
“We have one goal and that is to win the Super Bowl so wherever they ask you to play — if you want to win — that’s what you have to do for the team,” said cornerback Logan Ryan.
|08.13.14 at 7:04 pm ET|
The Patriots announced Wednesday that the final practice of camp that will be open to the public will be Monday from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday was supposed to be the last day, but the storm forced them to close practice to the public.
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|08.13.14 at 6:52 pm ET|
The Patriots want to remind fans that the NFL Clear Bag Policy will be in effect once again this season, starting this Friday, Aug. 15 when the Patriots host the Eagles at Gillette Stadium.
This means that fans arriving for Patriots games at Gillette Stadium gates, plaza areas, or other areas where fans queue for entry into the stadium must have bags that are in compliance with the clear bag policy. Bags that are not in compliance will not be stored and must be returned to the patron’s vehicle. A description of the style and size of the bags that will be allowed is described below:
— Bags that are clear (see through) plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12.”
— One-gallon clear (see through) plastic freezer bag or similar.
— Small clutch bags, not to exceed 7″ x 4″ x 2″ (approximately the size of a hand), with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options.
Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: non see-through purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch sacks, luggage of any kind, seat cushions, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.
For additional information, go to NFL.com/allclear.
|08.13.14 at 1:53 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola — as well as last year’s rookies Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce — are the most talked about members of the Patriots wide receiving corps.
Then, there’s four-year veteran Brandon LaFell.
The Patriots signed the former Carolina Panthers receiver on March 15, and although the 6-foot-3 LaFell is a year behind Amendola, Dobson, Boyce and Thompkins in terms of knowing the offense and building chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady, LaFell is making progress each day.
“It’s been getting better day-by-day,” LaFell said Wednesday. “It was rocky this offseason because I was a new guy here — I didn’t know too much and I didn’t know where he wanted me to be.
“[But] day-by-day we just keep getting better, and I think we’re on a good path right now.”
One notable play from Wednesday’s joint practice in the rain with the Eagles was a LaFall reception where the quarterback was clearly fired up about the connection.
“It was one of those plays where we ran it against our defense — I think the first day of training camp — and I ended up falling at the top end of the route,” LaFell recalled. “There was a heavy emphasis today of keeping your feet up underneath you — get out there and make a play.”
“I’ve really enjoyed being with him. He’s added a lot. He’s got a real love for the game, and he does a great job out there getting open,” said Brady. “He just keeps making more plays. It’s really fun for a quarterback to see guys out there really working hard to make the improvements and then really do it, and hopefully it continues to carry over. It’s been a lot of fun to be with him.”
LaFell brings some size to the receiving corps that Brady has been lacking over the past few seasons as besides Dobson being 6-foot-3, there is no wide out taller than 6-foot-1.
He feels his size could benefit the offense, particularly in the red zone — but LaFell is also quick to point out he isn’t going to take receptions away from the smaller guys Edelman and Amendola.
“In Carolina, we had [Steve Smith], [Ted Ginn] and me so I was the bigger guy. It’s nothing new to me,” he said. “I know those guys [smaller receivers] they worked with Tom the last couple of years — they have a lot of chemistry with him and he trusts those guys. I know those guys are going to get the ball. But in the red zone, you kind of need that bigger body, and I’m hoping to be that guy.”
|08.13.14 at 1:18 pm ET|
Tom Brady didn’t play in the preseason opener against the Redskins. Asked of he’s expecting to play Friday night in the Patriots second preseason contest of the summer against the Eagles, he gave a very Brady-like answer.
“As much as coach lets me — he makes those decisions,” the quarterback said after Wednesday’s practice with Philly. “I’ll be ready to play for as long as he wants me to. That’s very valuable playing experience for me, too. It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve been doing it — you’ve got to get out there and play under game situations and get your body going at the level that it needs to be at.”
For the record, here’s a look at how much Brady has played in the second preseason game of the year, dating back to 2008.
2009: 4-for-8 for 57 yards in 13 snaps vs. Bengals
2010: 10-for-12 for 85 yards, 1 TD in 24 snaps vs. Falcons
2011: 11-for-19 for 118 yards, 2 TDs in 25 snaps vs. Bucs
2013: 11-for-12 for 107 yards, 1 TD in 23 snaps vs. Bucs
|08.13.14 at 12:17 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots and Eagles finished up their second joint practice on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium on a wet Wednesday morning. The workout was scheduled for roughly two and a half hours, but was called short around the two-hour mark due to the heavy rain. The practice was in full pads — it was the 15th practice of the summer for the Patriots, and the 11th of the summer in full pads.
— One of the notable absences for the Patriots for a second day in a row was linebacker Jerod Mayo. Mayo also missed Tuesday’s practice, but was a full participant in Monday’s workout.
Besides Mayo, the following players were among those not spotted at the start of practice: Defensive linemen Sealver Siliga and Chris Jones, running back Tyler Gaffney, linebacker Cameron Gordon, offensive lineman Chris Martin, tight ends Michael Hoomanawanui and D.J. Williams and wide receiver Jeremy Gallon. Also not present was cornerback Justin Green, who was reportedly traded to the Cowboys Tuesday night. Spotted at practice, but not in pads were: Safety Tavon Wilson, linebacker JaGared Davis as well as offensive lineman Bryan Stork.
— Once again Rob Gronkowski only participated in 1-on-1 drills early on in the practice. Once the contact and team drills got going the tight end became a spectator. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported early Wednesday morning that the tight end has not been cleared for contact yet as he is coming back from a torn ACL suffered last December.
— As for the practice itself, because of the weather, there was a lot of emphasis on the running game during 7-on-7s and 11-on-11s — even when the teams tried passing the ball the rain clearly had an impact. On one play, the ball slipped out of quarterback Tom Brady‘s hand before he even cocked his arm back to throw.
— With the running emphasis, rookie James White and Shane Vereen saw the bulk of the carries, with White seeing a lot of work when the team was working in the red zone. White, out of the University of Wisconsin, has shown some flashes during training camp and could play a major role in the offense this season.
— It wasn’t one of Brady’s heaviest passing days — seemingly because of the weather — but he did have a few good connections with Brandon LaFell, Kenbrell Thompkins and Julian Edelman. Edelman’s came in the end zone at the very end of practice and drew an emphatic spike from the sixth year wide receiver.
— Ryan Mallett practiced for a second day in a row — with a heavy sleeve/brace on his right leg like on Tuesday — after missing Sunday and Monday’s practices. The quarterback took more reps than he did on Tuesday. Like Brady, the weather had an impact on Mallett as at one point he was the victim of three straight drops (Brian Tyms, Brandon Bolden and Wilson Van Hooser) during 11-on-11 work. Jimmy Garoppolo saw less work than on Tuesday — both because of the weather and Mallett taking more snaps — but the rookie continues to look more comfortable than he did at the beginning of training camp.
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