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C Bryan Stork dealt to Redskins, per report 08.24.16 at 2:59 pm ET
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FOXBORO — The Bryan Stork story has taken a turn.

It turns out, the Patriots did not cut him — instead, they have dealt the center to the Redskins for a conditional draft pick, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

The 25-year-old Stork was a fourth-round pick out of Florida State in 2014. The 6-foot-4, 314-pounder had struggled with injuries over the last year-plus — he started just six games in 2015, and was on and off the field over the course of the summer during training camp.

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Martellus Bennett doesn’t buy into hype that surrounds third preseason game 08.24.16 at 1:40 pm ET
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Martellus Bennett meets the media Wednesday afternoon. (WEEI.com photo)

Martellus Bennett meets the media Wednesday afternoon. (WEEI.com photo)

FOXBORO — Martellus Bennett doesn’t buy into the fact that there’s more at stake in the third preseason game. For the veteran tight end, it’s simply another chance to work on his craft.

Bennett, who met the media for the first time Wednesday after an extended break from reporters, said the idea of the third preseason game being the game for starters to get a last chance at some work before the start of the regular season is a bit overrated.

All my snaps are full speed. I don’t slow down. I just go full speed. It’s just a regular game for me,” he said when asked about the third preseason game. “It’s just like the same, whether it’s regular season or preseason. The same.

“I put my pants on the same way. I put my shoes on the same way. Tie them the same way. The same gloves, the same face mask.”

For Bennett, the game reps aren’t necessarily more important than the practice reps.

“For me, it’s the same as practice. Just different color uniforms,” he said when asked about the difference between the two. “Just like taking what you’ve done on the practice field and doing it against somebody else that’s not the guy you see all the time. It’s just fun. It’s just football.”

Bennett has had an excellent camp and preseason, but still considers this stage of the summer another part of “the journey” that is the NFL season.

“I feel OK. I’m getting closer to where I want to be,” he said. “It’s a journey [and] I’m just enjoying the ride right now, and constantly working on my craft and constantly looking for different ways to get better and learn even more details of the offense. It’s a growing process, like anything else in life.

“There’s no part of my game that’s good. That’s the thing about football — you can play it all your life and you’ll never become the best at it. It’s just about constantly growing,” he added. “Everything could be better. Just every single thing.”

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Source: Patriots release veteran WR Nate Washington 08.24.16 at 10:03 am ET
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Nate Washington

Nate Washington

The Patriots have released wide receiver Nate Washington, according to a league source.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder out of Ohio’s Tiffin University was signed by the Patriots in March as a veteran free agent. He has been in the league 11 seasons, six of them with the Titans, four with the Steelers and one with the Texans. The 32-year-old has 458 career catches for 6,954 yards and 44 touchdowns. He had the best season of his career in 2011 with Tennessee, when he finished with 74 catches for 1,023 yards and seven touchdowns.

Washington struggled to stay on the field consistently over the course of the summer and was faced with serious competition at the back end of the receiver depth chart.

Tom Curran of Comcast Sports Net first reported the news.

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Patriots reportedly set to release C Bryan Stork 08.24.16 at 9:24 am ET
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Bryan Stork

Bryan Stork

The Patriots are set to release center Bryan Stork, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

The 25-year-old Stork was a fourth-round pick out of Florida State in 2014 and had a terrific start to his NFL career, helping stabilize the New England offensive line at a key point that season. He played very well through that stretch, so well that we gave the 6-foot-4, 314-pounder our Franchise Rookie of the Year award that season.

But an inability to stay on the field because of injury over the last year-plus — he played in only eight games in 2015 — and the ascension of undrafted free agent David Andrews combined to leave Stork on the outs.

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Tom Brady says ‘silly accident’ with scissors led to him miss Bears game 08.23.16 at 12:20 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Tom Brady said what happened before Thursday’s preseason game was a “silly accident,” but praised coach Bill Belichick for making the right call when it came to sitting him down.

“I was ready to go and had everything on,” he said prior to Tuesday’s practice. “I was just trying to get something out of my shoe. The scissors slipped. Just a silly accident.”

Speaking with the media for the first time since he missed Thursday’s game with a cut as a result of a scissors accident, Brady said Belichick made the “smart” decision when it came to choosing Jimmy Garoppolo to start against the Bears.

Brady also added that he would have played if it was a regular season or postseason contest, and added that his thumb — which wasn’t wrapped — was “good.”

“I wanted to go and coach said it was probably best … for what I was about to do, just take it easy. I wish I could have played. I’ve been missing playing. I want to be out there with my teammates. I feel like that’s what my job is and my responsibility is, to go out there and be with my team. That was tough not to be out there.”

Brady was also asked about his absence the last two days, and replied that he had “to take care of something.”

He added: “It’s good to be back with the team. I missed everybody. Just getting caught up on everything. It’s a big week for us, going to Carolina. Just kind of cramming a lot of things into today.”

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Who is Jimmy Garoppolo’s favorite regular season target the last two years? 08.23.16 at 11:37 am ET
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Jimmy Garoppolo has completed 20 passes in the regular season over the course of his two years in the NFL. Here’s a look at his favorite pass catchers:

Danny Amendola — 6 catches
James White — 5 catches
Brandon LaFell — 3 catches
Tim Wright — 2 catches
Rob Gronkowski — 1 catch (TD)
Brian Tyms — 1 catch
Julian Edelman — 1 catch
Chris Harper — 1 catch

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Donald Brown latest in parade of ex-Peyton Manning Era Colts who couldn’t cut it with Patriots 08.23.16 at 11:28 am ET
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Despite the fact that Reggie Wayne has moved on to New England, his old teammate Andrew Luck still has nice things to say about him. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Reggie Wayne is one of several ex-Peyton Manning Era Colts who failed to find success with the Patriots. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

With Tuesday’s release of running back Donald Brown, it brings down the curtain on one of the longest traditions in Foxboro, “Peyton Manning Era Colt Who Attempts To Revive His Career With The Patriots.” It’s featured several notable names over the years.

Brown: The former UConn standout, who was with Indy from 2009 through 2013, was signed this past March 18 and released with an injury settlement on Aug. 23.

Wide receiver Reggie Wayne: Wayne spent 14 seasons with the Colts and had 14,345 receiving yards before he was cut loose by Indy following the 2014 season. The Patriots signed him on Aug. 25 last summer, but asked for and was granted his release on Sept. 6 after reportedly saying it was “too tough” and “not fun” in Foxboro.

Running back Joseph Addai: The shifty LSU product, who rushed for 4,453 yards in six seasons with the Colts, was signed by New England on May 10, 2012, but reportedly walked out in late July … midway through a conditioning test.

Wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez: The pass catcher was a member of the Colts from 2007 through 2011 and compiled 1,307 receiving yards through that stretch. He was inked by the Patriots on March 17, 2012, but he didn’t even make it to training camp — he was cut on May 29 of the same year.

Wide receiver Austin Collie: Collie probably had he best career in New England of any ex-Colt on this list. After four seasons in Indy, he played seven games for the 2013 Patriots, and finished with six catches for 63 yards. He did not return for the 2014 campaign.

Tight end Dallas Clark: Clark, who had a serious run of success over the course of his career against New England, had a tryout in 2012 with the Patriots, but nothing ever came of it and he ended up signing with the Bucs.

Tight end Marcus Pollard: The rangy tight end signed with the Patriots in the spring of 2008, but was released on Aug. 19.

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