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Tom Brady, James Develin, Bryan Stork, Josh Boyce all missing from Monday Patriots walkthrough 08.31.15 at 11:49 am ET
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Josh Boyce

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FOXBORO — Tom Brady was just one of 12 players not spotted at Patriots practice on Monday in shorts and shells outside Gillette Stadium.

While Brady was, of course, down in New York City attending a settlement hearing with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in front of federal judge Richard Berman, there were several other notable players missing. Most interesting might be wide receiver Josh Boyce, who did not get a single snap in the game against the Saints or Panthers.

Also not seen were the following players who are nursing injuries: Brandon LaFell, Darryl Roberts, James Develin, Bryan Stork, Joe Vellano and Chris Jones. Receiver Jonathan Krause, offensive lineman Chris Barker and linebacker Dekoda Watson were also not seen.

The practice was just a one-hour walkthrough as the team and front office prepare to cut the roster down from 84 players to 75 by Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline.

One of those cuts already took place as tight end Jimmay Mundine was reportedly given his release, getting the roster down to 83.

The Patriots will have practice again on Tuesday and a walkthrough Wednesday before playing their final preseason game Thursday night at Gillette Stadium against the Giants.

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Bill Belichick says good to get Reggie Wayne up to (game) speed: ‘Always different in a game’ 08.29.15 at 1:07 pm ET
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Bill Belichick has seen enough of young and veteran players alike to know that there’s no substitute for game action.

That’s why he decided to throw 15-year veteran receiver Reggie Wayne into Friday’s game with Tom Brady right from the start.

Wayne played 21 snaps but clearly was still finding his way. He was targeted just once, and dropped the one pass (a bullet through his hands) that was thrown his way — a 5-yard dig or “sit” route over the middle in the first quarter.

How comfortable did Wayne (sporting his new No. 15) look to Belichick after watching film of the game Saturday?

“Well, you have to ask him that question,” Belichick said before noting that Wayne is not the only one on a cram course in the Patriots playbook. “I’m not sure. There’s a lot to learn in a few days. There’s several players in that situation, Mike Williams, Reggie, Asante Cleveland hasn’t been here very long. Brought [offensive lineman] Chris Martin back, he had been here before so he’s probably a little bit ahead but it’s pretty common around the league. See a lot of teams in that situation, bring in a player at this point in training camp and having to catch them up.”

After each series, Wayne and Brady sat down to one another on the Patriots sideline and chatted. Wayne seemed to appreciate Brady’s concern and his ability to ignore the noise of Deflategate.

“In spite of all of all that stuff, [Brady will] pull me to the side and help me out,” Wayne told reporters after the game.

To Belichick, putting Wayne in Friday’s game was much more about seeing him on film at game speed.

“I think it’s always different in a game,” Belichick noted. “The game speed, timing and communication, not necessarily verbal but the timing and communication with the quarterback, the routes and so forth. Practice is good and that certainly helps but it’s never quite the same as the game. That’s something we can learn from and build on. You go out there in practice and work on that stuff all you want. But it’s always a little bit different in a game. It’s good to start that process. Obviously, it’s got a long way to go but keep working on it.”

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Bill Belichick on the Tom Brady offense: ‘We didn’t do much offensively’ 08.28.15 at 11:42 pm ET
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Kony Ealy of the Carolina Panthers sacks Tom Brady Friday night. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Kony Ealy of the Carolina Panthers sacks Tom Brady Friday night. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The first six series of the night looked like the previous five of the season for Tom Brady. Not good.

He was sacked once, threw a pair of interceptions (including one that was more of a fumble than a pick), nearly stumbled into the ground trying to make a tackle after one of the interceptions and didn’t seem to be on the same page with any of his receivers.

There was the overthrow of an open Scott Chandler in the first quarter. The drop by Reggie Wayne in the second quarter.

All in all, Brady was 2-for-7 for 13 yards and two interceptions in his first six drives of the night.

“Obviously, we couldn’t do anything in the first half, couldn’t run, couldn’t throw,” coach Bill Belichick noted after the 17-16 preseason win over the Panthers in Charlotte.

Brady bounced back nicely on his seventh drive of the night, his 13th of the preseason, completing 5-of-6 passes for 71 yards and perfectly placed lob throw of 18 yards to Scott Chandler for touchdown with 50 seconds left before the half. He finished 7-of-13 for 84 yards, two interceptions and one touchdown.

In Brady’s defense, he was playing without his starting center (Bryan Stork), starting tight end (Rob Gronkowski), and two starting receivers (Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell).

Over his first 12 preseason drives, Brady was 5-for-16 for 36 yards, two interceptions and no touchdowns. Starters or not, that’s ugly.

Belichick was asked specifically to comment on Brady’s play.

“I said we didn’t do much offensively,” Belichick reiterated.

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Patriots reclaim Jake Bequette, place him on injured reserve at 6:33 pm ET
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The Patriots have claimed another player off waivers and put him on season-ending injured reserve.

Defensive end-turned-tight end Jake Bequette was put on injured reserve Friday after the team claimed him. The Patriots did the same with Brian Tyms on Tuesday.

Bequette, 26, was originally drafted by the Patriots in the third round (90th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Arkansas. The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder appeared in eight games in his first two seasons and was a member of the Patriots practice squad in 2014. Bequette had spent the 2014 offseason transitioning from defensive end to tight end.

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Mike Petraglia, Chris Price talk Reggie Wayne debut, Devin McCourty role in secondary 08.25.15 at 5:24 pm ET
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the debut of 15-year veteran receiver Reggie Wayne at Patriots practice on Tuesday. Wearing his new No. 15 jersey, he worked with receivers coach Chad O’Shea and started running routes with Tom Brady. Several Patriots also returned to shorts and shells practice on Tuesday, incluidng receiver Aaron Dobson, running Travaris Cadet, offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, receiver Julian Edelman and tight end Scott Chandler. The Patriots continued their preparations for their third preseason game this Friday night in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers.

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Reggie Wayne has ‘no time’ to look back on Indy: ‘I know what I can bring to the table’ at 2:01 pm ET
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FOXBORO — A media crowd of 50 reporters and cameras huddled around Reggie Wayne‘s locker Tuesday at Gillette Stadium before his first practice with the Patriots.

At 36 (37 in November), Wayne wants Patriots fans to know he feels he has enough left to make an impact with Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. His message?

What left? “Like I have enough to play. If I didn’t think I had anything left, I wouldn’t be here. One thing I don’t do is worry about what people say. If I didn’t play at all, if I decided to retire, they still would have something to say. I can’t do nothing about that. Only thing I can do is let my work speak for itself. I know what I can do. I know what I can bring to the table.”

Wayne said after 14 seasons in the NFL, he never considered retirement this summer.

“No, not at all. I’ve been training since May,” Wayne said. “I’ve always had that feeling I was going to play. It was just finding out what the best situation was for myself. I had some options but I feel like I made the right decision.”

As for a message to Colts fans who feel betrayed that he’s left for the hated Patriots?

“No time for that right now,” said Wayne, who could return to Indianapolis in Week 6. “I would believe I left on good terms. As far as Week 6, I don’t even see that right now. Right now, I’m worrying about today and getting better and trying to figure out this playbook and figure out my way around this maze. And when that time comes, it comes.

“I knew I was going to be behind the 8-ball. I was sitting at home in Miami and just constantly getting that itch. And the longer I waited, the harder it was going to be. I think it’s right on time. I have to go back to school and try to figure all this out.”

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Mike Petraglia talks Patriots signing Reggie Wayne, Brandon Gibson to injured reserve 08.24.15 at 9:51 pm ET
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FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia explains why the Patriots signed 14-year veteran receiver Reggie Wayne Monday after the loss of Brandon Gibson to season-ending injured reserve with a knee injury.

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