FOXBORO -- They say a team takes on its coach's personality.
Bill Belichick would agree with that notion, when describing what type of football team the San Francisco 49ers are, as they prepare for a Sunday night matchup at Gillette Stadium.
And Jim Harbaugh, as Belichick described him, was a tough guy. Which is exactly what he sees in San Francisco, toughness.
"He's a tough, competitive guy," said Belichick on Friday. "He would definitely stand in there. He had a lot of toughness. He had a good career.
"They play very competitively. They play physical, with an edge. Yeah, I'd say he was a tough guy for a quarterback, definitely. His team reflects that, yeah. He has a good personality, a strong personality. They play that way, they play aggressively."
FOXBORO -- Though Dion Lewis is expected to practice this week, he was not on the field with teammates Wednesday.
Lewis was eligible to begin practicing last week but remained sidelined. On Wednesday morning, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported that the Patriots running back would be on the field this week. Once Lewis does begin practicing, the team will have three weeks to determine whether or not he is activated.
Newly-acquired Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy was present for his first practice in New England about 24 hours after being dealt by the Lions. The 6-foot-3, 243-pounder was working out with Patriots off-the-ball linebackers (Dont'a Hightower, Jamie Collins, Elandon Roberts) to begin the session.
The Patriots have parted ways with practice-squad offensive lineman Chase Farris, it appears. His spot on the 10-man practice-squad unit has been taken by defensive lineman Anthony Johnson.
Tom Brady answers a question from Tom E. Curran on his ability to run for 1st downs on 3rd and 5.