Curran's Keys: Fill-ins must step up


Curran's Keys: Fill-ins must step up

Tom E. Curran offers his keys to a Patriots victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

First, the Patriots must be concerned with not one but two running backs. The Dolphins feature a running duo in Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas and both are dangerous.

Second, the Patriots need to make Ryan Tannehill uncomfortable and need to make him look like a rookie.

Finally, with a number of starters out (most notably Rob Gronkowski and Chandler Jones), the Patriots will need the fill-ins to step up and pick up the slack.

Lewis not at Patriots practice; Van Noy works out with linebackers


Lewis not at Patriots practice; Van Noy works out with linebackers

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.