FOXBORO -- Even though the Arizona Cardinals have a mismatch to exploit every time they take the field with wideout Larry Fitzgerald, they'll enter Sunday's game trying to control the ball on the ground. Rod Graves, the Cardinals general manager told me during pregame that ball control is one of their keys to success on Sunday. The other big one is to stay as far away from mistakes as possible. Every team brings that hope into a game but some will feel that some mistakes are the cost of doing business. It sounded to me like the Cards will be a little conservative. Graves said that Kevin Kolb "had a very good week" of practice. But added that if the Cardinals are leaning too heavily on Kolb to go and win the game it's a bad sign because it's anindication they're trailing. When I mentioned that the scrutiny in New England this week was dedicated to the number of snaps and touches that Wes Welker had, Graves smiled and said, "Watch them throw it to him adozen times today."
FOXBORO -- The Patriots have added some receiver depth to their locker room by signing Da'Ron Brown to their practice squad.
Brown, 25, was a seventh-round pick of the Chiefs in 2015 and spent his rookie season on the Kansas City practice squad. At Northern Illinois, the 6-foot, 199-pounder caught 155 passes in four years, accumulating 2,295 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for two scores in his career. As a senior in 2014, he caught 68 passes for 1,065 yards.
With the signing, the Patriots have filled out their practice squad. The team has had an opening on its 10-man unit since the Colts signed away receiver Devin Street for their 53-man roster.
With just four receivers on the Patriots roster, not including special teams ace Matthew Slater, they've loaded up on receiver depth through their practice squad with Brown, Devin Lucien and DeAndrew White.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots had both of their qurterbacks on the field and suited up for Tuesday's shells-and-sweats practice on the fields behind Gillette Stadium.
Both Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) are dealing with injuries, but both were present for the session, as were the rest of their teammates on the 53-man roster.
Brissett was spotted in the Patriots locker room before practice with no brace or wrap of any kind on his thumb, but he did have his right thumb taped when out on the field.
Patriots tight end AJ Derby was the lone player in a black practice jersey, indicating that he has been named practice player of the week. Running low on quarterbacks, Derby may have served as the scout-team quarterback as the Patriots defense prepared for the Texans. He played the position at Iowa and Arkansas before changing positions.
The Patriots have four practices scheduled this week, and the team will release injury reports, as usual, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.