Lloyd: 'New England is everything that it's built up to be'


Lloyd: 'New England is everything that it's built up to be'

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady and Brandon Lloyd took some time away from the rest of the team, on Friday, to go over a few things on the side practice field.

It was a side-session that both players talked about beforehand, and felt it was necessary to get a little bit more familiar with each other.

"You get late into possessions, and you get into that 8th, 9th, 10th play, and you're still expected to function with the same brain capacity that you did on the first play of the series," said Lloyd afterwards. "So, it's good physical training, and it's good mental training."

Lloyd is happy with his first training camp in New England. And now that he gets to work every day with Brady, he's seeing the reality of what it takes to be a Patriot, first-hand.

"It's everything that it's built up to be," said Lloyd. "It takes every ounce of concentration and physical preparation and mental preparation to be able to function in this offense. They have a championship pedigree. And I'm just doing my best to get up to speed and to be able to execute.

"You hear about the Patriots, and you try to emulate it the best you can. It's just different when every person on the roster is doing it, as opposed to four or five guys, or 10 guys, or 11. It's definitely been fulfilling."

Patriots place Tre' Jackson on reserve/PUP list


Patriots place Tre' Jackson on reserve/PUP list

The Patriots announced three roster moves on Monday night. Two resulted in players parting ways with the team. The other opened a roster spot without a departure. 

In addition to releasing both defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and center Bryan Stork, the Patriots also placed guard Tre' Jackson on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

Jackson began training camp on PUP, and he has not practiced with the team since camp kicked off. Now that he is on the reserve/PUP, the second-year player out of Florida State will be forced to miss the first six weeks of the regular season, but he will not count against the active roster during that period. 

Jackson, a fourth-round pick last year, played through knee issues at times as a rookie, seeing action in 13 games and starting in nine. He has been spotted on the practice fields this summer, but he has been limited to warm-ups and conditioning work. 

In his absence, the Patriots still have depth at guard, which may have had something to do with the team's willingness to make Jackson unavailable for almost the first half of the season. Rookie Joe Thuney looks like he will be the starter at left guard, while Josh Kline could be the option at right guard to start the season. Jonathan Cooper and Shaq Mason are dealing with injuries at the moment, but they both returned to the practice field on Monday, and they also have a shot at the right guard job. Rookie sixth-rounder Ted Karras could also factor in as a reserve at either guard or center if he makes the club. 

The Patriots currently have 80 players on the active roster and need to reduce that number to 75 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday.