Morning Walkthrough: Sparano taking control


Morning Walkthrough: Sparano taking control

Tony Sparano has the Jets sitting up and then, in turn, taking notice of his approach with the Jets offense.

Longtime NFL quarterback Jon Kitna is a quarterback no more. He's teaching math. Good for him for transitioning to a post-NFL life. And while retirement is a long journey, it's worth noting that Kitna was famously concussed in 2007.

The NFL is expected to make it mandatory that players wear hip, thigh and knee pads beginning in 2013. When the league has to mandate common-sense safety measures for players because they would otherwise ignore them, doesn't that make you wonder where the personal responsibility lies for guys who line up to decry how the league and the game took advantage of them?

Dallas Clark, who worked out with the Patriots last week, has also worked out for the Bucs.

Quickest way to make an authentic and admirable guy seem like a fraud? Let PR handlers and image cultivators get a hold of Tim Tebow and watch how it unfolds.

Patriots bolster receiver depth by adding Brown to practice squad


Patriots bolster receiver depth by adding Brown to practice squad

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.

Brissett, Garoppolo both practicing for Patriots on Tuesday


Brissett, Garoppolo both practicing for Patriots on Tuesday

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.