FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick always tells his players that there is no light at the end of the tunnel.
It's a message and a mindset that Donte' Stallworth has carried with him since his first stint with the Patriots. Following Sunday's practice, he described that coaching strategy, and how important it is to him and his preparation for every NFL season.
"Bill makes sure that no one sees any light at the end of the tunnel," said Stallworth. "That's one thing that he's always preached to us, as long as I can remember. Don't worry about tomorrow. Worry about the next thing, which is always either the next meeting, or the next practice. And that's what guys are focused on right now.
"That was something that I carried with me, through the rest of my career. Just having that attitude, I think it really helps, because during camp, it's easy to get sidetracked, as far as looking ahead to the preseason game or things like that, when we still are putting in things that we need to be ready for, by the time the Saints get here and by the time we actually play them in the game."
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.