Welker relieved to not see Revis, doesn't expect to face Cromartie

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Welker relieved to not see Revis, doesn't expect to face Cromartie

FOXBORO -- Antonio Cromartie most likely won't be covering Wes Welker on Sunday. And it doesn't sound like Welker believes he will be, either.
On Friday, as the Patriots continue to prepare for Sunday's game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium, Welker described Cromartie as a "different" player, acknowledging that that's the reason the two haven't had much history with on another.
"Very rarely have we matched up in the past," said Welker before Friday's practice at Gillette Stadium. "Maybe a few plays here and there. But, for the most part, I think we're different type of players. He's a bigger guy, a longer guy, a faster guy. But he does a good job, good ball skills and all those different things. You've got to just run good routes, get open, and try to make plays."
Welker might not have to deal with Cromartie, but he for sure won't have to deal with Darrelle Revis, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear.
So is Welker relieved about not having to deal with Revis on Sunday?
"Of course," he said. "I mean, he's a great player. But they've got guys that are stepping up and doing a great job for them. And you've got to make sure you're on top of everything and running good routes, and doing what you need to do to get open."

Patriots bolster receiver depth by adding Brown to practice squad

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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

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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.