Will Brace be next off of PUP?

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Will Brace be next off of PUP?

FOXBORO -- With Kevin Faulk and Brandon Deaderick activated from the PUP list for last Sunday's game, all eyes are on defensive lineman Ron Brace, who, according to Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Friday, is "making progress."

"We have some time there," said Belichick when asked if Brace was close to being activated. "I think he's certainly making good progress. We'll see how this week finishes up. But he's getting close."

Brace also spoke prior to Friday's practice at Gillette Stadium. When asked if he'd be activated before Sunday's game against the Giants, Brace said, "You never know."

He seemed unsure as to what Belichick's decision would be.

"I'm just going at it the same each week," said Brace. "If they call my name, I've just got to know it's my job to be ready. So each week, you just come and try to prepare and get ready for each opponent. So if they call my name, I'm going to try and be ready.

"I'm just trying to play catch up with these guys. I feel that each day, I've had some strides towards getting better, so I can say I've been making improvements."

Faulk and Deaderick each came off the PUP list and played in last Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Belichick praised his PUP players on Friday, saying he believes they can all help out the team this season.

"Deaderick's coming along. For all those guys -- Brandon, Kevin, Marcus Cannon, Ron -- it's kind of like training camp," said Belichick. "They've only had a few practices. So a lot of it is extra work, just getting their timing and their technique and their reactions quicker. Seeing all 22 guys is something they haven't been able to do. It's like training camp for them, this late in the season.

"They're definitely all making progress, and Brandon's done a good job. He's working hard, he's getting a lot of snaps. And you can see it a little bit every day. But still, it's a lot of ground to make up. But he's certainly closing the gap."

Patriots place Tre' Jackson on reserve/PUP list

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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.