Chung: 'We don't pay attention' to noise

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Chung: 'We don't pay attention' to noise

FOXBORO -- Questioning the strength of New England's secondary isn't going to stop until the group's play makes it stop. And every single member of the unit is aware of that fact.
On Thursday, Patrick Chung said they have their own way of dealing with doubters.
"We dont pay attention to that. We havent even played a game yet, so well find out. Were just going to play ball, play to the best of our abilities and then well see what happens after that.
The 'Us against the world' mentality that was born from 2011's struggles is still alive and well. But the Patriots secondary isn't trying to survive on attitude alone.

Objectives have been outlined.
Consistency is number one. You have to be able to make plays consistently, like boom, boom, boom, boom. It cant be good play, bad play, good play, bad play. Being consistent is number one on the back end, because if you mess up on the back end its a touchdown. So we have to be on the same page and everybody has to know what theyre doing so those plays never happen."

Having an entire offseason to work against Tom Brady should help. Today, the secondary finally seemed to get the better of him, forcing multiple interceptions and bad decisions. The defensive backs' triumphant whoops rang out over the practice field.
Going against him will definitely make you better -- hands down. You guys know it. Everybody knows it," said Chung. "We just have to keep stringing good practices along. Just keep stringing them along and keep getting better. Brady is going to make us better. Our offense will make us better.
This season Chung is in a position to evolve his leadership role. His four years in New England's system are one of the longest tenures in the Patriots secondary.
No, that's not a lot of time. But there are seven brand new backs -- from Tavon Wilson to 12-year NFL veteran Will Allen -- who could use guidance in a different defense.Wilson said Chung has so far given great support. Help is coming from all angles, in fact.I feel like all of them have pretty much helped me out a lot with adjusting out here," he said. "Theyve just been giving me a lot of tips about how to go about my day and how to adjust to this new lifestyle. You know Ive just been taking it all in and being a sponge to those guys. Im just very grateful for those guys helping me out.Propping each other up has never been a problem. But whether they want to hear it or not, New England's secondary hasn't been able to translate their positive thinking into a potent defensive weapon.
Not yet.

Hightower, Branch will begin training camp on PUP list

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Hightower, Branch will begin training camp on PUP list

The Patriots will be without two of last year's defensive starters when training camp begins later this week. 

Both Dont'a Hightower and Alan Branch were placed on the physically unable to perform list on Monday. They are eligible to come off the list at any time. Once they are removed from the list, they will be eligible to practice fully. Players on PUP count against the 90-man training-camp roster.

Undrafted rookie tackle Andrew Jelks will begin camp on the active/non-football injury list. The Vanderbilt product dealt with knee injuries that kept him off the field each of the last two seasons. 

Neither Hightower, nor Branch, nor Jelks participated in spring practices at Gillette Stadium. Hightower was present for voluntary work, but during practices open to the media he typically did some conditioning off to the side. Branch skipped optional team activities (as he usually does), and though he was in Foxboro for mandatory minicamp, he did not practice during that three-day stretch.

Hightower was limited last season with knee and shoulder injuries. The MMQB.com's Albert Breer said on Sports Sunday that Hightower's health concerns made teams reticent to make him offers that would lure him away from New England. 

Report: Patriots in talks with CB Brandon Flowers

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Report: Patriots in talks with CB Brandon Flowers

In what’s been a somewhat busy offseason for their secondary, veteran cornerback Brandon Flowers is in talks with the Patriots, according to Adam Schefter. 

Flowers, who spent the first six seasons of his career with the Chiefs and last three with the Chargers, was released in March. He is set to meet with the Cardinals this week as well. 

The Pats lost cornerback Logan Ryan this offseason, but landed the top free agent corner on the market in Stephon Gilmore. A potential addition of Flowers might give them an insurance policy if second-year pro Cyrus Jones fails to improve from a dismal rookie season. 

Flowers was limited to just six games last season, as a concussion ended his season in December. He has played in at least 11 games in the rest of his NFL seasons. His lone Pro Bowl nod came in the 2013 season.