Curran: Sanchez should air it out vs. Patriots

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Curran: Sanchez should air it out vs. Patriots

You'd think that with the Jets coming to town, the Patriots secondary could breathe a sigh of relief.

After all, Mark Sanchez isn't exactly Joe Namath. And Tim Tebow, well, he's Tim Tebow.

But then you see Russell Wilson go off on New England, and consider the Patriots injuries now.

Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran says why not throw it?

"You look at what happened yesterday, the back end of the Patriots defense, there's no guarantees we're going to see Patrick Chung with the shoulder come back; Steve Gregory has missed two weeks. So the back end of the secondary is in a little disarray," Curran said.

Jets running back Shonn Green looked good last game, but that shouldn't be the focal point of New York's offense come Sunday.

"Go ahead and roll Mark Sanchez out and take your shots down the field," Curran said. "I think that even though they had reduced attempts yesterday relative to what they normally would, if he doesn't throw 30 passes, somebody needs to lose a job not me."

Dont'a Hightower off PUP, returns to Patriots practice

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Dont'a Hightower off PUP, returns to Patriots practice

FOXBORO -- On Tuesday at Gillette Stadium, Dont’a Hightower was in uniform and practicing with his teammates for the first time since training camp began last month. Hightower's participation means he has been removed from the physically unable to perform list. 

In full pads, wearing Alabama crimson underneath his Patriots jersey, Hightower took part in drills with on-the-line players early in the practice. Members of the media were able to watch only a few minutes of the workout following warm-ups. 

The players Hightower worked in with comes as little surprise as he has been used at the end of the line in certain packages in the past. With David Harris now in the mix at linebacker, and with Rob Ninkovich retired, it could free up Hightower to play more on the end of the line. 

Nate Solder, Deatrich Wise and LaAdrian Waddle were all back on the practice field for the Patriots Tuesday as well. Solder has yet to play this preseason, while Wise suffered a head injury in the team’s preseason-opener against the Jaguars. Waddle sustained a head injury last week.

Missing from the session were Rex Burkhead as well as Malcolm Mitchell, Matthew Slater, Shea McClellin, Tony Garcia, Matt Lengel, Derek Rivers and Andrew Jelks (non-football injury list).  

Burkhead seemed to finish Saturday's game in Houston without incident. He spoke to reporters on Monday, and there were no indications he was dealing with any physical limitations. Mitchell seemed to tweak something in his knee on his first play against the Texans, but he stayed in the game and caught two passes for 13 yards. 

Patriots documentary 'Do Your Job Part 2' debuts Sept. 3

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Patriots documentary 'Do Your Job Part 2' debuts Sept. 3

The Patriots' fourth Super Bowl title in 2014 brought with it an NFL Films' documentary titled "Do Your Job", named for the Belichickian mantra that continues to fuel New England's unprecedented run of success.

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So, naturally, title No. 5 has spawned "Do Your Job, Part 2," which features interviews with Bill Belichick and other members of the coaching staff and recaps another championship run - that included the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history - the 28-3 deficit the Pats wiped out against the Falcons in February. The hour-long special will premiere on NBC Sunday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. Academy-award nominated actor Edward Norton, a Boston native, is the narrator. 

The special re-airs on NFL Network on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m., followed by the "America's Game" episode that focuses on the 2016 Pats at 9 and the "NFL's Top 10", which will count down Tom Brady's 10 best games, at 10.

The Patriots open the regular season Thursday, Sept. 7, at Gillette Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs at 8:30 p.m. on NBC. They'll raise their fifth Super Bowl championship banner in ceremonies before the game.