Gallery happy to be in New England

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Gallery happy to be in New England

FOXBORO -- Offensive lineman Robert Gallery has played both tackle and guard during his eight-year NFL career. Now with the Patriots, that type of versatility could serve him well, especially now, while Logan Mankins and Brian Waters are missing from training camp.

But following Saturday's fully-padded session at Gillette Stadium, Gallery wouldn't divulge into how or where he could be used with this team.

"Wherever they put me, I'm taking those snaps," he said.

Gallery later added, "I'm going to do what coach asks me to do, and all that stuff will play itself out."

On Saturday, Belichick asked Gallery to be the starting left guard, in between left tackle Nate Solder and center Dan Koppen. After three days of training camp, Gallery said he is still happy that he signed with New England in March.

"It's great. I'm excited to be here with this team," said Gallery. "I'm just ready to get things rolling.

"It was just a choice that was made. It seems like a long time ago. I'm just ready to get this camp rolling and to get into the season."

Gallery will turned 32 this month. He was the second-overall pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2004, where he spent seven seasons before signing a three-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks before last season. The Seahawks released him after the first year of that three-year deal, resulting in his signing with the Patriots.

And whether it's at guard or tackle, he's just looking help out.

"I'm just here to work on my skill, and get better every day," said Gallery. "And do what I can do to help the team, and then it'll all be decided once the camp's over."

As for the status of Mankins and Waters, Gallery said he's just worried about himself.

"It doesn't really affect me at all," said Gallery. "I come to work every day, work on what I have to do to get better as a player, and all that stuff will play itself out."

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Football is coming.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.

Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.

The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.

The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.