FOXBORO -- The Patriots claimed offensive lineman Matt Tennant off waivers over the weekend, and before Monday's practice, Bill Belichick called the former New Orleans Saint a product of the advantages joint practices provide.
The Pats had joint practices and a preseason game with the Saints at Gillette Stadium during training camp, and part of that process included scouting the other team's players.
"After we practiced against them and played them, we looked at all their players," said Belichick. "I mean, we talked about everybody. All 80 of them, or however many it was that practiced. Here's their offensive linemen, here's their tight ends, here's their receivers, here's their backs. We talked about those guys. Some of them we knew, some of them we didn't know. So we went through their whole roster, as we did with Tampa. It's one of the advantages of working with some of the teams. You really can get to know their players."
The Patriots are hoping that Tennant can quickly learn New England's system.
"He was here one day, he's working at it," said Belichick. "Players will be off tomorrow, so that will give him a day to catch up. I think some of the things that they did in New Orleans are similar to what we did. But, I'm sure there's plenty of differences, too.
"He's a smart guy and he's got some experience in the league. We'll give it to him and see how quickly he can grasp it. But even yesterday, I think he was able to go out there and do some things. So, hopefully it won't be too long."
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.
Tom Brady's off-the-field workout habits are the subject of serious curiosity for those in New England and beyond. Thanks to Under Armour's Instagram account, followers got a brief glimpse of what Brady does to stay in shape.
OK. It was more like a glimpse at what he did one day in Tokyo.
The video of Brady in the dohyo ring was shot at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday. According to Kyodo News, leading the training session was ozeki Goeido, who won last year's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.
"For them to welcome me means very much to me. It's hard to describe in words how special that was," Brady said.
Brady bounced around China before heading to Japan to continue to help promote Under Armour and in particular its "recovery sleepwear" line. He threw a pass on the Great Wall, and he explained that it was his "dream" to play a game on the continent.