Spikes brings big energy to return

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Spikes brings big energy to return

FOXBORO -- Brandon Spikes didn't need to tell reporters how ecstatic he was to be practicing again. Of course, he did
"It was just fun to get back in pads. Its been a long offseason, and Im happy to be out there running again.
"Its kind of frustrating watching from the sideline, but just to get out and get a little contact, it feels good."
But it was obvious enough on the field.
Spikes had a knee scope in February. The Patriots linebacker has consequently been limited during OTAs, minicamp, and started training camp on the PUP list. Once activated, he participated in positional drills, but not much else.
Tuesday saw him jump back into 11-on-11 and he dove headfirst. Spikes went hard after Dan Connolly on his first snap. After the play, he immediately started jumping around, high-stepping. The energy he brought to the drills -- the whooping, chest-bumping, high-fiving -- was infectious.
"Just happiness; I was excited," Spikes grinned.
He was equally enthusiastic when asked about the rookies.
"They're just relentless to the ball. A lot of guys, you can tell they're hard workers; they play hard and that's one thing I respect -- a passionate player. As long as they can just keep getting better throughout the camp, that's fine with me."
Spikes brings plenty of passion himself. As long as he's out there.

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.