Addition of pads 'just another jump' in camp


Addition of pads 'just another jump' in camp

FOXBORO -- The Patriots take part in their third day of training camp on Saturday at Gillette Stadium, and it will mark the first day that they will practice in full pads.

Before the session, director of player personnel Nick Caserio went over what practicing in pads for the first time means for the team.

"I think the first few days, or even when you're in shells in the minicamps, the big emphasis is the individual techniques, the fundamentals as it pertains to your position, playing on your feet," said Caserio. "Obviously, when you put the pads on, you start to get into the physical dynamic of the game, and that certainly comes into play, whether it's in the running game, head and hand placement on the offensive line, playing with a good technique defensively, shedding blocks, getting off of blockers, etc. Being able to handle contact if you're a receiver in the secondary when the ball arrives. And, more than anything, just the sheer weight of the pads.

"Certainly, it's different than anything we've done to this point. I think you have to get yourself, your body acclimated to having the pads and then the speed that goes along with it. So, it's just another jump that you take, relative to what you've done during the offseason, training-wise, then the mini-camps, and obviously here in training camp."

Patriots bolster receiver depth by adding Brown to practice squad


Patriots bolster receiver depth by adding Brown to practice squad

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have added some receiver depth to their locker room by signing Da'Ron Brown to their practice squad. 

Brown, 25, was a seventh-round pick of the Chiefs in 2015 and spent his rookie season on the Kansas City practice squad. At Northern Illinois, the 6-foot, 199-pounder caught 155 passes in four years, accumulating 2,295 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for two scores in his career. As a senior in 2014, he caught 68 passes for 1,065 yards. 

With the signing, the Patriots have filled out their practice squad. The team has had an opening on its 10-man unit since the Colts signed away receiver Devin Street for their 53-man roster.

With just four receivers on the Patriots roster, not including special teams ace Matthew Slater, they've loaded up on receiver depth through their practice squad with Brown, Devin Lucien and DeAndrew White.

Brissett, Garoppolo both practicing for Patriots on Tuesday


Brissett, Garoppolo both practicing for Patriots on Tuesday

FOXBORO -- The Patriots had both of their qurterbacks on the field and suited up for Tuesday's shells-and-sweats practice on the fields behind Gillette Stadium. 

Both Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) are dealing with injuries, but both were present for the session, as were the rest of their teammates on the 53-man roster. 

Brissett was spotted in the Patriots locker room before practice with no brace or wrap of any kind on his thumb, but he did have his right thumb taped when out on the field. 

Patriots tight end AJ Derby was the lone player in a black practice jersey, indicating that he has been named practice player of the week. Running low on quarterbacks, Derby may have served as the scout-team quarterback as the Patriots defense prepared for the Texans. He played the position at Iowa and Arkansas before changing positions.

The Patriots have four practices scheduled this week, and the team will release injury reports, as usual, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.