Brady understands why Moss misses the Patriots


Brady understands why Moss misses the Patriots

By Danny Picard

FOXBORO -- Speaking on his weekly WEEI radio appearance Monday morning, Tom Brady says he misses Randy Moss -- who threw a lot of love the Patriots' way in an emotional postgame press conference Sunday -- and understands why Moss feels the way he does.

"If you love playing football and you love competing, you love playing for the New England Patriots," added Brady. "I don't know what it's like in other places. I've never been to other places. I just know how much I enjoy, and that's because when we show up to work ever day, it's all about football.

"And it has nothing to do with trying to say the right thing to the media. Talk is very cheap. It's about going out and earning it. And I think that's what the guys really appreciate, being on the team, that you're going to have an opportunity, and when you get your opportunity, you better be ready to take advantage."

Moss' opportunity ended with his trade three weeks ago.

"He's a very unique player, a very good friend ofmine," Brady said of Moss. "We share a lot of very personalconversations together about things that are happening in our life.That doesn't go away once he's on another team. So I've always beenrooting for him, hoping he does really well. It just happened this yearthat he moved on. It's just the way this league works now."

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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.