“He’s smart,” Belichick said. “He really sees coverages well. He reads things well. He has a good understanding of the passing game. He’s accurate throwing the ball. Good mechanics. Tough kid. He’s got a lot going for him. Good quarterback.”
Last year, Bradford worked under Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who held the same position in St. Louis. Belichick said he has talked with McDaniels about Bradford during their preparation for the Rams.
“He’s a good quarterback,” Gregory said. “He spreads the ball around.” We’re going to have to be ready for him and try to pick up on some of his tendencies, things he’s doing on the field.”
Four players — Gregory, cornerback Ras-I Dowling, running back Brandon Bolden, and linebacker Tracy White — did not participate in Tuesday’s walkthrough, which was held behind Gillette Stadium. Dowling was injured during Sunday’s game, while Gregory (hip), Bolden (knee), and White (foot) have all missed games recently because of injury. Bolden was in the locker room before practice, with a protective sleeve on his left leg and perhaps the slightest sign of a limp . . . Guard Logan Mankins, who has been dealing with hip and calf ailments and was inactive for the Jets game, took part in the walkthrough. So did tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who practiced for the first time since being placed Sept. 5 on injured reserve with a designation to return. Shiancoe was eligible to return to practice after Week 6, and can play in games after Week 8. Now that he’s returned to practice, Shiancoe has 21 days to be elevated to the 53-man active roster. If he’s not, he’ll remain on injured reserve . . . Matt Tennant, an offensive lineman from BC who was released by the Patriots on Saturday, signed with the Eagles.