Training Camp Daily Briefing: Sunday, July 28

Two days of Patriots training camp practices are in the books, and now the real fun begins. The players will finally strap on the full pads (which includes knee and thigh pads) this morning for the first full-contact practice of the season. While the first two days were glorified 7-on-7 situations, now we can finally watch the offensive and defensive linemen engage in 1-on-1 combat, as well as cornerbacks and wide receivers at the line of scrimmage.

With that, let’s get on with the Patriots Daily Briefing for July 28:


Ben Volin: Sunday NFL Notes: Breaking down the decision to extend Matt Ryan’s contract early (and not Joe Flacco’s)


Shalise Manza Young: Unheralded group of five tight ends vying to replace Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez

Michael Whitmer: DE Chandler Jones doesn’t want to think about successful rookie season

Emily Kaplan: S Steve Gregory once again fighting for a roster spot

Zuri Berry: Marcus Cannon, Dan Connolly battling for right guard spot

Whitmer and Young: Notebook: DT Tommy Kelly happy to play for a winner

Volin: Saturday’s practice report



Foxborough Weather: High of 79, sunny in the morning, 30 percent chance of thunderstorms at 1 p.m.

8:40 a.m.: Bill Belichick press conference

9-11:30 a.m.: Practice (full pads)

11:30 a.m.: Player interviews


5-6:30 p.m.: Patriots 2013 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies to honor Tedy Bruschi and Gil Santos (The Hall at Patriot Place. Free and open to the public)

6:30-9 p.m.: Patriots annual in-stadium practice for season ticket holders

Down the Road…

Tuesday: Practice, 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Off day

Thursday: Practice TDB


Not practicing Saturday:

DL Cory Grissom (undisclosed)

Not cleared to practice yet:

TE Rob Gronkowski (Physically Unable to Perform)

WR Julian Edelman (Physically Unable to Perform)

WR Mark Harrison (Physically Unable to Perform)

G Nick McDonald (Physically Unable to Perform)


DE Armond Armstead (Non-Football Illness)


Flurry of season-ending injuries around the league, including Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin and Ravens TE Dennis Pitta

LB Rob Jackson becomes 8th Redskin suspended for PEDs since 2011, most in the NFL

Titans S Michael
Griffin and WR Michael Preston sparked a 20-player brawl at practice

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier chastises WR Greg Jennings for stirring it up with the Packers

Chargers LB Manti Te’o helps fellow rookie D.J. Fluker overcome fear of swimming

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