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Patriots fourth-round RB James White took goal-line reps in Thursday's practice.

It's a few reps in only one practice, but it's clear coach Bill Belichick was serious when he talked up White as a three-down talent. White should be given every opportunity to beat out Brandon Bolden for No. 3 duties, which would give him vulture appeal behind fumbler Stevan Ridley.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 31 - 2:47 PM

According to the Boston Globe, Rob Gronkowski "doesn't look like someone coming off a torn ACL/MCL."

Gronk is reportedly "firing off the line, planting hard, cutting and catching passes from [Tom] Brady." It's still mostly in 1-on-1 work, but it seems like he's close to getting into more 7-on-7 and full-team drills. The Patriots open the season five weeks from Sunday.
Jul 31 - 11:33 AM

Coach Bill Belichick sees fourth-round RB James White as a three-down back.

White was pegged as a "passing back" by some coming out of Wisconsin, but the Patriots don't see it that way. "He does a good job in the passing game and in the running game -- both inside and outside," said Belichick. "... I think he has the ability to compete on all three downs." White is shaping up as the primary backup to both Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 31 - 9:05 AM

Julian Edelman has put together a "strong camp" as Tom Brady's "go-to guy."

With Rob Gronkowski (knee) limited and Aaron Dobson (foot) sidelined, it's no surprise that Brady is peppering Edelman with targets. That's what happened last year and the result was 105 catches, fourth-most in the league. We don't doubt Edelman is capable of something like that again, but Gronk's impressive rehab and healthy returns by Shane Vereen and Danny Amendola will lead to more balance. Something closer to 75 catches for Edelman is realistic.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 31 - 7:54 AM

Rob Gronkowski (knee) has been doing 1-on-1 red-zone drills vs. Darrelle Revis over the last two days.

Gronkowski, Tom Brady and Revis have been gathering at one end of the field to do battle while Bill Belichick watches "closely." During this time, the rest of the team is doing special teams work. It's an excellent test for Gronk, who continues to make progress off his knee reconstruction. It certainly looks like he'll be ready for Week 1.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 30 - 9:35 PM

The Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young believes it would be a "surprise" if Rob Gronkowski (knee) played in any preseason games.

If Gronk does make it onto the field for exhibition action, it won't be for more than a few snaps just to get his feet wet. He's been participating in some 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work at training camp, but most of Gronkowski's work is done off to the side. He's experienced no setbacks, and should be ready for the opener.
Jul 30 - 9:41 AM

Patriots activated CB Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder surgery) from the active/PUP list.

It puts Dennard on track to push sophomore Logan Ryan to start opposite Darrelle Revis while Brandon Browner serves his four-game suspension. With Kyle Arrington at slot corner, Dennard could tumble down the depth chart if he doesn't fend off Ryan. Dennard was hit-or-miss in 727 snaps a season ago.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 29 - 7:12 PM

Aaron Dobson had a screw permanently inserted in his foot during his March 10 surgery.

The surgery was actually more significant than initially thought. It explains why Dobson has still yet to begin practicing despite originally receiving a 2-3 month recovery timetable. Dobson didn't even begin running until July. The Patriots are going to be careful with their second-year receiver. The injury red flags are there, and he remains on the active/PUP list. It's now a long-term concern.
Jul 29 - 9:12 AM

Patriots claimed RB Tyler Gaffney off waivers from the Panthers.

The move stirs echoes of New England's "controversial" 2012 claim of Jake Ballard from the Giants, as the No. 204 overall pick of May's draft will miss the entire season with a torn left lateral meniscus. The Panthers had waived/injured Gaffney, with the intention of stashing him on injured reserve. He'll redshirt for the Patriots this season and fight for one of their final roster spots next summer.
Jul 28 - 5:00 PM

According to Boston.com, fourth-round RB James White "is quickly becoming one of the camp's top phenoms and is the team's leading rookie."

White is getting plenty of first-team reps in both the Stevan Ridley power role and the Shane Vereen passing back spot. It's reportedly "clear" that he has "exceptional skills and moves with the confidence of a veteran" as he runs ahead of Brandon Bolden. White is on our flier radar.
Source: Boston.com
Jul 28 - 8:38 AM

Ryan Mallett has the edge over Jimmy Garoppolo for the Patriots' backup job.

Second-round pick Garoppolo has had trouble with both the center exchange and interceptions so far in camp. He's a developmental prospect. Mallett, now in his contract year, is entrenched as Tom Brady's primary clipboard holder.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 28 - 8:33 AM

Patriots waived/injured WR Greg Orton.

Orton tore his Achilles' tendon in Friday's training camp session.
Jul 27 - 7:33 PM

Brandon LaFell's "inconsistent hands" have "drawn notice" early at Patriots camp.

LaFell had eight drops on 90 targets last season. As a new player in the Patriots offense, he's going to have to shine in camp to climb the depth chart. LaFell is starting off at least behind Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, and will also eventually be leapfrogged by Aaron Dobson (day to day, foot).
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 27 - 7:33 PM

Panthers waived/injured RB Tyler Gaffney (knee).

He'll have surgery shortly. The sixth-round pick from Stanford would've been a solid bet to make Carolina's 53-man roster behind Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams, but will now "redshirt" his rookie season. Despite impressive Combine measurables and college production, Gaffney's game tape underwhelmed, and he'll be 24 next season. He has little Dynasty value.
Jul 27 - 3:27 PM

Rob Gronkowski (knee) participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time in training camp Sunday.

Per NFL Network's Albert Breer, Gronk practiced at roughly three-quarters speed. Gronkowski isn't quite 100 percent cleared for all team work yet, but he's coming along on or ahead of schedule. His ADP is in the early third round.
Jul 27 - 1:17 PM


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