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Date: Team: Pos:

Patriots waived/injured TE AJ Derby.

Derby's injury is undisclosed, though he underwent knee surgery last November. Ax ex-quarterback, Derby offers plus athleticism at tight end, but entered camp as a major project. He'll hit injured reserve if/when he goes unclaimed on waivers.
Aug 4 - 5:31 PM

Patriots WR Brian Tyms was carted off the field with an apparent arm injury in Tuesday's practice.

According to the Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young, "several teammates gathered when he went down." ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss reports Tyms took a "big hit" in 1-on-1 tackling drills, and his injury "looked significant." Anything more than a day-to-day issue would threaten to send the 2014 preseason star to I.R.
Aug 4 - 3:15 PM

The Patriots have converted $4 million of Rob Gronkowski's $10M option bonus into an immediate payment.

Instead of owing Gronk the full $10 million by the end of the 2015 league year, they'll give him $4 million now and $6 million later. It ensures the obvious -- the Patriots are going to pay the league's best tight end for a long time. Gronk, as healthy as he's been in recent memory, turned 26 three months ago.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 4 - 10:22 AM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick talked up second-year RB James White following Monday's training camp practice.

White is getting the first crack at New England's "Vereen Role," ahead of oddly-ballyhooed Travaris Cadet. "A guy who can really play on all three downs," is how Belichick described 2014 fourth-round pick White. "Quality guy, smart, team oriented." Whereas Cadet has scant NFL pass-protection experience, White was one of the best pass-blocking backs in last year's draft.
Aug 3 - 5:45 PM

ESPN Boston believes Patriots RB Travaris Cadet has created "positive momentum" in the early days of camp.

Reporter Mike Reiss does admit that Cadet is "still an unknown" in pass protection. Proving to Bill Belichick that he can pick up the blitz will be all important for Cadet in his quest for third-down duties. He's battling James White and Dion Lewis.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 3 - 2:30 PM

ESPN Boston calls Aaron Dobson a player who's developed "positive momentum" in the early days of training camp.

Dobson has been taking advantage of Brandon LaFell's time on the PUP list, getting "quality repetitions" on the outside. Longtime beat writer Mike Reiss believes it's "as good as (Dobson has) looked since joining the club." Coach Bill Belichick has even weighed in, saying Dobson reported in "great shape." Dobson isn't currently on the re-draft radar, but is a player to monitor for a team that can promote players and change roles without warning.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 3 - 2:27 PM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss said the starting right cornerback spot is still a "question mark."

Logan Ryan has the early edge but will face competition from Bradley Fletcher and Tarell Brown. Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler appears to be locked in as the starting left corner. Whoever starts at cornerback will have huge shoes to fill following the departures of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 2 - 9:13 AM

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount is practicing on Saturday.

Blount was placed on the active/NFI list to start training camp after failing his conditioning test. His appearance in practice on Saturday suggests he passed the second time around. Blount should dominate the Patriots' early-down work once he returns from suspension in Week 2.
Aug 1 - 9:28 AM

Sophomore RB James White is working with the first team as the third-down back in Patriots camp.

CSN New England's Tom Curran said it "seems" the Patriots are going to give White the first crack to earn the third-down job vacated by Shane Vereen. Even if White wins the competition, he will likely cede touches to Travaris Cadet, Dion Lewis or Brandon Bolden at times. It is unlikely any of the Patriots' passing-down options earn the almost 10 touches a game Vereen saw the last two seasons.
Aug 1 - 7:31 AM

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman ordered Tom Brady and Roger Goodell to appear in court for two conferences on Aug. 12 and 19.

Berman requested the two sides "engage in comprehensive, good-faith settlement discussions prior to the conference on August 12." Though the judge did not mention the NFL's and NFLPA's joint request to have the case resolved by Sept. 4, the immediacy of the conferences suggests a resolution could be handed down quickly. Hopefully this ridiculous episode will come to an end before the season begins.
Aug 1 - 6:31 AM

Patriots LB Dane Fletcher is expected to open the season on reserve/PUP.

Reserve/PUP would cost Fletcher the first six games of the season. A core special teamer and reserve linebacker, Fletcher tore his ACL late last year. He finished 2014 with 39 tackles and a half-sack, making four starts.
Source: WEEI Boston
Jul 31 - 9:03 PM

Coach Bill Belichick said WR Aaron Dobson reported to camp in "great shape" and "put himself in good position."

Dobson's first two seasons were ruined by injuries. By all accounts, he's healthy for 2015. He'll have to keep it that way as he competes for a role behind Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell. Dobson will be a player to keep an eye on in camp and preseason after the Patriots didn't add any receiver help.
Jul 31 - 10:22 AM

Patriots ILB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) was participating as training camp opened Thursday.

Hightower's Week 1 status was previously thought to be in doubt, so he's far ahead of schedule off February surgery. He had six sacks and 89 tackles in just 12 games last year.
Jul 30 - 11:50 AM

A Minnesota judge has transferred the NFLPA's Tom Brady lawsuit back to New York.

The NFLPA filed the suit in Minnesota in an effort to get Judge David Doty, who has historically sided with the Player's Association. U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle saw through that, kicking the case back to Manhattan where the NFL preemptively filed. "The Court sees little reason for this action to have been commenced in Minnesota at all," Kyle wrote. "Brady plays for a team in Massachusetts; the Union is headquartered in Washington, D.C.; the NFL is headquartered in New York; the arbitration proceedings took place in New York; and the award was issued in New York." It's a win for the NFL as the real legal battle gets going.
Jul 30 - 9:56 AM

Patriots RT Sebastian Vollmer (shoulder) is participating as camp opens.

Vollmer underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum shortly after the Super Bowl. The top-11 tackle per PFF's grades is ready to go on the right side, opposite left tackle Nate Solder.
Jul 30 - 9:24 AM


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