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 Latest Patriots Player Notes
Aug 29 2015 - Jake Bequette
  TE Jake Bequette cleared waivers Friday (Aug. 28) and was placed on the Patriots' reserve/injured list. The Patriots moved Bequette to tight end from defensive end this spring before he sustained an injury two weeks ago. The 26-year-old Bequette was drafted in the third round in 2012 out of Arkansas by the Patriots and saw action in eight games during his first two seasons in New England. He spent last year on the Patriots' practice squad.


Aug 28 2015 - Jake Bequette
  TE Jake Bequette was waived/injured by the Patriots Thursday (Aug. 27). He will be placed on reserve/injured if he clears waivers Friday.


Aug 26 2015 - Reggie Wayne
  WR Reggie Wayne was on the practice field with his new teammates on Wednesday wearing his new No. 15 Patriots jersey. Wayne said he's working hard to try to learn the New England offense and get up to speed as quickly as possible.


Aug 26 2015 - Julian Edelman
  WR Julian Edelman was on the practice field during media viewing on Wednesday. The team's leading receiver the last two seasons, Edelman has yet to play in preseason action as he's done positional drills in recent weeks but no team practice or game reps. His absence seems precautionary at this point.


Aug 26 2015 - Caylin Hauptmann
  OT Caylin Hauptmann was removed from NFI after passing his physical and on the practice field on Wednesday for his first work of the summer.


Aug 26 2015 - Ryan Wendell
  OL Ryan Wendell came off PUP and was on the practice field Wednesday for his first work of the summer as he comes back from offseason shoulder surgery.


Aug 26 2015 - Michael Williams
  OT Michael Williams was acquired in a trade with the Lions Aug. 25 in exchange for a reported seventh-round pick. Williams was a seventh-round pick in 2013 as a blocking tight end out of Alabama, but converted to tackle over the last year-plus in Detroit. He joins a depth chart in New England that includes starters Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer as well as well-paid backup Marcus Cannon.


Aug 26 2015 - Brian Tyms
  WR Brian Tyms landed on IR with a foot injury Aug. 25 after he passed through waivers unclaimed.


Aug 25 2015 - Ryan Wendell
  C Ryan Wendell passed his physical Tuesday (Aug. 24) and was removed from the Patriots' physically unable to perform list.


Aug 25 2015 - Caylin Hauptmann
  T Caylin Hauptmann passed his physical Tuesday (Aug. 24) and was removed from the Patriots' non-football injury list.


Aug 25 2015 - Brian Tyms
  WR Brian Tyms cleared waivers Tuesday (Aug. 24) and was placed on the Patriots' reserve/injured list.


Aug 25 2015 - Brandon Gibson
  WR Brandon Gibson was placed on reserve/injured by the Patriots Monday (Aug. 24) after suffering a torn ACL Saturday night against the Saints.


Aug 24 2015 - Darryl Roberts
  CB Darryl Roberts, a rookie seventh-round pick did not play in the second preseason game after being injured in the opener against the Packers. The injury could reportedly land Roberts on injured reserve and wipe out his rookie season.


Aug 24 2015 - Brian Tyms
  WR Brian Tyms was waived with an injury designation on Monday after sustaining an injury last week in practice.


Aug 24 2015 - D.J. Lynch
  LB D.J. Lynch was re-signed on Monday. The undrafted rookie from of Bowling Green is in his third stint with the Patriots this summer.


Aug 24 2015 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski dressed but did not play in the Patriots' preseason game in New Orleans. Gronkowski is healthy and has not missed any practice time this summer, but has yet to step on the field through two weeks of preseason action.


Aug 24 2015 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady started and played three series against the Saints, all three-and-outs. Brady has started each of the first two preseason games during his controversial summer of work as his appeal of his four-game suspension remains in the courts' hands. In two games, he has played only five series.


Aug 24 2015 - Jimmy Garoppolo
  QB Jimmy Garoppolo avoided a sack and threw a 24-yard touchdown pass near the end of the first half of Saturday night's comeback win in New Orleans. The play displayed the second-year backup's athletic ability, one area where he's more skilled that starter Tom Brady. The type of scramble is something he has shown in practice, but according to coach Bill Belichick it's another thing all together to execute such a successful play in a game setting.


Aug 24 2015 - Reggie Wayne
  WR Reggie Wayne agreed on a deal with New England on Monday. Wayne, who has spent his entire career until now with the Colts, will join a Patriots receiving corps that has been battered with injuries this summer. Wayne had 1,070 catches in his 14 seasons in Indianapolis along with eight 1,000-yard seasons. He caught 64 passes for 779 yards and two scores last fall as he worked back from a torn ACL suffered a year earlier. On his weekly appearance on WEEI radio in Boston on Monday, coach Bill Belichick commented on his new receiver. "He's certainly had a great career and has done a lot of things for the Colt organization, primarily playing on the left but then in more recent years being moved around to playing on the right and also in some slot situations," Belichick told WEEI. "I think he has a lot of versatility and obviously he has a lot of experience, so we'll just have to see how it goes." Wayne joins a receiving corps in New England that has seen Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell (PUP), Brandon Gibson (IR/ACL), Aaron Dobson and Brian Tyms (waived/injured) miss significant time because of injuries. The lone healthy veteran at this point, Danny Amendola, looks forward to what his new teammate will bring. "He's a good player," Amendola said. "He's played at a high level for a long time, played on some really good football teams, and we're excited to have him."


Aug 24 2015 - Reggie Wayne
  WR Reggie Wayne reportedly has agreed to a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. The Green Bay Packers reportedly had been interested in possibly signing Wayne to replace recently injured Jordy Nelson, but Wayne decided to sign with the Patriots instead, according to reports from ESPN.


Aug 21 2015 - Devin McCourty
  DB Devin McCourty has spent the last two-plus seasons at safety after opening his career as a Pro Bowl cornerback who then struggled mightily at that position. This week McCourty has once again been taking the bulk of his reps at cornerback in practice as Bill Belichick tries to figure out his new-look New England secondary. McCourty, who signed a $48 million contract to remain in New England this offseason, has said he does not want to return to playing cornerback on a regular basis. But Belichick may have something else in mind. His role in New Orleans early on against Drew Brees and Co. is worth watching.


Aug 21 2015 - Bryan Stork
  C Bryan Stork has not practiced in more than two weeks due to an undisclosed injury. As such, undrafted rookie David Andrews and versatile backup Josh Kline will continue to share the reps at center against the Saints, sandwiched in between rookie guards Shaq Mason and Tre' Jackson on the first offensive line.


Aug 21 2015 - Dont'a Hightower
  LB Dont'a Hightower shed is red, non-contact jersey in practice this past week as he continues to work back from offseason shoulder surgery. Hightower has been taking part in full-contact practice action and could see some preseason camp action in New Orleans.


Aug 21 2015 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski was a force in joint practices this week against the Saints, continuing a summer that's seen him as the most consistent, impressive player on the practice field for New England. The All-Pro tight end sat out the opener last week but should get a cameo of work in New Orleans on Saturday night.


Aug 21 2015 - Marcus Cannon
  T Marcus Cannon should make his preseason debut in New Orleans after missing two-plus weeks of camp practice and the preseason opener with an undisclosed injury.


Aug 21 2015 - LeGarrette Blount
  RB LeGarrette Blount had a solid week of practice against the Saints and could make his summer debut Saturday night. Blount has been working back from a knee injury suffered in camp practice, but overall has looked very impressive this summer.


Aug 21 2015 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady took all the first-team snaps in 11-on-11 action in the second day of joint practices with the Saints this week leading up to the teams' Saturday night exhibition affair in New Orleans. If history is any indicator, that could mean that Brady will sit the game and give backup Jimmy Garoppolo more extended reps on Saturday night. Last summer Brady had a huge week of work in joint practices with the Redskins before sitting out the preseason game in Washington. Brady played two series in last week's preseason opener against the Packers, a total of seven snaps.


Aug 18 2015 - Chris Martin
  T Chris Martin was claimed on waivers by the Patriots from the Dolphins Tuesday (Aug. 18). Martin, 25, was signed by Houston as a rookie free agent out of Central Florida. Martin spent last summer with the Patriots during training camp and opened the regular season on the practice squad before being released in October. He was injured throughout the 2014 preseason and never dressed for the Patriots.


Aug 18 2015 - Asante Cleveland
  TE Asante Cleveland was traded by the 49ers to the Patriots Tuesday (Aug. 18) for guard Jordan Devey. The deal is contingent on the players passing physicals.


Aug 17 2015 - Chris Martin
  T Chris Martin was waived from by the Dolphins Monday (Aug. 17).


Aug 15 2015 - Sebastian Vollmer
  RT Sebastian Vollmer did not play in the preseason opener and has been only a part-time practice player in training camp. But the veteran has ramped up his practice work in recent days to include full-team, full-contact reps as he comes back from offseason shoulder surgery.


Aug 15 2015 - Jerod Mayo
  LB Jerod Mayo dressed but did not play against Green Bay. The veteran linebacker has practiced fully all summer as he works back from a torn patella suffered in the sixth game of 2014.


Aug 15 2015 - LeGarrette Blount
  RB LeGarrette Blount sat out the Packers game due to his MCL injury, but returned to the practice field on Saturday for seemingly full reps in the helmets-and-shells workout.


Aug 15 2015 - Julian Edelman
  WR Julian Edelman did not play in the preseason opener and continues to be limited in practice, taking part in group drills but no team or 7-on-7 action.


Aug 15 2015 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski dressed and was on the sideline for the preseason opener. Gronkowksi has not missed a practice yet this summer, including Saturday's first workout after the exhibition loss to Green Bay.


Aug 15 2015 - Casey Walker
  DT Casey Walker re-signed with New England Aug. 14. Walker spent time on the Patriots' active roster and practice squad last fall before moving on to the Ravens late in the season. Walker started one of the five games he played in New England a year ago. His return adds big-bodied depth to a position that's dealt with injuries to Alan Branch, Chris Jones and Joe Vellano.


Aug 15 2015 - Brandon Gibson
  WR Brandon Gibson brings a solid six-year NFL resume with him to New England, including more than 29 receptions in each season. The veteran joins a mix that includes returning targets like Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Brandon LaFell. He's already had a strong summer, and looks to be making a solid push to win the No. 4 receiver role with his fourth team. That took a nice step forward in the preseason opener when Gibson caught all four passes thrown his way for a total of 29 yards, including Tom Brady's only completion of the night. "I think it was just getting out there, having fun and playing football. That was the good part about it, but aside from all of that, we still got a lot to work on," Gibson said, before describing his first catch in a game from No. 12. "It felt good. Regular slant, nothing too crazy. We got to get better at just executing from top to bottom."


Aug 15 2015 - James White
  RB James White had a nice night in the preseason opener against the Packers, the second-year back catching four passes for a game-high 52 yards. The 2014 fourth-round pick is vying to replace the departed Shane Vereen in New England's pass-catching back role. According to his head coach, the work against Green Bay was another step in the right direction for the young back who was a healthy scratch in 13 games as a rookie. "I think James has had a real good training camp. He's a versatile player that has shown the ability to play on all four downs, does a good job in the passing game," head coach Bill Belichick said. "He had an opportunity to pick up the blitz, make some catches, handle the ball a little bit. I thought he did a good job in the open field of making a couple players miss and gaining some extra yards. So, it was a good step for him. He really didn't get a chance to play very much last year after preseason, and James has worked hard. "Again, still a long way to go, a lot of things that he needs to work on, but he definitely showed up with some positive plays. Again, hopefully he can build on those going forward, and find a way to contribute on all four downs for us. That's what we need and that would be his value for us if he can do that." White was also pretty upbeat about his first action of the summer. "It was a great feeling," White said of his play, which included a nice 17-yard catch-and-run. "Good to get out there with my teammates, getting a chance to go out there and compete with another team. So I just wanted to go out there and make plays and make no mental errors."


Aug 14 2015 - Casey Walker
  DL Casey Walker was signed by the Patriots Friday (Aug. 14). Walker, 25, spent part of the 2014 season on New England's 53-man roster and practice squad, seeing action in five games (one start) for the Patriots and finishing with 10 tackles and one sack. He was released by the Patriots on Nov. 20 and signed to the practice squad on Nov. 22. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens to the 53-man roster from the Patriots' practice squad on Dec. 16 and played in one regular-season game. Walker was waived by Baltimore on Aug. 5.


Aug 13 2015 - Tyler Gaffney
  RB Tyler Gaffney cleared waivers Thursday (Aug. 13) and was placed on the Patriots' reserve/injured list. Gaffney had been sidelined since the first weekend of training camp with an undisclosed injury.


Aug 12 2015 - Aaron Dobson
  WR Aaron Dobson remains out of practice action, among a list of 21 Patriots who did not practice during the final full workout before the preseason opener.


Aug 12 2015 - LeGarrette Blount
  RB LeGarrette Blount was on the practice field for a short time in full pads on Tuesday but did not take part in any team drills. The back worked on conditioning as he works back from a reported MCL strain suffered last week in practice. He will not play in the preseason opener.


Aug 12 2015 - Jimmy Garoppolo
  QB Jimmy Garoppolo took all reps with the first-team offense on Tuesday. That's likely not only due to Brady's absence but the likelihood that the second-year backup will get the start Thursday night against Green Bay. Garoppolo can use all the reps he can get based on what has been a pretty poor performance this summer on the practice field.


Aug 12 2015 - Sebastian Vollmer
  RT Sebastian Vollmer took his first full-contact, 11-on-11 reps of the summer on Tuesday as he continues to work back from offseason shoulder surgery.


Aug 12 2015 - Nate Solder
  LT Nate Solder did not practice on Tuesday, a day after leaving the practice field early. Chris Barker has been taking the first- and second-team reps at left tackle with Solder and backup Marcus Cannon both missing practice time.


Aug 12 2015 - Tom Brady
  QB Tom Brady did not practice on Tuesday, New England's final full workout prior to Thursday night's preseason opener against the Packers at Gillette Stadium. Brady's absence was reportedly due to his preparations for a Wednesday morning hearing in Federal Court regarding his four-game suspension.


Aug 12 2015 - Tyler Gaffney
  RB Tyler Gaffney was waived/injured by the Patriots Wednesday (Aug. 12). He will be placed on reserve/injured if he clears waivers. Gaffney had been sidelined since the first weekend of training camp with an undisclosed injury. The Patriots had acquired Gaffney last year after he was waived/injured by the Carolina Panthers, who had drafted him in the sixth round out of Stanford after he rushed for 1,709 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2013.


Aug 12 2015 - Tyler Gaffney
  RB Tyler Gaffney was waived. He had been sidelined since the first weekend of training camp with an undisclosed injury. He will revert to injured reserve if he is not claimed off waivers. The Patriots had acquired Gaffney last year after he was waived/injured by the Carolina Panthers, who had drafted him in the sixth round out of Stanford after he rushed for 1,709 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2013.


Aug 12 2015 - Matthew Slater
  WR Matthew Slater passed his physical with the Patriots Monday (Aug. 10) and was removed from the physically unable to perform list.


Aug 12 2015 - Alan Branch
  DT Alan Branch passed his physical with the Patriots Monday (Aug. 10) and was removed from the non-football injury list.



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