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 Latest Patriots Player Notes
Jul 30 2014 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski continues to take a cautious road in his return from a torn ACL suffered last December. The Pro Bowler was cleared to practice to start camp but has yet to take part in any team action or contact drills. "The side work is going good, I'm getting used to everything I can do," Gronkowski said after Tuesday's practice. "Doing conditioning, which is my number one factor right now, that's what I can work out to the max -- running around and getting my body used to everything. Working individually, listening to my coaches and getting my individual routes and blocking down to the best of my ability."


Jul 30 2014 - Josh Boyce
  WR Josh Boyce was absent from the practice field July 30 after limping off with a right knee injury one day earlier. The second-year former fourth-round pick started three of nine games played a year ago, playing catch-up after missing time last summer with a foot injury. It's certainly not ideal for him to mass time again as he tries to compete and stand out in a very unsettled young group of receivers.


Jul 30 2014 - Tyler Gaffney
  RB Tyler Gaffney was claimed off waivers July 28, after suffering a season-ending knee injury with the Panthers. The rookie was a sixth-round pick out of Stanford and could be interesting young competition in the New England backfield moving forward given that both Steven Ridley and Shane Vereen are set to be free agents next spring.


Jul 30 2014 - Dax Swanson
  DB Daxton Swanson, a first-year player out of Sam Houston State, returned to practice July 29 after missing start of camp while away from the team dealing with the death of his father.


Jul 30 2014 - Tommy Kelly
  DT Tommy Kelly was on the field in full pads for the first time July 29 as he works back from a torn ACL. The veteran should be in the mix on an uncertain but talented and somewhat deep interior defensive line.


Jul 30 2014 - Alfonzo Dennard
  CB Alfonzo Dennard was on the field in full pads practicing July 29 after opening camp on PUP while returning from offseason knee surgery. Dennard will have to fight off Brandon Browner to retain his starting job, although the veteran newcomer will miss the first four weeks to a league suspension.


Jul 28 2014 - Greg Orton
  WR Greg Orton was placed on reserve/injured by the Patriots Monday (July 28).


Jul 28 2014 - Tyler Gaffney
  RB Tyler Gaffney was claimed on waivers by the Patriots from the Panthers Monday (July 28). Gaffney had been waived/injured Sunday after suffering a knee injury that will sideline him for the entire season.


Jul 27 2014 - Brian Tyms
  WR Brian Tyms was signed by the Patriots Sunday (July 27). Tyms, 25, was originally signed by the San Francisco 49ers as a rookie free agent out of Florida A&M in 2012 and spent that season on the 49ers practice squad. The 6-foot-3, 204 pounder started the 2013 season on Miami's practice squad before being signed by the Cleveland Browns midseason. Tyms played in seven games for the Browns in 2013 and caught two passes for 12 yards.


Jul 27 2014 - Greg Orton
  WR Greg Orton was waived/injured by the Patriots Sunday (July 27). Orton, 28, was originally signed to the Patriots practice squad on Dec. 31, 2013, released by the team on May 22, 2014, and re-signed on July 23. The 6-foot-3, 199-pounder spent part of 2011 and all of 2012 on the Denver practice squad and went to training camp with Denver in 2013. He originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Cincinnati Bengals out of Purdue in 2009. Orton had stints with the Arena Football League's Spokane Shock and the United Football League's Omaha Knights before joining the Denver practice squad. He will be placed on reserve/injured after clearing waivers.


Jul 27 2014 - Tyler Gaffney
  RB Tyler Gaffney damaged a ligament in his left knee during Friday night's practice. The sixth-round pick will have surgery this week. He was waived/injured Sunday (July 27) and will be placed on reserve/injured after clearing waivers.


Jul 27 2014 - Tommy Kelly
  DT Tommy Kelly passed his physical Saturday (July 26) with the Patriots was was cledared to practice.


Jul 27 2014 - Tyler Gaffney
  RB Tyler Gaffney damaged a ligament in his left knee during Friday night's practice. The sixth-round pick will have surgery this week and the Panthers will stash him on injured reserve.


Jul 26 2014 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski was cleared by doctors to play, but he said after training camp practice Friday that he is not quite at that point just yet. Gronkowski has participated in individual drills for the past two days and watched from the sidelines during team drills. He also worked with quarterback Tom Brady individually after practice. Gronkowski said he does not have a timetable on when he will take part in team drills. "If it was 100 percent, I'd be doing every single little thing," he said. "So, no, I'm not 100 percent, I'm working every single day to get to that." Gronkowski is working his way back from a torn right ACL he sustained on Dec. 8 against the Cleveland Browns. He also missed part of the season coming back from forearm and back injuries. The Patriots will have their first practice in pads Saturday, and Gronkowski plans to participate by running routes and working on cutting and planting. "For the last six months I worked my butt off to be here," Gronkowski said. "Cutting on it, making it stronger, I'm here and I'm ready. "Running routes, being in the huddle, catching balls from Tom Brady, it's a dream come true again. Feels like it got taken away and I feel like I got it back." Gronkowski, who is 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds, does not plan to alter how he plays. "I'm going to go full speed and I'm going to keep smashing and bashing everything I do," he said. Gronkowski played 16 games in each of his first two NFL seasons in 2010 and 2011, but a broken forearm limited him to 11 games in 2012 and he played seven games last year. "I'm preparing myself to my max ability right now and listening to my trainers so I'm ready to go when it comes down to it," he said. Last season, Gronkowski had 39 catches for 592 yards with four touchdowns. In four NFL seasons, he has 226 receptions with 3,255 yards with 42 touchdowns. He had 17 TDs in 2011.


Jul 25 2014 - Roy Finch
  RB Roy Finch passed his physical Thursday July 25) and was removed from active/physically unable to perform by the Browns..


Jul 24 2014 - Greg Orton
  WR Greg Orton was signed by the Patriots Wednesday (July 23).


Jul 23 2014 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski, who had set a goal of returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament by September, was fully cleared for training camp. The first team practice is scheduled for Thursday, and coach Bill Belichick confirmed Gronkowski will be on the field, not on the physically unable to perform list. "He's been here," coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday at Gillette Stadium. "He would be ineligible to (appear on PUP list) because he's been cleared to play." Gronkowski hurt his knee Week 14 against the Cleveland Browns. His entire 2013 calendar year was filled by injuries and rehab, including multiple surgeries on his forearm and a procedure on his back. He missed six games in 2013 and was limited into the regular season. The 25 year old, who also had back issues at the University of Arizona, is a two-time Pro Bowl selection with 42 career touchdown receptions since entering the NFL as a second-round pick in 2010. "It's a positive," guard Logan Mankins said. "We were all hoping Gronk would have a good recovery and so far he has. We'll just see where he is and how good he is right now. It's great to have him out there. He's a dynamic blocker. He does a great job blocking and he's a big target for Tom (Brady) to get the ball to when he gets open. Any time you can have Gronk on the field, it's great." Belichick did not disclose a snap count or any limitations for Gronkowski in training camp, but it's possible he'll be a spectator for preseason games. "Rob has always worked hard," Belichick said. "He worked hard as a rookie, so he has always worked hard when he's here. I can't speak for the rest of the time, but from what we've seen he has been consistent."


Jul 22 2014 - Matthew Slater
  WR Matthew Slater was declared active/physically unable to perform by the Patriots Monday (July 21).


Jul 22 2014 - Tommy Kelly
  DL Tommy Kelly (knee) was declared active/physically unable to perform by the Patriots Monday (July 21).


Jul 22 2014 - Jeremy Gallon
  WR Jeremy Gallon was declared active/physically unable to perform by the Patriots Monday (July 21).


Jul 22 2014 - Aaron Dobson
  WR Aaron Dobson (foot) was declared active/physically unable to perform by the Patriots Monday (July 21).


Jul 22 2014 - Alfonzo Dennard
  CB Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder) was declared active/physically unable to perform by the Patriots Monday (July 21).


Jul 22 2014 - Deontae Skinner
  LB Deontae Skinner was declared active/non-football injury by the Patriots Monday (July 21).


Jul 22 2014 - Chris Martin
  T Chris Martin was declared active/non-football injury by the Patriots Monday (July 21).


Jul 22 2014 - Roy Finch
  RB Roy Finch was declared active/non-football injury by the Patriots Monday (July 21).


Jul 22 2014 - Dominique Easley
  DL Dominique Easley was declared active/non-football injury by the Patriots Monday (July 21).


Jul 22 2014 - Eathyn Manumaleuna
  DT Eathyn Manumaleuna was signed by the Patriots Monday (July 21). Manumaleuna, 25, was originally signed by the New York Giants as a rookie free agent out of Brigham Young on May 12, 2014. The 6-foot-2, 305-pounder, was released by the Giants on June 19, 2014. He played as a true freshman for BYU in 2007 and then served a two-year mission. He returned to the starting lineup in 2010. After suffering an injury early in the year as senior in 2010, Manumaleuna was granted a medical redshirt year after suffering an injury early in the year as a senior in 2012 and came back to start all 13 games in 2013. He finished his college career playing in 56 games and finishing with 143 total tackles and 5.5 sacks.


Jul 20 2014 - Derrick Johnson
  WR Derrick Johnson was signed by the Patriots. Johnson, 22, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent on May 19 out of Maine. He was released by the Patriots on June 9. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder had 60 receptions for 608 yards and two touchdowns as a senior in 2013. Johnson finished his college career with 116 receptions for 1,165 yards and four touchdowns.


Jun 24 2014 - Chris Martin
  T Chris Martin was signed by the Patriots Monday.


Jun 23 2014 - Eathyn Manumaleuna
  DT Eathyn Manumaleuna was waived by the Giants June 19.


Jun 20 2014 - Dominique Easley
  DT Dominique Easley, New England's first-round pick, made his practice-field debut in front of the media on the final day of the Patriots' minicamp. Easley got right to work in drills with his defensive line teammates, showing no signs of limitations as he comes back from a torn ACL that cost him the bulk of his final season at Florida. Wearing a surgical sock on his right leg, Easley showed good burst and footwork in drills as he got to work for the first time in New England.


Jun 19 2014 - Dominique Easley
  DT Dominique Easley, New England's first-round pick, made his practice-field debut in front of the media on the final day of the Patriots' minicamp. Easley got right to work in drills with his defensive line teammates, showing no signs of limitations as he comes back from a torn ACL that cost him the bulk of his final season at Florida. Wearing a surgical sock on his right leg, Easley showed good burst and footwork in drills as he got to work for the first time in New England.


Jun 10 2014 - Derrick Johnson
  WR Derrick Johnson was waived by the Patriots June 9.


Jun 6 2014 - Brandon LaFell
  WR Brandon LaFell is learning a new system in his first year in New England. He's also learning a new way to work. "It's not like we didn't work hard in Carolina," said the former Panther. "But we work a little bit harder here." Part of that work is lining up opposite Darrelle Revis in practice. "He's one of the better cornerbacks in this league," LaFell said of his fellow first-year Patriots teammate. "He works his butt off and he makes you work too. If you are out there playing around he'll make you look stupid on film. And you don't want that."


Jun 4 2014 - James Anderson
  LB Jmes Anderson, who wasn't tendered June 1 as a UFA by the Bears, was signed by the Patriots June 4.


Jun 1 2014 - Darrelle Revis
  CB Darrelle Revis practiced before the media for the first time during Friday's OTA workout. Afterward, the Pro-Bowl cover man talked about the process of truly becoming a Patriot and getting up to speed on the defense in which he'll be expected to play a starring role this fall. "It feels great," Revis said of getting used to playing with a Patriots logo. "I'm just taking my time, one day at a time. Just working. That's basically it. This is a new adventure for me. I'm just happy to be part of the Patriots organization. I've known them from playing in New York for six years. From the inside out, it's totally different. There are things you didn't expect about this organization, from top to bottom. You have to take your hat off to (owner Robert) Kraft for how this organization operates. It's a winning organization. I'm happy they've given me an opportunity to be part of it." In typical Patriots fashion, Revis wasn't looking to make any projections as to how good the new-look New England team, or defense, could be in 2014. "Can't put any predictions on it," Revis said. "We're in the beginning stages of practice. Still got a lot of work to do. The good thing is we still have time to get better. When the preseason comes, we'll be ready to go."


Jun 1 2014 - Dax Swanson
  CB Dax Swanson was signed by the Patriots May 22.


Jun 1 2014 - Greg Orton
  WR Greg Orton was waived by the Patriots May 22.


Jun 1 2014 - Chris Martin
  T Chris Martin was waived from reserve/injured with an injury settlement by the Texans May 27. He had been placed on reserve/injured May 20, one day after being waived/injured.


Jun 1 2014 - Darius Fleming
  LS Darius Fleming was signed by the Patriots May 16.


May 31 2014 - Dax Swanson
  CB Dax Swanson was waived by the 49ers on May 12.


May 31 2014 - Darius Fleming
  LB Darius Fleming was waived by the 49ers on May 12.


May 7 2014 - Will Smith
  DE Will Smith was signed by the Patriots May 5. Smith, 32, is a veteran of 10 NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints (2004-13) after joining the team as a first-round draft pick (18th overall) out of Ohio State in 2004. The 6-foot-3, 282-pounder was released by the Saints on Feb. 12. Smith has played in 139 NFL games with 120 starts and has accumulated 457 total tackles, 67.5 sacks, 25 passes defensed, two interceptions, 20 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries. He has started in eight postseason games and added 22 total tackles, one interception and one forced fumble. Smith was named to the Pro Bowl in 2006 after finishing with a career-high 10.5 sacks. Smith spent the entire 2013 season on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered during training camp. Smith was due $11.55 million in salary and bonuses in 2014 before being released by the Saints.


Apr 30 2014 - Rob Gronkowski
  TE Rob Gronkowski is recovering from a torn ACL and surgery in December. Given his recent run of injuries, the former All-Pro is not making any promises regarding his return. "I'm actually improving every week. It's feeling good and coming along very well," Gronkowski told WAAF-FM's Hill-Man Show on Tuesday. Last offseason, Gronkowski was a regular in the operating room. He required multiple surgeries to repair back and forearm injuries -- and clear up an infection that became a major setback and kept him out of the 2013 season opener -- and is being cautious not to encounter unwanted delays this time around. "When it's the same thing 15 weeks straight, it starts to get tough," Gronkowski said. "But you just have to stay mentally tough and stay physically strong and keep going in and keep grinding. It's been a while now and I'm just super excited to get this season rolling and get back out there on the field. I know it's another few more months away, so I have more time to keep on recovering and keep on getting in shape." Gronkowski would not say he will be ready for training camp or even the 2014 regular-season opener. He underwent surgery on Jan. 9 for ACL reconstruction and in February had his torn MCL repaired. "Oh man, that's too far away," Gronkowski said about playing in September. "I'm just improving every day right now. I'm working hard every day to put myself in the best situation so that I'm ready."


Apr 7 2014 - Ryan Wendell
  C Ryan Wendell was re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Patriots March 31.


Apr 7 2014 - Julian Edelman
  WR Julian was re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Patriots March 18.


Apr 3 2014 - Brandon LaFell
  WR Brandon LaFell was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Patriots from the Panthers March 17.


Apr 3 2014 - Darrelle Revis
  CB Darrelle Revis was signed by the Patriots March 17.


Apr 3 2014 - Brandon Browner
  CB Brandon Browner was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Patriots from the Seahawks March 15.


Apr 3 2014 - Patrick Chung
  S Patrick Chung, who was released by the Philadelphia Eagles last month, was signed by the Patriots. Chung lasted just one year into a three-year, $10 million contract signed with the Eagles in 2013. Chung, 26, spent four seasons with New England (2009-12) after joining the team as a second-round draft pick (34th overall) out of Oregon in 2009. The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder signed with the Eagles as an unrestricted free agent on March 12, 2013. He was released by Philadelphia on March 11. Chung has played in 62 NFL games with 40 starts and has registered 291 total tackles, seven interceptions, 22 passes defensed and one fumble recovery. He has played in eight postseason games with five starts and has added 23 total tackles. Chung played in 50 games with 30 starts during his first four seasons with New England and accumulated 235 total tackles, seven interceptions and 19 passes defensed. He blocked a punt and a field goal in the same game at Miami on Oct. 4, 2010, and finished that season with a career-best 89 total tackles. Last season in Philadelphia, Chung played in 12 games with 10 starts and finished with 56 total tackles, three passes defensed and one fumble recovery. He started in the Eagles' postseason game against the New Orleans Saints on Jan. 4 and finished with four total tackles.



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