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News Blitz 7/31: Browner's physicality on display at Wednesday's practice

Posted Jul 31, 2014

This edition of the Patriots.com news blitz takes a closer look at Brandon Browner's impressive performance during yesterday's practice. We also highlight six players who are "turning heads" in camp.

Erik Frenz of Boston.com says that Brandon Browner shined in Wednesday's practice. After a tough day on Tuesday, Browner bounced back yesterday using his size and physicality to out-perform the Patriots receivers. Browner finished the day with a pair of interceptions off Tom Brady.

"We got a small dose of Browner's attitude in a pair of 1-on-1 reps against wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins. On the first rep, Thompkins shoved Browner aside as he got free in the back of the end zone," explains Frenz. "On the next rep in the same drill, Browner threw Thompkins to the ground as a reminder of his physically imposing nature."

Browner's attitude was the main topic of discussion in Mike Giardi and Tom Curran's "Greetings from Foxborough" video over at CSNNE.com. Ultimately, they said that Browner's temper on the practice field isn't something to be overly concerned about.

In his column yesterday, Curran also talked about how the defense is starting to get on the same page. He says that communication and smarts were a key component in Belichick's decision to draft Devin McCourty, Logan Ryan, Tavon Wilson, and Duron Harmon.

"After several seasons of tepid secondary performance, it seems to me Bill Belichick pinpointed three shortcomings on the back end of the Patriots defense: Communication. Smarts. Trust," writes Curran.

The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe says that Alfonzo Dennard is moving forward after serving jail time this off-season.

"With the worst of his legal matters in the rearview mirror and now finally back on the field, Alfonzo Dennard is inching closer to a feeling of normalcy," writes Howe.

Over at ESPN Boston, Lee Schechter says that Jamie Collins is looking good in pass coverage. According to Schechter, Collins shut down almost every running back and tight end that he was matched up against in practice. Nevertheless, the Patriots second-year linebacker is staying focused on his development overall.

"It was OK, you know, there is always room for improvement," Collins said according to Schechter. "Just coming out here, hopefully I'll get better tomorrow."

Andy Gresh believes that Jamie Collins will be a consistent starter for the Patriots, but he won't be a star-caliber player -- at least not yet. Gresh joined Gary Tanguay on Comcast SportsNet's "Early Edition" to discuss which Patriots players will become stars in 2014. He says that Collins will show flashes of greatness this season, but he still needs another year under his belt before being ready to take that next step.

As for the offense, CBS Boston's Howard Ulman believes that James Develin's versatility could prove to be helpful for the Patriots. Ulman says that Develin's ability to play both fullback and tight end may earn him a roster spot.

For a list of Patriots players who are "turning heads" during training camp, check out James Dudko's latest article on the Bleacher Report. He highlights six players who have been impressive so far in camp including Julian Edelman, Darrelle Revis, and James White.

"Offensively, White's showings could be the early glimpses of a new weapon opponents hadn't counted on as they begin their annual attempt to find an answer to Brady's brilliance," says Dudko.

Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports listed the Patriots as the No. 4 team in his pre-season power rankings. As part of his daily countdown to the top team on his list, Schwab provided an in depth preview to the Patriots 2014 season. He says that if the Patriots can beat the Denver Broncos when they meet on November 2, then it would be hard to bet against them going back to the Super Bowl.

As Ty Law awaits his official induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame, ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss was able to catch up with him briefly and talk about what the day will mean for him.