Patriots rookies and some veterans got on the practice field for some early summer work Monday in Foxborough, but the news of the day was the fact that seven of the team’s veteran players were not ready for action.
The Boston Globe notes that Julian Edelman was the biggest name in the group of players the team placed on active/physically unable to perform. The Globe also declares that the Patriots have one of the best safety trios in the NFL heading into 2016.
In league news, the Globe has the NFL clearing Peyton Manning in an investigation surrounding HGH as well as a story on Josh Gordon being reinstated from his indefinite suspension. There is also a story on former Patriots 1990s defensive lineman Mark Wheeler being arrested on drug charges.
ESPNBoston.com looks at who was on the field to open practice this week, notably that LeGarrette Blount and Nate Solder passed initial medical tests to begin camp. The site also lists newcomer Shea McClellin’s position as one of the key issues to watch on the New England defense as camp opens.
WEEI.com breaks down how Tom Brady and Peyton Manning were treated in their separate investigations by the NFL. WEEI.com also has 10 things to keep an eye on as New England hits the practice field this week.
NFL.com lists Blount among its rundown of 25 notable names on the roster bubble this summer. NFL.com also mentions the Brady/Garoppolo in a story about the top 10 storylines of training camps around the league.
The Patriot Ledger offers up, appropriately, a guide to Patriots training camp at Gillette Stadium.
The* Gloucester Times* eases the concerns of any fretting Patriots fans out there, saying the team will be there when it counts.
The New York Daily News has Jets coach Todd Bowles talking up Garoppolo and taking nothing for granted given Brady's suspension to open the year. "Garoppolo can play," Todd Bowles told the* Daily News* with a straight face. "They don't worry about who they have. They just have a system in place and they go play football. I think people underestimate that. You still have to knock off the champs. It's theirs until somebody takes it from them."
The *New York Post *looks at the apparent relationship between Edelman and Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima.
NESN.com says the New England defense must carry the team during Brady's suspension.