Patriots fourth-round rookie Tre' Jackson has a lot on his plate these days. The rookie has been taking nearly every rep at the right guard spot this summer with the top offensive line group as he looks to win a starting job in New England just a few months removed from the Florida State campus.
Monday afternoon on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium the hard work and heat combined to be more than Jackson could deal with as the rookie was attended to by trainers and carted off the field.
The Boston Herald was the first to ease everyone's fears by reporting that the issue was indeed heat-related and not an injury situation. ESPNBoston.com also looks at the rookie's early departure from practice.
The Boston Globe passes along LeGarrette Blount looking to have a bigger role and catch more passes for the Patriots in 2015. The Globe also has veteran cornerback Tarell Brown getting up to speed – mentally and physically – with his new team. The Globe notebook takes a peek at wide receiver Brian Tyms making plays on the practice field.
The Boston Herald has its own version of the Blount and Brown stories, while noting that Ryan Allen is the only punter in camp this summer in New England. The Herald also looks at Jonathan Freeny, the first-year Patriots free agent addition looking to win a role both on defense and in the kicking game.
ESPNBoston.com breaks down Brown's early time in New England as well as some interesting comment Bill Belichick made in a WEEI radio interview about Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler. Belichick's Monday press conference included praise for returning veteran linebacker Jerod Mayo as well as rookie defensive lineman Trey Flowers.
WEEI.com passes along comments from Giants owner John Mara saying that, "We're all tired of hearing about" Deflategate. WEEI.com has Rob Gronkowski "feeling good" in the hot summer sun of Foxborough as well as Tyms eyeing a role as the Patriots deep threat in the passing game.
CSNNE.com's daily postcard from training camp focuses on Jackson and also looks at Brown "getting up to speed."
NFL.com passes out player grades for the first week of preseason action and Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo earned himself a C. Elsewhere on NFL.com, Adam Schein describes the No. 2 QB's work against the Packers as 'brutal."
To counterbalance that negativity, USA Today has Garoppolo's college coach, Dino Babers, expecting Garoppolo to exceed expectations. "He's going to be better than what people are expecting."
If you haven't seen it yet, check out Gronkowski's new SportsCenter commercial. Bonus points awarded if you noticed his father in the humorous Super Bowl ring-related ad.