The Patriots are moving right along in training camp with a full week of work now under the team's belt. Bill Belichick talked about the grinding nature of the process at this stage, and also looked a bit ahead to next week and the start of the preseason.
Thursday's practice featured plenty of contact but unfortunately also had several players missing. One of those players was center Bryan Stork, and The Boston Herald reported that Stork has been out of practice while dealing with a concussion, which would be the fourth he's suffered in four years. ESPNBoston.com says that has created a fragile situation at center.
ESPNBoston.com recaps Thursday's practice and focuses on Malcolm Mitchell while speculating that the Patriots have the rookie receiver on a different practice schedule than the norm.
Safety Jordan Richards has enjoyed a strong start to camp and the
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Veteran Chris Long is eager to win in his first season in New England. MassLive.com says Long has been getting plenty of looks as an interior pass rusher. Rookie Joe Thuney is also excited to be part of New England's winning ways. CSNNE.com says Thuney has been a standout thus far.
CSNNE.com also chats with Terrance Knighton, who touches on a variety of social issues.
NESN.com has Logan Ryan talking about his desire to do something special during training camp.
WEEI.com explains how Belichick and Saints coach Sean Payton will get on the same page next week when the teams meet for joint practices in Foxborugh.