FOXBORO -- A personable Albert Haynesworth said Thursday he can't wait to show that he's ready to return to his former status as one of the most feared defensive linemen in the NFL. 

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FOXBORO -- In a vote among players, Devin McCourty has earned a place as a captain on the 2011 Patriots in just his second NFL season. 

The players voted the second-year corner as one of six team captains and one of three on defense, joining Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo. On the offensive side, Tom Brady and Logan Mankins were voted in as captains while Matthew Slater was voted as a special teams captain. 

FOXBORO -- The new guys weren’t talking on Wednesday, but there were plenty of other folks who were willing to discuss the impact that tight end Dan Gronkowski and linebacker A.J. Edds could have on the Patriots.

FOXBORO -- Right tackle Sebastian Vollmer was the only player not spotted at the beginning of Patriots practice on Wednesday afternoon on the main Gillette Stadium field. The team worked out in full pads in preparation for their season opener Monday night in Miami against the Dolphins. 

FOXBORO -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady admitted Wednesday that the team's offensive unit has overcome some inconsistencies if they are to reach their ultimate goal of winning a fourth Super Bowl. Brady and the Patriots returned to the main Gillette Stadium practice field Wednesday in preparation for the season opener Monday night in Miami.

FOXBORO -- The Patriots on Wednesday officially announced the signing of Dan Gronkowski off waivers from the Broncos and the addition of linebacker E.J. Edds from the Dolphins. The addition of Gronkowski -- the brother of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski -- was initially reported on Tuesday in a tweet by the Gronkowskis' younger brother Glenn, a player at Kansas State. 

To make room for the two new additions, the team officially released cornerback Darius Butler and defensive lineman Gerard Warren. 

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No position was a hotter topic for the Patriots throughout the preseason than safety.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined Glenn Ordway, Michael Holley and Tedy Bruschi on The Big Show Tuesday, discussing where the defending AFC East champions stand as they prepare for Monday's season-opener against the Dolphins in Miami.

Belichick would not comment on the release of cornerback Darius Butler, saying, "Whatever announcements we have, we'll put them out there." While he wouldn't comment on Butler, he did address the state of the team after its other releases.