Mike Florio of NBC Sports and ProFootballTalk.com joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday to discuss Deflategate and the NFL’s campaign against Tom Brady and the Patriots.

Darrelle Revis left the Patriots for the Jets. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis left the Patriots for the Jets. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

With the Patriots taking a day off from camp, that presents us with an opportunity to check in with eight of the players who were on the roster last year who have since moved on to new teams.

Cornerback Darrelle Revis: The Jets cornerback hasn’t taken any passive aggressive shots at his old employer over the last few days. Instead, he’s been working with the rest of the rebuild New York secondary over the course of the first few days of camp in Florham Park. The Jets Twitter feed provided some cool looking Vines of some of the one-on-one drills between Revis and wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

Cornerback Brandon Browner: Browner, who turned 31 on Sunday, left the Patriots on good terms as a free agent over the offseason (he posted his championship ring and the nice note from Robert Kraft on Instagram last month), but the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder did reveal an intriguing nugget over the weekend: He told reporters that when the Patriots “asked me to take a pay cut, you know, it was time to get up out of there.” He currently projects as one of the two lead corners in the New Orleans defense for 2015.

Defensive lineman Vince Wilfork: The longtime Patriot signed with the Texans in the offseason, and figures to be one of the foundational elements of Houston’s defensive line. Wilfork revealed this week that his daughter Destiny agreed to allow her father to sign with the Texans was if she could meet J.J. Watt. Mission accomplished.

Running back Shane Vereen: While there was plenty of talk initially about potentially utilizing Vereen in more than just a third-down role, it appears now that he’s starting to settle in as New York’s third-down option out of the backfield. Vereen said this week there are a number of similarities between the offense he was a part of in New England and what’s getting used to with the Giants.

Running back Stevan Ridley: The former Patriots back was placed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of Jets’ training camp. Ridley, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last October against the Bills, has expressed optimism that he can get back on the field sooner rather than later, but at the same time, he said in June he does not want to create “false hope” regarding his health. Ultimately, the goal is to be back on the field for Week 1 of the regular season.

Linebacker Jonathan Casillas: Casillas, who became an important backup and special teams contributor, signed with the Giants in the offseason, and the six-year veteran should fill much of the same role with New York this season.

Tight end Tim Wright: Wright, who was a bit of a surprise cut by the Patriots in June, returned to the Bucs. The 25-year-old, who set new marks for dependability in his one season in New England, will likely compete to back up Austin Seferian-Jenkins as Tampa’s primary move tight end.

Linebacker Akeem Ayers: To some extent, the situational rusher rebuilt his career last season with the Patriots, working in a nice complementary role to starters Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones. He signed a two-year deal in the offseason with the Rams, and is attempting to transition back to working more as a three-down outside linebacker with St. Louis.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

It’s Tom Brady‘s 38th birthday and his wife Gisele Bundchen took to Instragram to send a birthday message saying: “Happy birthday my love! We’re so blessed to have you in our lives. Thank you for always giving us so much love. We love you! #Love #Family

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Ryan Hannable

The Patriots have claimed guard Harland Gunn off waivers, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

Gunn is a 25-year-old who has been with the Cowboys, Saints and Falcons since he arrived in the league as an undrafted free agent out of Miami. The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder has played in 12 games with one start in his NFL career.

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Christopher Price

NFL officials have started to make their annual tour of training camps, and at most of the stops, it’€™s a chance for players and reporters to quiz referees about any new procedures or protocols for the upcoming season.

NFL officials have started to make their annual tour of training camps, and at most of the stops, it’€™s a chance for players and reporters to quiz referees about any new procedures or protocols for the upcoming season. So it was no surprise that when Friday at Steelers’€™ camp, officials met the the media and were asked about the new procedures surrounding treatment of the footballs — from now on, officials will mark each ball specifically and record the air pressure so they then can randomly test a ball in question at a later point if directed. It’€™s a routine that has grown out of the Deflategate drama.

Central Region supervisor of officials Gary Slaughter acknowledged there have been football inflation issues in the past.

“These are man-made products,” Slaughter explained Friday, specifically talking about the footballs. “There is a bladder and a valve. We have all checked them for many years. Sometimes when you check the ball in the locker room right out of the box, there could be a problem. (There) could have a slow leak, and you wouldn’t even know it at the time.”

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Christopher Price
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss the return of LeGarrette Blount to Patriots training camp on Saturday, the first day of full pads practice for the defending Super Bowl champions.

The Patriots have announced their training camp schedule for the coming week:

The Patriots have announced their training camp schedule for the coming week:

Monday: No camp.
Tuesday: Practice starts at 1:45 p.m.
Wednesday: Practice starts at 7 p.m., an in-stadium, ticketed event for Foxboro residents and season-ticket holders. (In addition, the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for Houston Antwine and Willie McGinest on the NRG Plaza outside The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon will start at 5 p.m. That is open to the public.)
Thursday: Practice starts at 1:45 p.m.

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Christopher Price
Malcolm Butler speaks after Sunday Patriots practice. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Malcolm Butler speaks after Sunday Patriots practice. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — A Super Bowl-winning play won’t keep teammates from picking on Malcolm Butler in training camp.

Butler certainly was made aware of that on Sunday, during the second day of full pads training camp practice.

During 11-on-11 drills, Tom Brady lofted a ball deep down the right sideline for Aaron Dobson. The third-year receiver went airborne over Butler and came down with the ball.

“I know I was in good position,” Butler explained. “The sun out here, it’s shining real bright. I kind of lost the ball, too, at the same time. I think he bumped me a little bit but not to take any credit from Dobson, great play. When you have those opportunities, you just have to make them, you just have got to make them.”

Then later, in a red zone drill, Brady fired a seed to Julian Edelman, who was being defended by Butler. The defensive back lost his balance and fell to the ground. Edelman took the ball, went over to the prone Butler, face down. and placed the ball at his feet.

“I knew something was coming. I knew something was coming so I was expecting that,” Butler said of the Edelman gesture. “He didn’t saying anything. I knew it was just competitive and just playing around. But serious at the same time. Shook hands afterward.”

Message delivered?

“Yessir,” Butler laughed. “It’s going to get you a lot better. He’s got quick, fast get in and out of his breaks. Also, there are couple of other receivers. It’s not just Julian. We have Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce, getting work from all those guys.”

Butler can laugh it off because his preparation is intense.

“I have to come out here and play like my hair is on fire. Just play hard, play hard,” Butler said. “We all are leaders. We’re all supposed to be leaders. If I have to do that, I will. But we know we have Logan Ryan, we’ve got Tarell Brown and a couple of vets on the team that have been here longer than me. I’m pretty sure one of those guys will step up. Actions speak louder than words.

“Just coming out and competing against each every day. He’s going hard and I’m going hard. [But] there’s a couple of other receivers and other cornerbacks out there playing hard, making plays. It’s not just me and Julian. It’s a whole unit. The wide receiver unit, whole cornerback unit, safeties. We’re all out here trying to get better each and every day.”

While Edelman didn’t say anything, such was not the case with Brady.

“It makes us feel that he lets us know he want to come after us and get us better, and at the same time get his players better,” Butler said of Brady’s trash talking. “It’s a unit thing, working together and all getting better at the same time.

“As long as I don’t get [schooled] bad, it can go back and forth but it can’t just keep coming. Have to do something about that.”

The Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian noted how Butler has been spotted with tape around his gloves in practice, somewhat like a boxer. The reason? Butler does not want to be called for defensive holding and it reminds him not to grab on.

“Holding, it hurts you. I’m trying to prevent that from happening this season,” Butler said. “It’s just something I suggested. Just wrap my hands up. Not every practice.”

All of the talk about competition makes Butler feel like he’ll be ready for when the bullets are live.

“You’re supposed to be hungry,” Butler said. “The other 31 teams are coming after the champion. You’ve got to be ready because they’re going to be ready for you.”

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Mike Petraglia