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.

Cornerback Darius Butler tweeted Tuesday that his time with the Patriots is over, with multiple outlets reporting the team cut its 2009 second-round pick. 

Tweeted ButlerIts been real New England. I was blessed to have a chance to play and start my NFL career here. But its time to open a new chapter. Thx #patsnation.

In two professional seasons since being drafted out of UConn, Butler has totaled 58 tackles and three interceptions.

Retired Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi said that he welcomed the idea of new Patriots offensive lineman Brian Waters wearing No. 54, the uniform number that no New England player had worn since Bruschi retired prior to the 2009 season.

"It's time," said Bruschi. "It's time."

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning, as the Pats prepare for their season-opener Monday night in Miami.

Bill Belichick is the subject of an NFL Films documentary set to air Sept. 15. Brady was asked what the public will learn from this inside look at the Patriots coach.