FOXBORO — Like a father keeping on his child to wear their retainer after braces, Patriots owner Robert Kraft apparently wants to make sure Tom Brady is wearing his protective brace on his reconstructed left knee – just in case.

On Monday, after practice, Brady spoke with reporters for the first time since Nate Solder tripped over his quarterback’s left knee, causing paranoia and panic throughout New England.

It’s “not realistic” for Rob Gronkowski to be back in time for the start of the 2013 regular season, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

FOXBORO — After catching six passes for 71 yards and a 26-yard touchdown grab on Friday night against Tampa Bay, wide receiver Danny Amendola was not spotted at the start of Patriots full pads practice on Monday outside Gillette Stadium.

The team is not required to announce practice reports until the season begins so there will be no official word from the Patriots if injury was the reason for the absence.

The Patriots announced three roster cuts Monday: linebacker A.J. Edds, offensive lineman R.J. Mattes and defensive lineman Scott Vallone.

Edds signed as a free agent on June 6. A fourth-round pick of the Dolphins out of Iowa in 2010, he first played for the Patriots in 2011, appearing in two games before being released and signed to the practice squad. He played nine games for the Colts in 2011 and spent the entire 2012 season on injured reserve (knee).

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly Monday morning appearance on Dennis & Callahan, with the Patriots looking strong after their first two preseason games, and talked about the promise of the 2013 season as well as the impact of the team’s many new players.

Brady, who is 18-for-20 for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the exhibitions, is cautiously optimistic about his team with half the preseason slate completed.

Even by Tom Brady’s standards, the quarterback has had a tremendous start to his 2013 preseason.

FOXBORO -- Football shares this much in common with baseball - control the middle and you control the game. Good defense runs up the spine. Any cliche you want to use, football and baseball are brothers in that regard.



It hasn’t been the best of camps in terms of productivity for Stephen Gostkowski. But his coach isn’t worried, a point that was underscored Saturday in a conference call with reporters.

FOXBORO -- If you were a New England skill position player who wasn’t targeted at least once in Friday night against the Bucs, you should probably be concerned.

FOXBORO — Tim Tebow should be glad he doesn’t have to be teacher and pupil since grading his latest effort in the preseason might result in failure, or at the very least, an incomplete.

Tebow struggled even more than he did in his 4-for-12 performance against the Eagles a week earlier. Friday night, before the Gillette Stadium crowd for the first time as a Patriot, Tebow came in against Tampa Bay’s second and third-string defense and completed just 1-of-7 passes for -1 yards, an interception and a 0.0 quarterback rating.