FOXBORO -- The defining characteristic of the Patriots offense the last two seasons has been its uptempo, no-huddle approach. In 2011 and 2012, the Patriots went no-huddle on 25 percent of their snaps, an astounding total that allowed them to push the pace and keep opposing defenses off guard.

FOXBORO — In preparation for joint practices this week in Philadelphia with the Eagles, the Patriots re-signed two players to fill their roster back to 90 players.

Bill Belichick announced Monday before the team’s ninth training camp practice that the team had re-signed center Matt Stankiewitch and long snapper Mike Zupancic.

Tom Brady turned 36 Saturday, and while there has been some question as to whether or not the Patriots are putting too much on his shoulders this season with such dramatic turnover at the wide receiver spot, history tells us that no matter the personnel, some of the best quarterbacks in the history of the game have saved

An uncle of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez died early Saturday morning after his moped crashed in Bristol, Conn.

Robert J. Valentine, 49, was riding his 2012 Sunny moped around 1 a.m. when he struck a curb and “was thrown from the moped and landed in a private driveway where he struck a curb,” police said.

Valentine, who was not wearing a helmet, was treated by firefighters for a serious head injury before being pronounced dead at the scene.

FOXBORO — Following the eighth training camp practice Saturday morning, Patriots coach Bill Belichick traveled to Canton, OH to watch his former boss inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Belichick made the trip to see Bill Parcells inducted after spending the early part of their careers together with the New York Giants.

FOXBORO — Following the eighth practice of training camp Saturday, the Patriots announced that they released rookie offensive lineman Elvis Fisher and first-year wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei. Both players were placed on the waived/injured list.

FOXBORO — From Aaron Hernandez to Riley Cooper, former college teammates of Tim Tebow are making all the wrong headlines this summer.

Last week, Tebow termed the murder charge against Hernandez “heartbreaking” in speaking about his Florida teammate from 2007-09. On Friday, he was asked about the racial slur Cooper uttered at a country concert last week at Lincoln Financial Field, a slur that was caught on video.

FOXBORO — Like a new toy or fad, the quarterback helmet-cam was touted as the latest, greatest teaching tool in NFL training camps this summer.

The Patriots have used them for the first week but appear to be lukewarm to it and have not been using in the last couple of days.

Bill Belichick was asked about the benefit of the camera before Friday’s practice and why the team has not been using them.

FOXBORO — In an effort to bolster the depth of their offensive line with their first preseason game just a week away, the Patriots signed a pair of first-year offensive linemen on Friday.

The team inked OL Luke Patterson and rookie OL Brice Schwab to contracts while releasing rookie defensive lineman Travis Chappelear and rookie long snapper Mike Zupancic. Chappelear was released just one day after the Patriots signed him.


FOXBORO -- At the start of the offseason, he was a free agent afterthought.