Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning and talked about the changes to the roster as the team prepares for Sunday's opener against the Titans.

As part of the last round of cuts, two of Brady's closest teammates -- backup quarterback Brian Hoyer and wide receiver Deion Branch -- were dropped from the roster.

 



FOXBORO -- Safety Steve Gregory and running back Danny Woodhead returned to Patriots practice in shorts and shells outside Gillette Stadium on Monday afternoon. Both had missed Sunday's full pads practice before returning on Monday. The only two Patriots missing on Monday were running back Shane Vereen, injured in the exhibition game in Tampa on Aug. 24, and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who hasn't been on the practice field since early in training camp. 

 

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick is a sports fan, so when he was asked Sunday afternoon about how things changed for Ryan Mallett over the weekend, it wasn’t a surprise to hear him use a baseball analogy.



FOXBORO -- Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead, Steve Gregory and Visanthe Shiancoe were all missing for the start of Patriots practice on Sunday afternoon in full pads outside Gillette Stadium.

Tight end Aaron Hernandez was also absent, though he was spotted in team stretching exercises before leaving early without a team trainer.

Safety Patrick Chung, who injured his shoulder in the second preseason game against the Eagles on Aug. 20, was in attendance but was wearing a "no-contact" red jersey.

FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick confirmed Sunday afternoon during his media briefing that former Olympian sprinter Jeff Demps will miss the entire 2012 season after being placed on injured reserve as part of the final 53-man roster cutdown on Friday night. Demps, while returning a punt, appeared to injure his right ankle in the fourth quarter of the preseason finale against the Giants on Aug. 28.

Belichick was asked if Demps' season was over due to the injured reserve status, even with the modified injured reserve clause ratified last week by the NFLPA.

FOXBORO -- The release of veteran wide receiver Deion Branch on Friday caught many by surprise, including those inside the Patriots locker room like Rob Gronkowski. 

The Patriots on Saturday acquired wide receiver Greg Salas in a trade with St. Louis for an undisclosed future draft pick, claimed offensive lineman Matt Tennant off waivers from New Orleans and released veteran linebacker Bobby Carpenter. In addition, the team announced the signing of seven players to the practice squad: offensive lineman Thomas Austin, fullback/running back Eric Kettani, wide receiver Sam Kirkland, offensive lineman Matt Kopa, tight end Alex Silvestro, linebacker Jeff Tarpinian and defensive back Malcolm Williams.

The Patriots have acquired wide receiver Greg Salas from the Rams for a late-round pick in 2015, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Salas, 24, spent the 2011 season with St. Louis, where he caught 27 passes for 264 yards in six games. The 6-foot-1, 209-pounder was a fourth-round pick out of Hawaii, and does have some experience with the New England system, as he worked with Josh McDaniels last season in St. Louis when McDaniels was the Rams' offensive coordinator.

The Patriots have signed former Boston College offensive lineman Matt Tennant to the 53-man roster, according to Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe. The 25-year-old Tennant was a fifth-round pick of the Saints in 2010, and it's believed that the 6-foot-5, 300-pounder can play either guard or center.