Patriots linebacker Tully Banta-Cain joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday morning for a brief interview in between the morning and afternoon sessions at training camp in Foxboro. Asked about fellow linebacker Derrick Burgess, who has yet to show up at camp or announce his future plans, Banta-Cain offered his support.

 

FOXBORO — When it came to the Patriotspassing game last year, the tight ends were there mostly just for show.



FOXBORO — No active player has more sacks of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady than Aaron Schobel. So if Buffalo does indeed plan on releasing Schobel — as ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted Wednesday morning — would New England be interested? The Patriots do have a history of going after guys who have killed them in the past, and Schobel would certainly fit that description.

Mark Cannizzaro, who covers the Jets for the New York Post, joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the upcoming NFL season. Cannizzaro said he doesn't believe the hype that the Jets are the clear favorite to surpass the Patriots in the AFC East. "I don't discount the Patriots at all," Cannizzaro said. "I'm a believer in what [Bill] Belichick brings to the table in a big way. ... I look at the Jets and Patriots as a toss-up. I don't see either team having any kind of crazy advantage. I see a lot of things that equal each other out."

Derrick Burgess and Logan Mankins have now been missing from almost the first full week of Patriots’ training camp.



”All right, but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?”

“Brought peace?”

”Oh, peace! Pfft … SHUT UP!!!”

— Monty Python’s Life of Brian



The Patriots worked out center Eric Ghiaciuc and guard Darnell Stapleton (both free agents) along with offensive tackle Mark Ortmann (an undrafted free agent) on Tuesday, according to Adam Caplan of Foxsports.com. Throughout the early stages of training camp, the absence of left guard Logan Mankins and injury to guard/tackle Nick Kaczur has tested New England's offensive line depth. For more on this, check out our Patriots' page at weei.com/Patriots.

ProFootballTalk.com writer Mike Florio joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning and talked about how he sees the AFC East panning out. Florio predicts the Patriots to win the division, with the Dolphins a wild card team. He's not as high on the Jets, despite other prognosticators' lofty predictions.

 

FOXBORO — As of Monday night, the Patriots have had 10 practices — nine padded and one walkthrough.



FOXBORO -- Wes Welker was taken off the PUP list on Sunday and returned to practice this weekend for the Patriots but the team held him out of Monday night's practice event for season ticket holders and Foxboro residents at Gillette Stadium. Welker, who also practiced in full pads on Monday morning, was one of 14 players not in attendance for the workout.