”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. 


FOXBORO -- Count Patriots owner Robert Kraft among those amazed with the return of wideout Wes Welker to the practice field just over seven months after a serious left knee injury that required reconstructive surgery. Kraft was on hand Monday morning for the first practice prior to Monday night's scrimmage for season ticket holders inside Gillette Stadium. 


FOXBORO -- Patriots owner Robert Kraft, speaking after a press conference on solar power generation at Patriot Place in Foxboro, sounded another optimistic note that he believes the team can sign iconic quarterback Tom Brady to a long-term contract. Kraft walked off the practice field with Brady on Monday morning and was asked if he spoke to the quarterback about his birthday plans for Tuesday.


FOXBORO — The Patriots announced Monday morning they have signed wide receiver Rod Owens and tight end Carson Butler.

Owens, a 6-foot-1, 186-pound wide receiver, led Florida State with 61 catches for 729 yards and three touchdowns last season. A 23-year-old, he originally worked out for the Patriots in early June just after getting released by St. Louis.

FOXBORO — According to a league source, the knee injury suffered by Patriots inside linebacker Gary Guyton suffered at training camp Sunday afternoon is not serious. “A tweaked knee with perhaps a couple of days rest,” is how the source described Guyton's situation after the Georgia Tech product went down during a practice session Sunday afternoon.

The Patriots worked out defensive end Adewale Ogunleye this afternoon, according to multiple media outlets. Ogunleye, 32, is a nine-year veteran who has played for Chicago and Miami and has 67 career quarterback sacks, including 15 with the Dolphins back in 2003. A 6-foot-4, 260-pounder undrafted free agent out of Indiana, Ogunleye could be a candidate to replace linebacker/defensive end Derrick Burgess if Burgess does decide to retire, as has been reported. For more on the Patriots, check out weei.com/Patriots.