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Jimmy Garoppolo speaks Wednesday on the release of Bryan Stork. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — Wednesday was a harsh reminder to Jimmy Garoppolo of the business of football.

Center Bryan Stork was released by the Patriots. Stork, in his third season out of Florida State, came into the NFL the same year as the Patriots quarterback. Garoppolo was taken in the second round of the 2014 draft while Stork was taken two rounds later.

The two naturally developed a bond in and out of the Patriots locker room.

“It’s tough. It’s that time of year,” Garoppolo said. “There’s a lot of movement between teams and players and everything. It’s tough to see one of your guys go like that. That’s the business I guess.”

Garoppolo had a chance to play with Stork in the preseason, during the 41-14 loss to the Chiefs in Week 4 of 2014 and in the season finale against the Bills at Gillette in the ’14 season finale.

Now, Garoppolo must move onto the next part of his job, working with David Andrews.

“David, he’s been doing a great job this camp,” Garoppolo said. “The whole O-line, it’s a good group of guys. No one gets mixed and matched more than those guys do. So, to be able to able to work with different people next to you all the time and everything like that. You’re getting adjusted to them, they’re getting adjusted to you, it’s really a credit to those guys up front. They all just handle it very well.”

What makes Garoppolo appreciate the job of an NFL center?

“The calls are a big part of it,” Garoppolo said. “But all the way across the board, on the whole O-line, it’s tough to play any one of those positions. There’s a lot of communication that just an average fan sitting in the stands probably won’t see because the trenches down there is tight quarters. There’s a lot of communication between those guys. In the blink of an eye, the whole play could change for them. So, those guys are doing a tremendous job for us. Hopefully, they keep it going.”

Now, it’s Andrews, Josh Kline and rookie Ted Karras who figure to hold down the center position to start this season. All three can take charge.

“Yeah, but it’s not only the center, though. We have different leaders in all positions, and I think that’s a good thing about our team and our locker room,” Garoppolo said. “There’s leaders all over the place. People lead by example. There’s different ways to lead. Everyone has their own style of doing it.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia
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Jimmy Garoppolo speaks Wednesday on the release of Bryan Stork. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — Wednesday was a harsh reminder to Jimmy Garoppolo of the business of football.

Center Bryan Stork was released by the Patriots. Stork, in his third season out of Florida State, came into the NFL the same year as the Patriots quarterback. Garoppolo was taken in the second round of the 2014 draft while Stork was taken two rounds later.

The two naturally developed a bond in and out of the Patriots locker room.

“It’s tough. It’s that time of year,” Garoppolo said. “There’s a lot of movement between teams and players and everything. It’s tough to see one of your guys go like that. That’s the business I guess.”

Garoppolo had a chance to play with Stork in the preseason, during the 41-14 loss to the Chiefs in Week 4 of 2014 and in the season finale against the Bills at Gillette in the ’14 season finale.

Now, Garoppolo must move onto the next part of his job, working with David Andrews.

“David, he’s been doing a great job this camp,” Garoppolo said. “The whole O-line, it’s a good group of guys. No one gets mixed and matched more than those guys do. So, to be able to able to work with different people next to you all the time and everything like that. You’re getting adjusted to them, they’re getting adjusted to you, it’s really a credit to those guys up front. They all just handle it very well.”

What makes Garoppolo appreciate the job of an NFL center?

“The calls are a big part of it,” Garoppolo said. “But all the way across the board, on the whole O-line, it’s tough to play any one of those positions. There’s a lot of communication that just an average fan sitting in the stands probably won’t see because the trenches down there is tight quarters. There’s a lot of communication between those guys. In the blink of an eye, the whole play could change for them. So, those guys are doing a tremendous job for us. Hopefully, they keep it going.”

Now, it’s Andrews, Josh Kline and rookie Ted Karras who figure to hold down the center position to start this season. All three can take charge.

“Yeah, but it’s not only the center, though. We have different leaders in all positions, and I think that’s a good thing about our team and our locker room,” Garoppolo said. “There’s leaders all over the place. People lead by example. There’s different ways to lead. Everyone has their own style of doing it.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia

FOXBORO — Martellus Bennett doesn’t buy into the fact that there’s more at stake in the third preseason game. For the veteran tight end, it’s simply another chance to work on his craft.

Martellus Bennett meets the media Wednesday afternoon. (WEEI.com photo)

Martellus Bennett meets the media Wednesday afternoon. (WEEI.com photo)

FOXBORO — Martellus Bennett doesn’t buy into the fact that there’s more at stake in the third preseason game. For the veteran tight end, it’s simply another chance to work on his craft.

Bennett, who met the media for the first time Wednesday after an extended break from reporters, said the idea of the third preseason game being the game for starters to get a last chance at some work before the start of the regular season is a bit overrated.

All my snaps are full speed. I don’t slow down. I just go full speed. It’s just a regular game for me,” he said when asked about the third preseason game. “It’s just like the same, whether it’s regular season or preseason. The same.

“I put my pants on the same way. I put my shoes on the same way. Tie them the same way. The same gloves, the same face mask.”

For Bennett, the game reps aren’t necessarily more important than the practice reps.

“For me, it’s the same as practice. Just different color uniforms,” he said when asked about the difference between the two. “Just like taking what you’ve done on the practice field and doing it against somebody else that’s not the guy you see all the time. It’s just fun. It’s just football.”

Bennett has had an excellent camp and preseason, but still considers this stage of the summer another part of “the journey” that is the NFL season.

“I feel OK. I’m getting closer to where I want to be,” he said. “It’s a journey [and] I’m just enjoying the ride right now, and constantly working on my craft and constantly looking for different ways to get better and learn even more details of the offense. It’s a growing process, like anything else in life.

“There’s no part of my game that’s good. That’s the thing about football — you can play it all your life and you’ll never become the best at it. It’s just about constantly growing,” he added. “Everything could be better. Just every single thing.”

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

FOXBORO — Jimmy Garoppolo reacted to Bryan Stork’s release Wednesday, Nate Washington was released and Martellus Bennett spoke up for the first time in a while in the Patriots’ locker room. WEEI’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price have your update from Foxboro.

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WEEI

The Broncos and Patriots have had some good battles over the last few seasons and the teams don’t exactly love one another.

Broncos DE Derek Wolfe sacked Tom Brady once in the regular season and once in the postseason. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Broncos DE Derek Wolfe sacked Tom Brady once in the regular season and once in the postseason. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Broncos and Patriots have had some good battles over the last few seasons and the teams don’t exactly love one another.

On a recent Barstool Sports episode of “The Life” Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was asked who his favorite player in the NFL is to tackle.

“Tom Brady, duh,” Wolfe said. “I just don’t like quarterbacks in general. I have a lot of respect for them, don’t get me wrong, but I like competing against the best, so in my mind I have to hate you. Sorry.”

Wolfe sacked Brady once in the regular season matchup last season and also again in the AFC championship game.

There was also a story last offseason where Wolfe told Brady he wanted to “eat his kids.” Wolfe cleared that story up as well.

“OK, so there is a story behind that,” he said. “That was not directed at Tom Brady. That was actually a whole different team. It was the Chargers. It was Philip Rivers. We were going back and forth the whole game and I said some things I should’ve had said probably, but I was pissed off. T.J. was misspoken when he said I said that about Tom Brady. It was not Tom Brady. Sorry, Tom for the misunderstanding.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

The Patriots have released wide receiver Nate Washington, according to a league source.

The Patriots have released wide receiver Nate Washington, according to a league source.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder out of Tiffin was signed by the Patriots in March as a veteran free agent, and has been in the league 11 seasons, six of them with the Titans, four with the Steelers and one with the Texans. The 32-year-old has 458 career catches for 6,954 yards and 44 touchdowns. He had the best season of his career in 2011 with Tennessee, when he finished with 74 catches for 1,023 yards and seven touchdowns.

Washington struggled to stay on the field consistently over the course of the summer, and was faced with serious competition at the back end of the receiver depth chart.

Tom Curran of Comcast Sports Net first reported the news.

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Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

The Patriots are set to release center Bryan Stork, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.