Sports Illustrated’s Peter King joined Mut & Merloni on Friday to talk about news from around the NFL as the Patriots prepare to open the season Sunday against the Bills in Buffalo.

King wrote this week that Tim Tebow, cut by the Patriots on Saturday, still refuses to change positions and will only consider playing quarterback in the NFL.

FOXBORO — The Patriots practiced in shorts and shells on the upper grass fields outside Gillette Stadium Friday morning. It was the final full practice before the Patriots open the season Sunday in Buffalo. The team will go through a light walkthrough on Saturday before leaving for Western New York.

The Patriots continued their roster tweaking on Thursday. In addition to the release of offensive lineman Braxston Cave and tight end Matthew Mulligan, according to reports, they have re-signed fullback James Develin and added offensive lineman Jordan Devey to the practice squad.

The Patriots announced Thursday they released offensive lineman Braxston Cave and tight end Matthew Mulligan.

Cave, 24, was claimed off waivers by the Patriots from Cleveland on Sept. 1. The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder was originally signed by Cleveland as a rookie free agent out of Notre Dame on April 30. He was released by Cleveland on Aug. 30. Cave played in 48 games for Notre Dame, including 35 starts at center. He also served as the team’s long snapper.

FOXBORO — The Patriots practice report was the same for the second straight day on Thursday, as tight end Rob Gronkowski (forearm/back) and wide receiver Danny Amendola (groin) were among the six players limited for New England. Offensive lineman Will Svitek – seen this week in the locker room with a knee brace – was the only player missing from practice and hasn’t practiced all week.

Here is Thursday’s complete report:

Did not participate: OL Will Svitek (knee)

FOXBORO — Patriots defensive lineman Tommy Kelly knows EJ Manuel is a quarterback who can run if he’s forced out of the pocket. But he’s not ready to take that next step and say the Bills rookie signal caller is the next Michael Vick.

FOXBORO — Informed of Stevie Johnson‘s quote that he doesn’t feel like the Patriots have anyone who could stop him, Aqib Talib played it cool.

Asked if he had heard about Johnson’s boast, the New England cornerback responded by saying Thursday he hasn’t seen it.

Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has again had his court appearance moved back, meaning his preparation for the season opener in Buffalo will not be affected.

According to the court clerk in Lincoln, Neb., the Patriots will now appear in court Sept. 16 to answer for an alleged violation of his probation. That means he would appear on the Monday after the home opener against the Jets and would not miss any on-field practice time.

FOXBORO — The Patriots practiced in shorts and shells on the wet upper grass fields outside Gillette Stadium Thursday morning.

The highlight during the media availability was Rob Gronkowski catching a touchdown pass from Tom Brady in first team offensive drills with no defense.

Say this much for EJ Manuel, he has a fair amount of confidence going into his first NFL game and making his first NFL start.

Perhaps that comes from playing in the football crazy state of Florida during his college years and playing at Florida State under Jimbo Fisher, who himself replaced the legendary Bobby Bowden.

Manuel’s job is not nearly as daunting. He is not replacing Jim Kelly but rather Ryan Fitzpatrick.