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FOXBORO — The common thinking is that Darrelle Revis is going to be the next Ty Law, if not better.

Even Law admitted Monday – after getting fitted for his Patriots Hall of Fame jacket for this Friday’s ceremony – that Revis is what fans have been longing for.

The Seahawks' Super Bowl formula was one that is bound to spawn countless imitators. Some teams decided to supersize their secondaries with the addition of big and rangy defensive backs. Others decided to beef up their ground game. And other teams started looking for the next Russell Wilson.



Despite the fact that the NFL is throwing the ball now more than ever -- one of the reasons behind the fact that the 300-carry “bell cow” appears to be dying out -- the market for fullbacks appears to be pretty robust.



FOXBORO — When Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner were brought into the fold by the Patriots in the offseason, there was a presumption that the Patriots were about to alter their defensive approach somewhat, perhaps going with a more physical attack at the line of scrimmage and playing more pure bump-and-run.

FOXBORO — Mother Nature brought a premature end to Day 4 of Patriots training camp Sunday outside Gillette Stadium. The Patriots will not practice Monday before returning to the practice field on Tuesday.

Coaches and players jogged off the field as the first of several thunderclaps and heavy rains pelted the field, drawing practice to a close at about 11:15 a.m. Here are some of the highlights before the rains came:

FOXBORO — The Patriots made a pair of signings for the back end of their roster, adjusting for the loss of receiver Greg Orton on Friday.

Director of player personnel Nick Caserio announced Sunday morning during his press conference that the team signed receivers Cole Stanford and Brian Tyms. Both were in attendance Sunday morning as the team held its second straight practice in pads. Stanford was wearing No. 14 while Tyms was assigned No. 84.

FOXBORO — In his first meeting with the media this summer, Darrelle Revis pronounced himself to be in the “best shape of my career.”

Talking with reporters shortly after the end of Friday’s practice session, the Patriots cornerback said that even after coming back from a devastating knee injury that sidelined him for all but two games in 2012, he wasn’t where he wanted to be physically as a player.

But now, he’s feeling good about his health again.

The Patriots announced Friday they have released veteran tight end Nate Byham.

FOXBORO -- Over the first two practices of training camp, no player has stood out more than wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins.



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FOXBORO — The Gronk was back in rare form Friday.