Troy Brown has always had the ear of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.   (Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Troy Brown has always had the ear of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. (Doug Benc/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Turns out, Bill Belichick does listen to the media, at least when one of those media members is a respected former player.

Troy Brown certainly fits in that category. On Monday, Belichick shared an experience he had recently when he heard Troy Brown speak about the NFL cutdown process from a player’s perspective.

“I think Troy Brown made a comment a couple of weeks ago when he said, ‘I knew that when I came into the league, I knew that it was a long shot for me to make a team. I was probably going to get cut and all that. I felt like my job every day was to make it as hard as possible for Coach Parcells to make that decision. I wanted to make his job tough for him to cut me,'” Belichick said.

Belichick said he and his staff are in a tough spot for a very good reason. Many of his players in different groups have battled hard to make the decision on whether to cut or keep a player very challenging. In two particular groups, wide receiver and running back, especially the third-down back spot, it’s going to be razor-thin.

“It’s definitely made it hard. We’ve have a lot of guys do that,” Belichick said.

“I’d say there have been a number of guys that have done that this year in preseason. They’ve kind of taken that phrase that Troy used and really have done that. They’ve forced us to make some hard decisions because of how competitively they’ve played and vice versa. Guys at a spot where there’s a lot of competition, instead of one or two guys rising and one or two guys fading out, in some cases several members of that group have all competitively risen the level of their game to make some very tough decisions.”

The wide receiver spot includes new names like Chris Harper and Jonathan Krause, both of whom have shown glimpses of being impact players to give depth behind the likes of Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Reggie Wayne and Brandon LaFell. As for the running back group, it’s very, very competitive, with players like James White, Dion Lewis, Travaris Cadet and Tony Creecy all vying for valuable game reps as a third-down back to replace Shane Vereen.

“I would put the running back position in that,” Belichick said. “We’ve pretty much had the same group. We added Tony [Creecy]. We’ve pretty much had that same group when we lost [Tyler] Gaffney but we pretty much have the same group of guys since the beginning of the spring, with no rookies in that group other than Tony coming in a couple of weeks ago. Those guys have all competed well. They’ve all improved. They’ve all pushed each other. They’ve all worked really and they’ve all been productive. It’s a good example of that. They’re making it hard on us.”

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Troy Brown has always had the ear of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.   (Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Troy Brown has always had the ear of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. (Doug Benc/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Turns out, Bill Belichick does listen to the media, at least when one of those media members is a respected former player.

Troy Brown certainly fits in that category. On Monday, Belichick shared an experience he had recently when he heard Troy Brown speak about the NFL cutdown process from a player’s perspective.

“I think Troy Brown made a comment a couple of weeks ago when he said, ‘I knew that when I came into the league, I knew that it was a long shot for me to make a team. I was probably going to get cut and all that. I felt like my job every day was to make it as hard as possible for Coach Parcells to make that decision. I wanted to make his job tough for him to cut me,'” Belichick said.

Belichick said he and his staff are in a tough spot for a very good reason. Many of his players in different groups have battled hard to make the decision on whether to cut or keep a player very challenging. In two particular groups, wide receiver and running back, especially the third-down back spot, it’s going to be razor-thin.

“It’s definitely made it hard. We’ve have a lot of guys do that,” Belichick said.

“I’d say there have been a number of guys that have done that this year in preseason. They’ve kind of taken that phrase that Troy used and really have done that. They’ve forced us to make some hard decisions because of how competitively they’ve played and vice versa. Guys at a spot where there’s a lot of competition, instead of one or two guys rising and one or two guys fading out, in some cases several members of that group have all competitively risen the level of their game to make some very tough decisions.”

The wide receiver spot includes new names like Chris Harper and Jonathan Krause, both of whom have shown glimpses of being impact players to give depth behind the likes of Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Reggie Wayne and Brandon LaFell. As for the running back group, it’s very, very competitive, with players like James White, Dion Lewis, Travaris Cadet and Tony Creecy all vying for valuable game reps as a third-down back to replace Shane Vereen.

“I would put the running back position in that,” Belichick said. “We’ve pretty much had the same group. We added Tony [Creecy]. We’ve pretty much had that same group when we lost [Tyler] Gaffney but we pretty much have the same group of guys since the beginning of the spring, with no rookies in that group other than Tony coming in a couple of weeks ago. Those guys have all competed well. They’ve all improved. They’ve all pushed each other. They’ve all worked really and they’ve all been productive. It’s a good example of that. They’re making it hard on us.”

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If he’€™s done for the preseason — and given his past history when it comes to the preseason finale, there’€™s a good chance he’€™s taken his final snaps until the regular season –” here’€™s a look at Tom Brady‘€™s preseason stats dating back to 2002.

2015
3 games: 10-for-22 (45.5 percent), 107 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 1 sack, 37.5 passer rating

2014
2 games: 25-for-31 (81 percent), 285 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 0 sacks, 123.8 passer rating

2013
3 games: 34-for-44 (77 percent), 357 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 2 sacks, 106 passer rating

2012
2 games: 17-for-27 (63 percent) 157 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 3 sacks, 75.7 passer rating

2011
3 games: 28-for-50 (56 percent), 379 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 3 sacks, 92 passer rating

2010
4 games: 37-for-50 (74 percent), 476 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT, 2 sacks, 128.4 passer rating

2009
3 games: 26-for-42 (62 percent), 307 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, 2 sacks, 106.0 passer rating

2008
DNP

2007
3 games: 32-for-48, (67 percent), 346 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs, 2 sacks, 91.1 passer rating

2006
3 games: 35-for-54 (65 percent), 404 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs, 1 sack, 93.4 passer rating

2005
2 games: 18-for-32 (56 percent) 232 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 sack, 76.6 passer rating

2004
3 games: 34-for-44 (77 percent), 374 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 3 sacks, 96.2 passer rating

2003
4 games: 34-for-56 (61 percent), 381 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INT, 3 sacks, 116.8 passer rating

2002
4 games: 41-for-65 (63 percent), 482 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTs, 3 sacks, 76.6 passer rating

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Bill Belichick cracks a smile speaking to reporters Monday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Bill Belichick cracks a smile speaking to reporters Monday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — This is a busy time for Bill Belichick and his staff.

He has a lot to consider as rosters get cut to 75 by Tuesday at 4 p.m. and to 53 by Saturday at 4 p.m. Will his starting center be ready for the season? Who will step up and fill the void for the injured James Develin? How many corners will he keep and which ones?

Then there’s the outside element, as in players that become available outside the organization, like veteran running back Fred Jackson, who was released Monday by the Bills.

And all of these questions don’t even include the uncertainty around the quarterback position, which is expected to resolve by the end of the week when Judge Richard Berman issues his ruling on the Tom Brady four-game suspension.

But first and foremost, Belichick needs to get from 84 to 75 by the end of the workday Monday. One of those moves has already been made with the reported release of tight end Jimmay Mundine.

“Some of those may be made today,” Belichick said during his Monday morning press conference. “We’€™re in the process of working through some things. There’€™s some moving parts. Some things play off other things, so whatever we have, we’€™ll just give you at the end of the day.

“It’€™s trying to balance a lot of things here at this time of year between roster, the Giants game, obviously the Pittsburgh opener and a number of other things. Each coach, each player is all in their own individual situation, whatever the circumstances are that surround it in the next couple weeks. We just have to try to work through it the best we can and try to get as much done as practically as possible. That’€™s what we’€™ll try to do.”

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FOXBORO — Tom Brady was just one of 12 players not spotted at Patriots practice on Monday in shorts and shells outside Gillette Stadium.

Josh Boyce

Josh Boyce

FOXBORO — Tom Brady was just one of 12 players not spotted at Patriots practice on Monday in shorts and shells outside Gillette Stadium.

While Brady was down in New York City attending a settlement hearing with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in front of federal judge Richard Berman, there were several players missing. Most notable might be wide receiver Josh Boyce, who did not get a single snap in the game against the Saints or Panthers.

Also not seen were the following players who are nursing injuries: Brandon LaFell, Darryl Roberts, James Develin, Bryan Stork, Joe Vellano and Chris Jones. Receiver Jonathan Krause, offensive lineman Chris Barker and linebacker Dekoda Watson were also not seen.

The practice was just a one-hour walkthrough as the team and front office prepare to cut the roster down from 84 players to 75 by Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline.

One of those cuts already took place as tight end Jimmy Mundine was reportedly given his release, getting the roster down to 83.

The Patriots will have practice again on Tuesday and a walkthrough Wednesday before playing their final preseason game Thursday night at Gillette Stadium against the Giants.

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No settlement was reached in Deflategate on Monday, but Judge Richard Berman told both Tom Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that he expects to make a decision in the case Tuesday or Wednesday, or “definitely” by Friday.

No settlement was reached in Deflategate on Monday, but Judge Richard Berman told both Tom Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that he expects to make a decision in the case Tuesday or Wednesday, or “definitely” by Friday.

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Jimmay Mundine

Jimmay Mundine

The Patriots informed tight end Jimmay Mundine of his release Monday morning, according to NESN.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder was signed as a rookie free agent in June following an impressive college career at Kansas where he played in 45 games with 19 starts and finished his career with 86 receptions for 1,082 yards and 11 touchdowns, the most by a tight end in school history.

Mundine has three catches for 26 yards this preseason.

The Patriots need to get their roster down to 75 players by Tuesday at 4 p.m.

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Giants owner John Mara was among those in the courtroom for Monday morning’s Deflategate hearing, after Judge Richard Berman expressed an interest in getting the chairman of the NFL’s chief executive committee involve