The Patriots want to remind fans that Monday is the final day of training camp access for the public. Monday’s session is scheduled to run from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium. Following Monday practice, the team switches to a regular-season schedule — workouts will be closed to the public, while the media will have a brief window at the start of practice to watch stretching and drills.

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Christopher Price

The Patriots want to remind fans that Monday is the final day of training camp access for the public. Monday’s session is scheduled to run from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium. Following Monday practice, the team switches to a regular-season schedule — workouts will be closed to the public, while the media will have a brief window at the start of practice to watch stretching and drills.

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Christopher Price

One week after they waived tight end Justin Jones, the Patriots have re-signed the rookie, according to reports.

The 6-foot-8, 277-pound Jones, who was cut loose last week, was a three-year starter at East Carolina, and finished his career with 52 receptions for 598 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Patriots this past spring.

One week after they waived tight end Justin Jones, the Patriots have re-signed the rookie, according to reports.

The 6-foot-8, 277-pound Jones, who was cut loose last week, was a three-year starter at East Carolina, and finished his career with 52 receptions for 598 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Patriots this past spring.

Tom E. Curran of Comcast first reported the story.

To make room for Jones, the Patriots have released long snapper Tyler Ott, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN. The Harvard product was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Patriots on May 16.

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Christopher Price

With two games in the books — and one contest under his belt — Tom Brady is 8-for-10 for 81 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the 2014 preseason. But how does that stack up to some of his past preseason numbers? With the understanding that passing yardage totals often fluctuate because of total snaps played, the key numbers to look for here are accuracy (completion percentage) and ability to avoid interceptions and sacks. From this viewpoint, his 2010 preseason remains the best of his career, but you could make an argument for 2004 or 2013 as well. (Last year, he started red-hot, going 18-for-20 for 172 yards and two touchdowns in his first two preseason games.) Here’s how the rest of the last decade stacks up for Brady when it comes to preseason performance:

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

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

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

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

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

2008
DNP

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

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

2005
2 games: 18-for-33 (55 percent) 232 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT (no sack information available)

2004
3 games: 34-for-44 (77 percent), 374 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT (no sack information available)

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Christopher Price

Every week, we list the Patriots’€™ “offensive touches,”€ a running tally of which one of the offensive skill position players is getting the most looks. Like our weekly look at targets, it can occasionally be an inexact stat, but it remains a good barometer of how confident the coaches (and quarterback) are when it comes to the skill position players at their disposal. Here’€™s a breakdown of the New England offense through the first two preseason games of 2014:

RB Jonas Gray: 21 (21 rushes)
RB James White: 15 (14 rushes, 1 catch)
RB Roy Finch: 11 (10 rushes, 3 catch)
RB Stevan Ridley: 11 (11 rushes)
WR Brian Tyms: 8 (8 catches)
WR Josh Boyce: 6 (5 catches, 1 rush)
QB Ryan Mallett: 5 (5 rushes), 3 sacks
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 4 (4 catches)
WR Brandon LaFell: 4 (4 catches)
RB Brandon Bolden: 3 (3 rushes)
RB Stephen Houston: 3 (3 rushes)
RB Shane Vereen: 3 (1 rush, 2 catches)
FB James Develin: 3 (3 catches)
WR Julian Edelman: 2 (2 catches)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 1 (1 rush)
WR Wilson Van Hooser: 1 (1 catch)
WR Danny Amendola: 1 (1 catch)
FB Taylor McCuller: 1 (1 catch)

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Christopher Price

Targets have been compiled by the NFL since the start of the 2009 season, and while it remains a vaguely imperfect stat — a badly thrown ball from a quarterback can often go against the record of the receiver as opposed to the quarterback — it remains a good indication of the confidence level a passer might have in his pass catcher. Here’€™s a look at the target breakdown for the New England passing game after twos game of the 2014 preseason:

WR Brian Tyms: 8 catches on 13 targets
WR Josh Boyce: 5 catches on 8 targets
WR Brandon LaFell: 4 catches on 8 targets
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 4 catches on 6 targets
RB Roy Finch: 3 catches on 6 targets
FB James Develin: 3 catches on 3 targets
RB Shane Vereen: 2 catches on 2 targets
WR Julian Edelman: 2 catches on 2 targets
WR Wilson Van Hooser: 1 catch on 1 target
WR Danny Amendola: 1 catch on 2 targets
RB James White: 1 catch on 2 targets
FB Taylor McCuller: 1 catch on 3 targets
TE Justin Jones: 0 catches on 1 target
TE Steve Maneri: 0 catches on 1 target

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Christopher Price

FOXBORO — Here we go again.

It’s only the preseason but the question of Stevan Ridley and ball security has arisen once more.

On his seventh carry Friday night against the Eagles, Ridley ran off to his right, behind the right guard and just as he appeared to be falling routinely to the ground at the Philadelphia 10, the ball came out.

FOXBORO — Here we go again.

It’s only the preseason but the question of Stevan Ridley and ball security has arisen once more.

On his seventh carry Friday night against the Eagles, Ridley ran off to his right, behind the right guard and just as he appeared to be falling routinely to the ground at the Philadelphia 10, the ball came out.

It was recovered by fullback James Develin so the Patriots managed to salvage the red zone chance and finished it off when Jimmy Garoppolo found Brandon LaFell in the back of the end zone.

There was some question as to whether it was a fumble at all as Ridley was close to having his backside on the turf when the ball came out when safety Earl Wolff stripped it out. But to head coach Bill Belichick, who has been down this road for the last three seasons with Ridley, whether it was down by contact was not the issue.

“We always talk about ball security, taking care of the ball. There’s nothing that correlates more to winning and losing than turnovers, so that’s always a high priority for us,” Belichick said in his Saturday conference call. “We never want the ball out and on the other side of the ball defensively and in the kicking game, we always try to get it out. Sometimes when we get the ball out, we don’t recover it or sometimes when we get it out they blow it dead but we always want to try to do that. The same goes true for the offensive side of the ball.”

Ridley came out of the game on what appeared to be his normal rotation but when he began to sprint on the field before the LaFell touchdown, he was called back and Brandon Bolden took his place. Bolden had two runs and rookie James White had another as Ridley was given time to consider his indiscretion.

“We don’t want plays where they end up with the ball, whether they’re ruled in our favor or not,” Belichick said. “Guys that have an interception in their hands but drop it or plays where the ball gets away from us, whether we recover it or it goes out of bounds or they recover it, those are all plays we’re trying to avoid, obviously. They do matter. So do the ones that, same thing on defense, the plays that we get out, we don’t get them all but the more we get them out, the more we’ll get, so they are significant.”

Ridley’s trouble with holding onto the ball is well-chronicled in New England. He has lost four fumbles in each of the last two seasons and was benched for the AFC championship and Super Bowl in his rookie season when he lost a fumble in the regular season finale and a playoff win over the Texans in Jan. 2012. Still, Ridley remains one of the most productive runners in the Patriots backfield, averaging 4.5 yards and rushing for 20 touchdowns in his first three seasons in New England.

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Mike Petraglia
Troy calls into Sports Sunday to discuss an event he, Tedy Bruschi and BIll Belichick are running Wednesday night in Boston for the Bill Belichick Foundation Scholarship Program. The guys ask him his opinions on what the Pats will look like this season, their improved defense and rule changes in the NFL. He also reminisces and tells some stories about Belichick's personality behind the scenes.