FOXBORO –€“ After missing two practices early in the week and getting limited reps in practice due to the joint practices with the Eagles, quarterback Ryan Mallett is ready to go come from Friday night for the Patriots’€™ second preseason game of the season.

“Whenever they tell me to,”€ Mallett said, when asked if he expects to play.

With the Eagles in town this week, reps have been hard to come by in 11-on-11s because of the amount of players on the field at once. As a three-year backup, Mallett knows he has to take advantage of every play he is given.

“Any time you get a rep when you’re not the starter, you take advantage of it because you don’t get all the reps,” Mallett said. “That’s why I treat every practice like that, whether it be joint or if we’re just practicing against each other.”

In last Thursday’€™s game, the quarterback struggled at times, going 5-for-12 passing for 55 yards in one half of action. Mallett is itching to get back on the field and correct some of the things that may have went wrong.

“€œThere are some things we obviously have to do better — we didn’€™t play very well,”€ Mallett said. “There were some things we obviously have to do better –€“ we came out, practiced well and got better. That is what we’€™re trying to do everyday — get better and be ready for the Eagles tomorrow.”

There were a few occasions where Mallett and his receivers as well as running backs had some miscommunications leading to incomplete passes. On one play receiver Josh Boyce ran into a defender when Mallett thought he was going to do something else and on another, Mallett hit running back Roy Finch in the back of the head on a route Finch was running out of the backfield.

“That is part of the preseason — all those things are going to happen,” he said. “€œIt shows why you can’€™t let it happen when it gets to the regular season. We just have to learn from that and get better from it.”€

Asked if there were any particular throws he’€™d like to have back, Mallett joked, “All the incompletions.”€

“I’ve already moved passed it and ready for this week,” Mallett said. “Rear-view mirror kind of game right now.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — Many wondered what was wrong with quarterback Ryan Mallett when he missed both Sunday and Monday’s practices. That was in the wake of last Thursday’s preseason game against the Redskins where he slid awkwardly at one point in the first half on his left knee.

FOXBORO — Many wondered what was wrong with quarterback Ryan Mallett when he missed both Sunday and Monday’s practices. That was in the wake of last Thursday’s preseason game against the Redskins where he slid awkwardly at one point in the first half on his left knee.

Following Thursday’s walk-through with the Eagles, Mallett cleared the air.

“Just maintenance stuff,” the 26-year-old said when asked about the absences.

Mallett did wear a heavy brace/sleeve on his left leg for the three joint sessions with the Eagles, but insists that wasn’t anything new.

“Same thing — I didn’€™t change anything. Same old, same,” said Mallett.

The quarterback went 5-for-12 passing for 55 yards playing the first half against Washington.

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Ryan Hannable

FOXBORO — The Patriots and Eagles finished their third joint practice of the week on Thursday, a low-intensity session that ran for roughly two hours on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium. The session was held in shorts and jerseys, and so there was no hitting. Overall, it was the 16th practice of the summer for New England, and the fifth not in pads.

– For the third straight workout, linebacker Jerod Mayo was not present for the session. The veteran was also not part of the Tuesday or Wednesday sessions with the Eagles. Mayo’s absence was not explained, but a report from Mike Garofolo of Fox Sports indicated that the absence was not considered serious. In his place in the drills with Philly, a variety of people wore the green dot on their helmets, including middle/inside linebackers Steve Beauharnais and Chris White.

– In addition to Mayo, the following players were not spotted at start of the walkthrough: running back Tyler Gaffney; tight ends D.J. Williams. Cameron Gordon and Michael Hoomanawanui; linebacker James Anderson; offensive lineman Chris Martin; wide receiver Jeremy Gallon; defensive linemen Chris Jones and Sealver Siliga. Meanwhile, Tavon Wilson, Kanorris Davis, Ja’Gared Davis and Bryan Stork took the field with their teammates, but quickly moved down to the practice field to get in some work with the strength and conditioning coaches.

– Left tackle Nate Solder departed practice roughly 30 minutes early with a member of the team’s medical staff. It didn’t look like Solder was injured, but it’s certainly something worth keeping an eye on. As for the rest of the offensive line, Marcus Cannon appeared to get the majority of reps in Solder’s place, while Jordan Devey also worked extensively with the ones.

Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady got their usual work off to the side together. No Revis this time, though. When it comes to the tight end position, with the release of Ben Hartsock earlier in the day and the injuries to Williams, Hoomanawanui and Gordon, the Patriots have one healthy tight end (Steve Maneri) heading into Friday’s contest against the Eagles. It is worth noting that fullback James Develin has been working extensively with the tight end group over the course of the spring, and lined up there an awful lot on Thursday morning. Look for more of that Friday night.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

The Patriots announced Thursday they release tight end Ben Hartsock. Here’s a portion of the statement issued by the team on the move:

The Patriots announced Thursday they release tight end Ben Hartsock. Here’s a portion of the statement issued by the team on the move:

Hartsock, 34, is a veteran of 10 NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (2004-06), Tennessee Titans (2006-07), Atlanta Falcons (2008), New York Jets (2009-10) and Carolina Panthers (2011-13). The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder, originally entered the NFL as a third-round draft pick (68th overall) of Indianapolis in the 2004 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. He has played in 131 NFL games with 49 starts and has 31 receptions for 312 yards and one touchdown. Last season, Hartsock played in 13 games with two starts for the Panthers but did not have any receptions.

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Christopher Price

Tom Brady has a lot of respect for his centers.

The quarterback talked Wednesday about just how much he’s appreciated the work of Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell over the last few seasons and the chemistry he’s enjoyed with them. The result was an out-of-context smirkfest.

“I’€™ve got confidence in those guys,” Brady said. “I love both Dan and Wendy. I love those guys. They work so hard.

“The center-quarterback relationship is a pretty special one. I’€™ve got my hands on their butts probably more than their wives, so it’€™s a pretty unique trust and relationship you have.”

Clearly, we’ve reached the dog days of training camp.

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Christopher Price

FOXBORO — It’s been a homecoming week for Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.

The former Oregon and University of New Hampshire coach and a New Hampshire native to this day — returned back to New England this week for the Eagles’ joint practices and Friday’s preseason game with the Patriots. Kelly coached at New Hampshire from 1994-2006 with roles varying from running backs coach, offensive line coach and offensive coordinator. Even though he’s returning home, the 50-year-old isn’t thinking of his return to New England as anything less than a business trip.

“We’€™re here to go to work and it’€™s a little bit of a ways away, but a couple people — a couple former players of mine at New Hampshire I saw yesterday after practice,” Kelly said. “That part was good, but it’€™s really a business trip for us getting ready to prepare against a really good team — giving ourselves an opportunity to test ourselves against an outstanding opponent. We’€™re kind of looking at it from that stand point.”

Kelly’s relationship with Bill Belichick goes back to his time with the Wildcats when the UNH staff would come down to check out Patriots practices. He’s always valued his time spent with Belichick.

“When he was coaching here and I was the coach at New Hampshire I used to come down and visit practice,” Kelly said of the first time he met Belichick. “He was very gracious — he’€™s always been really gracious to the local college coaches –  they were always open for us to come in and watch and visit. In the NFL they start camp a little bit earlier than colleges so you get a chance to come down for that last week of July and first couple days of camp. At that time I think they were down at Bryant [University], but he’€™s been always been very gracious and always great at this time being able to share football knowledge.”

Even though he’s all business this week, Kelly has a soft spot for the place he calls home and where he grew up — Dover, New Hampshire.

‘€œThat’€™s where you grow up, it’€™s your family,” Kelly said. “I think everyone does that — I don’€™t know many people that move away or something like that — there is always a place in your heart where you grew up and that you’€™re a part of. I’€™m fortunate that I get a chance to go home — my family still lives up there and I have a lot of really, really good friends there that I grew up with and I think that’€™s foundations we all built upon.”

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Ryan Hannable

The Patriots have waived tight end Terrence Miller with an injury designation, according to the NFL’s official transaction wire.

The Patriots have waived tight end Terrence Miller with an injury designation, according to the NFL’s official transaction wire.

Miller, who was signed on Monday, is a 6-foot-4, 234-pound rookie out of Arizona who was undrafted this past spring. In his career with the Wildcats, he had 95 catches for 1,117 yards and three receiving TDs. He was not present for the Patriots’ joint practice with the Eagles on Wednesday morning.

ESPN is reporting that his roster spot was taken by defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, who was acquired from Green Bay for an undisclosed draft pick.

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Christopher Price