There's a new team playing football at Gillette. The uniforms are the same. Many of the names are familiar. But the style doesn't look anything like what the the locals have become accustomed to seeing. At least not for a while.



FOXBORO -- Kenbrell Thompkins was looking to beat press coverage.

FOXBORO — It was hardly a breakout game for Tom Brady but after the way things went in Week 2 against the Jets and the first quarter Sunday, he will take Sunday’s 23-3 win over Tampa Bay as a step in the right direction.

FOXBORO – Going into the season there was no denying the Patriots offense would be different than the offenses of the past. 87 percent of last years completions are no longer with the team, and going into Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers they were without star wide receiver Danny Amendola for a second straight week dealing with a groin injury.

FOXBORO -- Do you believe in the Patriots defense now? You should.

The Patriots are 3-0 after facing quarterbacks named EJ Manuel, Geno Smith and Josh Freeman.



FOXBORO — The Patriots pushed out to 3-0 for the first time since 2007 when they knocked off the Bucs 23-3 Sunday afternoon in Foxboro. Tom Brady finished 25-for-36 for 225 yards, two touchdowns and one pick in the victory, while getting solid performances from rookie receivers Kenbrell Thompkins (three catches, 41 yards, two touchdowns) and Aaron Dobson (seven catches, 52 yards). In addition, Brandon Bolden had three carries for 51 yards and five catches for 49 yards.

Here are a few quick notes:

FOXBORO — No big surprises when it comes to the Patriots list of in actives that were recently released: offensive lineman Will Svitek, running back Leon Washington, tight end Rob Gronkowski, special teamer Matt Slater, wide receiver Danny Amendola, linebacker Steve Beauharnais and defensive lineman Chris Jones.

FOXBORO — Apparently Tom Brady really wants help at the wide receiver position.

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Michael Silver are reporting that the star quarterback has reached out via text and old-fashioned phone calls to see if either Deion Branch or Brandon Lloyd might be interested in coming back to New England and contribute to the passing game. Rapoport reports that Branch, 34, is in Kentucky and willing to come back while Lloyd’s interest is unknown.

FOXBORO — The Patriots and Jonathan Fanene have reached a settlement that will end a dispute over what the former defensive lineman is owed, according to Mike Reiss of

Reiss reports the team and Fanene resolved a grievance over Fanene’s 2012 signing bonus, allowing Fanene to keep the $2.5 million already paid out while the team will not have to pay him the remaining $1.85 million.

FOXBORO — When Rob Ninkovich takes the field Sunday against Tampa Bay he’ll be doing so with a brand new contract extension in tow.