FOXBORO -- After the first of two joint practices in advance of their preseason game Thursday night at Gillette Stadium, interim Saints coach Joe Vitt and Patriots coach Bill Belichick exchanged compliments of each other's organizations. Vitt went as far as to call the Patriots "the Microsoft of the NFL" as a model franchise. Belichick was humbled by the praise.

On Tuesday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick will attend the funeral of Garrett Reid, the late son of Eagles coach Andy Reid who passed away earlier this month, according to Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Belichick and Reid have been close for several years, and on Sunday, Belichick offered his condolences to the Reid family, saying, "Andy is a good friend of mine. My heart goes out to him and his family."

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FOXBORO -- Prior to the start of camp, we took a look at five guys who were on the hot seat when it came to making the 53-man roster.



FOXBORO -- For the Patriots’ secondary, the low point of the 2011 season came when former New England defensive back Rodney Harrison went all Comic Book Guy (“Worst Secondary Ever”) on the group in December.



FOXBORO -- The comparisons make a lot of sense: the 2012 Patriots have just as many talented skill positions players as the 2007 team.



FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick sent his condolences to Eagles coach Andy Reid, whose 29-year-old son Garrett was found dead this morning by an Eagles team official at their camp at Lehigh University.

"Very sad," Belichick said at his Sunday news conference. "Andy is a good friend of mine. My heart goes out to him and his family."

Belichick and Andy Reid are very close friends and the two longest tenured head coaches in the NFL. Authorities investigating the death have ruled out foul play and suicide.

In a bit of a surprise, the Patriots announced late Saturday afternoon that veteran offensive lineman Robert Gallery had filed his retirement papers with the NFL. The team also announced that fullback Tony Fiammetta had been placed on the exempt/left squad list. Taking their roster spots are defensive back Derrick Martin and fullback Kareem Huggins. Martin and Huggins are expected to be at practice on Sunday when the Patriots return to training camp workouts after a day off on Saturday.

FOXBORO -- Two days after a training camp fight broke out before 22,000 fans inside Gillette Stadium, there were two more battles on Friday. Coach Bill Belichick sent the team, along with members of the coaching staff, to run three laps around the field as punishment.

The first fight involved linebacker Bobby Carpenter and lineman Ryan Wendell and two incidents followed moments later. Belichick spoke to the team after the laps and quarterback Tom Brady called for a players-only huddle.

FOXBORO -- Just over a month ago, we took a look at some of the positional battles we were most excited to see in Patriots training camp. Now, one week into camp, we take a look at how some of those battles are shaping up.



FOXBORO -- Saying he's seen much worse in his coaching career in the NFL, Bill Belichick said Thursday he isn't that concerned that the scuffle at Wednesday night's practice between Nate Solder and Brandon Spikes crossed any line of competitiveness among teammates.