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

FOXBORO — With any Bill Belichick-coached team, there are always a number of moving parts and players in new positions. Training camp is as good of a time as any to give these a look.

Chandler Jones — who usually plays defensive end in a three-point stance — acknowledged Wednesday he has been dropping back into pass coverage on a few occasions. It’s something the third-year player relishes.

“I enjoy it. I really enjoy it — it shows a little bit of versatility,” Jones said after the second joint practice with the Eagles. “It all goes back to whatever Coach Belichick tells me to play, that’€™s where I am going to play.”

Having done it on a few instances last season and in college at Syracuse as well as in high school, the 6-foot-5, 265-pounder says there isn’€™t much difference between defensive end and the hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker position — just how you line up.

“Believe it or not, it’€™s very similar — that hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end position — it’€™s very similar. I feel like we’€™re doing the same exact thing, it may be difference stances to start off with,” said Jones.

Jones finished last season with 11.5 sacks after totaling six in his rookie campaign in 2012. Now that the Patriots are working with a full complement of defenders after an injury plagued 2013 season, it gives Belichick and Co. a chance to shift some players around to showcase their versatility.

With the team-first and winning attitude — moving around on the field is just an effort to do whatever it takes to win.

“We have one goal and that is to win the Super Bowl so wherever they ask you to play — if you want to win — that’€™s what you have to do for the team,” said cornerback Logan Ryan.

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Ryan Hannable

The Patriots announced Wednesday that the final practice of camp that will be open to the public will be Monday from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday was supposed to be the last day, but the storm forced them to close practice to the public.

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The Patriots announced Wednesday that the final practice of camp that will be open to the public will be Monday from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday was supposed to be the last day, but the storm forced them to close practice to the public.

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Christopher Price

The Patriots want to remind fans that the NFL Clear Bag Policy will be in effect once again this season, starting this Friday, Aug. 15 when the Patriots host the Eagles at Gillette Stadium.

This means that fans arriving for Patriots games at Gillette Stadium gates, plaza areas, or other areas where fans queue for entry into the stadium must have bags that are in compliance with the clear bag policy. Bags that are not in compliance will not be stored and must be returned to the patron’€™s vehicle. A description of the style and size of the bags that will be allowed is described below:

– Bags that are clear (see through) plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12″€ x 6″€ x 12.”€
– One-gallon clear (see through) plastic freezer bag or similar.
– Small clutch bags, not to exceed 7″€ x 4″€ x 2″€ (approximately the size of a hand), with or without a handle or strap, may be carried into the stadium along with one of the clear bag options.

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: non see-through purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch sacks, luggage of any kind, seat cushions, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size.

For additional information, go to NFL.com/allclear.

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Christopher Price