Gronk returns, Revis adjusting to being a Patriot, and Browner not changing his ways.
PATRIOTS NEWSWIRE: Easley In; Dunn Out
Dominique Easley, the Patriots 2014 first-round draft pick, was present at New England's mini-camp practice for the first time on Thursday. Easley is still recovering from a torn ACL injury which occurred during a September practice in his last season with Florida. While he did not participate in warmup activities, he was spotted in defensive drills with other lineman. Players are currently working out without pads which means Easley's full level of endurance is still presently unknown. Josh Boyce, Malcolm Butler, Aaron Dobson and Wilson Van Hooser were among the list of players missing from Thursday's open to the media practice.
Revis and Belichick Put Rivalry Behind Them (boston.com)
Newly signed Patriot Darrelle Revis is putting his sentiments as a New York Jet about head coach Bill Belichick in the past. The cornerback praised his new coach describing Belichick as a "player's coach" after the conclusion of Thursday's practice. "We moved forward. Whatever we had in the past, we put it behind us," said Revis. "t's just when you're on the outside looking in, when you're playing with another organization, you look at things totally different. Especially coming from New York and New England, being up here, it's a rivalry. So you look at things totally differently. That's with any player… So once you cross over, when you inside looking out, it's a totally different perspective. That's how you look at it. Everybody here has accepted me as much as they can to make me feel at home. Even Bill has. I'm fine with it. I feel fine. We're on good terms." Revis, who is most notably known for calling Belichick a jerk on national television, seems to fitting in with his new team nicely.
Wilfork Not Holding Grudges Over Contract (Boston Globe)
New England's staple veteran defensive player Vince Wilfork is not letting contract disputes stop him from happily participating with his team during offseason practices. Reports emerged earlier this year that the 32-year-old lineman had asked for a trade before coming to an agreement with the team to extend his contract by three years.
"I'm here. That's a dead issue. I'm here for a reason," said Wilfork. "If I didn't believe in the things that were brought to me, I wouldn't have signed it…I'm not upset, I'm not holding no type of grudge. Business is business. Everybody handles business different ways. But in my career, I think the right thing for me was to be up here with my family and my teammates and a staff that I've been around for so long, an organization that I know — it was just a smart decision for me and my family to be here. It's a positive thing that I'm here."
Wilfork, who missed most of the 2013 season due to an achilles' injury, also spoke to his excitement to be back on the field. "This is my 11th year and every year it's fun [but] I think this year is probably going to be one of the most exciting times of my career, to actually be able to put pads on and go to practice. Every year I'm excited but I think this year's going to be just a little special because of what I've been through and how far I came along and just to be out there with the guys once again, to line up and hear the calls and go through one-on-ones and take on double-teams, do all that stuff that I know how to do, it's going to be special for me."
Reggie Dunn Released by Patriots (boston.com)
Wide receiver Reggie Dunn was released by New England on Thursday, just a few hours after the completion of the team's mandatory mini-camp practice. The 25-year-old former Utah product was signed to the Patriots practice squad in early January. Dunn also spent time as a member of the Dolphins, Packers, Browns and Steelers last year.
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