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Patriots Enter Final Week of Training Camp

The New England Patriots will begin their final week of training camp on Monday at Gillette Stadium. They’ll host the Philadelphia Eagles for joint practice sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. Both teams will due battle Friday night in their second preseason contest. The two sides scrimmaged one another last season as well.

Both joint practices will begin at 2:00 p.m. They are free and open to the public to attend. Monday’s practice will start at 2:30 p.m. The practices figure to be much more physical, emotional and testy following the comments made by Philadelphia corner Cary Williams.

Williams called the Patriots “cheaters” early this month in referencing the infamous “spygate” scandal.

“I give them all the credit in the world, but one fact remains: They haven’t won a Super Bowl since they got caught,” Williams said.

All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to participate in the practices against the Eagles. He was held out of last week’s sessions down in Washington as the team was airing on the side of precaution.

 “No setbacks or anything like that. Going out there and feeling better every single time I’m out there on the field,” said Gronkowski of his progress this summer.

After losing 23-6 in their preseason opener, the Patriots announced some changes to their roster Sunday. They cut three players and added three others.

New England waived undrafted rookie tight ends Asa Watson and Justin Jones. They also parted ways with running back Stephen Houston, who fumbled in his preseason debut. They signed three more tight ends to replace the trio on the roster.

Veterans Ben Hartsock, Steve Maneri and undrafted tight end Terrence Miller will be joining the team.

Harstock has played in the league for 10 years. He specializes in blocking. The 34-year-old has played for five different teams over the course of his career, most recently with the Carolina Panthers.

Maneri actually played for the Patriots back in 2010, so he’s familiar with their system. He was a member of the Chicago Bears last season.

Miller was signed by the New York Jets following this year’s draft. The rookie stands 6-foot-4. He’s most known for his terrific athletic ability.




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