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A few things floating around the web today, including some news on some Patriots pass catchers.

In a press conference earlier in the afternoon, Bill Belichick had some kind words for Donte Stallworth, the veteran receiver seen by many to be on the roster bubble.

"I think Donte' has had a solid camp," Belichick said. "He's shown that he still has his speed. Athletic. Gets down the field well. And he's tough, he comes in and blocks. Is good with the ball in his hands. I think he's been very competitive with that group."

I'm honestly hoping that Stallworth could make the squad. He would give the team another deep threat, something they desperately need. If Brandon Lloyd goes down, they would be in virtually the same position they were last year, with no ability to stretch the field.

By most accounts, Stallworth has been making the decision on who to trim from the roster very difficult in camp.

Many have viewed Jabar Gaffney as ahead of the crop for the third wide receiver position, however some possibly bad news came out of camp today for him.

Boston Herald:
Wide receiver Jabar Gaffney injured his right thigh while trying to chase a Brady pass in 1-on-1s against cornerback Devin McCourty. Gaffney watched the rest of practice from the sideline.

No word yet on how serious that injury is, and whether or not Gaffney will miss any time. However, his absence would mean increased reps for the rest of the receivers - Branch, Edelman and Stallworth to show that perhaps they deserve not only a shot on the roster but a spot as the number three receiver.

Other notable news includes the returns of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski in practice, and an increased workload for Logan Mankins who participated in his first live contact of camp.

Mike Saver 8/15/2012 04:31:00 PM Edit
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