FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork has had enough of the same old faces over the first nine years of his career and the first two weeks of training camp.
"Any time you can go against someone other than your teammates, it's
always a good measurement of where you're at," he said after practice
on Monday before the Patriots left for Philadelphia, where they will
hold joint practices and play a preseason game against the Eagles.
"Going out and practicing with them and then going out to play against
them, it's going to be a pretty good indicator of where we are as a
team and as individuals."
The Patriots practiced in shorts and shoulder pads on Monday, working
on situational plays like Hail Marys and hard counts. They were
scheduled to fly to Philadelphia in the afternoon for two days of joint
The exhibition season opens on Friday night against the Eagles.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the coaches had not decided whether
quarterback Tom Brady will play in Friday night's game. Brady typically
plays about two series in the first preseason game, though in 2011 he
did not play at all.
"We really haven't even talked about that," he said. "We'll have those
discussions as we get closer to the game."
Belichick said the joint practices will help the Patriots see some
different things — and former Oregon coach Chip Kelly's offense is more
different than most. With the Ducks, Kelly played a fast-paced offense
that averaged 83 plays per game in 2012 and ranked in the top 10 in
total plays twice in four years.
"We'll have to make adjustments down there," Belichick said. "They're
running a new coaching staff, new scheme, new system; they have some
new players. So we're not really doing a whole lot of scouting and
preparation for them. We'll just see what we get out there. We'll have
to react to it and adjust to it, but that will be good for us as well."
Wilfork said the Eagles "have a bunch of talent" and said Kelly gives
them a new look.
"We're looking forward to having the chance to go down and work against
a good football team, a young team, a new head coach that's coming in
with a little swagger that he's bringing from college," he said. "We'll
see where we're at."
Also Monday, the Patriots signed two rookie free agents to their roster.
Offensive lineman Matt Stankiewitch, 23, started all 25 games at center
as a junior and senior at Penn State and was a team captain for the
East in the East-West Shrine game. Mike Zupancic, 23, was a three-year
letter-earner as the long snapper at Eastern Michigan.
Wilfork Ready To Hit Other Players
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