BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Jacob Rogers vs. Torrin Tucker at right tackle. This has already been rendered no contest. Rogers, a second-year bust last year after not getting on the field, has made significant progress during the offseason. He worked with the first team all week in practice and looked solid. Tucker, who started last year before being benched, was fine early but had a meltdown in the scrimmage Saturday. He allowed an undrafted free agent rookie Thomas Johnson to beat him for three sacks.
OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: Keith Davis started with the first team at free safety in the scrimmage because Lynn Scott was hobbled with a sprained ankle. ... Patrick Crayton continues to close ground on Quincy Morgan for the No. 3 receiver spot. Morgan is more experienced than the Crayton. But Morgan has mental lapses and questionable hands. Crayton is very steady for a player drafted as a small school project a year ago.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WR Terry Glenn. Glenn was in the midst of a great season, probably his best since his rookie year in New England, when he went down with a foot injury last year. Any questions about whether he could regain his form because of his age have been subsided the first week of camp. Quarterback Drew Bledsoe said Glenn is better than he remembers and Bledsoe should know: he was the quarterback in New England when Glenn caught 90 passes as a rookie.
ROOKIE REPORT: With defensive end Marcus Spears out for a month, fellow rookies Thomas Johnson and Jay Ratliff have stepped up at the position. Both were terrors in the intersquad scrimmage Saturday, combining for three sacks and four tackles for losses. ... Undrafted free agent running back Tyson Thompson is pushing fourth round pick Marion Barber for a roster spot. Thompson is the fastest running back and has been making plays in camp. ... Linebacker Demarcus Ware is as fast and quick off the edge as advertised. He will be terror as a pass rusher. ... Linebacker Kevin Burnett might be the starter by opening day as he is bigger and faster than starter Al Singleton.
INJURY REPORT: TE Dan Campbell (appendicitis) has been moved to the active roster from the PUP list. He will return to practice Monday. DE Chris Canty (eyes) has been cleared to return to practice on Monday. DE Marcus Spears is out for at least a month with a sprained right knee, sprained right ankle and groin pull. TE Sean Ryan (fractured foot) is out at least four weeks.
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