NEWSWIRE: Cornerback Cary Williams apologizes
Jones Resigned, Ott Released (NESN)
New England made more roster moves on Sunday, resigning tight end Justin Jones on Sunday as well as releasing long snapper Tyler Ott. First signed by the team in May, Jones is one of two fully healthy tight ends on the team following the Patriots preseason game over the Eagles. Rob Gronkowski remains on limited practice because of last year’s knee injury while D.J. Williams and Micheal Hoomanwanui have also been away from practices due to undisclosed injuries.
Williams Recants Spygate Remarks (boston.com)
Cornerback Cary Williams apologized to head coach Bill Belichick and Patriots players in a post-game meeting for the statement he made earlier this month in which he called the team cheaters.
The Eagles cornerback exchanged a handshake and kind words following the Patriots win over Philadelphia Friday night.
“It was just a mutual respect between two guys. Coach Belichick respected me and I respected him. I respect the organization and I told him I was sorry for the words that I said,” Williams explained. “That was just pure emotion and sometimes you say things that you don’t really think about…In that situation, I could have chosen my words a little bit wiser…It is not necessarily bad blood but the spirit of the competition. I said some things that I wish I could take back.”
Even though the Eagles team lost 42-35, Williams had a nice showing in the preseason matchup, intercepting a pass from Tom Brady for a 77 yard touchdown.
Patriots Open Camp Coming to a Close (CSNNE)
Fans will be able to see the Patriots workout one final time before practices become closed for year. New England will hold their last public training camp on Monday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The team is preparing for their next preseason matchup against the Panthers on Friday night. Carolina will only have a few practice days to prepare coming off a Sunday night game against the Chiefs.
Patriots players will have to continue proving themselves in this week’s matchup as the team will cut the roster down from 90 players to 75 in one week.
Garoppolo Shines in Preseason Matchup (Boston Globe)
After a bit of a rocky start in training camp, rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo seems to have found his stride helping the Patriots secure a 42-35 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday night.
The second-round pick threw 6 of 12 with two touchdowns and 72 yards in the second preseason game of the year. Garroppolo is battling with other backup Ryan Mallet for the second quarterback spot on the roster.
Mallet’s performance improved from his first week against the Redskins, completing 7 of 11 passes for a touchdown and 92 yards. Garroppolo, however, was the first quarterback off the bench to relive veteran Tom Brady.
The Eastern Illinois product was able to find James Devlin for a 15-yard score on his drive on the field. He then proceeded with a 75-yard drive ending with a 4-yard pass in the end zone to Brandon LaFell.
“There is plenty of stuff to correct. I’m still a rookie, still learning as we go,” said the 2013 Walter Payton Award winner after the game. “I’m still a rookie, still learning as we go. There are always going to be things to correct and button up. But overall a good game, and good to get a W.”
Devey in the Running for Roster Spot (Providence Journal)
26-year old offensive lineman Jordan Devey used Friday’s preseason game to show coaches that he is not falling the sidelines without a hearty effort to make the roster. Seen by most a long-shot to make the cut, the lineman led offensive snaps playing both right guard and left tackle against the Eagles.
“I think he’s improved a lot from last year. He’s had a good offseason. He’s worked really hard,” said Belichick. “He’s a smart guy. His fundamentals have improved… His offseason program was very productive…He really was able to take advantage of that and put himself in a very competitive position.”
Devey spent last season as a member of the practice squad but he will have to fight for a spot against rookies Bryan Stork, Cameron Fleming and Jon Halapio along with veterans Ryan Wendell and Dan Connolly.
Newswire assembled by Patriots Insider contributor AnneMarie Blanco (Ablanco on the forums). Look for more updates from AnneMarie here at Patriots Insider.
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