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Brady, Belichick on the same page? (0:42)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots owner Robert Kraft takes a selfie with one of the 200 children in need at Gillette Stadium on Monday. Each of the 200 children are receiving a new bed through the team's charitable foundation and Bob's Discount Furniture.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Julian Edelman didn't appear to be going full tilt on the final two reps of 11-on-11 work, as something seemed to be holding him back. Given his relentless style of play, it stood out as something to file away and follow up on Tuesday. He signed autographs but didn't hold a planned news conference, pushing it to Tuesday.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Play of the day: Undrafted CB J.C. Jackson pulled off what few have in practice when he intercepted Tom Brady on Monday. Jackson, who added two other pass breakups in the practice, followed receiver Phillip Dorsett on a deep post and knew he had safety help over the top. He turned at the right time and made a solid play on the ball. "It's really nothing, man," Jackson said, downplaying the pick. "My goal is to come out here each day and make plays and get better."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Three nuggets on defense from Monday's practice: 1. Jason McCourty getting more time at the top CB spot opposite Stephon Gilmore; 2. J.C. Jackson with an INT of Tom Brady on a long ball to Phillip Dorsett over the middle into triple coverage; 3. Rookie LB Ja'Whaun Bentley again with the top group at times.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Three nuggets on offense from Monday's practice: 1. WR Eric Decker with multiple drops (wet ball, many drops for team) and later rebounding on nice grab from Tom Brady up the right side against tight coverage; 2. Second day at right tackle for first-round pick Isaiah Wynn; 3. Brady punts the ball into stands after a stop by the defense in 11-on-11 work, on a day in which the D had the upper hand.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

After eight seasons wearing No. 87, how is Patriots WR Eric Decker enjoying No. 81? He answers with a smile.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Veteran cornerback Jason McCourty, who didn't play in the preseason opener and has mostly been working with the backups in training camp, on battling for a roster spot: "I'm trying not to put any thought process in it. One thing I really believe in is ‘control what you can control.' For me, each and every day I get an opportunity – no matter if I'm with the 1s, 2s, 3s 4s – if your number is called and you get a rep, make the best of the rep. At the end of the day, the powers-that be make those decisions, and put your best foot forward and wherever you stand at the end, that's where you stand."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

A few thoughts on defense from Sunday's practice: 1. CB Jonathan Jones upping his participation, elevating to top nickel spot; 2. LB Ja'Whaun Bentley getting a brief look alongside Dont'a Hightower/Kyle Van Noy after strong preseason opener; 3. Keionta Davis as interior rusher in sub packages.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

A few thoughts on offense from Sunday's practice: 1. Tom Brady's reported back injury not an issue as he has expanded workload; 2. Isaiah Wynn getting first look at right tackle, at times rotating in with top unit; 3. Jeremy Hill as lead RB with Rex Burkhead/Sony Michel not present‬.

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

San Mateo native Tom Brady congratulates Barry Bonds on his jersey retirement and is lustily booed.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

ESPN's Field Yates reports some details of Tom Brady's adjusted contract, as it relates to the salary cap: In addition to receiving an additional $5 million in incentives, Brady had $10 million of his $14 million base salary for 2018 converted into a signing bonus. That means Brady's salary cap charge remains at $22 million this year, and his salary cap charge rises from $22 million to $27 million in 2019.

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Belichick: Playoffs factor into player workload

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday that playing deep in the playoffs the previous season is one consideration he takes into account when making player workload decisions at camp.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Three standouts for the Patriots: RB Jeremy Hill, LB Ja'Whaun Bentley and RB Ralph Webb. Hill finished with 51 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown as he looked fast to the hole, perhaps as a result of slimming down to 226 pounds, and he also showed up in blitz pickup. Bentley, the team's fifth-round pick from Purdue, tied for the team lead with six tackles and was leading the huddle. Webb, an undrafted rusher from Vanderbilt, delivered a spark in the second half with 46 yards on 14 carries and 2 touchdowns, as well as a 2-point conversion rush.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Biggest takeaway from the Patriots' preseason opener: No Tom Brady, no Rob Gronkowski, and no sign of the Patriots that have been a perennial Super Bowl contender in Thursday night's preseason opener against Washington (when starters were on the field). With Brady and Gronkowski among those getting the night off, the offense was led by Brian Hoyer and it struggled mightily in the first half, with Bill Belichick saying there was about 38 seconds of good football as they trailed 17-3 at the break. The biggest bright spot was RB Jeremy Hill, who increased his chances to make the team over Mike Gillislee. Meanwhile, the defense looked similar to the last time it took the field in the Super Bowl, as a lack of speed showed up, and also showed that the unit has a lot of work to do to get where it wants to be.

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