New England Patriots Links 8/17/11 - Patriots Still Have $9.2M of Wiggle Room Under The Cap

Erik Scalavino tells us what happened at Tuesday's shells & shorts practice. Some veterans are hoping to get some game action in Tampa.

Who's Hot: Matthew Slater.  With injuries to Taylor Price and Julian Edelman leaving the wide receiver corps thin, the fourth-year man is having his best camp yet as a pass catcher.

Who's Not: Brian Hoyer. The backup QB is splitting time and second-series reps more frequently with rookie Ryan Mallett and has had a number of passes picked off the past couple of days during 7-on-7 and full team action.

Play of the Day: During the team period at the end of practice, quarterback Tom Brady found receiver Chad Ochocinco tearing toward the end zone down the right hash marks in the middle of the field. Ochocinco, a good 10 yards behind the nearest trailing defender, easily hauled in the perfect pass and completed the play for a score.

Christopher Price catches up with Andre Carter, who's starting to feel more at ease with his new team.

"I feel great. Every day is always a progression," said Carter. "The coaches have all been very open in terms of line of communication and vice versa, but besides that, I’m just taking it day-by-day."

"It took a minute when I first came in — the first week, I really hadn’t seen that many reps and I know the coaches were just trying to [get] me into the system. Now, like I said, it’s just a day-to-day process, and I’m just very grateful to have the opportunity to come here and work hard."

"I think when you play this game it’s always great to be multidimensional in any aspect, whether it’s stopping the run or getting after the passer," Carter said. "That’s something I always pride myself off of since I’ve played this sport."

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