Patrick’s worked hard. He’s a very diligent kid. He’s smart. He takes a lot of notes. He pays a lot of attention to details, little things. He asks good questions. I think football’s important to him, he takes it very seriously. As I said, he asks a lot of questions and pays attention to a lot of details and he’s always trying to get better and improve. He’s certainly made a lot of progress in this camp. I think he’s got a good future ahead of him. There’s a lot to that safety position. There are a lot of different things that can happen in the running game, passing game, kicking game. He’s wearing a lot of hats and he’s involved in a lot of different areas, but he’s made a lot of progress. He’s working hard and I’m sure in time if he continues to do that that he’s got a good future.
The Patriots and rookie defensive lineman Myron Pryor have agreed to terms on a contract, according to a league source. Pryor, who played at Kentucky, was drafted in the sixth round (207th overall).
The Patriots today announced the practice schedule for the first week of training camp and the first seven days (Thursday, July 30 through Wednesday, August 5) will feature double sessions with practices scheduled at 9:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.
Practices are open to fans, but the schedule can change, particularly due to weather. The Patriots encourage fans to call (508) 549-0001 for the latest updates.
The morning sessions typically run 9:30-11:15 a.m., the evening from 3:45-5:30 p.m.
Wilfork told WEEI that he is not looking for the "best contract there is," but one that will make him "comfortable."
"We proved that the AFC East comes through Miami, and having that feeling, knowing that we're the [division] champions until proven otherwise," he added. "Our mindset is to win the division, set ourselves up for a playoff spot and then anything can happen once we reach the playoffs.
FOXBORO - New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison is expected to announce this week whether he is retiring from the NFL.
FOXBOROUGH -- The following players were not spotted for on-field work during the Patriots’ organized team activity today at Gillette Stadium.
* NT Vince Wilfork
* DL Ty Warren
* DL Jarvis Green
* OL Mark LeVoir
* LB Tyrone McKenzie
* LB Jerod Mayo
* DB Ray Ventrone
* CB Mike Richardson
* RB Sammy Morris
* DB Brandon Meriweather
* WR Brandon Tate
* WR Shun White
* WR Tyree Barnes
With regard to his recovery of strength, I've never seen anything quite like it," said ElAttrache, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles. "With an average person, it would have taken probably twice as long to get range of motion and strength back.
BRAINTREE -- Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker held the first day of his inaugural Boston-area football camp today on the Thayer Academy south campus athletic fields. Teammates Shawn Springs and Matt Gutierrez showed up to support him and help teach the campers, ages 7-14.
He was also asked how confident he was that he would be the same player he was before the injury.
"We'll see. We'll see," he said. "Like I said, talk is cheap. I could sit here and tell you guys I'm going to play until I'm 80, but that doesn't matter. I'm going to go do the best I can do, and I'm going to try to be the best leader and the best teammate and supporter of the guys on my team. That's something that I've always enjoyed doing. Like I said, I'm grateful to have that chance and to be out here today. I can't wait to get out and start playing games."