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Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Shanahan, Walter at Pats practice


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Free-agent coach Mike Shanahan was a guest of the New England Patriots on Tuesday.

He watched the morning practice with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and senior advisor Floyd Reese.

Shanahan addressed the players as a group early in practice and walked off the field with Bill Belichick. Shanahan, fired after 14 seasons with the Denver Broncos and replaced by former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, declined interview requests.

Guess what other former AFC West personality wouldn't talk to the media.

New quarterback Andrew Walter, that's who.

Walter was on the field for the first time as a Patriot. He signed with them Monday night. The club released third quarterback Matt Gutierrez to make room.

Walter didn't get many reps, but that's to be expected so soon after flipping through his new playbook. He also declined to speak to reporters about his new gig.