Putting a wrap on Monday

September, 2, 2013
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Another busy day with the New England Patriots, who practiced for the second straight day, this time in light shoulder pads and helmets. There is no scheduled practice Tuesday.

Here is a recap of some of the big news of the day.

Who's in: CB Marquice Cole; TE Matthew Mulligan (not official, but expected to be after he tried out for the team)

Who's out: FB James Develin

Thoughts on moves: One day after waiving Cole, the Patriots brought him back. It looked like a case where the intention was to bring him back regardless and they just needed a roster spot for a day. There have been a lot of moving parts on the roster with waiver claims and there is an element of strategy in play when it comes to putting together the practice squad.

Following up on Gronkowski: For the second straight day, tight end Rob Gronkowski joined his teammates at the start of practice. He once again went through warmups. After practice, Bill Belichick said, "He's definitely moving forward." Yet when asked if he viewed Gronkowski's presence at practice the last two days as a significant step, Belichick wouldn't go that far. He simply called it the "next step."

One spot open on practice squad. The Patriots finalized the signings of receiver Quentin Sims and offensive tackle R.J. Dill to the practice squad. They join the previously announced signings of safety Kanorris Davis, cornerback Justin Green, defensive lineman Marcus Forston and linebackers Je'Gared Davis and Jeff Tarpinian. The Patriots have one open spot on the practice squad, which could go to guard Josh Kline should he clear waivers.

Locker room feel: Running back LeGarrette Blount, receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, linebacker Jerod Mayo, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety Devin McCourty were among the players drawing larger media crowds. Blount's potential presence as the Patriots' top kickoff returner was notable, especially after the release of Leon Washington. There aren't many 250-pound kickoff returners in the NFL. Blount and rookie receiver Josh Boyce are two of the team's top options.

Mayo brings the humor. Mayo kept things light, standing on the chair in front of his locker and announcing his presence. When media members were slow to make their way to his locker, he considered leaving, joking that it was similar to when a substitute teacher wasn't on time for a college class and students elected for a quick exit. That set the tone for an interview that was light-hearted at times. Mayo was asked if he remembered his first game as a rookie, and he couldn't come up with any details. "Who did we play the first game of '08?" he asked. When told it was the Chiefs, and that it was a game many Patriots followers prefer to forget because of Tom Brady's knee injury, Mayo stopped in his tracks. "Oooooh, you're right. We don't talk about that," he said.

Looking ahead. Belichick and coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia will hold conference calls Tuesday afternoon.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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