Cleaning out the Patriots notebook

August, 19, 2014
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Cleaning out the notebook with the New England Patriots:

Checkmark reached and Belichick pleased. With Monday marking the final open practice of training camp, it had Bill Belichick a bit reflective. "The additions that Robert and the Kraft family have made in the offices, meeting rooms, the training room, the weight room, all those things have really been good, have helped the flow go smoothly," Bill Belichick said. "I feel like it’s been a good start to the season. Obviously we have a long way to go, we haven’t done anything yet, but I think we’re making progress."

Easley wants a spot on the bus. First-round draft choice Dominique Easley caught the eye with some strong rushes in Monday's practice. He said afterwards that he never had doubts that he'd be ready to practice in training camp as he recovered from a torn ACL. He comes across humble, saying the following when asked about the rookie class: "We all really have one role -- to get a spot on the bus."

Devey draws a crowd. First-year offensive lineman Jordan Devey drew a large media crowd after Monday's practice, in part because he's played every snap this preseason. Devey, who played in college at Memphis, spent last year on the practice squad. "I feel like I still have a long way to go. There's always techniques I can always improve on, but I feel like I've improved a lot from last year," he said, adding that he can now sit lower in his stance and generate more power. Devey also pointed out that Dan Connolly and Ryan Wendell took a similar path as he has, starting their careers on the practice squad.

Hoomanawanui braces for questions. Returning to practice for the first time since July 27, tight end Michael Hoomanawanui deflected a question about wearing a knee brace, which appeared to be tied to his extended absence. "It's obviously disappointing. You never want to be hurt or watching from the sidelines, or inside," Hoomanawanui said. "Watching film is hard when you're not out there. There is competitive spirit in all of us and you never want to be out. So it's unfortunate, but I'll be back and I'll be fine." Hoomanawanui was limited upon his return to practice.

A week to acclimate to regular-season routine. Belichick relayed that this week is a good one for players to get a feel for what things will be like during the regular season, and part of that showed itself on the practice field Monday as there was scout-team work. "Part of that whole process of learning how to practice, learning how to prepare ourselves for our opponents, giving our other offense, defense or special teams unit a good look from the other side of the ball is going to be an important thing for us to accomplish this week in practice and make that efficient," Belichick said.

Worthy just looking to earn spot. Defensive tackle Jerel Worthy spoke with reporters Monday and was ready to leave his time in Green Bay behind. “You always have a chip on your shoulder and you should every day – always have to improve. It’s a new chapter in my life and I’m just excited to be a part of this great organization. Work hard and give it my best.”

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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