At first it seemed like a big deal, until it wasn't.
This was the case over the weekend when the Patriots initially did not include Demarius Thomas in their list of 53 people. But then various reports show that Thomas' time with the team is not necessarily over and only a day later he is back on the practice field with his teammates.
"He knows what it takes to be successful in this league now in Year 10," Devin McCurty said Monday. "It's just fun to see him work. We were drafted that year. We always played hard games when he was in Denver against him. He just came in without worrying about what he did in the past and just worked, and I think it paid off. "
In a move that surprised anyone, ESPN's Adam Schefter wrote on Monday morning that Thomas had re-signed with the Patriots. This came shortly after Schefter's tweet informing everyone that first-round rookie N & # 39; Keal Harry has been placed in a contusion reserve as he is dealing with an ankle problem. Schefter added that the Patriots expect Harry to play this season, but the earliest that can happen now will be Week 9 in Baltimore.
As for Thomas, the veteran opened a PUP training camp before being activated after the Carolina game in Week 3. After participating in several practices, he joined Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon in the squad during the loss from Week 4 of the Giants. He opened some eyes, catching seven passes for 87 yards and a touchdown pair, albeit against a less than stellar competition.
Regardless, the fact that Thomas was strong enough to compete at this level was a bright spot and allowed Bill Belichik to keep him in the receiver rotation to start the season. On Sunday, the trainer spoke about the difficulty in assessing the position due to injuries this summer.
"The whole situation with the receiver was challenging throughout the camp with limited availability of certain players," he said. "I would say that most players were restricted at one time or another. So we just have to use the information we have and do the best we can.
As for Harry, this is not an ideal way to start your rookie season. He was able to shake off a slow start to camp when he started making plays more regularly during practice. At the time, he appeared to injure his knee during a joint practice in Detroit, but was still fit and played in the opener against the Lions a few days later.
He impresses with limited obligations, grasping both passages sent to his path before limping again. after three clicks. Various reports have linked this ankle injury, but this was the last we saw of him during the preseason, as he was taken out of work in the last three weeks.
Now his first regular season in the NFL will be cut in half at a minimum, which will hinder his development in the beginning.
"We think that all players benefit from training, otherwise it doesn't make sense to do it," Belichik said when asked about Harry's progress. "So these are opportunities. Each player has missed time at one time or another for whatever reason. This is something we are constantly engaged in. In the National Football League, it's very rare that every player on your team is 1
"He is definitely getting better. I mean, all our injured players are getting better. All the guys who do things are getting better. Exactly where they are – some of them did not play on Sunday if they did not practice on Friday. We didn't train [Saturday] so we haven't seen some of these guys on the field for a few days. So we'll see where they are.
All players, including Thomas, were spotted during a media training session on Monday. There were several additional names that could potentially be added to the squad, as the cabinets for No. 96, Gary Green and Naji Toran were visible. The team has not yet announced additional steps after pointing out eight members on Sunday's training squad.
Cameras caught Tom Brady trimming the long golden locks of rookie and fellow Michigan Fellow Chase Winovic during the preseason final against the Giants last Thursday. On Monday, Winovic was asked about the talents of his new barber.
"I think a lot of people would pay a lot of money to have Tom as a barber," Winovic said with a smile. "Fortunately I had this option, so I'll just leave it at that. On the side, it was cool. I have to look the Patriots aside until I get my haircut from Brady. It was an experience for sure. "
Meanwhile, Winovic looks forward to starting his first season in the NFL.
"In a sense, I am anxious, but at the same time doing it for so long at this moment, I am confident in my preparation and I look forward to the opportunity to fill any role on Sunday," he said.