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Bed check: Captains share thoughts

(Every day at training camp, we'll recap the day with a final blog post.)

Top storyline: Tom Brady was among four players to answer questions from reporters, mostly about Aaron Hernandez's murder charge. The other players were defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, linebacker Jerod Mayo and safety Devin McCourty. Said Brady: "We have to work hard to re-establish what we're all about, and that's to win games and to be the best representatives of this team and organization, and representatives for this city, that we can possibly be."

Roster move: The Patriots re-signed veteran guard Tyronne Green and waived rookie center Matt Stankiewitch of Penn State, who opened camp on the non-football injury list. The 6-foot-2, 316-pound Green initially signed with the team May 13 and was released May 31. He is a long shot for a roster spot, but adds depth entering camp when a team ideally likes to have three layers on the depth chart.

Off-the-radar fact: Today was officially the day for veterans to report and when the annual conditioning test is held, but Brady said quarterbacks (himself, Ryan Mallett and Tim Tebow) have been in town since Monday.

Tough start to camp: Wilfork acknowledged that this opening to training camp has been different from the norm because of Hernandez's murder charge. "Training camp is here and to come in on a note like this is tough. But at the same time we have to continue to do our job. We're not going to disrespect anything that's going on with the families, but we do have to play football, our job is to play football, and we'll try to do that the best we can."

Top pick Collins hard at work: Mayo was asked his impressions of top draft pick Jamie Collins, the linebacker/defensive end from Southern Mississippi (52nd overall). "He's been coming in, doing all the right things, working hard in the classroom and on the field. Hopefully it continues this training camp."

Summing it up: The general theme in remarks from captains was that the murder charge surrounding Hernandez, and those affected by it, is sad on many levels. There seemed to be a balance in recognizing that while also pointing toward the goal of moving ahead. Players handled a delicate situation respectfully.