Top pick Easley takes field for first time

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots are holding the final practice of their three-day mandatory minicamp, and first-round draft choice Dominique Easley was on the field for the first time in spring camps.

Easley, the defensive lineman from Florida who is coming off a torn ACL sustained last season in college, wore a sleeve over his right leg. Media members were present for stretching and individual drills and Easley was a participant in most of the drills.

Meanwhile, second-year receiver Josh Boyce wasn't present. Boyce appeared to tweak something early in Wednesday's practice, had his left leg checked out by the athletic training staff and didn't finish that workout. Early indications are that the injury isn't expected to be a long-term situation with Boyce.

Elsewhere, No. 2 quarterback Ryan Mallett once again wore a brace over his left knee. He's been limited in recent practices and once again only took part in warmups in leaving the backup repetitions to rookie Jimmy Garoppolo.

Cornerback Darrelle Revis, who didn't take part in Wednesday's full practice, was back on the field and he's expected to answer questions from reporters.

Unlike the first two practices of minicamp, in which media members watched from start to finish, reporters had access to the first 40 minutes of Thursday's workout. Players are scheduled to take part in a conditioning run in the second half of practice.