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Get up2date on early training camp news (1:42)
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Mitchell's road to college recruitment (0:45)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Keep an eye on: The Patriots' situation at defensive end. Veteran Rob Ninkovich wasn't present at practice, while his projected top backup, Kony Ealy, didn't suit up for the session either. That had the Patriots playing Trey Flowers and Geneo Grissom as their top defensive ends. Rookies Derek Rivers (third round) and Deatrich Wise Jr., (fourth round) are also on the depth chart, but they have a long way to go to close the gap on others who have already been in the system. For all the talk about the Patriots having a loaded roster, defensive end looks like a potential spot where they are thinner than desired.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Best play: While this wasn't a particularly fast-paced practice with the highest level of competitive sessions within it, receiver Brandin Cooks showed his ability to get open in the deep part of the field by hauling in a high-arcing long bomb from quarterback Tom Brady for a would-be touchdown in 11-on-11 drills. Cornerback Cyrus Jones was in coverage, with safety Duron Harmon the closest player to help. The play came along the left sideline, and after Brady and Cooks hadn't been able to connect on a few throws earlier in practice, this one sparked a loud cheer from the crowd of 15,000-plus.

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Celtics working on two-way deal with Bird

According to the Boston Globe, the Celtics are working on a two-way deal with second-round pick Jabari Bird. The 56th overall pick in the draft played four years at California and put up 10.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in Las Vegas Summer League.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The story of Day 1 from Patriots training camp was the overflowing crowd, which forced the club to open the Gillette Stadium ramps overlooking the practice fields. The Patriots announced the attendance as 15,349. "Nothing surprises you with our fans," wide receiver Julian Edelman said. "It's certainly more than we had at my college games, so that's pretty cool. We always feel and love the support that we get here in this community."

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Pats, Steelers headline NFL's best arsenals (0:57)
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2007 Brady vs. 2017 Brady? (1:56)
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Pouncey 'still shocked' by Hernandez's suicide

Dolphins center Mike Pouncey says Aaron Hernandez was in 'great spirits' when they talked on the phone the day before his former college teammate and close friend hanged himself in his cell.

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Gronk eager to return to football (0:33)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rob Gronkowski is asked about the crowd's reaction to Tom Brady. "Every year it seems to get louder and louder." He says that if he was in the crowd, he would be doing the same thing.

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Sale continues mowing down hitters

Chris Sale has 14 10-strikeout games in 21 starts this season. If he keeps up his pace of two 10-K games for every three starts, he'll set a Red Sox record and become the fourth pitcher with 20 10-K games in a single season, joining Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax. (ESPN Stats & Info)

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Greeny takes the field over Pats for AFC Championship (1:39)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots filled the final open spot on their 90-man roster by signing wide receiver Tony Washington of Appalachian State. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Washington played in six games for the Jacksonville Jaguars between the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Colts in 2014.