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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick had players in full pads for the lone practice of the bye week. It is cold and windy in Foxborough, as the skinny goalposts are tilted as a result of the gusts. The music was turned up noticeably louder than the norm, which could have been a message for those on the field to bring their energy.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

After practice Wednesday, Patriots players will be off Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the bye week, before returning Monday for meetings. Bill Belichick said rest is one of the more important parts of the bye.

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A's Melvin voted top AL manager over Cora, Cash

Oakland Athletics skipper Bob Melvin was named American League Manager of the Year on Tuesday after guiding the team with the lowest Opening Day payroll in baseball to a 97-65 record and its first playoff berth in four years.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots have activated rookie CB Duke Dawson off injured reserve to their 53-man roster, a source tells ESPN's Field Yates. To make room for Dawson, the team has released RB Kenjon Barner and LB Nicholas Grigsby. The release of Grigsby, a core special teamer, seems to be reflective of Bill Belichick placing an emphasis on improving coverage units. Belichick called kickoff coverage "an issue" earlier in the day.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady was asked in his weekly Westwood One interview if he believes his play has slipped from last year. "Everything is different from one year to the next. I think you keep working at it in the same way, and those things haven't changed for me. I'm sure some of my statistics have changed, but I feel good out there. Do I want to play better? I absolutely want to play better. I want to play as best as I possibly can for my team. .... Certainly [Sunday] was not a great performance."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots WR Julian Edelman's ankle injury is not considered serious and he's not expected miss much, if any, time, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. Edelman will be monitored, but the outlook appears positive for now.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston College coach Steve Addazio said starting QB Anthony Brown is day to day with an abdominal injury sustained on the Eagles' first possession against Clemson. RB AJ Dillon's status (ankle) is similar to last week. Addazio is hopeful to get Dillon into practice more by the end of the week.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots offensive snaps: Chris Hogan's 54 snaps as the No. 3 WR, coupled with his lack of targets(1)/catches (0), stands out. This was a 3-wide game with little distribution to targets other than Josh Gordon (12 targets/4 catches) and Julian Edelman (12 targets/9 catches).

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots defensive snaps: Limited workload for designated pass-rusher Adrian Clayborn (8) shows how D didn't get Titans into favorable situations.

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