FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Cleaning out the Patriots notebook...
1. Kept a close eye on free-agent acquisition Mark Anderson on Friday. When the Patriots broke down into individual positions, he stayed with Jermaine Cunningham, Eric Moore and the defensive end/outside linebacker group. In one-on-one drills, I watched him use his speed to go wide on offensive tackle Nate Solder with success. In 11 on 11 work, he was swallowed up by right tackle Sebastian Vollmer on a speed rush, with Vollmer getting his hands on him and pushing him out of the way. Looking forward to seeing more, but the first impression of Anderson was "speed rusher" who doesn't look as physical as a McGinest/Vrabel type who have lined up at that spot in this defense in the past.
2. One under-the-radar player who is quietly having a nice camp is defensive lineman Kade Weston. The 2010 seventh-round pick who spent his rookie season on injured reserve is getting a lot of reps with Ron Brace, Brandon Deaderick and Myron Pryor opening camp on the physically unable to perform list. Playing mostly as a defensive tackle on a four-man line, Weston has shown strength with some strong rushes in one-on-one work, at one time measuring up well with left guard Logan Mankins. He's big at 6-foot-5, 315 pounds. With Albert Haynesworth and Mike Wright also not practicing on Friday, it gave Weston more opportunity in 11 on 11 work. Showing he's still a work in progress, he lost his balance on one rush, hitting the turf.
3. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski gave a positive report on his progress after practice Friday. At the same time, while special teams coach Scott O'Brien said earlier in the day that Gostkowski has "no limitations", Gostkowski acknowledged that he's not handling his normal load at this point. "I'm just trying to get healthy enough to be on the field every day," he said. "It's just trying to be smart about it."