Players seeking more momentum at Patriots training camp

On Monday, we highlighted some players who have generated early momentum at New England Patriots training camp. Today, let's identify some who are still in search of momentum:

Alan Branch -- Veteran defensive tackle who re-signed with the team in the offseason has opened on the non-football injury list, and has only been seen riding the stationary bicycle during practice. That has opened the door for eight-year veteran Antonio Johnson to take repetitions that probably would have otherwise been his.

A.J. Derby -- Sixth-round draft pick out of Arkansas was present for the opening practice of camp, but hasn't been spotted since. That has given converted defensive end Jake Bequette the chance for more snaps at tight end.

Dominique Easley -- Still shaking off some rust after opening camp on the physically unable to perform list, the 2014 first-round draft choice was a little anxious in Sunday's one-on-one drills, jumping offside, and then was handled in back-to-back repetitions by undrafted center David Andrews twice before faring slightly better against rookie guard Tre' Jackson.

Tyler Gaffney -- In the running back competition for "big back" carries, he was spotted Saturday in the first full-pads practice and was running hard, but then missed Sunday's full-pads sessions for undisclosed reasons. After a rookie season spent on IR, Gaffney naturally needs as much practice time as possible.

Darryl Roberts -- The seventh-round draft choice out of Marshall had one noticeably challenging practice Friday, as he looks to emerge in the cornerback competition for a backup spot.