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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots safety Duron Harmon said the club is using this week as a "rehearsal" in terms of what a week of preparation will look like in the regular season. "You don't want your first week of preparation and studying film to be the first week. You want to be able to do it now," he said. "You want to take your preparation for the entire week and start doing it now so when you get into the flow of things for Game 1, you'll have a good routine."

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

A feel for one of the Patriots' early practice drills as TEs and FBs catch light passes from Tom Brady while getting poked and jousted by pads.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Something different at Patriots practice: Owner Robert Kraft arrives alongside Jon Bon Jovi. A helicopter landed on the nearby practice field, which appeared to be how Bon Jovi made it into town.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Celtics have formally signed P.J. Dozier to a two-way contract. The 21-year-old spent last season on a two-way deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 6-foot-7 Dozier played his college ball at South Carolina. And, yes, the team that employs Terry Rozier now has a Perry Dozier (whose uncle Terry Dozier played in the NBA).

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

One thing the Patriots have done over the last two days is simulate, in part, what preparation will be like in the regular season. That meant watching parts of the Carolina-Miami Week 2 preseason game, where Christian McCaffrey's 71-yard TD run on the second play caught their attention.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady played 39 snaps in Week 2 of the preseason and he said in his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI that he is planning for more action Friday on the road against the Panthers. "You have to take the preseason games for what they are, it's kind of a step in the preparation and it goes along with a lot of other things we're doing. But it was good. We haven't had any joint practices this year, so being in these competitive situations; I haven't been in those for a long time, you always feel a little bit rusty. … Hopefully we can build on it this week."

Porcello gets hit by liner, then allows home run (0:50)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill Belichick doesn't seem to think the NFL's new helmet rule, and the frequency in which the penalties are being called in the preseason, is a major issue. In his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI, he said the team watched 25 plays specific to the new rule on Sunday night. "I think we understand it, I think I understand it. I think all of us could see those plays and why they were called, and the ones that weren't called, why they weren't called," he said on the "OMF" program. "The officials have a tough job to make that judgment, but I think the rule is fairly clear cut: If you lead with your head, and make contact with the opponent, then that's a foul." Belichick added that because the Patriots don't teach that technique, the new rule isn't a change to the coaching staff.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The spirit of New England football was on display Monday, as nine members of the Colby College football staff were guests of the Patriots at practice. Bill Belichick often opens up his practices to college coaches, mostly in training camp. Colby College is a Division III program located in Waterville, Maine and competes in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. The team's head coach is Jack Cosgrove, the longtime head coach at the University of Maine who is in his first year at Colby.

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Kenny Britt follows Cordarrelle Patterson in an individual drill at practice, as Britt seems to be increasing his workload as he attempts to return from a hamstring injury from June.

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