Foxborough, Mass --
Players were not impressed with Jon Bon Jovi
Legendary singer Jon Bon Jovi was at Pats practice Tuesday. He flew in on a helicopter -- landing outside the Pats practice field and walked to practice with owner Robert Kraft. RB James White thought it was just another guy on a helicopter.
"I did not know who that was," RB James White said.
Most of the players in the Pats locker room did not grow up listening to Bon Jovi or seem to care that he was at practice.
Bon Jovi never introduced himself to the team at practice or gave a motivational speech. Asked if he was impressed by the presence of Bon Jovi, White had a simple response:
"No not really," White said.
In a locker room, where rap music, is playing in the background, it is understandable why Pats players considered this to be just another practice. Don't expect Pats players to be listening to Livin' on a Prayer or It's My Life anytime soon.
White, 26, is excited about the upcoming season, but remains focused on each practice.
"Every day Coach Belichick challenges us. One day it might be third down or red zone," White said. "There is always going to be something to work on."
Even though White is one of the Pats best players, he takes nothing for granted with rosters being cut from 90 players to 53 players in several weeks.
"This is a what have you done for me lately business. There is always someone young or a hungry veteran trying to take your job," White said.
S Duron Harmon Loves Playing
Harmon, who enters his sixth season, is appreciative of the chance to play football because he likely has more yesterday's than tomorrow's as an NFL player.
"I have more appreciation for the game as I get older because I am probably closer to the end then the beginning," Harmon said. "I appreciate coming out here. I appreciate the grind. I appreciate the meeting times," Harmon said. "Because I know at one point in my life I won't be able to do this anymore."
Harmon, though, has enjoyed the competition at defensive back - given the depth the Pats have at the position.
"In all reality we get to do what we love to do," Harmon said. "That is exciting enough."
Harmon, 27, has learned a lot of from CB Stephon Gilmore and S Devin McCourty.
"They really taught me - always be prepared for your opportunities," Harmon said. "Never let that opportunity go by because you might look up one day and wish you had that opportunity."
Harmon values the friendships he makes with teammates - friendships that remain even after the player is retired or playing somewhere else. Harmon still talks with Logan Ryan, Aqib Talib, Alfonzo Dennard and Tavon Wilson. While the former teammates occasionally mention football they mostly just talk about their personal lives in their group chats.
"You understand that the NFL is a business - you just don't let that get in the way with your friendships," Harmon said. "The bond that you build here is not only through football - it lasts longer than that."
Harmon switched to No. 30 from No. 21 to accommodate Jason McCourty who wears No. 30. Harmon can tell McCourty apart from his identical twin Devin.
"They each have a distinct look to them," Harmon said.
LaAdrian Waddle doesn't want to be noticed.
Waddle, who could be the the Pats starting right tackle at the beginning of the season, given the loss of Isaiah Wynn for the season and the injury to Marcus Cannon who has not played in either of the preseason games. Waddle, an undrafted rookie free agent in 2013, signed with the Detroit Lions. After being released by the Lions in 2015, Waddle signed with the Pats. Waddle was only active for only two games in 2016, but was active for 12 games in 2017 where he started four games because of the injury to Marcus Cannon.
"You feel for that guy (referring to Wynn). He was going through the grind of camp and it was really unfortunate what happened," Waddle said.
Waddle, 27, ignores commentary regarding the offensive line being a weakness for the Pats.
"Offensive linemen are kind of the scapegoats anyways. We always get thrown under the bus," Waddle said.
Like referees in an NFL game, fans often talk about offensive linemen when they perform poorly. If they perform well, others will get the credit.
That is just fine with Waddle.
Uninteresting Practice Report
RB Sony Michel, OL Marcus Cannon, TE Ryan Izzo, OL Isaiah Wynn (out for the season) and Harvey Langi were absent from practice.