The Pats signed free agent wide receiver Eric Decker who has played eight seasons in the NFL. Decker has 439 receptions for 5816 yards. Decker played last year for the Tennessee Titans where he had 54 receptions. Decker's career high in receptions is 87 when he played with the Denver Broncos in 2013. Peyton Manning was the quarterback and Decker went to the Super Bowl. Mega NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus was at Pats practice. Rosenhaus is the agent for Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski walked past Rosenhaus without saying hello. Rosenhaus spoke with Pats owner Robert Kraft. Rosenhaus, who made a cameo in the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire, is likely seeking a new contract for his star tight end. Gronkowksi has two year left on his contract and his scheduled to make about $8 million this year. Gronkowski would liked to be paid more like a wide receiver because he is one of the most prolific pass catchers in the game, but Rosenhaus likely does not want to risk alienating Kraft given their strong relationship. Rosenhaus also represents Trent Brown, Dwayne Allen and Braxton Berrios. Asked about an interview Rosenhaus told the Sports Exchange "I am keeping a low profile." Nothing about Rosenhaus has ever been low profile. For better or worse, the agent loves publicity. His client, Gronkowski, would probably like it if he delivered a new contract.
The offense and defense switched roles at the end of practice where Tom Brady played the middle linebacker spot. Chris Hogan reminded everyone that he played defensive back in college. Devin McCourty said the defense will need more time to develop into a good offense. It was a brutally hot day at Patriots practice with temperatures in the 90s. Good for all the players and coaches for making it through. Because of the heat, the crowd was more quiet than normal.