Morning Cup of Gronk

FOXBOROUGH — You could smell it in the air Thursday afternoon on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium.

FOXBOROUGH — He did an ad for Depends and isn’t shying away from his recent hair-transplant procedure, so clearly Wes Welker is willing to put just about anything into a public forum.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—Wes Welker was jogging back to the line after running a route during the New England Patriots’ first training camp session Thursday when owner Bob Kraft arrived on the sideline and pointed in his direction.

FOXBOROUGH — The differences between the team Josh McDaniels remembers when he left New England to become coach of the Broncos in 2009 and the one he’s rejoining as offensive coordinator this season are noticeable, but slight.

Physically unable to perform: G Logan Mankins (knee), T Sebastian Vollmer (back), C Nick McDonald (unknown), T Markus Zusevics, TE Daniel Fells (shoulder), TE Jake Ballard (knee), DT Myron Pryor (shoulder), WR Jeremy Ebert (hamstring).

FOXBOROUGH — The differences between the team Josh McDaniels remembers when he left New England to become coach of the Broncos in 2009 and the one he’s rejoining as offensive coordinator this season are noticeable, but slight.

FOXBORO — They looked like old friends at the park, throwing the football around. That’s the ease with which Tom Brady [stats] connected with some of the “new” receivers brought in to help improve an already dynamic offense.

On Tuesday, we told you Vince Wilfork looked slimmer and trimmer after seeing him at a charity auction that benefitted his foundation.

FOXBORO —  The Patriots’ defense ranked 31st out of 32 units last season, and that’s obviously not something that sat too well with Vince Wilfork, but you should know by now that they don’t really dwell on things — good or bad — around here.

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