July 27, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski sign autographs during training camp at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE

Morning Cup of Gronk

FOXBOROUGH — At training camp, James Ihedigbo is one of the few Patriots wearing a red jersey.

FOXBORO — Aaron Hernandez spent some of Patriots’ practice Friday returning punts. So what’s one more assignment for one of the Patriots’ more versatile players?

FOXBORO — When it comes to rookie linebacker Dont’a Hightower, there’s the temptation to throw as much at him as quickly as possible.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The last time New England Patriots fans saw tight end Rob Gronkowski in a game, he didn’t look like his record-breaking self. Hobbled by an ankle injury that later required surgery, he gutted through Super Bowl XLVI, but wasn’t the dominating factor he had been all season.

Tom Brady was up and down during the Patriots’ second practice, which just finished at Gillette Stadium. Brady hit plenty of throws, as he did yesterday, but there were a couple instances of miscommunication.

After an injury-shortened rookie season, cornerback Ras-I Dowling says it’s just feels good to be back on the playing field.

The “Summer of Gronk” now over, All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski said he has only one thing on his mind.

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