Aug 15, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) heads off the field after the preseason game at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 42-35. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

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Hello, and welcome to another edition of ‘The Patriot Way’, your number one source to New England Patriots news and analysis from around the web.

Here are ESPN Boston’s observations from yesterday’s Patriots practice.

Rob Gronkowski participated in team drills for the first time yesterday, which is a huge step towards being ready for their season opener. Gronk has said that he wants to play all 16 games this year, but Bill Belichick and the Patriots are being cautious with his knee. The last thing New England wants is to have Gronkowski injured again, because he is one of the biggest keys to the Patriots postseason success.

Dominique Easley also made an appearance in 11-on-11’s, which bodes well for his future. Easley is an explosive interior pass rusher, and if he can become a difference-maker for the Pats, their defense will be one of, if not the best in the league.

Stevan Ridley talked about fumbling in his last snap on Friday against the Eagles. From Mike Reiss, here is one quote from the former LSU running back:

“When I go back and watch the play, and the ball is out again, Week 2, it kind of sucks. But it’s football, man, and I can’t get down about it. I can’t harp about it. That’s why you have preseason. I’m just going to keep on working and keep on pushing.”

And finally, Lee Schechter of ESPN Boston gives us an update on the Patriots receiving corps as the regular season slowly approaches.

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