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August 3, 2013

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Last weekend at Pats camp

A scheduling quirk has rendered today’s session as the final weekend practice open to the public at Patriots preseason training camp. With the team off tomorrow and not scheduled to practice next Saturday and Sunday after Friday night’s preseason opener in Philadelphia, today’s 9 a.m. session is slated for the weekend day open to the public.

The team’s tentative schedule for open practice sessions runs Monday at 10 a.m., before the team heads off to Philadelphia for joint practices with the Eagles, before the exhibition game.

New England’s camp then is set to resume Monday afternoon, August 12, back in Foxboro.

How desperate is desperate?

Look, put me in the camp that says the Patriots roll to the AFC East title this year with at least 10 or 11 wins. That said, the fact that Julian Edelman’s return to practice this week was as heralded as the Randy Moss trade back in 2007 should tell you something about the state of panic in the receiving corps.

Your current starting receivers in Patriots camp are Danny Amendola and Edelman. Together, because of injuries and lack of bigtime talent, they have they have missed 30 of 64 games in the last two seasons.

I just have to wince a little bit when I hear a frustrated Tom Brady say about Edelman’s return: “He’s a tough kid mentally and physically and he’s battled through a lot over the course of his career. I know he’s been working hard in his rehab and hopefully it continues to go well.

The Pats have been very active on the waiver wire early in camp, bringing bodies in and out, especially at this position. Expect it to continue, unless one or two of the rookies — Aaron Dobson or Josh Boyce would be the lead candidates — establishes himself as a clear threat.

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