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Undrafted lineman Joe Vellano is undeterred by new task

FOXBOROUGH — During a visit to Patriots training camp, as Tom Brady was engulfed by dozens of media members and other players were filing slowly back into Gillette Stadium after another long practice, Paul Vellano Sr. noticed his son still at the back of a field, getting some one-on-one time with Vince Wilfork.

Joe Vellano was an undrafted rookie from Maryland, another young guy working to earn a spot on the Patriots’ roster, like dozens of other players the veteran Wilfork had seen over his 10 years. But Wilfork spent more than 20 minutes with Vellano working on technique, and even as the two walked off the field, Paul could see Wilfork’s hands moving, still explaining something to his young teammate.

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