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Patriots ready to ramp up training camp drills

FOXBOROUGH --- The Patriots resumed practice Tuesday after enjoying a day off Monday from training camp at Gillette Stadium, where coach Bill Belichick said the team would begin more “situational football’’ drills to prepare for next week’s joint workouts with the Washington Redskins in Richmond, Va.

“It’s a big week for us to get into some situational football – third-downs, down and distance, things like that,’’ Belichick said. “We’ll try to get ourselves ready for those game-type situations, so it’s a big week for us. We need to get a lot done this week to put ourselves in a position to start competing from here on out to early next week and all the way to the rest of the season.

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“So it’s really our last chance to work with ourselves and get our team ready to play another team.’’

In other related items:

· Alfonzo Dennard was in pads for the first time this camp on Tuesday. Dennard is coming off offseason shoulder surgery.

· Belichick spoke for the first time since picking up rookie running back Tyler Gaffney off waivers from Carolina. “Tyler had a really good year last year at Stanford after being in baseball for a year,” Belichick said. “He’s a good all-around back we wanted to work with, he was available, so we’ll see how it plays out.’’ Carolina waived the sixth-round pick out of Stanford with the intention of placing him on injured reserve. He hurt his knee on the first day of training camp and will require season-ending knee surgery.

· After making it through the first week of training camp, Belichick was asked about the return of Vince Wilfork from his Achilles’ injury. “Obviously, it’s good to have Vince out there, but he, like everybody else, has got a long way to go, a lot of things to work on. He missed most of the season last year and he’s trying to work his way back in. I think there are a lot of positive signs but I don’t think he – or anybody else – is where they need to be. I know he’s working hard at it and it’s good to have him back out there.’’

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