FOXBOROUGH — With “Nonstop” from Drake thumping through the speakers, Antonio Brown leaped up for a Tom Brady end zone lob as Troy Brown, wearing oversized arm pads, tried to provide a distraction.

Antonio Brown kept his concentration, however, and secured the pass while tumbling to the turf Thursday afternoon during his second practice as a member of the Patriots.

Wearing No. 17 — his second number in as many days after sporting No. 1 Wednesday — Brown went through stretching and jogging and the first period of drills during the window of practice the media was allowed to watch.

If his participation is any indication, it appears likely Brown is on target to play in Sunday’s matinee against the Dolphins in his hometown of Miami.


The Patriots had full attendance at the shorts-and-shells session, though Brown stuck out a tad because he wore game pants for the practice.

Brown later worked on a ball-security drill, jogging with a ball under each arm as Julian Edelman and a staffer tried to rip them out.

The receiver got a good taste of what it’s like to play in New England as practice had a fall-like feel just one day after it was in the mid-80s with high humidity.

Stephon Gilmore said everybody is pitching in to try to get Brown acclimated to his new surroundings.

“He’s a good guy. He’s smart. We welcome everybody with open arms, so I’m happy he’s on our team,’’ said Gilmore. “I was the new guy at one point, and everybody tried to help me out. I had a lot of questions, trying to get used to how we do things, and we’re going to do the same thing for him.’’

Gilmore, widely considered one of the top cornerbacks in the league, said Brown “can run every route” and has been impressive on the practice field.


“You see it. He’s a great player,’’ Gilmore said. “Competitive, smart. He can do it all, so like I said, I’m happy to have him on our team.’’

Duron Harmon, another defensive back who has plenty of experience covering Brown as an opponent and now as a teammate, has been similarly impressed.

“AB is AB, we all know what he brings to the table and we’re excited to have him here,’’ said Harmon.

Gilmore said Brown’s arrival, which came a day before he was hit with a federal civil lawsuit accusing him of rape and sexual assault, has “not been a distraction” despite an increased media presence around the team this week.

“We just focus on what we have to do. That’s one thing about this team, we focus on our next opponent, and that’s Miami, and we don’t let outside stuff distract us,’’ he said.

Harmon concurred.

Duron Harmon has welcomed Antonio Brown into the fold.
Duron Harmon has welcomed Antonio Brown into the fold.Barry Chin/The Boston Globe/Globe Staff

“It’s only a distraction if you allow it to be a distraction,’’ Harmon said. “We’re focused on the Miami Dolphins. We know Antonio is obviously a new member of the team, but he’s doing everything the right way. We’ve got to keep doing everything the right way, and we’ve just got to keep focused and moving forward.’’

As for whether Brown will be on the field Sunday, Gilmore demurred.

“We’ll see. I don’t know,’’ he said. “That’s a Bill [Belichick] question.”

Brown has worn No. 84 throughout his NFL career — it currently belongs to tight end Ben Watson — and may have chosen No. 17 as a tribute to his father.


Eddie Brown, better known as “Touchdown Eddie Brown,” wore No. 17 during his run as a specialist for the Albany/Indiana Firebirds of the Arena Football League from 1994-2003.

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