Patriots training camp started with the surprise retirement of wide receiver David Patten.
Out of football last year, Patten tried to re-charge his career this offseason with New England, but training camp proved to be too much for him.
Patten was a long shot to make the roster, but Bill Belichick said Saturday he was having a good camp.
“A truly great career,” Bill Belichick said, in emotional, heartfelt comments, calling him one of the hardest workers he’s been around. “He’s meant a lot to this team, going back to ’01, ’02, ’03 — the toughness and attitude he brought to this team in a quiet way.”
Patten, once who worked in a coffee bean factory before his pro career started, signed for very little money as a free agent in New England in 2001. He wound up starting for the team, catching touchdowns in the 2001 AFC Championship game and Super Bowl against the Rams.