Sony Michel and Demaryius Thomas to open Patriots camp on PUP

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Veteran wideout Demaryius Thomas has some work to do to make the Patriots roster this summer.

He’s not going to start that process from the first day.

Per Field Yates of ESPN.com, Thomas and running back Sony Michel will open camp on the physically unable to perform list. They can be activated at any time.

The 31-year-old Thomas is coming off a torn Achilles last season. He was a low-risk addition for the Patriots (just $150,000 signing bonus on his one-year deal), so his place was never guaranteed.

Michel had his knee scoped this offseason, and was hoping to be ready to go from the beginning of camp, but that apparently won’t be the case. He quickly proved to be an important part of their offense last season, and all expectations are that he should be ready soon.