Back to work: Patriots return to practice after bye week (The Associated Press)

Fresh off their bye week, the New England Patriots returned to the practice field Tuesday and players said they took advantage of the time off to get their bodies ready for the second half of the season. Much-needed rest, mentally and physically, so hopefully everybody maximized that time, and time to get back to work,” special teams captain Matthew Slater said before practice. ”Our focus just needs to be as high as it’s been all season and worry about preparing for Seattle.