Patriots hit practice field 'full tilt, baby!'

Star quarterback Tom Brady was at practice Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, wearing a red glove on his throwing hand, apparently still recovering from what he described as a "pretty good cut" on his right hand. (WJAR)

The New England Patriots were back on the practice field Thursday for the first time since winning the AFC Championship.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski was left out of practice dealing with the concussion he suffered during Sunday's big game.

Star quarterback Tom Brady was at practice wearing a red glove on his throwing hand, apparently still recovering from what he described as a "pretty good cut" on his right hand.

The rest of the Patriots that were present were relishing the chance to play in yet another Super Bowl.

“The ultimate goal is to get to these moments and get to these opportunities to play in big games like this,” said receiver Chris Hogan.

The team wasting no time getting into full practice mode, as they hit the field full speed ahead.

“Full tilt, baby!" said running back Dion Lewis. "That’s’ what we do here, full tilt, and everybody’s focused, locked in because these few days here to prepare are huge for us.”

“We always get after it," added receiver Phillip Dorsett. "I mean, that’s what we do. We work hard on and off the field. When we’re not on the field, we’re working hard in the film room. We always get after it.”

The Patriots are preparing for the high-flying Eagles, a team they did not play during the regular season.

“They got a good offense," said corner back Malcolm Butler. "They do a lot of things well. They’re well-coached. They got good receivers, good running backs. They got a good quarterback with a lot of experience. He does what he’s told to do and we just got to be ready to play.”

“You’re looking at a talented defense from top to bottom -- from the secondary to their front," said Brandin Cooks. "Their guys have been playing extremely well all season -- their corners and safeties. It will be a tough challenge for us. They’ve been playing a lot of good ball.”

For fans that want to see the team off to Minnesota, the Patriots are holding a sendoff rally at Gillette Stadium on Monday at 9 a.m.

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