First and 10: Patriots say bye for the long weekend

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(Adam Richins/Boston Sports Journal)

Welcome to first and 10, a roundup of all the (mostly) Patriots-related news you need to start your Thursday. Grab your coffee and let’s get to it.

The bye is here -- the Patriots held their last workout Wednesday afternoon before leaving for a few days off. A chilly session outside, everyone (including Rob Gronkowski and Shaq Mason) was there except for Dwayne Allen, who is nursing a knee injury. We had a chance to talk with Tom Brady and James White at the podium in the media workroom, but after that, the locker room was pretty much cleared out. Players are expected back in the building on Monday -- that's when the stretch run really begins. Both Brady and White sounded a positive note Wednesday when asked how this team might respond the rest of the way.