FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — “The more you can do...”

Ted Karras epitomizes the old saying.

“Everyone’s got to find a role,” the Patriots’ fourth-year offensive lineman said following Thursday’s training camp practice on the fields behind Gillette Stadium. “I’m fighting to carve out a role like I do every year, and if that includes multiple positions I go where I’m told to play. I can only speak for myself. That’s what I do and I have the luxury of being told when and where to play so that kind of takes the burden off thinking about it too much.”

Since breaking in to the NFL as a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the 6-foot-4, 305-pound Karras has appeared in 45 games, starting five — three at right guard and two at center.

This year in camp, he’s lined up at both positions, seeing time at left guard with the first unit when Joe Thuney has shifted over to fill the hole at the left tackle position. With Trent Brown’s free-agent departure to Oakland in March, 2018 first-round draft pick Isaiah Wynn’s recuperation from the torn Achilles he suffered last August and being plugged in at center for David Andrews, Karras is seeing time all over the interior line.

For his part, Karras, who became the seventh member of his family to play football in the Big Ten when he suited up for Illinois from 2012-2015, says he’s just happy to be lining up and competing anywhere at this point in time.

“This is training camp and that’s what it is, it’s competition time,” said Karras, whose great uncle Alex Karras won the Outland Trophy (as the top collegiate interior lineman in the nation) at Iowa in 1957 and was a four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle with the Detroit Lions. “Everyone’s out there competing for a job. I’m grateful to be going into my fourth training camp, 26 years old, and still playing football.”

Kendricks misses practice: Recently signed tight end Lance Kendricks, who left practice early Wednesday with an unspecified injury, was absent Thursday.

Good news and bad: First, the good news.

First-round draft pick N’Keal Harry rebounded from a drop-plagued practice on Wednesday with a solid day’s work, his best play a diving catch for a touchdown on a ball from fellow rookie Jarrett Stidham.

As good as Harry was, though, Jakobi Meyers, the rookie free-agent wide receiver who seems to make a noteworthy play (or two) every day, was even better and has progressed to the point where it’s not out of the ordinary to see him lining up with the first team.

What very well may have been the play of training camp (to date) saw Meyers go up between safety Keion Crossen and safety Patrick Chung to tip a pass from Stidham to himself for a TD.

“He’s a smart kid and learns well,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said of Meyers prior to the day’s practice.

Now, the bad news.

The offense, which had a brutal day on Wednesday, was forced to run a couple of laps in rapid-fire succession following two false starts and a fumble.

No news on Gordon: Belichick said he had nothing new to report on veteran wide receiver Josh Gordon, whose latest suspension from the NFL came last December when he was suspended indefinitely for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the league’s substance abuse policy.

“We don’t have anything to do with Josh Gordon. He’s suspended,” said Belichick. “You can talk to the league. We have no control over Josh Gordon.”

Kudos for Collins: Belichick on linebacker Jamie Collins in his second stint with the Patriots: “He’s been great. He had a great spring, he’s had a good training camp. I think he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do and he’s done it well. I’m glad we have him. I think he’ll help our team.”