|07.31.09 at 2:44 pm ET|
FOXBOROUGH- While he knew full well that he would be asked about that left knee of his, Tom Brady wants to just move on.
And he made that clear, with a smile of course, on the second day of training camp at Gillette Stadium.
“I’ve kind of made a concerted effort to move on,” Brady said. That was last season and this is this season. I don’t think about it. I think it’s been a great learning experience and I’m using it really as a positive and hopefully, I can go out this year and be a great quarterback for this team.”
The preseason opens Aug. 13 in Philadelphia. Brady made it clear he is looking forward to playing in the preseason to get himself fully ready for the season.
“Yeah, I think I’ll play, I think I’ll play,” Brady said. “Last year (in the preseason), it wasn’t like I wasn’t supposed to play. I would have loved to have played, just some circumstances came up where I couldn’t. I think it’s really important for a quarterback to be out there playing. If you’re the leader of the offense, you’ve got to be out there leading in the preseason and the practices, and I’m excited.” Read the rest of this entry »
|07.31.09 at 1:33 pm ET|
Speaking on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Friday, former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison said New England would be a “good fit” for Michael Vick.
“That would be an ideal place for Michael Vick to go,” Harrison said, “because it’s such a family environment.”
Harrison, who retired this past spring to become an analyst for NBC Sports, added that working with Tom Brady would be great for Vick.
“Brady would be great for him,” Harrison said. “Brady would teach him how to be a pro.”
Harrison also talked more about Brady, working with Bill Belichick and his thoughts on Roger Goodell, saying he had no ill will toward the commissioner, even though he was suspended by the commissioner for four games in 2007 because of a violation of the NFL’s drug policy.
|07.31.09 at 12:39 pm ET|
FOXBOROUGH – Asked directly about the organization’s interest level in Michael Vick, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said no decision has been made.
“Have we ruled it out? I don’t know that it’s ruled in or ruled out,” Belichick said. “I don’t think it’s ever been put that way so I couldn’t really answer that.”
Belichick then proceeded to outline his philosophy on all NFL free agents, including Vick. “If we need somebody and we feel that player can help our team, and puts us in a better situation than what we have, then we’ll do it. If we don’t, we won’t.”
Vick, who served 23 months on federal dog fighting charges, said on Thursday that he is “close” to signing with an NFL team.
“I’m coaching the players that are here on this team, that’s what I’m doing,” Belichick said. “I’m not coaching anybody else. I’m sure at some point, somebody else will be here. I don’t know who that’s going to be. I can’t tell you that. If I knew, they’d already be here.”
Belichick concluded his thoughts on Vick by keeping all possibilities in the mix.
“We’re coaching the players that we have on the field right now, so that’s who’s here,” he said. “So, anybody who isn’t here, is there a potential that they could be here? Yeah, there probably is but right now they’re not. We’re coaching the 80 players who are here. Until we get somebody else, we’re coaching them.
“If we get somebody else in here, which I’m sure at some point we will, then we’ll coach them and the players that are here. So, who all that’s going to be, right now, it’s the 80 players that are here. That’s all I can tell you.”
|07.31.09 at 12:05 pm ET|
FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots just wrapped up their morning practice session on the fields behind Gillette Stadium. It was a slightly overcast but humid session, but the rains did hold off. (We heard a continuous roar of thunder off in the distance, but nothing ever materialized other than a few drops — although I’m looking out the press box window now, and there appears to be a steady rain falling. Just in time.)
•Randy Moss was initially scheduled to speak to the media after practice, but No. 81 was not in attendance for the morning session. Tom Brady did hold his annual training camp press conference, holding court with the media after the practice session for close to 20 minutes. We’ll have the complete transcript from that for you later this afternoon. Other players who drew big media crowds after the practice were Laurence Maroney and Tully Banta-Cain.
•Nothing new to report on the state of Brady’s knee — the quarterback went through a series of drills, and did not appear to be hindered. There were handoffs, three- and five-step drops and rollouts. No hitches, no limps, nothing. Our man Mike Petraglia was part of the post-practice interview session with No. 12, and he’ll have more here on the blog later today.
•By our account, the following players were not on the field for the morning session: wide receiver Brandon Tate (non-football injury list), linebacker Tyrone McKenzie (unsigned), offensive lineman Al Johnson, offensive lineman Stephen Neal, offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger (PUP), offensive lineman Mark LeVoir (PUP), offensive lineman Ryan O’Callaghan, defensive lineman Darryl Richard (PUP), offensive lineman Matt Light, wide receiver Randy Moss, defensive lineman Myron Pryor, defensive lineman Richard Seymour, defensive lineman Ty Warren (PUP) and linebacker Shawn Crable (PUP).
•Shawn Springs was out on the field — we’ll have more on this later today.
•Adalius Thomas had an active session. In a drill where linebackers and defensive backs were being blocked by tight ends, he could be seen working with safety Patrick Chung on a series of plays, and directing the rookie as to the right way and wrong way to do things. Later on, he nearly chased down wide receiver Greg Lewis on a pass play in 11-on-11 drills. Lewis barely beat him to the end zone, but Thomas definitely made it a race.
•The team put in some time on punt returns, with Kevin Faulk, Julian Edelman, Wes Welker and Joey Galloway working as returners. All the veteran returners were asked to field a punt with a football already in their hands, and the only drop among the vets came from Faulk. Edelman, who did not have to hold a football, appeared to struggle at times with a pair of drops on his first two attempts. (The first catch he made, a small mock cheer went up from the bleachers.)
•They also went through one-on-one tackling drills at the far end of the field — usually some of the most dramatic drills in camp. (A ballcarrier has to get past a would-be tackler, and has a small lane in which to do it in.) Some of the highlights from that drill included Terrence Wheatley unloading on Tyson DeVree, Greg Lewis blowing past Brandon Meriweather, Kevin Faulk slipping past Brandon McGowan and Herana-Daze Jones delivering a big hit on Julian Edelman.
•One of the top plays of the morning came when rookie wide receiver Terrence Nunn went up between two defenders and made a TERRIFIC catch in an 11-on-11 drill. (Didn’t do him much good with the vets — he was still forced to carry the veterans’ gear off the field after practice.)
|07.31.09 at 9:19 am ET|
Hey everyone … we are here at Gillette for Day 2 of training camp, where both Randy Moss and Tom Brady are expected to speak to the media after the morning session — we’ll have the details as soon as they come down.
|07.31.09 at 12:05 am ET|
Terrell Owens is already looking forward to the Sept. 14 opener between the Patriots and the Bills. While hawking his new breakfast cereal — “T.O.’s Honey Toasted Oats” — at an appearance in Buffalo on Thursday, he lobbed a verbal grenade toward New England, telling reporters: “Trust me when I say this: It’s not going to be an easy game for New England.”
|07.30.09 at 6:36 pm ET|
The following players were not on the field for today’s afternoon practice session: Linebacker Tedy Bruschi, offensive lineman Matt Light, offensive lineman Stephen Neal, offensive lineman Ryan O’Callaghan and defensive lineman Richard Seymour were not on the field.
In addition, linebacker Shawn Crable, defensive lineman Ty Warren, defensive lineman Darryl Richard, offensive lineman Mark LeVoir and offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger were not on the field, having been placed on the PUP list earlier today. In addition, unsigned linebacker Tyrone McKenzie wasn’t out there, and wide receiver Brandon Tate and cornerback Shawn Springs were also not on the field, having been placed on the non-football injury list.
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