By: Ian Logue
TRAINING CAMP COUNTDOWN: 34 days until Patriots training camp
Just got power back a few minutes ago after quite a storm here last night, so unfortunately this will be a short entry – and I apologize for the delay.
We’ll kick off this morning’s headlines with an entry from Jeff Howe that came through late yesterday looking at quarterback Tom Brady, who takes a look at Brady’s unusual 4th quarter struggles last year and says that Brady will be looking to recapture the clutch reputation he previously had.
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston has a look at the Patriots offensive line, and how it compares with the rest of the NFL. He also writes that the Patriots group is in the top 10 of the league.
John Cockrell of Patriots.com (and our message board) gives his take on the NFL’s “enhanced season”, and also notes some of the unfairness by media members here in New England that labled Devin McCourty as just a “special teams guy”.
The Boston Globe reports on linebacker Gary Guyton’s contract extension yesterday. Ian Rapoport also has an article, which includes other great notes from yesterday. Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com also has his report.
The Boston Globe has an article on yesterday’s football camp held by Tedy Bruschi at Gillette Stadium. There were some other great names who took part, with Jerod Mayo, former BC standout Mark Herzlich, Heisman hero Doug Flutie, receiver Rob Gronkowski, and rookie punter Zoltan Mesko as some of the guys who helped #54 in working with the kids in attendence.
The Boston Globe also spoke to Bruschi, who said that he’s still feeling the “itch” when it comes to this time of year, as this is when the countdown to camp starts for the players.
USA Trends has an NFL 2010’s top 10 player ranking, with Peyton Manning & Drew Brees taking the top spots, and Tom Brady coming in third.
Christopher Price of WEEI.com notes that the Patriots released runningback Pat Paschall yesterday. He was signed as a rookie free agent back on April 29th, but really needed to impress to make the team – and apprently didn’t.
The New York Times takes a look at some of the early Super Bowl favorites and notes that for now the Colts & Saints are listed as this year’s favorites to win it all, with the Jets listed third, with the Patriots right behind them.
For the Fantasy Football people out there, CNNSI.com’s David Komer has an entry looking at some of the top receivers heading into this year.
That’s all the Patriots news I came accross this morning. Due to the late start there won’t be any additional NFL notes as I have to go get ready to head off to work. But check back for updates throughout the day, and I’ll have an expanded edition tomorrow morning.