By: Ian Logue
These stories appeared in each of the “Daily News Headlines” from the week of 7/5 – 7/10, with the best New England Patriots headlines and stories from each of the past seven daily entries all combined here just for you.
Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reported late last Sunday that the timetable for Tom Brady’s new deal may be starting to come to light, as Colts GM Bill Polian claims he’s expecting to know about the new Collective Bargaining Agreement in October. As we know Peyton Manning is also in the final year of his deal, and his deal from what we’ve heard will likely serve as a barometer for Brady’s contract.
With just over two weeks to go until training camp begins, WEEI.com’s Chris Price has an updated list of which Patriots rookies have already signed (prior to the recent Deaderick signing), along with a look at what it may take to get the remaining ones under contract.
Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe has a story that looks at New England’s offensive line, and how they’ll fare in the event the Patriots can’t work out their differences with disgruntled guard Logan Mankins.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com had an article on Tuesday regarding Tom Brady’s supposed “discontent” involving his contract.
Florio points out that up to this point Brady has been the good soldier and taken a “hometown discount” to help his team stay competitive and keep talent around him. However according to Florio, Brady is saying that those days are over, and the Patriots are now going to have to pay market value for his services. The reason? Brady is supposedly angry that New England has been using his last good gesture against other free agents (ie: Logan Mankins) to get them to take less money – and he’s not going to do it any longer.
Jeff Howe of NESN.com wonders if recently signed Vince Wilfork, Leigh Bodden, and Tully Banta-Cain will back up the big contracts they recently signed this offseason.
Jeff Howe of NESN.com has an article on quarterback Tom Brady, who Howe says looked “precision sharp” during the team’s minicamp and OTA’s and no longer appears to be hampered by any injuries. As we recently learned Brady fought through not only trying to battle back from a knee injury, but also dealt with playing through the final weeks of the season with three broken ribs and a broken finger.
Howe also looks at quarterbacks coach Bill O’Brien, who despite the fact there wasn’t officially an offensive coordinator last year handled most of the play-calling. According to Howe O’Brien has clearly been in charge of the offense so far during the team’s offseason workouts, and after a tough 2009 campaign New England can’t afford any further inconsistant play-calling from him when they take the field this season.
Jeff Howe of NESN.com expects a big year from wide receiver Randy Moss, pointing out that the last time Moss was in a contract year (2007) he had a record breaking season.
The Jets announced the signing of draft choice Vladimir Ducasse on Wednesday, who was taken at 61st overall. Christopher Price of WEEI.com reports that with Brandon Spikes being taken just one spot later, Ducasse’s contract should more or less set the benchmark for whatever deal the Patriots end up making with the rookie linebacker.
Christopher Price of WEEI.com reported that Patriots runningback Sammy Morris will be running the second stage of his annual football camp at Army Field in Foxboro from July 15 through the 17th. Price reports that Morris, who grew up in San Antonio, said he always wished there was a football camp he could have attended as a young football player.
“There was never an NFL team or player in the area when I was growing up,” he said on a Thursday morning conference call. “Looking back, I wish there was something else I could have done to improve my skills early on. There’s always room to improve and people you can learn from. I wanted to do that in areas that are special to me.”
The article also takes a look at some thoughts Morris has about his post-football career, and is definitely a good read.
Price also reports that according to sources the Patriots were one of the teams in attendance Thursday in Provo, Utah for the workout of BYU’s Harvey Unga. He reportedly remains the biggest name available in this year’s supplemental draft, and considering the age of Fred Taylor and the injury history with New England’s runningbacks, it will be interesting to see if they make the move for him.
A local paper out of BYU has more on the workout, including his 40-time, etc. for anyone interested.
Mike Reiss has rankings on the players on the Patriots roster, and ranks them in order from 1-82 with some interesting commentary.
Jeff Howe of NESN.com had a great article focused on the Patriots rookies, and feels that this year’s draft class cold play a major role in the upcoming 2010 campaign.
Shalise Manza-Young of the Boston Globe has another edition of “10 Questions” this morning, looking at former Patriot Richard Seymour’s role in the defense and how New England has addressed his loss.
The official site also had a great look at punter Zoltan Mesko in a recent “Meet the Rookies” article.
Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reported via Twitter Friday that the Patriots signed 7th round pick Brandon Deaderick.
According to Rapoport the Alabama standout will receive a $40,300 signing bonus, although the terms of the rest of the deal have yet to be disclosed.
The team recently featured him in a “Meet the Rookies” column, which can be found by clicking here. If you read the article, you’ll find Deaderick is lucky to be alive after being shot in the arm during an apparent robbery attempt. Here’s an article from ESPN.com shortly after he was released from the hospital back in 2009.
Hopefully this brings you up to date, and be sure to send along a comment if you found this post useful in getting caught up on recent Patriots news.