By: Ian Logue
As you may have noticed there’s a new look to this blog this morning, as I changed it over after some people had said that the previous layout had a font that was tough to read. Hopefully this works a little better, and please feel free to provide any feedback at the end in the comment section.
With that out of the way, it’s on to today’s top stories.
Today is Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s 33rd birthday, and Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reports that ESPN2’s SportsNation, will celebrate Brady’s B-Day today at 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 12 a.m by featuring a one-hour show hosted by Michelle Beadle and Colin Cowherd. The show will go over some apparently rarely seen Brady videos, as well show some TV appearances like Saturday Night Live, Entourage, and Family Guy. So set your DVR.
Andy Vogt of the Metrowest Daily news has a ‘Patriots Notebook’ that talks about how far Brady’s come since starting with the team at 22, and also talks about some of the rookies and other guys who you may be interested in.
NESN also has a video of Tom Brady soaking the rookies during yesterday’s practice, so be sure and take a second to check that out.
Rapoport also has a blog entry with a list of players whose offseason commitment to the workout program has gained them a shorter walk into the stadium. Kevin Faulk, Jerod Mayo, and Julian Edelman were among the names to earn those coveted parking spots, and there were some other interesting names that ended up making the list as well.
Rapoport also has a great article on wide receiver Brandon Tate, who was already off to a great career in college before getting injured. Many wonder just how great he would have been had he not gotten hurt – with quite a few of those people hoping he goes on to a great career here in New England.
Rapoport also has a report on how Tate did during yesterday’s morning session, which apparently was pretty well.
Jeff Howe reports that the Patriots held Wes Welker among others out of last night’s season ticket holder only practice, which gave Brady some time to work with some of the other guys, including tight end Rob Gronkowski and Tate.
The Derrick Burgess saga continues while he continues to ponder his future, with Jeff Howe of NESN.com reporting that his teammates have left messages, but he’s still undecided about coming back at this point.
Rich Garven of the Worcester Telegram looks at the linebackers and while the piece my be headlined about Burgess’ situation, the article has a few good pieces of information on how some of the other guys at that position have done so far during training camp.
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com has a video report wrapping up the day yesterday, along with some notes below the video on some of the key things that happened Monday.
Karen Guregian reports that with the lack of a pass rush the team has had, New England may also have an interest in the Bills’ Aaron Schobel, who could be either on the verge of being released, or potentially retiring. Schobel has been a Patriots’ killer over the years with a tendency of getting to Brady, and since Belichick likes to hire guys who have given him a tough time, (ie: Wes Welker, Sammy Morris, etc.) we could see them pursue him.
The Boston Globe has an article this morning on Torry Holt, who continues to work hard during training camp, but for the first time in his career he’s battling for a roster spot against a very tough group.
Christopher Price has a great entry looking at what’s happened so far through 10 practices. Price looks at several different positions and gives a pretty great overview of how things have gone for several different players, so be sure and check it out.
The Boston Herald has an article on Julian Edelman, who according to report got to spend this offseason focusing on getting better at his position, which was different from what he did in his first year when he had to go through minicamps, etc.
Another guy who is getting better at his position is apparently Brian Hoyer, who NESN reports is looking more and more comfortable as Brady’s backup.
How would you like to win a cool half-million toward a new house? Well, the Patriots are giving you that chance. RE/MAX of New England and the New England Patriots announced in a press release the kickoff to the “Take You to the House” program.
The Patriot Ledger reports this morning that former Patriot and Marshfield native Sean Morey is retiring from the NFL after nine seasons. Morey was drafted in the seventh round by New England in ’99, and many likely remember the receiver out of Brown University who had a knack for making the final two quarters of exhbition play interesting by making big catches, although he never became a full time player here. Morey’s decision reportedly came due to concerns over his own health, after dealing with post-concussion syndrome.
“Knowing the science (of concussion) is a curse, but it allowed me to put it in the proper perspective,” said Morey, who was named co-chair of the NFL Players Association’s concussion and traumatic brain injury committee last year. “It was really hard, but I had to make the right call for my team, my family and my personal health.”
If the Patriots break their single-season record of 75 touchdowns this season,one lucky fan will win $500,000 toward the purchase of a new home. Fans can enter by submitting a 500-word essay stating how winning the prize will make a difference in their lives at www.remax-newengland.com. Check out the video that Patriots receiver Julian Edelman and RE/MAX of New England exec Jay Hummer shot which appears on the website, and get to work writing your essay.
Channel 5 here in Boston has an article on Gisele Bundchen, where she says she believes that there should be a worldwide law to make breastfeeding mandatory.
MONDAY PRACTICE REPORTS:
Evening Season Ticket Holder Event:
Quick Hits From Camp Session #10 – Boston Globe
Monday Night Practice Report – WEEI.com
Monday night football hits Foxborough – Patriots.com
Training Camp Central: Stadium practice wrap – NECN
Patriots practice 10 observations – ESPNBoston.com
Monday Morning Session: