By: Ian Logue
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS HEADLINES FOR 8/18
Today will be a quieter day here in New England, as the Patriots will spend today in Atlanta preparing for tomorrow night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, and the workout will be closed to the media so the updates won’t be like they were yesterday. Today had plenty of highlights, including two touchdown receptions by wide receiver Randy Moss, who reportedly put on quite a show yesterday. Needless to say here are today’s headlines.
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com has an article from yesterday’s sessions, pointing out that Moss was absolutely spectacular during the workouts.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an article this morning on tomorrow night’s game, saying that the Falcons are ready for the Patriots.
They also have some notes from yesterday if you’d like to get an outside perspective of what went down between the two teams.
Michael Hurley of NESN.com has an article on Punter Zoltan Mesko, who told The Wall Street Journal that he’s quite happy getting paid to punt a football in the NFL. Said Mesko, “I’ve got two degrees and no debt. Could be worse.”
The Boston Herald reports that the New England Patriots cheerleaders were on hand at Ned Devine’s last night to unveil their 2011 Swimsuit Calendar, and has a picture of the cheerleaders from the event.
Jeff Howe of NESN.com has an article this morning on defensive back Terrence Wheatley, who has made major improvements as he looks to land a spot on this year’s roster.
Mike Freeman of CBS Sportsline has an article on Brady and Moss, saying the fact that Moss is back playing at a high level is a good sign for New England heading into this season.
Wes Welker made the trip with the team and practiced yesterday, but Jeff Howe of NESN.com writes that his status for tomorrow night’s game remains uncertain to this point.
Vince Wilfork weighs in on the changes in New England’s defensive line, telling the Boston Globe that, “changes happen” and that he has faith in the guys around him to get the job done this season.
Brady held an interview with reporters yesterday, and the Boston Globe pointed out that he says he tries to lead by example, and that he expects every one of his teammates to work hard in practice each day.
Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports that perrenial Pro Bowl tight end and now Atlanta Falcon Tony Gonzalez had some good things to say about this year’s group of Patriots tight ends.
Christopher Price of WEEI.com has a piece this morning with an updated look at who may be “on the bubble” following all the roster cuts and moves that have happened recently.
Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald has an article this morning on former Falcon and now Patriots tight end Alge Crumpler, who was dismissed in a veteran purge a couple of years ago by his former team. Crumpler wouldn’t offer any memories when he talked to reporters yesterday, and simply said that he is just focused on creating new ones here in New England.
Rapoport also has an article on Brady, who he says that there should be no mistake in knowing Brady’s in charge of this football team.
Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald also had an article on Brady, who wasn’t interested in offering up any trade secrets to Falcons QB Matt Ryan yesterday when the two had a couple of minutes to chat.
Those are the highlight’s from this morning. Hope all of you have a great day and check back later on for more updates, and also check the front page of PatsFans.com for updates from our other bloggers as well.
TUESDAY PRACTICE NOTES:
AM Practice Session Notes – Boston Herald
AM Practice Notes – Atlanta Journal-Constitution
AM Practice UPDATE – PFWOnline.com
Quick Hits From Practice #26 – Boston Globe
Practice #26 Observations – ESPNBoston.com