By: Ian Logue
It’s a quiet day in Foxboro thanks to the players receiving an off day and here’s a look at this morning’s top stories:
Sterling Moore’s more than ready – Karen Guregian
Guregian has a good article on defensive back Sterling Moore, who after having Brandon Lloyd snatch a ball off of his helmet in a recent practice credited him with making “a heck of a catch” and then joked that he “bet he “couldn’t do it again.”
Zoltan Mesko has ties to Olympians including former Michigan alum Michael Phelps – Blog
In this entry Mesko’s ties to former several Olympians are highlighted.
NOTEBOOK: Position Battles on Both Sides of the Ball – Jeff Howe
Howe files his “NOTEBOOK” which leads off highlighting the intense battle happening on special teams and also includes some interesting comments from runnningback Stevan Ridley.
Julian Edelman’s Speedy Illusion – Jeff Howe
Howe has an article on Julian Edelman, who he writes so far during training camp appears to be quicker than ever.
New Play’s No Smoke Screen – Karen Guregian
Guregian has an article on New England’s runningbacks, who are getting acclimated to some of the new wrinkles being put in by offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Patriots Runningbacks Lack Experience, Not Talent – Shalise Manza Young
Manza Young looks at the state of New England’s backfield and writes that despite the fact there’s not a lot of NFL experience, the Patriots still have a talented group.
NOTEBOOK: Cunningham in Better Spot After Hard Work – Greg Bedard & Julian Benbow
Bedard and Benbow file their “NOTEBOOK” which leads off with the fact that third year defensive lineman Jermaine Cunningham was recognized for his offseason work and is focused on improving from what was a tough year for him in 2011.
Bullman Excited about New England Homecoming – Julian Benbow
Benbow has a good article on Tim Bullman, with the Massachusetts native excited about an opportunity to battle for a roster spot.
Ridley’s New Approach – Levan Reid
After his late season fumbling issues last year, Reid writes that Stevan Ridley appears to be holding the football differently so far during training camp.
Early look at special teams ‘core four’ – Mike Rodak
Rodak takes a look at each special teams group and highlights several players who are part of each of them.
Early Takes From Patriots Camp – Mike Reiss
Reiss takes a look at the state of the defense along with several other positions and gives his impression of what he’s seen so far during training camp.
Bed Check: Highlights From Day 4 – Mike Reiss
Reiss takes a look back at some of the big moments from Sunday, including a bomb from Tom Brady to Brandon Lloyd that electrified the 14,000 fans who were on hand at the stadium.
Rex Ryan not ‘conceding’ to Patriots – James Walker
Walker takes a look at recent comments by Jets head coach Rex Ryan, who feels the road to a Division title will likely go through New England.
Patriots Looking For Solid Returns – Rich Garven
Garven takes a look at New England’s return game last season and writes that the Patriots are looking to improve this season after being ranked 29th in the league in kick returns in 2011.
NOTEBOOK: Robert Gallery Looking to Make an Impact – Rich Garven
Garven files his “NOTEBOOK”, which leads off with coments from offensive lineman Robert Gallery, who is ready to do whatever his new football team asks of him.
Patriots Runningbacks Could Get More of a Pass This Season – Christopher Price
Price has a good article this morning on the Patriots runningbacks, who appear to be poised to be more of a part of New England’s passing game this season.
Pats Hope Experience Leads to More Success For Return Game – Jon Lemons
Lemons takes a look at the state of New England’s kick return game, which was among one of the worst in the league last year.
Koppen not taking camp for granted; adjusting without Light – Staff Report
In this entry Dan Koppen talks about a variety of topics, including the fact that training camp is a “necessary evil”, as well as adjusting to life without Matt Light.
NO HUDDLE: Vereen on Screens – Mary Paoletti
Mary Paoletti has a Q&A with Shane Vereen as well as Zoltan Mesko in this entry.
Curran’s Surprises and Disappointments in Pats Camp – Tom Curran
This entry has a video where Tom Curran talks about who’s been a surprise thus far, and who hasn’t impressed just yet.
Attleboro Sun Chronicle
‘It Was Pretty Easy’ – Mark Farinella
Farinella has a great article on 10-year old Brandon Morabito who one of New England’s draft picks during April’s draft and was rewarded with a meeting with Nate Ebner recently.
Edelman won’t say if he’s working with Patriots defense – ProFootballTalk – Michael David Smith
In this entry Smith highlights the fact that when asked recently whether he was getting in any work on defense, Julian Edelman wouldn’t elaborate.
SUNDAY’S PRACTICE RECAPS
Here’s a list highlighting what happened during yesterday’s training camp sessions:
Patriots Practice Recap – Boston Globe – Greg Bedard
What We Learned From Patriots Training Camp 7/29 – Bleacher Report – Erik Frenz
Postcards from Camp: Day 4 – CSNNE – Tom Curran
Ten Things We Learned From Day 4 of Patriots Training Camp – WEEI – Christopher Price
From The Hart: Sunday Practice Observations – Patriots.com – Andy Hart
Rob Gronkowski has rough day at Patriots training camp, drops three passes – MassLive -Nick Underhill
Roll Call: Practice #4 – Greg Bedard – Boston Globe
Patriots wrapup: Rob Gronkowski has case of drops – Jeff Howe – Boston Herald