By: Ian Logue
It’s the start of a new week, and with the public part of Training Camp having ended last week, the Patriots won’t have the fans on hand to watch them get ready for their next exhibition contest on Thursday out in Detroit against the Lions.
It should be an interesting week, and after taking a quick look here are today’s top stories.
NFP on Patriots’ new-look WR corps – Mike Reiss – Reiss highlights a piece from the National Football Post, which took a look at the Patriots transition at receiver over the offseason.
Brady downplays severity of injury – Field Yates – Yates has an entry this morning highlighting comments from Tom Brady’s appearance on WEEI Monday morning where he said he felt bad about the amount of attention his incident at practice last week garnered.
“I actually felt bad it caused more of a media story than it actually was worthy of, because I hate to draw attention to in that sort,” he told the “Dennis & Callahan Show” on WEEI sports radio in Boston. “Because we were just trying to be smart.”
Brady: Rookies can be counted on – Field Yates – Yates has more from Brady, who had encouraging comments on the Patriots rookies during his radio interview this morning.
Patriots rookie free agent Zach Sudfeld fills big void – Karen Guregian – Guregian has an article on Patriots tight end Zach Sudfeld, who has heard the “Baby Gronk” comparisons but says he’s just trying to get better and earn a role with the team.
“People are going to say what they’re going to say,” Sudfeld said after chuckling at the mention of the “Baby Gronk” nickname. “All I can really do is come out here and work. I have a long way to go, a lot of work still to do. I just have to focus on what I can do.”
Logan Ryan Makes Visible Impression at CB – Adam Kirkjian – Kirkjian has an article on rookie Logan Ryan, who he writes that until the third quarter of Friday night’s exhibition game against Tampa Bay, rookie Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan “was virtually invisible” but that all changed thanks to his interception return for a touchdown against the Buccaneers.
Tom Brady says last week’s knee injury was an overblown storyline – Jeff Howe – Howe also has an entry on Brady appearance on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan Monday morning, with Brady saying that had the incident happened during the regular season in a private practice, fans would probably have never even heard about it.
“There are a lot of people at practice that were witnessing,” Brady told WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan this morning. “If that was a Wednesday or Thursday practice during the regular season, you’d probably never hear anything about it. But it’s just obviously the nature of Twitter and all that social media and stuff.
“It happens on the practice field. It happens on the game field. You see so many injuries that have happened over the course of this preseason, so football is not for the faint of heart. You get bumps and bruises, and hopefully nothing is too series, and you can just bounce back from it and move on.”
Tom Brady: Knee injury overblown, and no way he’s going to sit out preseason games – Ben Volin – Volin has an extensive entry this morning on Brady’s comments from his radio interview this morning, including a mention of Danny Amendola who Brady called “fearless”.
Patriots Take 2: After knee injury scare, Tom Brady looked as comfortable as ever – Erik Frenz – Frenz has a great entry this morning with a film breakdown of Friday night’s game and looks at Brady’s performance, as well as other interesting aspects of the game.
Patriots vs. Buccaneers review: Chandler Jones appears unstoppable in win – Nick Underhill – Underhill has a great read on Chandler Jones, who had a big game against the Buccaneers Friday night at Gillette Stadium.
Patriots rookie Logan Ryan gaining quick experience – Jennifer Toland – Toland has an article on rookie Logan Ryan, who has been happy with the amount of reps he’s had so far through two preseason games.
Do Patriots need to give Stephen Gostkowski a boot? – Rich Garven – Garven writes that to this point Stephen Gostkowksi hasn’t had to compete against anyone in camp but in the wake of what he felt was another shaky preseason performance, he writes that doesn’t mean the Patriots aren’t considering bringing in another kicker for a look.
NOTES: Versatile James Develin in good position with Patriots – Rich Garven – Garven has comments from running back James Develin, who found himself in the mix with the first team during Friday night’s win over the Buccaneers.
Ndamukong Suh on Tom Brady: ‘Any Time You Can Take a Future Hall of Famer Down, It’s Always Some Fun’ – Christopher Price – Price has comments from the Detroit Free Press from Detriot Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, who is looking forward to getting a shot against Tom Brady Friday night.
Stephen Gostkowski’s Preseason Struggles Nothing Patriots Should Fret Over Just Yet – Luke Hughes – Hughes has an entry focusing on Stephan Gostkowksi, who he writes despite his struggles so far this preseason he still has the support of his coach.
Bill Belichick’s Conference Call Transcript – Team Release – The team posted Bill Belichick’s conference call transcript from his call with the media Saturday, which addressed a variety of topics coming off of last week’s exhibition game.