The Patriots will get back to work this morning for their second day of joint practices with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Gillette Stadium, one day after holding what most observers felt was a “sloppy” showing on Tuesday compared to how they performed last week against the Philadelphia Eagles.
After taking a quick look around, here are today’s top stories:
NOTEBOOK: Patriots Vince Wilfork Impressed with Tommy Kelly – Shalise Manza Young
In this piece Wilfork has been pleased with what he’s seen from Kelly thus far, and says, “so far, so good,” with his new teammate.
“For me, I always like to see things the same way as my defenders, and if we see things the same way, that means we’re definitely on the same page. So far, so good. It’s just one of those things that’s going to continue to grow and continue to help us down the road.”
There are also bits on former Patriot Tiquan Underwood, Tim Tebow, and a transaction that saw tight end Evan Landi signed and Jason Vega released.
Patriots rookie safety Duron Harmon on the ball – Fluto Shinzawa
Shinzawa has an article on the rookie who has had a strong camp so far and appears to be pushing Tavon Wilson for a roster spot.
ON FOOTBALL: Darrell Revis, Patriots On Friendlier Terms – Ben Volin
Volin has an article on Darrelle Revis, who returned to Foxboro yesterday as a member of the Buccaneers instead of the Jets and said that things are a little different for him now that he’s in Tampa Bay in terms of how he views the Patriots.
“The New York Jets-Patriots, that’s a crazy rivalry, it really is. It’s almost like a hatred. But now I’m a Buccaneer, and this is something new for me, being in training camp with another team. So I’m just taking it in stride.”
Practice report: Patriots, Buccaneers look sloppy – Robert Burgess
In case you missed it, here’s Burgess’ report from Tuesday’s practice session with observations and notes from yesterday’s session.
Jerod Mayo Plays Grizzled Vet – Jeff Howe
Howe has an article this morning on veteran linebacker Jerod Mayo, who being the elder statesman of this football team has spent time telling a lot of the new guys that hard work will help take care everything and shared some stories of his own experiences.
“Every once in a while, it’s not like I’m purposely doing it, but I tell the guys about the guys that I played with when I first got here. Some of the locker room stories that we had, the hard times, the good times, things like that. Everything is not always going to be perfect, and I try to let them know that. At the end of the day, as long as we go out there and work hard, everything will work itself out.”
Buckley: Mount a defense for Vince Wilfork – Steve Buckley
Buckley has a column on Wilfork, and feels he deserves the type of recognition to associate him with many of the all time great sports personalities who have played in this city.
Illini together in secondary school – Adam Kurkjian
Kurkjian has an article on former Illinois standouts Tavon Wilson and Justin Green, Michael Buchanan, and Michael Hoomanawanui, who are all in camp and vying for a spot on the roster.
Gisele, Son, Visit Brady at Camp – Jeff Howe
Howe has a quick entry on the fact that Tom Brady‘s wife Gisele and their son was spotted at Patriots camp Tuesday.
Ex-Jet Revis Welcome – Jeff Howe
Howe has an article on Darrelle Revis, who yesterday felt that Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are the two best quarterbacks in the NFL.
“Oh yeah, yeah,” Revis said. “It’s between him and (the Denver Broncos’) Peyton Manning, but it’s a good race between both of them. They’re both great. I played against both of them. They’re awesome quarterbacks. They’re tough. They’re tough to play against, and game-plan against as well.”
With Revis Island vacant for now, Bucs pose no challenge to Patriots’ Tom Brady – Rich Garven
Garven has an article on Revis and writes that the Buccaneers cornerback participated in only individual drills Tuesday, won’t play Friday, and likely will sit out the entire preseason.
Patriots’ Rutgers connection is magnified when Bucs are in town – Rich Garven
Garven writes that with former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano now the coach for the Buccaneers, the mutual admiration he and Bill Belichick have for eachother was evident yesterday as the two teams began joint sessions.
“He’s a big influence,” Schiano said Tuesday after the Patriots and Bucs wrapped up the first of three joint practices on the fields behind Gillette Stadium. “I had the opportunity to visit here as a college coach and he would come to Rutgers just to talk football and see the game through his eyes and his visions, like anything else when you’re around someone who is doing the things that you would like to do, you have an opportunity to learn. So I try to take advantage of it.”
Bed check: Cannon, Armstead sightings – Mike Reiss
Reiss has notes on Marcus Cannon and Armand Armstead, the latter of which is encouraging after the news that he was battling an infection came out recently. Armstead was reportedly just an observer Tuesday, but the fact he’s out there is at least a start.
Top pick Collins rises up on D – Mike Reiss
Reiss has a good read on rookie linebacker Jamie Collins, who with Brandon Spikes sidelined yesterday had a strong showing during practice.
Snapshots: Patriots-Bucs Joint Practice – ESPN BOSTON
In this entry there are some photos from yesterday’s first practice between the two teams.
Observations: Day 2 Of Tampa Week – Field Yates
Yates files his observations from Tuesday’s joint session.
Weekly Patriots mail is delivered – Mike Reiss
Reiss files his weekly mail bag and answers questions about a variety of topics, including the emergence of wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins. These are always an interesting read, and this week’s edition is certainly no different.
‘Holla at them after practice’ – Despite ties, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers all business in joint camp session – Nick O’Malley
O’Malley caught up with Aqib Talib who admitted that despite the familiarity between he and his former club, they still need to get the work in and the pleasantries can wait until after practice.
“Yeah, for a couple hours, you gotta put those friendships, relationships aside, get this good work in,” Talib said. “Holla at them after practice.”
Duron Harmon pushing his way up New England Patriots’ depth chart – Nick Underhill
Underhill as an article on Duron Harmon, and writes that so far, after a few weeks’ worth of training camp practices and one preseason game, it appears that the rookie is on the right track.
New England Patriots training camp notes: Pats get off to slow start in practices with Bucs – Nick Underhill
Underhill files his observations from yesterday’s training camp joint practice session.
Aqib Talib, “My Bad Man, Had to Go Say Hi to Gisele’ – Audio
Talib joined Mut and Merloni and discussed practicing against his old team and how he’s feeling more comfortable in the Patriots system.
Darrelle Revis Still Thinks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning Are ‘Both Great’ – Mike Petraglia
Petraglia has an article with comments from Revis,
“It’s fine, it’s fine,” Revis said. “The schedule is what the schedule is going to be and we know we have them Week 3. It’s something new for me. I’m just trying to take it in stride. It’s kind of weird watching 1-on-1s and seeing Tom throw at our DBs. I wish I could be out here to practice because that would give me some tips if I could be out here in 1-on-1s and go against Tom because it’s good competition at the end of the day.”
Tim Tebow: “I’m Feeling More Comfortable Every Day“ – Christopher Price
Price has an article on Tebow who says that although he still has a long way to go is feeling more comfortable in the Patriots system.
Tuesday Practice Notes: Patriots, Bucs Engage in High-Intensity Workout – Christopher Price
Price files his practice observations from Tuesday’s practice session in this entry.