Here’s a few news and notes items on the national level regarding the Patriots.
It’s not to early to be getting the view from the other side. The official website of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers takes a look at five Patriots players to watch on Friday night.
In the New York Times, Judy Battista has a look at how the Patriots have retooled since the loss to Indy in the AFC title game, and how despite their offseason haul, the team is staying on message with their stated expectations for this season.
There are a couple of notes involving the Patriots on ESPN’s “Whispers From Around The NFL,” provided by Pro Football Weekly:
• We hear that fourth-round DL Kareem Brown won’t be a Patriot for long if he doesn’t take to heart the team-imposed suspension and stern lecture from veteran DE Richard Seymour that he got after violating an unspecified team rule and being forced to the sideline for the first three days of practice.
We haven’t heard a peep as to what this violation was, and it’s probably for the best. No organization is better at keeping things “inside the house” than the Patriots.
• Word from New England is that DE Richard Seymour is not seriously hurt and was put on the preseason PUP list to give him more time to heal from offseason knee surgery. The Pats also hope the extra rest will help Seymour be a little fresher when the season starts.
If true, this is certainly good news.
Peter King hasn’t made it to Patriots camp yet, and since Don Banks has already been there for SI, perhaps we’ll be spared the Starbucks reviews from around Foxboro. King fills up seven pages of training camp notes this week with his usual style. The one positive about this edition of MMQB is the mad love he gives out to our good friends Aaron Schatz and his crew at Footballoutsiders.com. The only Patriot-related item of the entire article is tied to FO’s Pro Football Prospectus:
I think one last thing I appreciate about Pro Football Prospectus is how the writers avoid the hype and write the unvarnished truth. Like about how Kyle Brady is going to be a perfect replacement for Daniel Graham — at about a fourth of the cost — for New England at tight end because he’s one of the best blockers in football at the position.
King then immediately launches into a discussion of the Red Sox – after having already talked about them earlier. Thanks Peter, just what we needed, more Red Sox talk.
USA Today‘s Inside Slant has a Patriots training camp look, and focuses mainly on the competition to fill in for Asante Samuel in training camp. If you’ve kept up with us here and with the local coverage, there isn’t much new here, it’s a decent run-down of the first week of camp.