by Scott Benson
The morning papers have more reaction from Friday night’s pre-season opener, so let’s take a spin through the links to see what’s up.
The Globe hits leadoff today with Christopher Gasper’s look at Kelley Washington, who impressed in his Friday debut. Washington talks a bit about his 12 yard catch and run first-down that left no less of a player than Ronde Barber grabbing for air.
Gasper and Mike Reiss team up on the daily notebook, with Jarvis Green and the rest of the Patriots defensive line working to get on the same page with the absences of Richard Seymour (planned) and Ty Warren (unplanned) on Friday night. This is the first I’ve heard that Warren left the game early with an unspecified injury. Something to watch closely in the days to come. I hardly want to consider the prospects of the loss of the underrated Aggie.
In his weekly Football Notes, Reiss talks with Bill Belichick mentor Ted Marchibroda about the expanding size of today’s coaching staffs, a trend Belichick is bucking in New England. Mike also visits with old friend Damien Woody, who has been expanding himself. Reiss also touches on Michael Irvin’s much discussed Hall of Fame acceptance speech, in which he also lauded Pats strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik.
Karen Guregian has a look at what we might have learned about Adalius Thomas on Friday night, and what the rest of the AFC competition might not have learned about the Patriots. Guregian and Tomase team up on a notebook, and look again at rookie Justin Rogers, who took full advantage of his chance to be noticed.
You know, I’ve always thought that ‘Bend it like Beckham’ sounded sort of dirty. Yet this smut peddler is welcomed at Gillette Stadium today, which means you won’t be. Tomorrow’s practice sessions will be among the final ones open to fans this year, as the team concludes training camp while looking ahead to the pre-season home opener with the Titans (bastards) on Friday night.
It’s a beautiful Sunday morning. You’ve made a wise choice to stay inside and focus on the Internet. Fresh air and physical activity is completely overrated. You are obviously an erudite individual. Please, share with us your secret.