1. In one recent drill quarterback Tom Brady, coming off that devastating knee injury from last season, hit just about every NFL throw possible: a deep route, a sideline throw, a short throw, a medium throw. The only thing missing was an incompletion. He was as sharp as ever. If anyone is concerned that Brady has lost any zip or accuracy, they should remove themselves from the ledge. He looks fine. That's not the issue. The issue is the first big hit he takes, and we won't see that really until the first regular-season game. The preseason games will mean little in terms of a legitimate test because quarterbacks are so protected and defenses are so non-aggressive. Thus no one will really know about that knee for some time.
2. Randy Moss has been extremely quiet in camp. As of this week Moss had yet to speak with the media; it's incredible he's allowed to slink away from reporters for weeks at a time during camp (without fear of a fine from the league), considering he's one of the biggest stars in the sport. While his figurative middle finger to the media is abhorrent, it might bode well for the Patriots. I'm told by someone in the organization that they've rarely seen Moss as focused as he is. When Moss is focused, he's frightening.
3. Maybe the tightest battle in camp is at the tight end position. Bill Belichick, as is his penchant, won't go into specifics of the battle but the leader has to be Ben Watson. The only hint Belichick gives of who might be leading the fight are these glowing words: "[Watson has] a lot of strengths. He's fast. He's athletic. He's a real smart guy. He's versatile athletically and he's versatile mentally, so he can do a lot of things. He can play on the line. He can play off the line. He can play detached. He can play in close. He has a good skill set."
4. If there was one guy who is primed to have a breakout season, it's safety Brandon Meriweather. Here's a guess: Meriweather becomes a Pro Bowl starter this year.
5. One more thing on Belichick. His dryness and ability to stick to his script is actually sometimes extremely humorous. He was asked about the demise of the Arena League and his answer was classic. "Right now, my thoughts are really on our football team, training camp, getting ready for the season [and] the Philadelphia Eagles," he said. "I'm not really into solving the world's problems and all that. I'm just trying to coach our football team."