Good morning. Here is your PDB for Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. It contains all the links, info, analysis and occasional humor that you'll need to go about your day. If you can't detect sarcasm or take yourself and/or football too seriously, this may not be your thing.
WHAT'S ON TAP
- 7:30 p.m.: Exhibition game No. 1 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium.
- No practice.
"NFL fans crawled to freedom through 4 1/2 months of legalese I can't even comprehend, or maybe I don't want to. Four-and-a-half months ... that's the length of 18 football games, just over one whole season."
But now...(Invoking the Paulie D Jersey Shore voice)
THE GAMEZ AHH HEEEAH!
Finally, after all that ultimately meaningless drama we all went through during the lockout, we have actual games to watch. Well, exhibition games. But it's something. Can't tell you how happy that makes me.
On that note, I took a look at where the Patriots are aiming to get better on defense, which is on third downs in both short and long yardage. Their recent acquisitions should help with both, and so will the spirited return of CB Leigh Bodden.
- The big news yesterday was the Patriots and guard Logan Mankins came to an agreement on a six-year contract, which is a win-win for both sides.
Will be interested in seeing whether Mankins was made the highest paid guard in the league or not. If he was, then there was absolutely no need for the acrimony that built up over the past two years. And, as I've written about before, you have to wonder why the Patriots didn't get Mankins locked up earlier at a more team-friendly price.
In most cases, I don't disagree with the Patriots' philosophy of waiting until the final year to lock up a player. You don't want to overextend yourself for players who might get in trouble off the field, or suffer an injury. But when you have a guy that is as rock-steady off the field and durable on it as Mankins, an exception should be made. THen the team can hold them up to others in the organization to say, "See, if you do it like him, then you are going to be rewarded early."
But the bottom line is the deal got done. Mankins deserves it. It helps the team, both now and in the future. So everybody wins.
- An emotional Robert Kraft talked yesterday about the team and his wife. And Shalise Manza Young earned her paycheck yesterday with all of the above articles.
- Put up the tabulations for the one-on-one drills so far. Sebastian Vollmer and Vince Wilfork have been the clear standouts.
AROUND THE DIVISION
Here's the tally so far:
PATRIOTS--Additions: WR Chad Ochocinco (trade), DE Albert Haynesworth (trade), DL Steve Williams, OL Jonathan Compas, OL Chris Morris, DE Mark Anderson (Texans), DL Shaun Ellis (Jets), DE Andre Carter (Redskins), OL Mark Wetterer (Bengals). Re-signings: LT Matt Light, LG Logan Mankins, RB Sammy Morris, RB Kevin Faulk, LB Tracy White, DT Gerard Warren. Subtractions: OLB Tully Banta-Cain, DB Tony Carter, DL Marcus Stroud, DL Ty Warren, TE Alge Crumpler, OL Nick Kaczur, LB Anthony Leonard, LB Ryan Coulson, QB Jonathan Crompton, RB Thomas Clayton, DE Marlon Favorite, S Brandon McGowan, S Jarrad Page, CB Thad Turner, S Ross Ventrone.
JETS--Additions: WR Plaxico Burress, P Chris Bryan (Bucs), CB Donald Strickland (Chargers), WR Derrick Mason, DE Cody Brown (Lions), TE Keith Zinger (Falcons). Re-signings: CB Antonio Cromartie, WR Santonio Holmes, RT Wayne Hunter, S Eric Smith, K Nick Folk, T Robert Turner, QB Mark Brunell, S Brodney Pool, LB David Herron. Subtractions: WR Brad Smith (Bills), OL Damien Woody (retirement), CB Will Billingsley (waivers), G Marlon Davis (waivers), P Steve Weatherford (Giants), CB Drew Coleman (Jaguars), OLB Jason Taylor (Dolphins), WR Jerricho Cotchery, DL Shaun Ellis (Patriots), WR Braylon Edwards (49ers).
DOLPHINS: Additions: RB Reggie Bush (trade with Saints), LB Jason Trusnik (Browns), QB Matt Moore (Panthers), LB Kevin Burnett (Chargers), DL Ronald Fields (Broncos), LB Jason Taylor (Jets), OT Marc Colombo (Cowboys), OL Ray Willis (Seahawks), QB Kevin O'Connell. Re-signings: DL Tony McDaniel. Subtractions: QB Tyler Thigpen (Bills), LB Channing Crowder (retirement), LB Tim Dobbins.
BILLS: Additions: QB Tyler Thigpen (Dolphins), WR Brad Smith (Jets), DL Lionel Dotson (Dolphins), LB Nick Barnett (Packers), WR Buster Davis (Chargers). Re-signings: CB Drayton Florence, LB Garrison Sanborn, TE Scott Chandler, RB Bruce Hall. Subtractions: LB Paul Posluszny (Jaguars), S Donte Whitner (49ers).
- Former player Sean Gilbert, who is Darrelle Revis's uncle, is coaching with the Jets.
- Former Minuteman Vlad Ducasse is supposedly on the cusp of doing great things. Good kid who you want to see do well, but he was terrible last season.
- Jets think former Colts assistant Tom Moore will help them in the red zone.
- Dolphins are all about competition.
- Reggie Bush won't be returning punts for the Dolphins anytime soon.
- Dolphins ask fans not to post practice videos on youtube.com. Meanwhile the media chuckles.
- Kevin Burnett will be starting at LB.
- WR Lee Evans shrugs off the trade rumors.
- Former Vikings coach Brad Childress had an, um, interesting way to describe Randy Moss's tenure with his team.
"We had good guys, by and large," Childress said, "[but Moss] walked in the locker room and vomited on it."