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Patriots Daily Briefing 08.17.11

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  August 17, 2011 10:39 AM

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Good morning. Here is your PDB for Wednesday, Aug. 17, 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

Today

- 1-1:45 p.m., walkthrough practice open to public on the grass fields

Tomorrow

- 7:30 p.m., Exhibition #2 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

HEADLINES

- Vince Wilfork is all over Yahoo!Sports' investigation in the the University of Miami football program. Means nothing. Won't affect him one bit.
- The Patriots aren't happy with the play of S Brandon Meriweather. The question is, what do they do about it? Either nothing, because there's nobody at this stage that will come in and start. Or they promote from within. If Sergio Brown can show tomorrow he's capable, he may get a chance.
- RB Stevan Ridley returned to practice after leaving Tuesday's session.

TO RECAP

- Bill Belichick doesn't seem to be a fan of the new kickoff rules.
- Corwin Brown's family thinks he's suffering from symptoms related to brain trauma.
- Chad Finn is a big fan of the Patriots' depth.

- The blogger removed the photos of Tom Brady's son.
- Patriots get the Fifth Down Blog treatment over at the NY Times.

AROUND THE DIVISION

Jets

- Oh yeah, the Jets landed Aaron Maybin. Super. Bowl.
- Things aren't totally perfect for Gang Green.
- The offensive line is banged up
- Bart Hubbuch of the NY Post was here yesterday trying to stir up trouble.

Dolphins

- Camp's done for the Dolphins. Have they improved?
- Channing Crowder plans to come back next year, and he's no fan of Chad Henne's.
- Former Patriot Brian Cox is coaching the pass rush in Miami.

Bills

- Chad Rinehart has replaced Andy Levitre at left guard.
- WR Stevie Johnson wants to be a leader. Isn't that the same guy who took his frustrations out on God last year?
- Another rookie linebacker is hurt.

ELSEWHERE

- Psst, the Eagles still have problems on their offensive line. Just don't tell anybody.
- Eli Manning thinks he's an elite quarterback like Tom Brady. Yeah, nobody else does.

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