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Patriots Daily Briefing, 7.27.12

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  July 27, 2012 08:00 AM

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Good morning. Here is your PDB for Thursday, July 27, 2012. It contains all the links, info, analysis and occasional humor that you'll need to start your day.

WHAT'S ON TAP

Today
Approx. 1 p.m. - Bill Belichick press conference
1:30-4 p.m. - Patriots training camp session No. 2
With rain in today's forecast, make sure to follow our Twitter feed @GlobePatriots or mine @shalisemyoung for up-to-the-minute updates on practice access. You can also call the Patriots' camp hotline at 508-549-0001.

UPDATE: The Patriots have announced that today's practice will be held outside rain or shine - so if you're planning on attending, pack accordingly!

Tomorrow
Approx. 1 p.m. - Bill Belichick press conference
1:30-4 p.m. - Patriots training camp session No. 3

TO RECAP
Over 12,000 fans packed the bleachers and the small hillside adjacent to the Patriots' practice fields for Day 1 of training camp on Thursday, which the team said was a single-session record.

Tom Brady came out firing, completing 26 of 29 pass attempts, according to colleague Greg Bedard.

Bedard also names six players who he believes have to step up in camp in order for the Patriots to raise the Lombardi Trophy come February.

Julian Benbow has a look at coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia. While Patricia is tight-lipped with reporters, McDaniels has loosened up in his years away from New England, and wasn't afraid to say that his job really is as fun as it looks.

Wes Welker was in a good mood yesterday, and said something interesting: if the Patriots were to franchise him again next year, he'd be OK with it. Of course, a cynic might say he may have hurt himself again in terms of leverage...

And we put together some odds and ends from the day in the notebook, starting with Brian Waters' absence. There wasn't really any more light shed on the situation on Thursday, though Bill Belichick said he wasn't surprised by the development.

AROUND THE DIVISION
At Camp Circus, aka Jets camp, players reported to SUNY-Cortland on Thursday - including CB Darrelle Revis, who decided not to hold out for the second time in three years.

Then there's this little gem: as if Mark Sanchez isn't going to tire of the questions about Tim Tebow (if he hasn't already), a reporter accidentally called him "Tim" in his press conference. Mistakes happen, of course, but with all of the stories about Sanchez being a bit sensitive, that had to sting a bit.

At Bills camp, while the Bills handed Mario Williams a contract large enough to make him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history, they apparently didn't hand him information on how to stay comfortable in the dorm rooms during training camp.

Isn't the old saying something like, "if you have two quarterbacks, you really have none"? What if you have three, like the Dolphins? It seems like depending on who you read, first-round pick Ryan Tannehill, former Jaguars starter David Garrard and Matt Moore, who started 12 games for the Fins last year, all have the inside track at being named the number one QB for the regular season. And Moore doesn't understand why some think he's behind Tannehill and Garrard.

News, analysis and commentary from Boston.com's staff writers and contributors, including Zuri Berry and Erik Frenz.

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