Good morning. Here is your PDB for Monday, August 13, 2012. It contains all the links, info, analysis and occasional humor that you'll need to start 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
Approx. 1 p.m.: Bill Belichick press conference
1:30-4 p.m.: Camp practice #14
Approx. 1 p.m.: Nick Caserio press conference
1:30-4 p.m.: Camp practice #15
There was a pleasant surprise for Pats fans when the team re-gathered on the practice field yesterday: the return of Logan Mankins. The left guard was removed from the physically unable to perform list and took part in individual drills, though once team drills began, he was a spectator. Coming back from an ACL tear, he will be eased back into things slowly, and it's all part of the process.
After practice, Mankins talked about his injury, and we realized just how tough he is: Mankins played the postseason on two bad knees - his left was still recovering from the sprained MCL he suffered in Week 16 against Miami, and the torn ACL, which he says he isn't exactly sure when he tore. He just knew there was pain. But he could run, so in his eyes, he could play.
Bill Belichick said it during his Friday day-after-game conference call, and he reiterated it yesterday: this is a big week for the Pats. Their final three preseason games are crammed into a 10-day span, so this full week is the last one the team will have to do installation, clean up some things, and also, as Belichick noted, for players who want to make a roster push to do so. The first cutdown, from 90 players to 75, is a couple of days after the Tampa Bay game next week.
QUOTE/TWEET OF THE DAY
"No, definitely not."
- Mankins, when asked if he'll continue to make fun of injured teammates after his own ACL injury. In his interview, he said he was always one of the guys who made fun of injured players.
AROUND THE DIVISION
The Jets are currently practicing, and according to reporter tweets from the session, they're practicing the Wildcat in front of the media for the first time. The master of hype, Rex Ryan, is hyping the greatness of the Wildcat to make sure other teams have to prepare for it.
Aussie-Aussie-Aussie! Oye-oye-oye! Bills punter Brian Moorman is practicing an "Aussie" method of punting in Buffalo's camp.
By this point, we all know how Chad Johnson's Saturday night likely ended his NFL career. South Florida Sun-Sentinel columnist Dave Hyde says new Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin made a statement by releasing Johnson, and that the receiver wasn't worth the trouble.