Good morning. Here is your PDB for Tuesday, August 14, 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.: Nick Caserio press conference
1:30-4 p.m.: Camp practice #15
Approx. 1 p.m.: Bill Belichick press conference
1:30-4 p.m.: Camp practice #16
It was a relatively quiet day at Gillette. Players were in full pads, but it seemed to be more of a low-key day, with a bigger focus on preparation and a lot of work against cards, with the offense and defense each giving the other certain looks an upcoming opponent might show.
Offensive linemen continued to be in focus: Dan Koppen had a strong day at camp, while Marcus Cannon did not. And Nick McDonald received praise from Bill Belichick for his ability to play all five spots on the line.
There were a couple of roster moves Monday, as the Patriots waived two injured players: LB Dane Fletcher and WR Britt Davis, both with the injured designation. By waiving Fletcher now, New England runs the risk of having him claimed by another team - as it did when the Giants waived/injured tight end Jake Ballard and the Pats swooped in and claimed him. But if Fletcher, who tore his ACL in the preseason opener with the Saints last week, clears waivers, he'll be back and placed on the Pats' injured reserve. Davis was given an injury settlement and won't be back.
QUOTE/TWEET OF THE DAY
"If Corey Dillon of 2004 was on this roster, Iím sure heíd get it 300 times too. I havenít seen Corey out there lately though, itís too bad."
- Bill Belichick, when asked about the Pats not having a workhorse-type of back since Dillon
AROUND THE DIVISION
Cornerback Antonio Cromartie is finally getting the chance he's dreamed of - to play receiver. On Monday, the Jets' self-proclaimed No. 2 receiver took instruction from No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes and took part in receiver drills. Said Rex Ryan: "We'll see how excited he is when he gets smacked by a safety."
There sure has been a lot of talk about the "Chad Johnson Era" in Miami - don't eras usually involve a long period of time? Like, more than two months? At any rate, head coach Joe Philbin said Monday that his decision to cut the receiver was an easy one, and not based solely on his Saturday night arrest for domestic battery.
And HBO got itself a ratings blessing - the network has confirmed that tonight's second episode of "Hard Knocks" will include the events of the last few days involving Johnson.
Oh, and VH-1 cancelled the "Ev and Ocho" reality show it was set to begin airing next month, which followed Johnson and Evelyn Lozada as they planned for and held their July 4 wedding.