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Patriots Daily Briefing, 8.15.12

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  August 15, 2012 07:26 AM

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Good morning. Here is your PDB for Wednesday, August 15, 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

Today
Approx. 1 p.m.: Bill Belichick press conference
1:30-4 p.m.: Camp practice #16

Thursday
Approx. 1 p.m.: Bill Belichick press conference
1:30-4 p.m.: Camp practice #17

TO RECAP
Alex Silvestro was a defensive end last year, but is in camp this year as a tight end - another example of a player who will do anything to increase his chances of sticking around. But he remains optimistic.

It was a good day for the secondary players in practice Tuesday, as they grabbed four interceptions, and a bad day in general for the offensive line.

In the notebook, Steve Gregory and Kyle Arrington talked about the practice giving the defensive backs confidence, and Brandon Spikes referred to "Shark Week" when talking about his aggressive style.

QUOTE/TWEET OF THE DAY
"Absolutely. Undrafted University, right?"
- Gregory, when asked if he still carries a chip on his shoulder after not getting drafted

AROUND THE DIVISION
The Jets' safeties, LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell, have a message for tight ends: we're going to beat you up a little bit. Rob Gronkowski too.

In case you weren't watching ESPN Tuesday, which took its fawning over Tim Tebow to nauseating new heights for his 25th birthday, watch this (the video toward the bottom of the page). Let me know if you're left as speechless as I was.

Buffalo rookie receiver T.J. Graham is plenty fast, but he has to show that he can play football at the NFL level too.

Chad Johnson has never shied away from publicity, but over the last several days, all of the publicity he's gotten has been negative (though not necessarily unwarranted). Last night anyone who has HBO was able to see him get released by the Dolphins during the episode of "Hard Knocks." In something that won't come as a surprise to Pats' fans, Johnson was struggling to pick up the playbook in Miami.

As for Dolphins who are still on the roster, signs are starting to point toward rookie first-round pick Ryan Tannehill being the starter on opening day.

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

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