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Patriots Daily Briefing, 8.17.12

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  August 17, 2012 08:07 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.


1:30-4 p.m.: Final camp practice open to the public
- No press conference scheduled

Safety Steve Gregory has been a little better than advertised since signing with New England; undrafted out of Syracuse, he credits the strong work ethic it took for him to become a starter with San Diego and now with the Patriots to his father, a retired police officer on his native Staten Island.

Gronk says he's improving. Belichick says Ninkovich is an "end of the line" player. The kick return unit gets some criticism.

The big news in practice yesterday was Bill Belchick booting Julian Edelman and Niko Koutouvides off the field about two-thirds of the way through after they scuffled. Belichick had told the team after fights earlier in camp that he'd had enough, and took a stand.

"I don't like heights."
- A smiling Bill Belichick when asked if he could spend six months on a space station; Salem-born and York, Maine-raised NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy was on hand for Belichick's press conference yesterday.

With David Garrard out for a little while with a knee injury, Matt Moore and rookie Ryan Tannehill are battling for Miami's top quarterback spot. The Dolphins play Carolina tonight, but as of yesterday neither Moore nor Tannehill had been told who was starting the game.

Running back C.J. Spiller has his Bills' teammates talking about his versatility.

Mark Sanchez believes Mark Sanchez can be a top 10 quarterback. The rest of the NFL is dubious.

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

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