Patriots Daily Briefing 07.29.11

Good morning. Here is your PDB for Friday, July 29, 2011. 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.

Was yesterday boring or what? First day of training camp in Green Bay was exactly the same as that.



– 9:30 a.m.: Bill Belichick press conference
– 10-11 a.m.: Morning practice – Walkthrough
– 2:30-5 p.m.: Afternoon practice (no pads)
– 6 p.m.: Clubs may SIGN, or extend Offer Sheets to, all eligible players. Clubs may have such players report to the Club’s facilities for physical examinations prior to signing. Eligible players may visit or try out at any Club facility.


Veteran players who sign Player Contracts on or after 6 p.m. shall be required to report to, and remain with, their clubs, except that, prior to the start of the 2011 League Year on August 4, such players may not participate in on-field activities, workouts, weight training or other physical activities, but shall be required to attend meetings, classroom instruction and any other non-physical activities scheduled during the Club’s preseason training camp. The above shall not apply to Drafted or Undrafted Rookies.


To be announced. Patriots have not released the schedule for any further practices.


– Shalise Manza-Young on the acquisitions of Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco;
– I weighed in on those players from the football side of things.

Ochocinco can only help. Have serious reservations about Haynesworth doing much except taking up space. But even if he continues his Washington tantrums, it won’t affect the Patriots’ on-field product one bit. So why not take a swing?

Haynesworth’s lengthy incident sheet.
Deion Branch is ready.
– Patriots notebook leads with a healthy Ty Warren being back.
– What lockout? Fans are back in droves. Imagine if they, you know, knew when the next practices would be.
– Chad Finn is bummed Hard Knocks will not be back.
– My take on the afternoon practice.
– Chris Gasper and I discuss the Haynesworth signing in the first of our Training Camp Today videos. These video reports will continue each weekday of training camp.
– Our Globe 10.0 video debates also center on football. They include: Can Brady keep playing at a high level?, Will there be a sophomore slump for some Patriots?, and Is Haynesworth worth the trouble?



Here’s the tally so far:

PATRIOTSAdditions: WR Chad Ochocinco (pending trade), DE Albert Haynesworth (pending trade). Subtractions: OLB Tully Banta-Cain, DB Tony Carter, DL Marcus Stroud. Re-signings: None.

JETSAdditions: None. Subtractions: OL Damien Woody (retirement), QB Mark Brunell (release), CB Will Billingsley (waivers), G Marlon Davis (waivers). Re-signings: RT Wayne Hunter.

DOLPHINS: Additions: RB Reggie Bush (pending trade with Saints), LB Jason Trusnik (Browns). Subtractions: QB Tyler Thigpen (Bills). Re-signings: DL Tony McDaniel.

BILLS: Additions: QB Tyler Thigpen (Dolphins), WR Brad Smith (Jets). Subtractions: LB Paul Posluszny (Jaguars). Re-signings: None.

Further reading…


– They’re closing in on Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha.
– WR Brad Smith left for the Bills. This will hurt the Jets, both at WR and kick returns. Very versatile.
More on Asomugha from Mark Cannizaro.


– Things have stalled in the pursuit of QB Kyle Orton.
– Barry Jackson takes a closer look at RB Reggie Bush.
– Dave Hyde says the Jets and Patriots are distancing themselves from the Dolphins.
– Marshall Faulk and Heath Evans think Bush will make a difference.
– Hal Habib takes a look at the Dolphins’ sobering history of acquiring running backs.


– Smith got 4 years and $15 million from Buffalo. WR Lee Evans and RB C.J. Spiller should be very happy to welcome another weapon.
– WR Marcus Easley, a UConn product, is back after missing all of 2010 with a knee injury.

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