Good morning. Here is your PDB for Sunday, July 29, 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. 12:30 p.m. – special teams coach Scott O’Brien press conference
O’Brien is standing in for Bill Belichick today
1:30-4 p.m. – Patriots training camp session No. 4
With rain in today’s forecast, make sure to follow our Twitter feed @GlobePatriots or mine @shalisemyoung for up-to-the-minute updates on practice access. You can also call the Patriots’ camp hotline at 508-549-0001.
When Tom Brady talks, everyone listens, and yesterday was the first time he’s met with reporters in training camp. This is Brady’s 13th training camp, and he still calls it the most fun he has, and he still relishes the opportunity he has to be the quarterback of the Patriots.
While Brandon Lloyd had the play of the day yesterday, rising to take a deep ball off Sterling Moore’s helmet on the first play of 7-on-7 and with Brady throwing him the ball, the newcomer is preaching patience when it comes to his on-field rapport with Brady. If he feels like it can only get better, Pats fans, watch out.
And our notebook leads off with Robert Gallery, the veteran offensive lineman who is getting plenty of run with the top offensive line in camp with Logan Mankins (knee) out and Brian Waters not yet with the team.
QUOTE/TWEET OF THE DAY
“I was thinking about maybe the Olympic diving team but it’s hard not to make that splash.”
– QB Tom Brady, when asked about photos of him “cliff” diving in Costa Rica (We say “cliff” because while it was technically a cliff, the amount of attention the jump has gotten compared to how high it actually is is absurd.)
AROUND THE DIVISION
Tim Tebow is getting so much attention at Jets camp that three of the New York papers each have a reporter at SUNY-Cortland whose job is to cover Tebow every day. Yesterday, the morning buzz was because Tebow ran off the field, in the rain, sans shirt. Never really saw a reason why he did, though.
A little later in the day, the Tebow story was him getting some groans or a bit of heckling (depending on which report you read) from the fans after some wobbly passes. (Another shirtless shot with this story, if that’s your cup of tea.)
The big news out of Dolphins camp yesterday was the team and first-round pick Ryan Tannehill coming to a contract agreement. Reports indicate that Tannehill wasn’t willing to miss any more time (today is the third day of full-team camp) and acquiesced on offset language, which is the amount of money the Dolphins would pay him, if any, were he to be cut before his rookie deal runs out.
Not surprisingly, the Bills’ defense dominated in the team’s first full-pads practice yesterday. Buffalo also had a bit of a scare yesterday when receiver David Nelson, who had a strong game in the Bills’ Week 3 win over the Pats lasst season, bumped knees with a teammate and was down for a couple of minutes. But it looks to be just a bruise and nothing more serious for the third-year player.