Good morning. Here is your PDB for Friday, August 3, 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.: Press conference (participant TBD)
1:30-4 p.m.: Training camp practice No. 8
DAY OFF – NO PRACTICE
After four consecutive days of full-pads practices – and Wednesday night’s much-talked-about practice skirmish – coach Bill Belichick had his players in shells Thursdayday. It wasn’t the sharpest practice for Tom Brady, who was picked off by safety Steve Gregory.
But Wes Welker thought it was good to see that Brady is human – and the receiver also knows that Brady is his biggest critic and will get better after the tough practice.
Through the first few days of camp, we’ve seen a lot of different offensive line combinations, which isn’t that unusual for the Patriots, who put such a premium on versatility and being prepared for any situation. But with injuries to Logan Mankins and Sebastian Vollmer, the starting five could be different come opening day – and that doesn’t happen too often in New England. Whether the changes are wholesale or just one here and there, the one constant is coach Dante Scarnecchia, whom Bill Belichick called “awesome” Thursday.
And former Patriot and Jet running back Curtis Martin will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tomorrow – colleague Amalie Benjamin writes that Martin never truly loved football, though it changed his life.
QUOTE/TWEET OF THE DAY
“No. I’ll be the last one to try to break that up – [they’ll] probably go after me.”
– Bill Belichick on in-practice fights and whether he might ever have a Jeff Van Gundy-type moment
AROUND THE DIVISION
In Buffalo, is Vince Young pushing Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback? Young’s probably not a real threat, but if that pushes Fitzpatrick, Buffalo fans probably won’t complain.
Dolphins first-round pick Ryan Tannehill took snaps with the first-team offense for the first time Thursdayday.
Oh, and in case you missed it, Chad Ochocinco Johnson said Wednesday he spent part of his offseason smoking pot with rocker Gene Simmons, and that he was “stifled” in New England last year. Funny that a year ago Foxborough was “heaven” and now he’s trying to portray it as a personal hell for his flamboyant personality.
Everyone seems to have an opinion on Tim Tebow and the Jets, including President Obama: talking to a sports radio station in Ohio, Obama said he doesn’t “like the idea of a quarterback controversy at the start of a season” and would be nervous if he were a Jets fan.