C'mon New England, Mankins' beard alone is worth at least six figures.
Ian Rapoport notes Tom Brady sought out Rodney Harrison and Willie McGinest for advice on how to balance family and football.
"People think he’s losing his edge," Harrison said. "But Tom Brady’s not losing his edge. Tom Brady would never lose his edge because he was a sixth-round draft choice out of Michigan. That’s his mentality each and every year. Tom’s at a point now where he’s one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. And one thing you never have to worry about Tom being is complacent. It’s not like he’s going to sit back and eat popcorn and cookies the entire offseason and come back 60 pounds overweight. That’s going to fuel him to stay focused."
"Trust me, Belichick isn’t home, biting his nails, nervous that Brady is going to show up out of shape," Harrison said. "Tom is the last person I’d ever worry about not being ready for this 2010 football season."
McGinest, an ultimate leader, spoke along the same lines.
"I think some people are making mountains out of molehills," McGinest said. "Football is our job. We’re professionals. We get paid a lot of money to be in shape, to know what to do. I just think the fans need to understand the big picture. We give 100 percent dedication to football. (Brady) knows what it takes to get ready. You have to respect (that) the man wants to be with his family. I think that’s a good thing."
similarities between Belichick and Fresno State's Patt Hill, one of Belichick's assistant coaches in Cleveland.notes the
"The team here, it’s a hardworking team," Sanders said. "Bill likes players in college who are hardworking players from hardworking programs. Like me and some of the Fresno State guys related to Pat Hill, we had a hardworking program there, kind of like an NFL program. Same thing with [Belichick], drafting a lot of Florida guys and a lot of guys that he sees in college, he tries to bring that same attitude over to the Patriots. He did a great job of drafting this year, and I’m looking forward to meeting those guys."
"Every day in practice, [you're] working extremely hard," Sanders said. "Even the last practice before the game, you’re going out there working hard, not going through the motions. That’s the same thing being here on a Bill Belichick team. You work hard each and every day, and he demands that. To be successful, you have to give it your all each and every day."
- Andy Hart predicts the Patriots starting lineup.
Patriots Today - Faulk, Teammates take the diamond. (2.01 min. video)
- Scott Barboza reports Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association hosts it's annual combine at Gillette Stadium. Robert Kraft offered the use of the facility at no cost.
- Mike Reiss reports CB Terrence Wheatley faces a big challenge as a bubble player entering his third season.
- Tom E. Curran projects the Patriots' view of the 'Logan Mankins Situation' as he's an RFA. They'd like to get something done but will not be forced to negotiate just because a player is upset.
- Albert Breer assesses what the top guards in the NFL get paid, and how that might affect the Patriots negotiations with their Logan Mankins.
- Jeff Howe says any player who submitted his resume to be the Pats 3rd WR in 2010 needs three things: Accountability, one left hand and one right hand.
- Christopher Price tackles the biggest questions still facing the Patriots.
- Mike Reiss looks at how the Bengals changed this offseason and how it might impact the first game of the season matchup against the Pats.
- Albert Breer picks the Dolphins, not the Jets, to win the AFC East in 2010. The homerism around here is soooooo thick. (oh wait... that's not homerism.)
- Mike Reiss notes Tyrone McKenzie will speak with reporters today in Foxboro, and highlights some of the strong competition across the Patriots roster.
- Jeff Howe says Bill Belichick's familiarity with college coaches helps him mine the proper talent for the team.
- Life, Skills and Drills Clinic. June 25-26. (5.32 min. video)
- Albert Breer reminds us that there are limited spots still available at Wes Welker's annual football camp this weekend for kids 7-14.
- Albert Breer catches up with Adrian Klemm, the first draft pick (#46) of the Belichick era in New England. Klemm and his three Super Bowl rings now coach the OL at SMU.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Mankins contract big issue for Patriots.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Patriots CB Terrence Wheatley: 'The time is now.'
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Is Darrelle Revis worth $20 million a year?
- Alex Marvez (Fox Sports) The NFL's top trash talkers.