Mike Reiss recaps Patriots owner Robert Kraft's interview on Sirius NFL Radio Thursday, when Kraft was asked about QB Tom Brady:
What is the latest with Tom Brady and his contractual situation? Have you set a deadline, or have his agents set a deadline, for when you want to get a deal done?
"Well, look, we are so lucky to have Tom Brady. He’s under contract. He’s here. I’m privileged to have a pretty special relationship with him. I think he knows how I feel about him. I think we both want to solve the problem; or the issue. I don’t know that it’s a problem. It’s complicated. But we have basically have had a policy that we keep all those conversations between the principals. So it’s not something we’re going to discuss in the media. But we’re very lucky to have him here."
Tom is spending more time in California with his family. Is that an issue? Is that a problem? Does that surprise you, or is it overblown with fans and the news media?
"Well, I think if we had our druthers, we’d prefer that all our players would be here year round [and] work out. There is a certain chemistry with the team that develops that way. In fairness, as players mature and grow older, they have responsibilities. When Tom first joined us, he was single. He’s now married, with a child, as many of our players are. Rodney Harrison, there wasn’t a more dedicated team guy, and I remember I didn’t feel great when he went down to Atlanta and was with his family there. [But] he’d come back and man, he didn’t miss a beat. He’d kick in and play hard. So there are a lot of different; it’s hard to sit in judgment of what’s right or wrong. In the end, when he’s around, things are pretty special. We hope he’s here as much as he can be."
Ian Rapoport notes outside linebacker Pierre Woods isn't worried, even as he faces the stiffest competition yet.
"As a competitor, you can’t be scared to compete," Woods said. "Certain guys got different things they bring to the table, so what I bring to the table is something different from everybody else. At the end of the day, you want to be out there, want to compete. Let the best man win."
Mike Reiss offers several observations from yesterday's practice, including this one regarding the impact of Patriots new safeties coach Corwin Brown.
At the end of practice, as the Patriots worked on field goals, safety Brandon Meriweather saddled up next to "safeties" coach Corwin Brown on the sideline. Meriweather previously talked about how he’s never had a "safeties" coach (Brown’s official title is defensive assistant coach), and this was one example of how Brown might be making an impact with Meriweather and the team’s other safeties. Meriweather has the potential to be a star (he made a terrific break on a ball thrown to the sideline in this practice, closing extremely quickly) and a coach like Brown – hired this offseason – will be counted on to bring out the best in him.
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- Andy Hart offers his Thursday OTA thoughts.
- Patriots Today - Quick hits from Thursday's OTA. (1 minute video)
- Patriots Today - A status report on OLB. (3.06 min. video)
- Patriots Today - Thoughts from Edelman, Woods, and others. (2.33 min. video)
- Shalise Manza Young reports the Patriots have toughened their stance and are prepared to follow through in cutting Logan Mankins' salary if he doesn't sign his tender by Monday.
- Mike Reiss adds context to the Mankins letter, saying it's usually sent as a procedural matter to keep that option on the table. "It is highly unlikely" that a team would take that step because of the damage it could do to a relationship.
- Albert Breer checks in on the team's other 2010 RFAs, Stephen Gosktowski and Pierre Woods.
- Ian Rapoport summarizes what happened during Thursday's OTAs, the last one open to the media.
- Shalise Manza Young takes a look at some of the events from yesterday's OTA session.
- Christopher Price shares what stood out to him from Thursday's practice.
- Tom E. Curran hits on a number of topics from Patriots spring camp. (2.19 min. video)
- Karen Guregian feels that how the Patriots go about tweaking the offense will be a great point of interest from here on out.
- Christopher Price reports there is a nice balance of veterans and youngsters at wide receiver for the Patriots.
- Karen Guregian notes Torry Holt says he's already starting to feel some chemistry with Tom Brady.
- Mike Reiss applies Troy Polamalu's theory to the Patriots. Interesting stat here that the Pats held a time of possession edge on opponents with only the Packers holding it longer.
- Ian Rapoport talks about Fred Taylor's friendship with and support of Plaxico Burress, the former Giants WR sent to prison for shooting himself in the leg.
- Danny Picard notes Fred Taylor's approach to practice hasn't changed as he enters the final year of his contract with the Patriots.
- Albert Breer reports Patriots owner Robert Kraft appeared on Sirius NFL Radio and offers his thoughts on Tom Brady, CBA negotiations and more.
- Mark Farinella catches up with backup QB Mike Teel, who was excited that the Patriots were the first to call after his release from Seattle.
- Albert Breer notes the Patriots aren't taking chances with rookie TE Aaron Hernandez, as evidenced by the language in his contract.
- Mike Reiss offers the transcript of his weekly online chat. Check out his answers for some insight into all things Patriots.
- Christopher Price says Brady/Light nemesis Aaron Schobel sounded like a man ready for retirement.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Fans going with Belichick over Parcells.
- Adam Schein (Fox Sports) Welker's return means the Patriots are back to contender status. (1.48 min. video)
- Tim Graham (ESPN) 'PTI' weighs in on Brady-Kobe lovefest. "These are icons, Tom Brady and Kobe Bryant talking to each other. Anybody in New England's got a problem with that, take a hike."
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Summer of discontent for AFC East stars.
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