Jermaine Cunningham poses with fans following local lockout workout
Kevin Fishbain (Pro Football Weekly) Patrick Chung talks workouts, Belichick as he preps for 2011.
"You've got to be on time. Receivers have to be on time with quarterbacks. DBs have to be on time with the communicating," he said. "It was also good to get the rookies out there to get them a jump on the playbook."
"The more things you can do, the more opportunities you get. You get to blitz, cover, be in the box or in the deep middle — all different types of things. It's good to do as many things as possible, it shows value."
Chung takes that ideology into his workouts, making sure to improve every aspect of his game. "I'm one of those guys that tries to be great at everything, and you have got to keep working to be great. Mentally with the playbook and physically — speed, quickness, strength and endurance. Anything you can think of, I'm working on that now," he said.
"Blocked it out. Move on. The last time I talked about it is right now. I'm over that and I'm getting ready for next season," he said.
Chung has benefited from playing under the great defensive mind that is Bill Belichick and would have no problem listening to Belichick for a long time. "One word — genius. He's a great coach, a great man and he's cool," he said. "He wants to win. I'll continue to play for him, hopefully forever."
PFW staff (Pro Football Weekly) AFC East best bets to break through in 2011. Patriots: Patrick Chung.
Chung proved he was a special-teams playmaker in 2010, and the third-year pro could be primed for a big season in the Patriots' defensive backfield in '11. He started 13 games last season and had three picks, including an interception returned for a score. Chung might be ready to take his play to the next level, assuming he can improve in coverage. The Patriots need to improve upon last year's 30th ranking in pass defense, and a breakthrough campaign by Chung could help make that happen. He is generally better in the box and has been used on blitzes, but Chung could take the athleticism he has displayed near the line of scrimmage and on special teams to the passing defense as well. Chung's days of being overlooked by his Pro Bowl safety mate Brandon Meriweather could be over. Someone on New England's defense needs to take the next step to get New England back to the Super Bowl, and it could be Chung's turn.
- Patriots today - Before they were coaches (2.59 min. video). Pretty cool.
- PFW in Progress - 6/16/11: The PFW crew discusses a wide variety of off-season topics. (2 hour program).
- Mike Reiss tells us which owners were present at the three recent "secret" negotiation meetings.
- Mike Reiss reports Tom Brady's earnings put him 9th on the Sports Illustrated "Fortunate 50" list.
- Mike Reiss talks about Gerard Warren, his future and gaming.
- Ian Rapoport notes that after winning the Cup, Bruins coach Claude Julien talked about support from the Boston coaches.
- Mike Reiss posts a video of "A decade of Championships" in Boston.
- Dan Shaughnessy says the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup in Vancouver is the third-greatest Boston sports moment of this trophy-heavy century.
- Jeff Howe answers his weekly Patriots mailbag: Vince Wilfork, Wes Welker would make the best Bruins.
- Mike Reiss offers the transcript of his weekly online chat.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Brady, Revis, Sanchez make SI money list.
- Jason La Canfora (NFL.com) List of legitimate Super Bowl contenders goes to 11.
- DJ Gallo (ESPN Page 2) NFL Power Rankings: Locked out edition.
- Adam Schein (Fox Sports) Its Sizzle and Fizzle time!
- Behind the Mic (SI) Cris Collinsworth: The impact of an abbreviated training camp. (2 min. video)
- Jason Cole (Yahoo! Sports) Players may be disciplined for gaming investment. Gerard Warren on the list.
- Elliot Harrison (NFL.com) New kickoff rules will only make Colts more dangerous.
- Leigh Steinberg (Nat'l Football Post) Why the salary cap hurts football.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Report: Some owners are resisting potential deal.
- Albert Breer (NFL.com) NFL-player talks moving forward; more meetings planned.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Another reason to be leery about the lawyers.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Yet another reason to bench the lawyers.
- Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic (ESPN Radio) How the labor talks went: The sudden chaos once attorneys returned to the NFL labor negotiations. (2 min.)
- Jim Trotter (SI) Meeting in the middle: the latest on the NFL lockout. (2.50 min. video)