One thought from Ray Lewis: "A play that always sticks out in my mind, they're playing Carolina in the Super Bowl [in the 2003 season]. Big third down. Of course, Carolina is playing that two-deep coverage. And you would think, OK, Tom Brady has to make this incredible throw, where is he going to go with the ball? But the weakness of cover-2, if you understand it, from Tom Brady's perspective, is if a linebacker is 1 on 1 with a [running] back, that's your best bet. He drops back and he simply drops the ball off to Kevin Faulk. Could he have tried to force it into a cover-2? Could he have tried to go to his tight end down the middle of the seam in a cover-2? Yeah. But that's what makes great players, great players. The unselfish players. When I saw that play, I said 'Wow. That's how simple he makes the game. The game ain't hard to him.' It's like a matrix where it slows down.' It's poetry when you see it from that angle."
One thought from Darrelle Revis: "The crazy thing about it is his accuracy. His accuracy of where he throws the ball, where as a defender you can't get it sometimes. You're here in position but then he's throwing it right there and Wes [Welker] is catching it an inch from the ground."
Ian Rapoport highlights Tom Brady's reaction to being named as the league's number 1 player.
"It’s very flattering," said Brady, who wished everyone a happy fourth of July, too. "I think I’ve been really fortunate over the years to play with an incredible organization and an incredible group of players. This year was really a great year for our team in the regular season. We accomplished some great things. The things that I love about football is that it’s a team sport. The great teammates that I’ve ever had, the teammates I had this year, nobody would really accomplish anything without the help of every guy on that team and every coach. It’s very flattering, but ultimately I give all the thanks to teammates past and present, cuz they’re what really makes this game special for me."
- Monique Walker reports that for Kyle Arrington, this offseason is about preparing to keep a job.
- Ian Rapoport finds out that even on the Friday before the holiday weekend, small groups of Patriots players are planning to work out together.
- Mike Reiss offers some quick-hit thoughts from the Pats and around the NFL.
- Ian Rapoport reports the Patriots believe they drafted the left tackle of the future, Nate Solder.
- Mike Reiss gives his view of the top third-year Patriots players in "make or break" situations based on their draft status.
- Ian Rapoport notes Belichick loves tight ends and the Patriots are stacked at that position.
- Ian Rapoport thinks the Patriots are mostly in good shape at RB with the one-two punch of Green-Ellis and Woodhead.
- Ian Rapoport recaps what an opponent says they have to do to stop the "'coverage nightmare' that is Wes Welker.
- Ian Rapoport gets an opponent's view that breaks down the Patriots and why they're so hard to stop.
- Mike Reiss highlights Raymond Clayborn's guest appearance on Sirius NFL Radio, talking about being in retirement and taking joy in raising his children.
- ESPNBoston introduces fans to Equipment Assistant John Jastremski, who has a ten-year tenure with the Patriots, and and Football Operations Assistant Shawn Donnelly, with the team since 2005..
- Instant Debate (NFL.com) No question: Patriots QB Brady is the best of the 'Top 100' bunch.
- Top 100 (NFLN) Tom Brady: Ray Lewis and Darrelle Revis present the best player of 2011 as voted by the players. (6.59 min. video)
- NFL Total Access (NFLN) Tom Brady reacts to being ranked the best player by his peers in the NFL Top 100 Players of 2011. (5.59 min. video)
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Tom Brady leading man on 'Top 100' list.
- Gregg Rosenthal (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady named top player on NFL Network countdown.
- Charean Williams (Star-Telegram) Marcus Cannon believes he will be in the Patriots' camp on time, ready to play.
- Ben Levine reports Tom Brady is featured in a 'Real Men' commercial for DNA Foundation against child trafficking.
- Dan Pompei (Nat'l Football Post) NFP Sunday Blitz.
- Mike McGuire (SI) Guest MMQB: Soldier reflects on his Army career on Independence Day.
- Len Pasquarelli (Fox Sports) Are any NFL football teams contacting their players?
- Mike Freeman (CBS Sports) Letter to De Smith: Send your lawyers packing. Dump their asses. Do it now.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) A closer look at the post-settlement timeline.
- Mike Freeman (CBS Sports) Courts could inject chaos into fragile NFL labor talks.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Lost preseason hurts players financially, too.
- Jason Cole (Yahoo! Sports) NFL labor developments reminiscent of '06 talks.
- AP Report: NFL mediator enjoys a challenge in court, on ice.