July 27, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) run during training camp at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE
After having Saturday off, the New England Patriots returned to the practice field on Sunday, where they held their ninth day of Training Camp practice.
It's only three days until the preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints, so things are about to get interesting. Let's take a look at what was said from some Patriots players during media availability:
Tom Brady on this season, and how long he wants to play:
"I want to play a long time. The reality is we're focused on this year, and there is no season other than this season that I'm worried about. We've got our work cut out for us. It will be a huge challenge."
Donte Stallworth on the progression of the quarterback-wide receiver dynamic:
"From spring practice to training camp then preseason and regular season and playoffs, every level, it always seems like it's a different speed. But [we're] really just trying to get things together with the tempo and getting on the same page with the quarterbacks. I think so far we're doing an OK job, but we have a long ways to go. Like Bill says, there's no light at the end of the tunnel."
Kyle Arrington on the camaraderie of the cornerbacks:
"Well, we like each other. We're rooting for each other. We're really encouraging of each other, whoevers out there. Whether it be Devin [McCourty], me, Ras-I [Dowling], Sterling [Moore]. You name it. We really have each other's backs out there."
"I won't talk about specifics about Chandler. But I have to say all the defensive ends that go against us is great competition. Really, the harder it is, then the better it is to get ready for the season."
Brian Hoyer on preparing as a backup quarterback:
"This is like the regular season for me. You never know how things are gonna go. When it gets to the regular season and I'm the backup, you prepare like you're the starter, but you never know if you may never get in the game for the whole year. I had one pass attempt last year. But the preseason games, you know you are gonna get in there, so when you get in there you wanna show what you can do and take advantage of every rep you get. You never know once that last preseason game is over with, you never know when you are playing again."