New England Patriots Links 6/19/14 - Top CBs Force WRs and QBs to Improve at Minicamp

Kenbrell Thompkins on fire at camp - Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Daily News and Links for 6/19/14



  • Christopher Price posts his Wednesday minicamp notes: There was a higher than usual level of intensity throughout the workout as both offense and defense took turns woofing at each other throughout the session.
  • Jeff Howe relates how Tom Brady was tethered to an elastic band for resistance training, running sprint after sprint to improve his conditioning yesterday, giving 'Father Time' a good battle.
  • Mike Reiss cleans out the his minicamp notebook: All the offensive players went over some of the team's hand signals with Josh McDaniels, with synchronized signaling; More.
  • Zuri Berry highlights Tom Brady addressing the media, on his expectations of himself and his young receivers, his work ethic, and more.
  • Mike Reiss finds evidence of that sixth-round chip still firmly planted on Brady's shoulder.
  • Erik Frenz posts his minicamp notes from yesterday: Kenbrell Thompkins is making a strong cae for a roster spot.
  • Mike Reiss gives examples of how Kenbrell Thompkins is taking advantage of his reps at practice, and how top CBs force the receivers and Tom Brady to improve.
  • Rich Thompson says Kenbrell Thompkins has displayed a second-year player's awareness of the passing lanes and comprehension of the playbook during minicamp.
  • Mark Daniels talks with Will Smith, who couldn't be happier to be playing football again.
  • Erik Frenz reports Will Smith returned for the 'love of the game' and has high expectations for the Patriots defensive line.
  • Christopher Price gives us a Club Med(ical) update, as the Patriots are counting on four defensive linemen to bounce back from an injury-plagued 2013.
  • Christopher Price notes Darrelle Revis lands at No. 37 in NFL Network's 'Top 100' countdown.
  • Mike Reiss talks about whether the team could keep seven wide receivers on the roster (1 min. video)
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Darrelle Revis missed his first practice Wednesday, but didn't appear to suffer an injury; Gronkowski and Slater ran sprints up the side of a hill for 10 minutes; Boyce tweaked his leg during warmups but watched the rest of practice on the sidelines; Dobson needs to regain full strength in his foot to prevent re-injury; Patriots expressed "a little interest" in CB Brandon Flowers according to a source.
  • Mark Daniels Patriots Journal: Minicamp participation update: Who was missing and who was limited; Gronkowski and Slater were seen sprinting up the hills below the practice fields; Brady responds to his so-called decline with some humor; Thompkins continues to impress; More.
  • Mike Petraglia and Chris price talk about the fire that still burns in Tom Brady, and the end of minicamp. (5.12 min. video)
  • ESPN Boston posts some pics from Day 2 of minicamp.


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