Paul Perillo and Andy Hart debate if Tom Brady's return will be record-setting.
But the question here isn’t about good vs. bad – it’s good vs. great. We need to remember that before his record-setting romp through the record books with Randy Moss and Wes Welker in 2007, Brady had never thrown more than 28 touchdown passes in a season. His only true QB contemporary – Peyton Manning – has hit for 31 or more touchdowns just three times in a season, including his own record setting campaign back in 2004.
Owners should forget the flawed study they've been presented by the NFL regarding injury information, and simply talk to players - past and present. Or they should just come clean by saying: We're playing 18 games, we understand players are more at risk to injuries, yet it's a decision we're making based on finances.
Tim Graham (ESPN) wonders are the Patriots approaching a Wilfork in the road?
The monstrous anchor of New England's 3-4 defense didn't participate in any of this week's organized team activities. Nobody knows for sure why Wilfork hasn't attended the voluntary workouts, but it's a safe bet he's unhappy with his contract situation and wants to make sure the Patriots are aware.
More Shots after the jump...
- Christopher Price offers a few highlights of Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady’s Q&A with D&C Friday morning. Here is the complete audio of Brady's call in to WEEI.
- Bill Reynolds reminds us that in spite of the glamour Tom Brady is, at heart, a football player.
- John Chandler says Tom Brady will make his doubters and detractors look like Anthony Smith.
- Mike Petraglia talks about Laurence Maroney's shoulder - and the huge chip it's carrying.
- Shalise Manza Young catches up with a healthy, feeling good, Laurence Maroney. He doesn't care about being the star back, he just wants to win.
- Dan Duggan reports CB Shawn Springs has been working with 2nd year corners Jonathan Wilhite and Terrence Wheatley learning the system.
- Jeff Howe says Shawn Crable wants to play and be the guy to fill that void at OLB.
- Glen Farley wonders if LB Shawn Crable will be ready to help the Pats this year after only taking "mental reps" in 2008.
- Rich Garvin notes Laurence Maroney is comfortable being a piece of the offense, instead of the centerpiece.
- Jim Donaldson complains about Vince Wilfork complaining about his contract.
- Karen Guregian mentions Vince Wilfork was back tweeting with his friends, but no talk of the missing OTAs.
- Michael Lombardi (Nat'l Football Post) Diner Morning News: Patriots Offense.
- Seth Wickersham (ESPN Mag) Joke is on Browns, Bills, Raiders: The parody of parity.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Brady, Moss lead AFC East in Madden ratings.
- Jim Trotter (SI) RBs on the rebound: Six rushers poised for big turnaround in 2009. Fred Taylor included.
- Mike Klis (Denver Post) Broncos become (slow) believers: New offense one tough lesson.