"I’m looking to build on that at this point. That’s my focus," Seymour said Monday at the golf tourney. "Statistics can be misleading, but at the same time, I said before that season that I felt a lot better, and the statistics spoke for themselves. I matched my career high for sacks and tackles. I’m looking to be better than that this season because I’ve put in the work and I’ve been able to train.
"I’m 29 years old now and I really feel better than I did as a rookie. Total body-wise, I feel great. I’m stronger, I’m leaner. I just feel good all the way around. I’m definitely looking for big things this season. I’m at the end of my contract and I’m in a great situation. I know the ability and talent I have."
"I’m a big fan of Vince Wilfork. Unfortunately, the business part of this game, this is something that goes on every year with most teams," Kraft said. "We’re lucky to have Vince. I hope he’s here for the long term. These things usually have a way of working themselves out. We’re privileged to have some pretty good football people making the decisions.
"We’re in a unique period in the evolution of the labor relations, so there is a lot of things factoring in here. But in the end, everyone should know that the Patriots are always trying to make decisions to put our franchise and team in the best position to win consistently. That’s what our mantra is."
More Shots after the jump...
- Patriots.com mini-camp schedule and coverage for this week.
- Patriots Now! Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament. (6 min. video)
- Paul Perillo talks with Richard Seymour and Tank Williams at the golf tournament yesterday.
- Paul Perillo notes Randy Moss easily took the prize for the most unique looking of all Patriots players.
- Andy Hart wonders if Patrick Pass will replace Heath Evans if he makes the roster.
Mike Reiss points out that fan favorite RB Kevin Faulk is entering his 11th year in the NFL with no evidence, or future plans, of slowing down. Reiss also offers some Nuggets from the Golf Course.
- Mike Reiss notes that if Vince Wilfork doesn't attend the Patriots mandatory mini-camp tomorrow he could lose up to $500,000.
- Christopher Price offers some pretty good quotes of note from yesterday's golf tournament in Bolton.
- Dale & Holley (WEEI) hosted an appearance by Ty Warren and Vince Wilfork, sharing their thoughts on the upcoming season, Rodney Harrison and Wilfork's contract situation. (16 min. audio)
- Dale & Holley (WEEI) Patriots owner Robert Kraft sat down at the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament to kick off the annual Dale and Holley Owners Series. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell joined the show as well to talk about the state of the NFL and the New England Patriots. (36 min. audio)
- Chad Finn offers the transcript of Vince Wilfork's WEEI sportsradio Q & A.
- Christopher Price offers some highlights from Robert Kraft's and Roger Goodell's conversation on WEEI Monday.
- Chris Gasper focuses on Logan Mankins, who like Wilfork is in the last year of his rookie contract but opted to participate in the voluntary OTAs. Quick video here.
- Karen Guregian says that contract talks aren't a big deal to Logan Mankins.
- Christopher Gasper talks with Matthew Slater and Terrence Wheatley about kick-off returns, and Stephen Gostkowski about getting into a rhythm with the new long snappers.
- Karen Guregian reports that at the moment, Ty Warren, rehabbing his surgeries, is on track to be a full participant in training camp at the end of July.
- Jessica Isner tells Bostonians to be on the lookout for Paul "Fitzy" Fitzgerald who will be roaming the city streets looking for contestants for his new NESN game show, "Pocket Money."
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Logan Mankins' signature is his bond.
- Matt Sohn (Pro Football Weekly) Patriots outlook at inside linebacker beginning to take shape.
- Jason Cole (Yahoo! Sports) Manning adjusting to Colts' shaken foundation.
- Michael Lombardi (Nat'l Football Post) The Favre Watch.
- Alan Schwartz (NY Times) New guidelines on young athlete's concussions stir controversy.
- Cold Hard Football Facts looks at a new stat they'll be using, called the Passer Rating Differential.