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New England Patriots Links 8/09/10 - Brady, Kraft and a Sunday Round of Golf

Karen Guregian reports Tom Brady and Robert Kraft played a round of golf together at Willowbend Country Club, a private course in Mashpee.

It was just the two of them, playing a round on a gorgeous Sunday morning.

At the very least, their relationship is good. Whatever problems or tension that may or may not have come up with trying to hammer out a new contract, does not appear to have affected them personally.

Who knows [if it means they are any closer to striking a deal], but this has to be considered a very good sign going forward. Having Brady and Kraft on friendly terms, out on a beautiful day, sharing a golf cart, has to be a positive. Think the contract didn’t come up at some point, driving from hole to hole?

Maybe it didn’t. But if we hear about a deal being struck this week, or in the not-so-distant future, a golf date at Willowbend may have played a part.

Mike Reiss lists five things we've learned about the Pats.

1. They are young, but talented, in some key spots. The New York Jets created an offseason buzz by signing and acquiring big-name veterans, stealing many AFC East headlines from the Patriots, who have gone the opposite direction by loading up in the draft. This team has some promising talent from the last two drafts that has yet to emerge from a national perspective -- such as cornerback Darius Butler, safety Patrick Chung, receiver Julian Edelman, offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer and tight ends Aaron Heranandez and Rob Gronkowski -- and their contributions will be a big factor in the team's success.

Robert Lee highlights some of Bill Belichick's comments at his Friday morning presser, including praise for BenJarvus Green-Ellis.

"I think he's improved over the last two years significantly," Belichick said. "...Benny works hard and he's tough. He's very professional and he really takes his job seriously. When you tell him to improve in something, he'll work very diligently to do it."

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