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Derrick Burgess hit the practice field for the first time as a Patriot this weekend, and Ty Warren and Shawn Crable saw their first practice action of training camp as the team prepares for its first preseason game this Thursday night in Philadelphia.
Christopher L. Gasper has Burgess talking about his reaction to learning he was coming to New England, and how he is only focused on winning right now. Ian R. Rapoport has Burgess eager to move on from his time with the Raiders. Shalise Manza Young has Burgess just looking to be an asset to the Patriots. Rich Garven has Burgess happy to be in New England after forcing his way out of Oakland. Glen Farley has Burgess hitting the ground running in his first practice with the Patriots. Christopher Price has Burgess and Andrew Walter happy to be out of Oakland. Mark Farinella has the former Raiders DE trying to become a “stand up” guy now.
Karen Guregian tells the tale of Leigh Bodden, who two years ago was arrested at an airport for disorderly conduct, and how he fought to clear his name of the charges, took the stand in his own defense, and was found innocent by a jury. Ben Collins has Ty Warren happy to get back out on the practice field and looking to make up for lost time. Farinella is impressed with the Patriots Media guide.
All the newspapers and outlets have been giving practice recaps, but thus far, I’ve consistently found the best ones to be from the Patriots Football Weekly blog, where I keep finding little tidbits that I don’t see anywhere else.
Among the items in the Monday Morning QB column from Peter King this week, is a tale from Chiefs practice where Bernard Pollard almost took out Matt Cassel in an identical way to how he ended Tom Brady’s season last September.
Gasper’s notebook has Crable seeing his first action on the field, and Richard Seymour coming back for the first time since the first day of camp. The Herald notebook has Crable, Seymour, Warren, Tully Banta-Cain, Ryan O’Callaghan and Myron Pryor all returning yesterday after missing time. Young’s notebook has more on the defense moving back to being closer to full strength. Garven’s notebook focuses more on the returns of Crable and Warren. Farley’s notebook has Julian Edelman making progress in his transition from QB to WR. Farinella’s notebook has Crable finally ready to go all out.