Patriots Prepping For ‘Skins

With the Patriots heading down to Washington D.C. later today for tomorrow night’s preseason game with the Washington Redskins, Chris Warner on Patriots Daily cranks out his latest Worry Wart column prior to the game.

Yesterday we had a look at how Brady’s contract comments sparked a media overreaction.

In the Metro, I’m looking at how Bill Belichick’s “evil” and “dour” reputation is taking a hit as of late.

Mike Reiss has a look at Derrick Burgess still trying to play catch-up with the defensive playbook for the Patriots. Ian R. Rapoport has Laurence Maroney receiving praise from Belichick for his work in the passing game. Shalise Manza Young and Mark Farinella each look at how James Sanders has stepped into the leadership role in the secondary.

Karen Guregian says that the release of Tank Williams leaves a hole at nickel linebacker for the Patriots. Hector Longo seems to be endorsing a walkout by Vince Wilfork, talking about how the nose tackle has felt the “punishing wrath of the NFL’s current contract structure.” The punishing wrath of $18 million. Jennifer Toland has BenJarvus Green-Ellis just looking to do his job. Glen Farley has Terrence Nunn just happy to be given an opportunity by the Patriots.

Christopher Price looks at how bad things can happen when rookies and young players try to do too much. Rapoport looks at Belichick’s comments on Ted Kennedy yesterday. Guregian notes that with the trade of Russ Hochstein, jobs are open on the offensive line.

Reiss’ notebook has a look at the four candidates vying for the backup center role vacated by Russ Hochstein’s trade to Denver. Brian MacPherson’s Patriots Notebook reminds us that the third preseason game is the one closest to a real game. Rapoport’s notebook has the Patriots defense looking at making a statement against the run. The ProJo Patriots journal has Brady looking to get on the same page with all of his receivers. Farinella’s notebook has Belichick with some interesting words on the specialization of certain football positions. Toland’s notebook has more on Belichick’s statements about Kennedy. Farley’s notebook has more on the opening left by the Hochstein trade.

Misc

Check in with Fang’s Bites today as he attends the ESPN Media Workshop.

Mark Blaudschun has the BC quarterback situation starting to settle down. Steve Conroy has coach Frank Spaziani saying that he may play multiple quarterbacks. Eric Avidon has the Eagles’ front seven with a new look this season.

Kirk Minihane has a massive mailbag.

Mike McMahon looks at the price hike on new season tickets for the Bruins.

Michael Whitmer looks at the first leg of the PGA Tour playoffs, The Barclays. Whitmer’s notebook has Tiger Woods committing to play in next week’s TPC Boston.

Red Sox links in the post below this one.

Bob Ekstrom’s blog links will be taking a week off this week.

  • Jason Coyote

    Last night on 98.5 I heard DA mention that Dan Shaughnessy is going to be hosting a show Saturday afternoon. I wonder if this is one-time deal or a trial run at something permanent? Bruce, can find out more about this?

  • mandb97

    Maybe I am making too much of this or giving him too much credit, but could it possibly be that Brady is sticking up for one of his teammates in Wilfork by saying the league is in great shape and has plenty of revenue? I’m sure Brady knows he will get paid, but he seems to have record of sticking up for his teammates as well.

  • MarkB

    If Hector Longo was a plumber, your bathroom floor would be covered by poop water. What is it about sports writing that produces these bumblers?