The Patriots continue their string of two-a-day practices to start training camp.
Patriots Daily’s Chris Warner was at camp yesterday to check things out.
Shalise Manza Young has a look at new special team coach Scott O’Brien.Karen Guregian has a look at James Sanders who has gotten endorsements from Bill Belichick and Rodney Harrison for his preparation and play. Glen Farley has Harrison still making an impact on Sanders. Ian R. Rapoport has home grown Ron Brace making a good impression in his first camp. Rich Garven has Brace impressing the Patriots inside and out so far in camp. Mark Farinella has Pierre Woods looking to build on last season.
Julian Benbow has a look at Chris Baker, one of the tights ends in camp looking to upgrade the position for the Patriots. Karen Guregian has Baker and Brady getting some one-on-one extra work time at practice yesterday. Tim Whelan Jr has Ray Ventrone again trying to find his way onto the roster. Ron Chimelis says that Michael Vick doesn’t appear to be a good fit here. Adam Smartschan has Alex Smith trying to live up to the #80 jersey he’s been assigned.
Rapoport has the Patriots signing QB Andrew Walter yesterday. Guregian has Julian Edelman getting the rookie routine down. Christopher Price has Edelman hoping to carve out a role for himself. Young has a look at what the ban on wedge formations will have on the kick return game. Farley has a look at former University of Maine safety Brandon McGowan and his chances at making the team.
The 50th Anniversary of the AFL and Patriots will be a running theme throughout the season. Mike Reiss this morning has look at the humble beginnings of the Patriots. Reiss also has his all-time Patriots team and what he feels are the Top five AFL moments.
A packed Globe notebook leads off with a look at the Patriots signing former Raiders QB Andrew Walter. Rapoport’s notebook has Tom Brady wondering that if he had been able to play in the preseason last year, his knee injury might’ve been avoided. Young’s Patriots journal has more on the QB shuffle. Farley’s notebook has Brady’s teammates having a little fun at his expense. Garven’s notebook says that new signee Rob Ninkovich brings position flexibility. Farinella’s notebook has more on Baker and Brady trying to build chemistry.
Adam Kilgore has a look at new Red Sox slugger Victor Martinez and the impact his mother had at a critical time early in his career. John Tomase looks at how the slider has really brought Daniel Bard’s game to the next level. Daniel Barbarisi says that the new flexibility of the Red Sox lineup with Martinez makes them even more potent.
Tony Massarotti says that the toughest part of the Red Sox schedule is in front of them now. Michael Silverman says that it is time to watch out for the Rays, who have been treading water much of the season.
The Hartford Courant listens to an hour of Red Sox and Yankees radio broadcasts and finds more commercials than baseball. Bill Reynolds thinks that it’s just time to release all the names on the 2003 steroid testing and be done with it.
Kilgore’s notebook examines the pitch that the Red Sox made for Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. Tomase’s notebook has the Sox calling on Jon Lester to start and finish the next two series against the Rays and Yankees. The Projo Red Sox journal has more on the attempted blockbuster with the Mariners.
Mike McMahon has Phil Kessel still hoping to stay with the Bruins.