Patriots Hit Atlanta, Sox Back Home

The Patriots are in Atlanta this week for a couple of joint practices with the Falcons prior to Thursday night’s preseason game.

Going back to old way of tuning up – Albert R. Breer has Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff talking about what the teams hope to accomplish with this arrangement.

With help from Brady, Hernandez opening NFL career on strong note – Christopher Price has a look at how Tom Brady is taking Aaron Hernandez under his wing in this training camp. Mike Reiss has a look at the Patriots new look at tight end.

Longtime reserve defensive lineman Mike Wright gets shot – Um, nice headline to Ian Rapoport’s article on the D-Line backup, who will again see a bigger role this season.

In this corner: Terrence Wheatley – Karen Guregian has the 2008 draft pick stepping up his game in this camp.

Patriots’ confidence grows in Brian Hoyer – Robert Lee has the Patriots backup QB continuing to grow in his role.

Welker game plan incomplete – Shalise Manza Young’s notebook has the Patriots not revealing their plans for the receiver this preseason.

The wizard – David Willis has a look at Red Sox prospect Jose Iglesias and his ability to thrill fans simply by taking infield practice.

Future spree: On a hectic day, Sox spend heavily on draftees – Alex Speier has the Red Sox wrapping up business with their draftees, including signing prized right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo.

Dustin Pedroia a sight for sore eyes – Joe McDonald says that the second baseman will provide a much-needed spark in his return to the lineup.

Power surge recharges Hall – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook has Bill Hall enjoying baseball this season.

Losses are piling up for scalpers – Robert Mays looks at plummeting business for scalpers outside Fenway Park. A look at TiqIQ shows the average ticket price for Red Sox games dropping to the lowest in years. The average price to tickets for Wednesday and Thursday’s games are $37 and $36 respectively.

A dream duo for Davis – Scott Souza has Glen Davis thrilled to have the opportunity to play with his idol, Shaquille O’Neal.

New Bruins Assistant Coach Doug Jarvis Expected to Replace Craig Ramsay’s Experience – Douglas Flynn has a very good look at the new Bruins assistant coach.

Random Quote

So the next time you hear some broadcaster or sportswriter muttering that Bill Belichick never tells them anything, take that as a sign. If Belichick didn’t feel like wasting his time with them, you probably shouldn’t either.

— Drew Magary, NBC, 09/14/11