Brown: Luck 'reminds me a lot' of Brady

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Brown: Luck 'reminds me a lot' of Brady

The Patriots and Colts will face off on Sunday, which means New England will get its first taste of Andrew Luck.

Luck is having a superb season, but if there's one knock on him it's that he's thrown 10 interceptions thus far. New England is the best in the NFL at winning the turnover battle, so they'll have to do it again on Sunday.

Troy Brown talked about that aspect of the game on Sports Tonight with Gary Tanguay, but the discussion quickly turned to Luck and his season thus far.

It's pretty clear based on who Luck reminds Brown of that he's very high on the Colts QB.

"I think he's fantastic," Brown said. "I think he's growing. He's kind of making me stick my foot in my mouth; I didn't think he would mature this fast. He reminds me a lot of Tom Brady, but he;s much more athletic than Brady is in the pocket, and he's able to find open guys. He doesn't lock into one guy and stare him down the whole time. He does a great job of looking off the defense and taking what the defense gives him. So he's a great young talent and obviously his best years are ahead of him."

Brown had more praise for Luck, so check out the video for the rest of what he said.

Patriots excited by massive fan turnout for Saturday's practice

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Patriots excited by massive fan turnout for Saturday's practice

FOXBORO -- For years now, Patriots training camp practices have become an event. The opportunity to get an autograph, the sunny weather and the non-existent entry fee all make the two-hours-or-more practices a significant draw. 

But rarely do the crowds get as big as they were on Saturday. Fans filled the bleachers and lined the ramps that scale the outside of Gillette Stadium just to get a glimpse of what Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the rest of the Patriots were up to. 

The team's official Twitter account announced after practice that a whopping 21,781 fans had been in attendance. 

"It's awesome," said defensive end Chris Long, who spent the first eight years of his career in St. Louis without ever having made the playoffs. 

"As if being in pads the first day isn't exciting enough, you come out and these fans give you a real boost. It just speaks to the passion that these fans have. We're warming up in the hot tub, and we can see the fans filing in on ESPN or NFL Network. They beat us out on the field. It's pretty cool what they've got going here."

Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, a Connecticut native who grew up following the Patriots, has spent time with the Redskins, Broncos and Jaguars, but Saturday's crowd caught his attention. 

"If I wasn't playing, I'd be up there too," he said. "This is a winning franchise and . . . the fans are loyal. This is a place that I've played at in the past, and the games are always sold out and the fans will give you a hard time when you're on the opposing team. I just happen to be on the good side now."

The Patriots are in the middle of their first stretch of five consecutive days of practice. Two of their first three practices have been held with temperatures reaching around 90 degrees, and Saturday's practice was the first padded session of the week. They'll go through their in-stadium practice on Monday night before they're given a full day to rest.  

Players indicated that having the kind of fan support that they had Saturday seemed to give them a jolt. Especially for the players who are new to the organization. 

"There's excitement in the air with these fans," Long said. "They're awesome sports fans. Boston sports have always been known to be passionate, but until you're here, you don't really get a feel for it. They are a lot of fun to play in front of out on the practice field."

Knighton kicks himself off Twitter

Knighton kicks himself off Twitter

FOXBORO -- If you're on Twitter and you follow Terrance Knighton, you know where he stands on all sorts of topics. 

He thought the Sen. Elizabeth Warren speech at the Democratic National Convention would be "epic." He watches the WNBA. He loves the Celtics. He hates it when his dog looks at him naked. He wants an uncensored sports talk show on the radio when he's done with his playing career. 

And those are things you could gather from his timeline in the last week alone. 

Three days ago, the avid Twitter user called it quits. For the time being. 

"I'm just gonna try something different," he said when asked about his self-imposed Twitter ban. "The environment that I'm around, everyone's just focused on football. I'll be off it for three weeks, and as soon as I break it in three weeks, I'll have a lot to say I'm pretty sure." 

Knighton said he's not concerned about getting himself into any trouble with what he may say on the social-media site, but given the amount of focus he wants to put into his job, it makes sense for him to back away now that training camp has begun. 

"I would never say anything to get in trouble," he said. "But I speak on everything so right now, all the Democratic and Republican conventions, I just keep them quiet right now." 

He added: "In the locker room, you don't see guys on their phones all the time. You don't see guys joking around. They're always doing something productive to win. I decided to give [Twitter] up for three weeks, but like I said, I can't wait to get back to Twitter because I always have a lot to say." 

New eating habits help Knighton start strong with Patriots

New eating habits help Knighton start strong with Patriots

FOXBORO -- Terrance Knighton knows the scouting report on his game has been well established after seven years in the league. 

He's an anchor in the middle of the defensive line. He occupies double-teams. He...

"...Eats up space," he said on Saturday, finishing off the standard bullet-point description of his skill set. 

While the 350-pound defensive tackle signed by the Patriots this offseason knows that holding his ground to clog running lanes is one of his strengths, he's trying to prove that he's a better athlete than he gets credit for. 

During one 11-on-11 repetition on Saturday, it was Knighton's mobility down the line of scrimmage that stood out. He sniffed out a stretch run to his right, pursued James White toward the sideline, and put a solid thud on the running back as the first defender to the ball.

Knighton said after practice that he's happy with his conditioning, and he's comfortable in the Patriots defensive playbook. As a result, he thinks he may be playing faster. 

"I take pride in it," Knighton said. "I'm in better shape than I've been in. I'm understanding the defense a lot better now so maybe I'll play faster than I did earlier in OTAs. Of course, I hear the criticism. And obviously, I feel like a guy with my skill set keeps playing on different teams. I obviously want to make a name for myself somewhere and make a home for myself, and I just want to eliminate that me being a one-type of guy and more of an all-around player."

Knighton has put in plenty of conditioning work since his arrival to the Patriots. He's already very familiar with head strength and conditioning coach Moses Cabrera and The Hills behind the Gillette Stadium practice fields. 

But he explained that part of the reason he feels as though he's in better shape is because his diet has changed since changing teams. 

"All my meals are cut to a T based on my body type, my blood type," he said. "I'm getting extra treatment. I'm getting extra workouts in. I have an in-home chef, something that they've set up for me. Everything's set up on point."

And it's not just his meals. It's his snacks, too. There was a time when Knighton would down a Snickers or a bag of Doritos in a meeting just to help him stay alert. He said that the Patriots, whose nutrition program is led by team nutritionist Ted Harper, have helped him find healthier alternatives.

"It's become maybe sunflower seeds, or maybe pecans or walnuts or grapes," he said. "Something where you know I can eat a lot of it and get something out of it at the same time. It's tough. It's tough. But it's only going to help me out here because I would feel it all. I would be mad about those Doritos if I had them today."

Knighton had a strong day during the Patriots' first padded practice. He won decisively in the lone one-on-one matchup I saw him participate in, and he showed some power during periods focused on the inside running game. 

His strengths are his strengths, but if he can continue to exhibit the athleticism he flashed Saturday, Knighton should only continue to get plenty of training camp reps, even when Alan Branch (on the non-football injury list) returns to practice. 

With a new team and a changed diet, Knighton seems to be embracing everything being thrown at him. In New England, he's in a structured environment that he feels may help him improve his game -- even when many feel as though they have it figured out. 

"At all times of the day, I have something to do productive whether it's staying in shape, whether it's getting stronger, or whether it's getting rest," he said. "They set it up for you so that you're always doing something. At the end of the day, you're always doing something that's productive and not going backwards."