Gallery happy to be in New England


Gallery happy to be in New England

FOXBORO -- Offensive lineman Robert Gallery has played both tackle and guard during his eight-year NFL career. Now with the Patriots, that type of versatility could serve him well, especially now, while Logan Mankins and Brian Waters are missing from training camp.

But following Saturday's fully-padded session at Gillette Stadium, Gallery wouldn't divulge into how or where he could be used with this team.

"Wherever they put me, I'm taking those snaps," he said.

Gallery later added, "I'm going to do what coach asks me to do, and all that stuff will play itself out."

On Saturday, Belichick asked Gallery to be the starting left guard, in between left tackle Nate Solder and center Dan Koppen. After three days of training camp, Gallery said he is still happy that he signed with New England in March.

"It's great. I'm excited to be here with this team," said Gallery. "I'm just ready to get things rolling.

"It was just a choice that was made. It seems like a long time ago. I'm just ready to get this camp rolling and to get into the season."

Gallery will turned 32 this month. He was the second-overall pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2004, where he spent seven seasons before signing a three-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks before last season. The Seahawks released him after the first year of that three-year deal, resulting in his signing with the Patriots.

And whether it's at guard or tackle, he's just looking help out.

"I'm just here to work on my skill, and get better every day," said Gallery. "And do what I can do to help the team, and then it'll all be decided once the camp's over."

As for the status of Mankins and Waters, Gallery said he's just worried about himself.

"It doesn't really affect me at all," said Gallery. "I come to work every day, work on what I have to do to get better as a player, and all that stuff will play itself out."

Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate


Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

When the topic of Deflategate was broached on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, which debuted this week, Ben Affleck became all kinds of fired up.

"What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his [expletive] cellphone," Affleck said. "I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my [expletive] cellphone . . . so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voicemails?"

Affleck grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and is a passionate Patriots fan. He made no attempts to hide his fandom, and his appreciation for Brady, as he and Simmons (also a Patriots fan) discussed the football-deflation controversy that has now lasted well over a year. 

Affleck, who said he would want to cast himself as Brady if ever a Deflategate movie was made, harped on the fact that the league wanted Brady to turn over his phone. 

"Maybe Tom Brady is so [expletive] classy and such a [expletive] gentleman," Affleck said, "that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion on some of his co-workers."

Brady is waiting for the Second Circuit to make a decision as to whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Earlier this offseason, the Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension issued by the league when a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL, 2-1. 

Pro Football Talk wrote on Thursday that a decision from the Second Circuit could come at any time. If the rehearding request is denied, Brady could then take the case to the Supreme Court. Should the Second Circuit grant Brady a rehearing, his suspension would be delaed until the court reached a decision. In that case, Brady could potentially play the entire 2016 season before a decision came to pass. 

Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow


Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow

Tom Brady wasn't always the most famous person in his family. Growing up, his sisters were the accomplished athletes in the household. 

For his latest Throwback Thursday style Facebook post, Brady published a pair of photos of an old high school essay that he wrote in the fall of his senior year in 1994. It was titled "The way my sisters influenced me."

I found an essay I wrote in 1994... I love my big sisters! #tbt. Thanks for the good grade Mr Stark!

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, June 23, 2016

In it, he discusses some of the difficulties of growing up with three older sisters and no brothers. Because Maureen, Julie and Nancy Brady had achieved so much in softball, basketball and soccer, Brady -- or "Tommy," as he signed his paper -- had trouble getting noticed. 

Of course, it wouldn't be long before Brady was headed from San Mateo, California to Ann Arbor, Michigan in order to play football for the Wolverines. He probably had no trouble garnering attention by then. Still, it's funny to read about how he felt overlooked in his youth. 

He closed the essay explaining that he knew his sisters would always provide him support throughout his life, adding, "hopefully, just maybe, one day people will walk up to them and say, 'Aren't you Tommy's sister?' or 'Hey where is your brother?' Maybe . . . "

If the Brady sisters didn't get those kinds of comments by the time the baby of the family was given an 'A' for his English assignment, it probably didn't take long before they did. About seven years later, he took over as the starting quarterback of the Patriots.