Lloyd still adjusting to New England's style

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Lloyd still adjusting to New England's style

FOXBORO -- Just days away from the Patriots' first preseason game, Brandon Lloyd has been involved in enough workouts with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady to know what's expected.

But they're not quite where they want to be just yet.

"It's still a work in progress," said Lloyd on Monday, when asked about working with Brady and the Patriots' offense so far. "I think it's everything. From the landmarks to depth, and obviously, the stuff that you do on the fly. So, everything is still working."

Entering his first season with New England, Lloyd has never participated in a practice with another team visiting. He'll do that for the first time this week, as the New Orleans Saints come to town before Thursday night's preseason game.

But that isn't the only change in training camp he's seen thus far.

Workouts for the Patriots are faster than any other training camp he's attended, and this is the sixth NFL organization he's been in.

"The tempo is fine," said Lloyd. "It obviously has changed my practice habits, because it is a lot faster. So, conditioning is of importance, when you get into the offense here.

"I think it's good to go against another team, guys who aren't familiar with your patterns, alignments, and releases," Lloyd added. "So, the competition, obviously is the fun part of practicing. But, to go against another team definitely revs it up a little bit."

While Lloyd calls his fit into the Patriots' offense a "work in progress," director of player personnel Nick Caserio believes Lloyd's been just fine.

"Since Brandon's been here, day one, he's done a great job," said Caserio on Monday. "And any new player, whether it's a veteran or a rookie, they're all starting essentially from the same point. It's a new system, to a degree, even if you've played in this offense.

"He's come in, he's worked hard, he's done the things that we've asked him to do. And it takes time. That's why you go out there."

Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

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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

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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.