By Danny Picard
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FOXBORO -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; No doubt, Tom Brady is happy football is back. But with the new CBA, there are still some things that many players and coaches are unsure of.
Brady agreed with that notion Friday, but said that he's not thinking about this season any differently. He also said he knows that even with the shortended offseason, his team will be ready to execute the game plan come Week 1.
I dont think anybody knows at this point," said Brady. "I think thatwere just trying to focus on what we can really control. Theres been a lot ofnew rules put in place. Everyones really trying to get adjusted to the rulesand come out here and have good practices.
@font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1;Im just glad that were back here playing. I haventthought too much about the lockout being over. Its a different footballseason to me. It feels like training camp to me. And it feels like we have alot of work to do.
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FOXBORO -- The bullet points from Bill Belichick on the team’s second pick in this year’s draft, Troy left tackle Antonio Garcia:
- He’s a person.
- He’s a left tackle.
- He has played tackle and will play tackle.
- He visited with the Patriots.
- We’re not sure if he’ll play guard at any point.
- We’ll see how it goes.
That’s generally as forthcoming as Belichick was regarding Garcia, a player for whom the Pats moved up from No. 96 to No. 85. Garcia’s selection came two picks after the team made Youngstown State pass-rusher Derek Rivers their first selection of the draft at No. 83.
“He was here last week; [we] had a good visit with him,” Belichick said of Garcia. “So we’ll see how that goes, but we think he’ll be competitive. He’s done a good job for them down there.”
Asked whether the lanky 6-foot-6 player could play guard, Belichick was noncommittal.
“I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes,” he said. “He’s played tackle. He’s got the length and I think the athleticism to play tackle, but we’ll see how he does. I don’t know.”
As for which side, Belichick viewed Garcia “primarily” as a left tackle.
FOXBORO -- The NFL had former and current players announce picks during the second and third rounds of the NFL draft Friday night. Some went better than others.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the Jets were one of the teams that exerienced less-than-smooth sailing. Former Jets fullback Tony Richardson, who was announcing the team's selection at No. 79 overall, attempted the team's "J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets" cheer, but whiffed on the spelling.
"With the 79th pick in the 2017 NFL draft," Richardson said, "the New York J-E-T-E Jets select ArDarius Stewart, receiver, Alabama."