Brees: I admire Brady from afar

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Brees: I admire Brady from afar

FOXBORO -- One of the interesting scenes to come out of the last two days of joint sessions between the Patriots and Saints has been the post-practice interactions between Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

The two chatted very comfortably for an extended period after the session Tuesday. Brady sat on the turf patting his dog while Brees crouched alongside him and their throwing coach Tom House sat nearby.

After practice Wednesday, the two quarterbacks were together again. As Brady played with his two sons, Brees chatted with Mrs. Brady, Gisele Bundchen, in what resembled something close to a backyard barbeque setting.

"I've got a great relationship with Tom," Brees said. "Really throughout our careers -- we're similar in age, he's a year older than me, I guess he's going on his 13th year, my 12th year -- a lot of it has just been for me watching form afar.

"Of course there's those times in the offseason where we'll talk or text message here or there, but really it's kind of admiring from afar. For me, I know during the offseason when I'm looking at things I wanna get better at, maybe try to introduce new concepts in our offense, or just trying to think about that next season, I very often turn to tape of other quarterbacks in the league just to watch what they're doing, how they're doing it and Tom has always been one of those guys that I watch."

Both teams have lauded one another consistently over the last two days. It's clear after watching them interact that their their star quarterbacks have a genuine respect for one another as well.

Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

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Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

Even for some of the nation's top athletes, confident 20-somethings with the rest of their (perhaps very lucrative) lives ahead of them, there's a feeling you just can't shake when Bill Belichick walks into the room. 

"When you first meet him, you're scared," said Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, per WBZ. "He's quizzing you. It's like a little test. But after you get done with the test, the quiz or whatever, drawing up the defense, it's pretty cool. They're real down to earth people. Really cool."

Belichick was spotted at Ohio State's pro day getting a closer look at McMillan and his teammates on Thursday. He then headed off to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverines showcase Friday.

During various scouting trips across the country, the Patriots appear to be showing significant interest in the incoming class of linebackers. Belichick spent some extra time with Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham -- who's projected to be a first-rounder -- at his pro day. The team reportedly scheduled a meeting with a speedy linebacker from Cincinnati. And Matt Patricia caught up with Notre Dame linebacker James Onwualu once his workouts finished up on Thursday. 

As for McMillan, the 6-2, 240-pounder was a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten choice. He's instinctive, but there's some question as to whether or not he has the strength to hold up inside at the next level.

PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

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PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

Tom E. Curran has Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports as a guest to discuss the Aaron Hernandez double homicide trial. Wetzel has been in the courtroom, and wrote this piece about the day Hernandez’s former friend Alexander Bradley testified in court. 

After speaking with Wetzel, Curran has Tim Rohan of MMQB.com on to discuss his day with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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