Is it such a bad thing for a rookie wide receiver to be compared favorably to Wes Welker?
Cole Beasley isn't thrilled about it.
"I do have similarities with him but I feel like I can play a little bit more outside than Welker does, as well as inside, the kid Cowboy said Tuesday on Dallas station 105.3 The Fan.
The most obvious likeness is size: Beasley is 5-8, 182-pounds. There's also the Cinderella storyline in that he went undrafted.
Considering how Beasley plays in the slot, is fast as hell, and knows how to exploit holes in a defense, the comparison only makes sense.
Or, to a guy trying to assert his own NFL identity, it's annoying.
I get tired of it a little bit because I feel like I have a little bit more speed than Wes Welker does. Hes got a little bigger frame than me but I feel like Ive got a little more versatility to my game than he does."
Beasley insists he's a fan of Welker, calling the Patriot "a great player" and "one of the best in the game." Still, the SMU product is eager to set himself apart.
Like with that Super Bowl drop.
Oh yeah, Beasley said. You got to catch that one.
Football is coming.
The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.
Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.
The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.
The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.
Tom Brady's off-the-field workout habits are the subject of serious curiosity for those in New England and beyond. Thanks to Under Armour's Instagram account, followers got a brief glimpse of what Brady does to stay in shape.
OK. It was more like a glimpse at what he did one day in Tokyo.
The video of Brady in the dohyo ring was shot at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday. According to Kyodo News, leading the training session was ozeki Goeido, who won last year's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.
"For them to welcome me means very much to me. It's hard to describe in words how special that was," Brady said.
Brady bounced around China before heading to Japan to continue to help promote Under Armour and in particular its "recovery sleepwear" line. He threw a pass on the Great Wall, and he explained that it was his "dream" to play a game on the continent.