Kraft: Credit goes to the Jets

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Kraft: Credit goes to the Jets

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

NFL owners gathered in Atlanta on Tuesday to discuss heading off a work stoppage for next season.Meanwhile, Patriots owner Robert Kraft was still processing his own team's work stoppage in 2010. Speaking to Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe, Kraft went long-view first."I think if anyone had said at the beginning of the year that wed go 14-2 and get a bye, I dont think there would have been any takers. To see the way it evolved and everyone put the team first, the coaching staff did a great job and we really got excited with this team and then it got yanked away from us.So great credit goes to the Jets and Rex Ryan and what they did. They earned it."Of the pregame crap-talking by New York, Kraft said, "I dont think thats our style, but I guess it happens from time to time."Meanwhile, Jets owner Woody Johnson, speaking on the same topic, noted, "Those things happen. Youve got high spirits on both sides of the equation. There were shots fired on both sides. Thats part of competitive sports.Ideally, youd like to lessen it,'' he said. "But the emotion used to play the game of football is high. This is not for the faint of heart. If thats the worse thing that happens for the rest of the year, Ill be delighted."Hold that delight. The trash talk is probably trumped by the Jenn Sterger, Ines Sainz, Michelle Ryan troika of embarrassing occurences. As for the labor issues, the league side is expressing irritation that the players association isn't doing more bargaining with them. Said Kraft on the bleak outlook for a new CBA, "Its the same, he said. I think theres more litigation going on than negotiations, so thats unfortunate. But I guess maybe thats just the process.Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

Patriots release camp dates; open practices begin July 27

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.