Lions wary of Patriots' attacking style

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Lions wary of Patriots' attacking style

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
A high-pressure front that was seen last week in Florida is expected to enter Detroit on Saturday. And Matthew Stafford knows it's coming. "They're going to come," Stafford said Tuesday, according to Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press. "I'm not going to go through an entire season without getting hit. I know that. Everybody knows that. But I think the O-line has done a great job of blocking guys, and I'm getting the ball out quick and to the right guy. So we're gonna just keep playing. It's not something I focus on."Noting the heat applied by the Patriots defense against the Buccaneers -- heat rarely brought by the Patriots in the past several seasons -- Rosenberg writes that this is a necessary test for Stafford. "The Patriots have been going after quarterbacks this exhibition season," Rosenberg writes. "Stafford hasn't really been pressured. It will be good for him to get hit a few times, and it will be good for the rest of us to see how he plays against a fierce pass rush. Stafford has been excellent in the first two exhibition games, but the third game will tell us more."Stafford will be a great test for the Patriots' too. Especially the back-end guys in the secondary dealing with Calvin Johnson. So look forward to that. And get used to the idea of the Patriots' pass-rush being described as "fierce."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.

Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

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Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

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.

@tombrady always fighting for that extra yard. 😂😂 #TBAsiaTour #IWILL

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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. 

Arigatōgozaimashita 🇯🇵🙏

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Brady vs Brady #therecanonlybeone 🏆

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