Looking back: Belichick usually plays his starters

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Looking back: Belichick usually plays his starters

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

Will Bill Belichick's starters play in Week 17?

It's the hot Patriots topic that will be rolled around and ruminated on from now until Sunday. Last week, New England captured the AFC East crown and top playoff spot with its 34-3 win in Buffalo. What's left? One regular-season game to play and nothing to play for, right?

Not so fast.

There's always something at stake for Belichick: A win. So when the Patriots meet the Dolphins on January 2, Tom Brady will start the opening drive and Vince Wilfork will start in defense of Miami's. How long Brady will play catch with Wes Welker, and the number of chances Jerod Mayo gets to stockpile his tackles tally, really only depend on one thing:

Doing whatever it takes to beat the Dolphins.

A postseason lock can't derail New England's desire -- need -- to win out the regular season. Just look at the last six times the Patriots entered Week 17 with a playoff berth already wrapped up.

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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