Manning's teammates drop the ball in loss to Patriots

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Manning's teammates drop the ball in loss to Patriots

FOXBORO There have been days in this zip code where Peyton Manning rode on a bus down Route 1 and knew hed contributed mightily to a loss.

Sunday was not one of those days.

Manning was outstanding against the Patriots on Sunday. But gaffes by two of his prime offensive weapons played a big part in taking the sizzle out of the later Brady-Manning Bowl.

A fumble by wideout Demaryius Thomas on Denvers first drive absolutely cost the Broncos points. Later, with the Broncos battling to come back, Willis McGahee had a pair of miscues a dropped fourth-down pass and a fumble at the Patriots 14.

Those plays waylaid a 31 for 44, 345-yard performance by Manning in which he expertly threw short and let his receivers do the work until he found moments to exploit the Patriots shaky cornerbacks.

Nobody wants to lose football games, said Manning. To lose to the teams that you think even though theyre good teams, but if you think if this happened or if that happened you have a good chance to win. There are a lot of what ifs. The key is that we learn from them and hopefully we can respond next week with the win and like I said, learn from some of the mistakes that are going on and win some of these games at another point in the season.

The finger of blame seemed to mostly be pointed at the Denver defense for allowing the Patriots to run over and pass under it. But the miscues especially Thomas were really the culprits in this one.

Manning looked dumbfounded after Thomas fumble, putting his hands to his helmet in the universal sign for an upset Manning.

Asked what he did to buck up Thomas and McGahee, Manning said, I stood with them. I told Willis after the fumble and after the fourth down when we had it and told Demaryius after that, that Im with them. Were going to need those guys all season. Those guys have made key plays in our two wins and they made some big plays tonight, so, hey, nobody wants to have a play go against them or have a negative play its part of football. So, as a teammate and as a quarterback Im with them. You dont see me not throwing to Demaryius or not calling Willis number. Theyre out there and theyre going to get the ball, and theyre going to make more plays than theyre going to miss I can assure you of that and against good football teams obviously you hope you make more.

Who knows how long Manning will stick in Denver. But there are pieces in place on both sides of the ball right now that are good enough to allow this team to play through January.

Manning seems to know that. He also realizes that starting 2-3 is digging a hole the team will rue later.

Youd like to win games while you are building on some things and improving, said Manning. Weve won two and weve lost three. I know theyve been great teams that weve lost to which still doesn't make it any easier its disappointing. I think the key is learning from them and building on it and I believe we will. Coach Fox knows how to right the ship and it starts during the week with guys practicing better and being accountable and I believe that we will do that and have a chance to start winning some of these close games.

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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