Murmurs of progress in NFL's Nantasket talks


Murmurs of progress in NFL's Nantasket talks

By Tom E. Curran Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
HULL - Since Paragon Park shut down in 1984, Nantasket hasn't been quite the same.

Until this week. Two days of meetings between players and owners at Nantasket Beach Resort wrapped up Thursday afternoon with NFLPA head De Smith and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaking together for the assembled media they'd tried to avoid. Asked if there was any symbolism to be drawn from the two men standing shoulder-to-shoulder, the two men jokingly blamed it on the rain. Still, there were murmurs of significant progress in these meetings which began Wednesday morning and went hard through Thursday. Fifteen rooms were rented at the resort for the party. Among those seen on the NFL side were Goodell, Pete Abitante, Greg Aiello, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Chargers owner Dean Spanos, Giants owner John Mara, counsel Bob Batterman and counsel Dennis Curran. From the players' side were Smith, counsel Richard Berthelsen and Tom DePaso, Chiefs running back Tony Richardson, Ravens defensive back Domonique Foxworth, former Jet Pete Kendall, Colts center Jeff Saturday. Judge Arthur Boylan presided. I didn't spot him. Groups met in all of the conference rooms at the resort. Sometimes they were meeting together; sometimes they broke off into smaller groups. Albert Breer from NFL Network reported that this was the first time in this string of "secret" meetings that the two sides broached talk of the rookie wage scale. That's an advance and likely means that enough things are buttoned down to move on to something more onerous. The comments made after they were done weren't particularly revealing. "Obviously, were all working hard, Goodell said. The players and owners were here over the last two days. De and I were here the entire meetings. And its complicated, its complex, and were working hard. We understand the fans frustration, but both of us are continuing to work hard at it.Smith went next.Someone asked me whether I was optimistic, Smith said. I think were both optimistic when we have the right people in the room. We know were talking about the right issues. And were working hard to get it done. Its extremely complicated, it requires a lot of hard work by all the people, but were going to keep working at it.They were asked about the symbolism of standing there together.Its raining outside, and his car is right there, Smith said with a smile.

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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

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


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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