No huddle: Four Pats rap about roster cuts

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No huddle: Four Pats rap about roster cuts

The league clock is steadily ticking away on roster cuts. By Friday, every team must be at 53.
One day before New England's roster gets trimmed from 90 to 75, four different players were made available via conference calls. Cornerback Devin McCourty, receivers Matthew Slater and Julian Edelman, and D-lineman Kyle Love all spoke about what this week is like.
MCCOURTY: "I think it's one of the worst parts about this business those two large cutdown dates. I think a lot of the young guys and guys that are on the team have worked hard and I think coming in every day, putting their best foot forward, working hard and then letting the chips fall where they may.
"I remember when my brother Jason was in the same spot early when he was a sixth round draft pick just trying to encourage him and help him out. I told him, 'You did everything you could to work hard for that position so, whatever happens, just be happy and be proud of yourself.'"
SLATER: "It was definitely a tough time. Reality is, you have to get through a certain amount of players down to 53. What I learned early in my career is to try not to think about it and just go out and continue my job, focus on what I had to do. Really, at the end of the day, if I put forth my best effort that's all I could control. It's tough when you're worrying about things you can't control because it can consume you. I just learned not to play the numbers game and just try to go out and take advantage of each and every day that you have here, and hope for the best from there.
"There is a bit of stress that comes with that, but I think every day around here is an up-tempo, tense day. We have to have a sense of urgency every day around here because we have a lot of things to improve on and a lot of things to get done. We understand what time of year it is and what happens. But that's part of the game and we can't do anything to change it."
EDELMAN: "People really don't talk about it. You're over here just thinking about yourself and what you have to do to make the team and contribute to the team. When that day comes I'm mostly thinking about what I've got to do to help this team.
"It's a stressful job. That's part of it getting into this that it's a possibility. What I do is just worry about what I can worry about, what I can control, and that's trying to be a better football player every day and taking the coaching from the coaches.
"You've just got to go out there and do what you think is best for your situation and the situation of the team. That's what I try to do."
LOVE: "It's just another work day. Guys just come in, try to do your job, get better every day. It's just another day for us.
"A couple guys have asked me, 'What about this? What's going on with this? When do you get that call?' and stuff like that. I just tell them, 'Guys, don't too much worry about that. Don't worry about that. Just work hard every day, give it your best effort and play hard when it comes down to it."

How does Derek Carr's new deal impact Jimmy Garoppolo?

How does Derek Carr's new deal impact Jimmy Garoppolo?

Ever since Derek Carr signed a five-year, $125 million extension with the Raiders to give him the highest average annual contract value in league history, some version of the same question has been posed over and over again. 

What does this mean for other quarterbacks looking for new deals? 

Despite the fact that Carr's average annual value surpasses the previous high set by Andrew Luck ($24.6 million), and despite the fact that Carr's contract provides him the security that alluded him while he was on his rookie contract, his recent haul may not mean much for the likes of Matthew Stafford, Kirk Cousins and other top-end quarterbacks.

They were already expecting monster paydays down the road that would hit (or eclipse) the $25 million range, and Carr's record-setting contract may not even serve as a suitable baseline for them, as ESPN's Dan Graziano lays out.

So if Carr's contract did little more for upper-echelon quarterbacks than confirm for them where the market was already headed, then does it mean anything for someone like Jimmy Garoppolo? 

Carr and Garoppolo were both second-round picks in 2014, but from that point, they've obviously taken very different roads as pros. Carr started 47 consecutive games in his first three years and by last season he had established himself as one of the most valuable players in the league. Garoppolo, by comparison, has started two games. 

Both players still hold loads of promise, but unless Garoppolo sees substantial playing time in 2017 and then hits the open market, he won't approach Carr's deal when his rookie contract is up.  

ESPN's Mike Reiss projected that a fair deal for Garoppolo on the open market might fall between the $19 million that was guaranteed to Chicago's Mike Glennon and Carr's contract, which includes $40 million fully guaranteed and $70 million in total guarantees, per NFL Media.

Perhaps something in the range of what Brock Osweiler received from the Texans after Osweiler started seven games for the Broncos in 2015 would be considered fair: four years, with $37 million guaranteed. Because Osweiler (before his deal or since) never seemed as polished as Garoppolo was in his two games as a starter in 2016, and because the salary cap continues to soar, the argument could be made that Garoppolo deserves something even richer. 

Though Garoppolo is scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency following the 2017 season, there is a chance he doesn't get there quite that quickly. The Patriots could try to come to some kind of agreement with their backup quarterback on an extension that would keep him in New England, or they could place the franchise tag on him following the season. 

Either way, Garoppolo will get paid. But until he sees more time on the field, a deal that would pay him in the same range as his draft classmate will probably be out of reach.

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.