Patriots adding defensive end Andre Carter

191543.jpg

Patriots adding defensive end Andre Carter

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
The Patriots have made another move to bolster their pass rush. They have added Andre Carter, a former seventh-overall pick, who was with the Redskins the past five seasons.
The team confirmed Monday that the deal has been completed.
Carter tweeted Sunday night, "I am proud to announce that I will be playing for the New England Patriots for the 2011 season. Thanks you for your prayers and support."Carter, 32, is a classic 4-3 defensive end who had 11 sacks for Washington in 2009. Last year, Washington switched to the 3-4 and Carter played left outside linebacker. He started just five games and had 2.5 sacks. Drafted one pick behind Richard Seymour in 2001, he hasn't missed a game since 2004. He had 36 sacks from 2005 through 2009. With the addition of the versatile defensive lineman Shaun Ellis earlier Sunday and former Bear Mark Anderson earlier in the week, the Patriots keep loading up on would-be pass rushers. Between those players, Albert Haynesworth (a teammate of Carter's in Washington), Vince Wilfork, Mike Wright, Eric Moore, Jermaine Cunningham, Rob Ninkovich and Marques Murrell, the Patriots are firing bodies - many of them large - at what has been a shortcoming for their defense the past few seasons. It's going to turn into an interesting numbers game as this preseason moves along, especially with the fleet of young defensive tackles (Kyle Love, Myron Pryor, Ron Brace and Brandon Deaderick) the team also is currently carrying. The team also made a couple of minor moves, releasing first-year corner Thad Turner and placing rookie free agent offensive lineman Kyle Hix on injured reserve.

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

brady.jpg

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

A post shared by Under Armour (@underarmour) on

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 🇯🇵🙏

A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on

Brady vs Brady #therecanonlybeone 🏆

A post shared by Tom Brady (@tombrady) on