Patriots notes: Rookie RB Ridley looks strong


Patriots notes: Rookie RB Ridley looks strong

By Tom E. Curran Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
Rookie running back Stevan Ridley, who's been issued No. 37, has a nice shake to his running style and can thump as well. During a 9-on-7 drill, he came through the guard-tackle hole near the goal line and was met hard by linebacker Dane Fletcher who left the collision shaking his left arm after what may have been a mild stinger.

Defensive tackle Mike Wright, laid up for much of last season with the aftereffects of a concussion in the Colts' game, looked like a beast in the morning practice. Very impressive explosiion and penetration on a few plays.

The Patriots quarterbacks took part in the ever-entertaining barrel drill in which the quarterbacks try to loft 25-yard passes into a trash barrel positioned at the back of the end zone (good practice for fade routes). Jonathan Crompton canned one of his throws while Ryan Mallett and Tom Brady both had throws rattle around the rim and out.

The quarterback motion that Mallett is most reminiscent of? To me, it's Randall Cunningham. A little long but a classic, over-the-top delivery. With his size, he is always throwing "downhill" meaning his ball will do well in the wind as he keeps the point down, something Tom Brady is outstanding at accomplishing.

Rob Gronkowski made an outstanding one-handed catch in the seam on a throw from Crompton.

Brady threw an uncharacteristic camp interception, looking for Julian Edelman down the right sideline. Devin McCourty undercut the route with Brandon Meriweather in behind Edelman. On the next play, Brady was nearly picked again, this time by Brandon Meriweather. There seemed to be a miscommunication between he and Gronkowski on which way Gronk should have turned.

The Patriots played a lot of four-man fronts during drills.

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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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