Perfect night for preseason opener

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Perfect night for preseason opener

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - It's about 75 degrees and cloudless here at Gillette Stadium on this Thursday night. Lockout's done, Logan's signed, there's no repaired ACL to monitor. Let's get it on. The web crew covering tonight is Sherrod Blakely, Mary Paoletti, Danny Picard and myself. Click those links to follow us tonight on Twitter. Oh, and don't forget Mike Giardi, who's here as well.
Giard, Kevin Walsh and I will be bringing you hits in SportsNet Central at 6 and 10:30. Pieces were keying on? The backup quarterback competition, how the secondary performs, 4-33-4 and the performances of rookies Stevan Ridley and Nate Solder. Click elsewhere at your own peril.

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.