Veteran LB Bulluck fancies the Patriots

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Veteran LB Bulluck fancies the Patriots

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
Keith Bulluck wants to be Junior Seau. A longtime standout linebacker for the rock-ribbed defenses of the Titans, Bulluck is looking for a post-lockout landing spot.He named the Patriots as a desired destination. "New England is always veteran-friendly, and I know, every year, theyre in contention of winning," Bulluck told host Adam Schein on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "Like I say, I want to win, really. At this point in my career, financially, me and my family are fine. But I definitely would like to be in a position to play myself into maybe possibly being one of the top-paid linebackers in the league again. Definitely one of the top players in the league. It's unlikely the 34-year-old free agent-to-be will roll back the clock to that level. He was limited to eight games last year with the Giants as he came off an ACL surgery. But the Patriots are - as Bulluck points out - a veteran-friendly team as they've demonstrated with Seau and several other greats in the twilight of their careers. I believe the Patriots could use that kind of stabilizing influence among the linebackers. By every report, Jerod Mayo is one of the finest leaders in the NFL and the young linebackers surrounding him - Brandon Spikes and Jermaine Cunningham, primarily - are in an excellent position to learn from him. But Mayo's got his own job to do as well and having a veteran presence between the lines like Bulluck could help. The question is, whether or not Bulluck knows enough about the 3-4 principles the Patriots use to be of major assistance. He's been in 4-3 systems his entire pro career. And he's not going to be in a position to unseat Spikes at inside linebacker on first and second down and he doesn't have the ability to cover like Gary Guyton does on third downs. He would very much be a figurehead leader with a specific and narrow role.And I'm not sure, based on his desire to once again be one of the top linebackers in the league, that would work for him.

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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 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

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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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