Ware leaves mark on Patriots

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Ware leaves mark on Patriots

FOXBORO To hear coaches talk up another talented player is a common ritual in all sports.

But to hear Patriots coach Bill Belichick expound with superlative after superlative about Dallas' defensive stud DeMarcus Ware had to make you wonder, just how good is he?

Well, the Patriots found out the hard way that the five-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker is good . . . really good.

Ware's play was huge for a Dallas defense looking to prove itself against a New England offensive attack that has been among the NFL's best all season.

The Cowboys wound up losing, 20-16, but it wasn't Ware's doing. He racked up five tackles (three for a loss), which included a pair of sacks while consistently applying pressure on Brady.

Prior to Sunday's game, Belichick was asked about Ware in relation to Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor.

"Ware does all the things and he's the best player that we've faced this year," Belichick said. "He does all the things you want him to do. He's strong against the run; he can rush the passer; he's great at pursuit; he's got power; he's got speed; he's got good technique; he's good at pass coverage; he's an asset to your pass coverage if you want to drop him (back into coverage). I can say all those same things about Lawrence Taylor."

Ware's head coach, Jason Garrett, echoed similar sentiments following Sunday's loss.

"He's been an outstanding player for a long time, and he's certainly a guy who is one of the marquee players in this league; not only on our football team," Garrett said.

But what you see on the field, Garrett says, is only a portion of what makes him such a special talent.

"He's a guy that goes about it the right way," Garrett said. "He wants to be great. He works hard in practice to be great. He plays hard every Sunday to be great. He wants to be one of the greats. He certainly has the talent to do that, but more than that, he's approaching it that way. It's great to see."

For Garrett?

Absolutely.

The rest of the NFL?

Not so much.

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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