Wilfork knows Mangold won't miss out

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Wilfork knows Mangold won't miss out

FOXBORO -- Nick Mangold sprained his ankle in Week 5's Monday night matchup between the Jets and Texans. With New York playing the Patriots two weeks later, Vince Wilfork wasn't upset by the idea of Mangold being sidelined for a few games.
"Trust me, I don't mind," the nose tackle grinned.
But the long-time Jets center didn't miss a step. Behind Mangold, New York ran over Indianapolis for 252 yards on 44 plays. The team averaged 5.7 yards per ground gain, with running back Shonn Greene racking up 161 personal yards and three touchdowns.
Wilfork pointed to Mangold as gatekeeper to the Jets' success.
"He's probably the best, I believe. I've been saying this ever since the guy's been a rookie. He's been pretty steady for them and it hasn't changed. Everything, it seems like, goes through him -- run game, he calls the plays on the line slides. He's the guy in charge. And that's how it should be because that's their bread and butter. When they need a play, if they're running the ball, it always seems to end up behind 74.
"He's a big-time player for them and I give him all the respect in the world, facing him numerous times," Wilfork continued. "But he's one of the players you wish you could have 11 guys like that with you on the field at all times because he just means so much to the team. I think they understand that."
That Wilfork understands is more important to the Patriots.
No issue there -- the nose tackle wasn't exaggerating his nod.
A near-identical situation came up last season when Mangold's status was uncertain before this very AFC East showdown. It was October; it was a bad ankle; the men in the middle volleyed compliments.
"He's a pain in the butt. He's got unbelievable technique, quickness. Just a real big man," Mangold had said of Wilfork.
"I'm pretty sure that they would love for him to play because I think he gives them a spark. It's absolutely a difference when he's in and when he's not in," Wilfork had said of Mangold.
The center played every snap in New York's 30-21 loss in 2011.
It's just not a game anyone can afford to sit out. Especially not this year, when every team in the AFC East is at 3-3 and first place is on the line.
"You don't want to miss these types of games. If I was on the same side or the opposite side of this man I would want to play in a game like this. It's a division game for a lead in the division, so there's a lot riding on this game for both sides. So if you're healthy enough to play, you have to expect everyone."
Wilfork has no doubt who he'll be lining up across from on Sunday.
"I'm pretty sure he'll be ready to go no matter what's being said, or what his injury may be. Trust me, I'm pretty sure he'll be there."

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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