Wilfork sees 'a lot' of Colts offense in Broncos offense


Wilfork sees 'a lot' of Colts offense in Broncos offense

FOXBORO -- Much has been made of Denver's current offensive system, which is now controlled by Peyton Manning, of course.

The comparison to Manning's old Indianapolis Colts offensive system was first brought up on Monday -- in New England, at least -- by Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Since then, some have agreed. Others have refused to give away too much.

On Thursday, Patriots veteran Vince Wilfork acknowledged just how much of the old Colts offense he sees in Manning's current Broncos system.

"It's a lot, it's a lot," said Wilfork before Thursday's practice. "It's a lot of stuff that he's accustomed to. It's a lot of stuff that made him Peyton Manning, that he's running. And it's very successful. He won a Super Bowl running it.

"When you have a guy like that, you have to be able to change up, and Denver has done a real good job of actually letting him come in and do what he does best, running things the way that he knows how to run it," added Wilfork. "I'm not saying that they totally threw away their game plan that they've been having, but you have to respect a guy at that level. And they have."

Wilfork said the strategy on Sunday will be to give Manning different looks, and to make it hard on the veteran quarterback who he knows will be well-prepared.

"He's one of the best," said Wilfork. "He works his tail off, and he's just a tough competitor. He's probably one of the toughest guys. You know, Philip Rivers is pretty competitive when you talk about quarterbacks. Tom Brady is very competitive. But that's what puts these guys in a whole different league, because they take it so seriously, and they want to win every down. They want the best out of everybody around them.

"It's never easy to prepare for this guy, never. He does a lot of things on the run. He brings the play count down to almost zero before snapping the ball, so he wants to make sure that he's got the best play called, to put his team in the best situation."

That, like everyone in New England saw when Manning's Colts teams would come to town, is no different.

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


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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