Published: July 26th, 2010 | Tags: Aaron Rodgers, Bernie Kosar, Bill Belichick, Dez Bryant, Donald Driver, Drew Bledsoe, Gisele Bundchen, Marcus McNeill, Philip Rivers, Rex Ryan, Robert Kraft, Roy Williams, Sean Lee, Shawne Merriman, Tom Brady, Vincent Jackson
The Tom Brady alarmists have been put to bed.
The five-time Pro Bowl quarterback reported to Patriots training camp with the team’s rookies Sunday, according to The Boston Globe.
Brady and the Patriots also have begun discussing a contract extension.
Of course, the Patriots and their owner Robert Kraft could teach a master class on how to retain and reload a team’s roster — without clinging to the past.
“The only way you’re going to survive in this business is to replenish your team with younger players each year,” Kraft told the Boston Herald. “Hopefully, it’s not done in a shock atmosphere. I think we have done a good job in accumulating picks. We’ve lost some great players, and that’s the reason we were so good. But nothing goes forever in this business.”
Despite Kraft’s unsentimental approach — and Bill Belichick’s history of veteran quarterback dismissals (read: Drew Bledsoe, Bernie Kosar) — speculation that the Pats would let the husband of Gisele slip out the door anytime soon is the stuff of dreams. Primarily, Rex Ryan’s.
In other news from around the league:
- Diva alert: By now, all living creatures have caught wind of Cowboys rookie Dez Bryant’s refusal to tote Roy Williams’ pads during training camp Sunday. Reaction from around the league has begun to flow in, included Shawne Merriman’s sage advice for Williams.
- Offsetting Bryant, Cowboys rookie linebacker Sean Lee remains humble: “I feel like I’ve looked good on some plays and on other plays I’ve looked bad,” he told The Dallas Morning News. “I’m all over the place. It’s frustrating because you want to be perfect but you can’t expect to be perfect. The thing you can expect is to get better each day.”
- Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is prepared for life without Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeill. “Those are two key guys on our offense,” Rivers told The San Diego Union-Tribune. “I don’t think there’s any way you can say we’re not better with them. We want to have them. But at the same time, can you still get it done without them? The answer is ‘Yes.'”
- NFL Players Association President Kevin Mawae appeared on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” Monday and made it clear that the owners’ push for an 18-game regular season schedule remains a sticking point with NFL players. “It’s a little bit more complicated than just saying, ‘Let’s swap out two games from the preseason and give two games … at the end of the regular season,'” Mawae said. “There’s health and safety issues, which is our biggest concern from a player’s standpoint, and if you’re going to offer up 18 games, then show us something … You want two more games at the back end of the season? What’s in it for us?”
- Packers wide receivers coach Jimmy Robinson is anxious to see how 35-year-old Donald Driver responds to offseason arthroscopic surgery on both knees. Robinson is counting on his star, but still stoked about his crop of wideouts. “I am so comfortable with the group. I don’t care who’s in the game,” Robinson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Just one reason why quarterback Aaron Rodgers sits atop NFL.com’s list of fantasy quarterbacks heading into the season.