Observations from Patriots training camp

As part of my 15-team training camp tour, I was able to take in a day of practices from the New England Patriots camp. Here are my 10 oberservations on Vince Wilfork, Joey Galloway and the rest of Bill Belichick‘s training camp.

Giants D may attack more under Sheridan

One of the questions facing the Giants during training camp — as well as the rest of the season — is how they’ll replace former defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Several of the Giants believe they may have even more of an attacking defense this season.

Giants will be fine replacing Burress, Toomer

One question for the New York Giants is how they’re going to replace departed veteran receivers Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer. The answer, as I see it, starts with rookie first-round pick Hakeem Nicks.

Mason’s retirement leaves Ravens in a bad spot

If he holds to the decision that was reported Monday, Derrick Mason’s retirement comes at a very bad time for the Ravens. In many ways, Mason holds all the cards, and the Ravens now have a much different set of issues to address.

Reaction to Favre-to-Vikings rumors all over the place

Amid all the speculation about Brett Favre ending his retirement and going to Minnesota, I interviewed Vikings DT Kevin Williams on my Sirius NFL Radio show about the possibility of the veteran quarterback becoming his teammate. And with all due respect to the Vikings’ current QBs, Williams believes Favre might help the team win.

Curry says he’d take less money as Lions’ No. 1 pick

On my Sirius radio show Tuesday, Wake Forest LB Aaron Curry told me he would do a pre-draft deal with the Lions for less than the $57.5 million ($30 million guaranteed) that Jake Long received from the Dolphins as the No. 1 overall draft pick last year.

Ex-Browns GM Savage keeping his mind in the game

Former Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage reminds me of myself when I first left the NFL. He has handled the frustration of being out of the league by attending the East-West Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl, the Super Bowl and loading up his house with college tapes to stay on top of personnel issues.

Rice’s comments on Gruden were out of bounds

Simeon Rice, a former Buccaneer, took the low road when my radio partner, Tim Ryan, and I talked with him. It was disappointing to hear how bitter Rice was about the final days of his Tampa Bay career.

Ex-Bucs Gruden, Allen deserve another shot

A round of golf with my radio partner, Tim Ryan, against former Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen and head coach Jon Gruden made for a competitive time. Both of those men need to be back in football as soon as possible, but for one morning, beating me and Tim took center stage.

Big Ben looks and sounds different this time

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger gave me and my radio partner, Tim Ryan, 20 minutes to just talk football. My impression of Roethlisberger in this Super Bowl, as opposed to his first three years ago, is of a much more mature, relaxed young man who’s better prepared for the second experience.

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