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July 31, 2009

Brady's knee? Fast as lightning

Summing up a strange opener to Patriots training camp 2009

(Continued)

Same thing in the secondary where no position has been won or lost yet.

Expect the rest of the NFL to pick up on this strategy in about two years. They are still working with Belichick's less hitting/more teaching techniques employed in 2006.

Rain brings out Wilfork's bestÔÇæÔÇæÔÇæ

Got to love Vince Wilfork.

When all the other Patriots went sprinting for the locker room in the deluge, the Pats nose guard steamed up the hill adjacent to the practice field, just to check on his family.

Sign the guy, please. He's a professional on the field and a class act off it.

Faulk: Taylor will fit inÔÇæÔÇæ

Leadership, and the multitude of veterans brought in here, was a clear topic for discussion.

Kevin Faulk, who noted he's loved and respected Fred Taylor since meeting him and hanging out with him on a recruiting visit to the University of Florida, said Taylor will fit right in here.

"It's all about fitting in, not trying to overdo your veteran leadership, just fitting in," said Faulk. "You know when it's the right time. You just know."

Taylor also made the elevator trip up to the press box and noted, "I feel privileged. We're in a recession and I've got a job. It feels great."

Taylor went on to make the brazen statement that Tom Coughlin, whom he played for in Jacksonville, is a lot tougher to play for than Belichick. Obviously, Taylor hasn't seen Belichick after a loss.

No worries concerning PUP listÔÇæÔÇæÔÇæ

Between sessions, the Patriots announced the players on their Physically Unable to Perform list, and there didn't seem to be much need for worry.

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