The First Shot


Good morning! The First Shot provides you with a healthy helping of links to the top Patriots-related stories around the internet to get your day started. Enjoy your breakfast, your coffee, put off your work (just keep an eye out for the boss), and get your early morning football fix. The links begin after the jump…

  • Yesterday, I examined whether the Patriots’ young wide receivers, namely Brandon Tate and Taylor Price, were ready to have a breakout season. There is also a poll where you can vote for which receiver you think will have a breakout season.
  • The NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2011 continues to roll on, and we have finally seen a Patriot. LB Jerod Mayo comes in a #62, and Bill Belichick explained why Mayo’s so good.
  • The Boston Herald has posted another video of Wes Welker’s youth football camp. In this video, he has the youngsters show him what they have learned.
  • Former Patriot Tedy Bruschi climbed Mout Kilimanjaro in Africa with a team of wounded veterans, former Titans coach Jeff Fisher, and former Eagles TE Chad Lewis in order to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. You can read about his exploits by clicking HERE.
  • Ravens LB Ray Lewis thinks that crime will pick up if the lockout stays in place. Now he didn’t specify as to whether he meant players committing crimes or fans committing crimes because there’s no football to watch on Sundays, but that’s a pretty ridiculous opinion in my view. He’s either claiming that there are many NFL players who would be criminals if not for playing football, or that we fans are a bunch of criminals that are merely too distracted watching football to go out and pillage and plunder. That’s a pretty low opinion of your fellow man, Mr. Lewis.

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