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– The Patriots concluded their 8th day of training camp yesterday. Mike Reiss breaks down all the happenings of practice.
– Yahoo Sports ranks the Patriots 4th in their pre-season countdown power rankings. This is about where I expect most to slot the Patriots heading into the season. Fair or not, many (still) question the abilities of Tom Brady, and a big factor in this teams success will be the ability to stay healthy all year.
– NFL.com asks the question, which player is more important to the Patriots, Rob Gronkowski or Darrelle Revis? I’d argue that Gronkowksi is more important given the fall off in explosive offensive talent with him out of the lineup. Revis is obviously very important, and the impact he and fellow newcomers in the secondary have on the defense is far reaching.
– Revis, by the way, is making plays in camp and frustrating Tom Brady.
– Rookie running back James White is making quite an impression on the coaches so far in training camp. Having more versatile weapons on offense is never a bad thing, especially when running backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen enter the last year of their contracts.