FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When the New England Patriots opened training camp on Thursday, reporters from NFL.com, the Toronto Sun, New York Daily News and New York Post were on hand to cover the team from more of a national perspective.
Reviewing their work:
Defense the key for Patriots. Judy Battista of NFL.com captures the scene of the first day and focuses on the defense through the lens of the Belichick-Brady era. "If there is to be another Super Bowl title to bookend Brady's career, it will probably not be won via any great offensive leap. Rather, it will be captured because the defense proves able to provide some ballast for a team that, in recent years, had grown too lopsided."
Hard to miss Brady's presence. John Kryk of the Toronto Sun takes us back in time to the last time Brady wasn't at Patriots training camp, and how Brady said Thursday that he never takes anything for granted. On the field Thursday, it was the same old Brady. "It was our first chance to watch Brady operate at any practice, and he clearly is a man in charge -- barking orders or shouting encouragement to his receivers as they ran drill after drill to refine their passing-game precision."
Brady and playing to a high level into his 40s. Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post focuses on Brady and how the Patriots drafted his potential successor, Jimmy Garoppolo, in the late second round (62nd overall). "His arm and football savvy are still strong and Brady doesn’t rely on his feet, so it’s not outrageous to think he could play at a high level into his 40s if New England’s offensive line can keep him upright. Then again, Belichick is famous for his willingness to get rid of any player if he thinks he sees a slip in play coming. Brady no longer a Patriot? It still sounds unthinkable, and the man himself wants to keep it that way."
Revis' presence a nightmare for Jets fans. Gary Myers of the New York Daily News writes on cornerback Darrelle Revis and how his presence in New England could be a bitter pill for Jets' followers to swallow if it leads to a Super Bowl title. "There was Brady taking the snap near the end of practice Thursday in an 11-on-11 drill and looking to his right and seeing Revis in tight coverage on Julian Edelman and then throwing the other way, much like he did in the six years Revis played for the Jets," Myers writes. "It’s fun to watch the chess match, even if it’s only practice and Brady didn’t go Revis’ way during team drills."