Friday, July 29, 2011
Quick-hit thoughts entering Day 2
By Mike Reiss
A few quick-hit thoughts entering the second day of training camp:
Uphill climb for Price at receiver. With the Patriots trading for Chad Ochocinco, this is going to make it a challenge for Price, the 2010 third-round draft choice from Ohio, to make the roster if everyone is healthy. Price essentially had a red-shirt year as a rookie, playing in just the season finale after missing spring camps because Ohio had yet to graduate, and his future has been a hot topic of discussion this offseason. With Ochocinco, Deion Branch, Wes Welker, Brandon Tate and Julian Edelman all likely to stick, Price is in a tough spot. If the Patriots' decision-makers thought Price was ready to emerge, I don't think they would have traded for Ochocinco.
Keeping an eye on Kaczur & Crumpler. Veterans Nick Kaczur (offensive line) and Alge Crumpler (tight end) weren't on the field Thursday, and they also weren't placed on any reserve lists. That creates some uncertainty with their roster status that bears watching. Kaczur is due to make $3.4 million, and Crumpler $2.4 million. Veteran defensive lineman Marcus Stroud is also in that mix, with Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reporting that he has been informed of his release.
Trade terms on Ochocinco. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports that the Patriots traded a 2012 fifth-round pick and 2013 sixth-rounder to the Bengals for Chad Ochocinco.
Belichick's management of practices. It is only two days, but the structure of practices has been notable given the rules of the NFL's labor agreement. Bill Belichick is holding an hour-long, slower-paced walkthrough in the morning, with a heavy emphasis on teaching, before coming back with a longer, faster-paced practice in the afternoon. It is always interesting to see how smart coaches like Belichick adjust.