Picked-up pieces on Patriots, Tom Brady, NFL and underinflated footballs


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots aren't holding a training camp practice Monday, which provides an opportunity to step back and take a bigger-picture look at where we stand with the club, Tom Brady and the NFL as it relates to underinflated footballs and Brady's four-game suspension.

Supervisor of officials in Pittsburgh with notable comment: In the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reporter Mark Kaboly passes along comments from Central Region supervisor of officials Gary Slaughter, who was in Latrobe with officials to brief the Steelers on rule changes for 2015. Per Kaboly, Slaughter acknowledged that there have been issues with inflation of footballs in the past. "These are man-made products," Slaughter said. "There is a bladder and a valve. We have all checked them for many years. Sometimes when you check the ball in the locker room right out of the box, there could be a problem. They could have a slow leak, and you wouldn't even know it at the time." This adds some good context on the inflation of footballs as the issue lingers.

High-level executives have Deflategate fatigue: In his "Monday Morning Quarterback" piece, Peter King relays that his training camp tour has revealed some Deflategate fatigue from some. "I can tell you that smart and influential executives are fed up with this story, and fed up that it has bled into the 2015 season, and fed up that the league bungled some of the very basic elements, such as the Gardi letter," King writes. He then adds this comment from a team executive: "Why are we fighting this fight now? We should be getting ready for a new season, but we’ve got our biggest star firing bombs at the league and the league firing back, a month before the season starts. It’s ridiculous."

Public's trust in the NFL tested: Jarrett Bell of USA Today, who is a regular on ESPN's "NFL Insiders" program, opines on Deflategate. He notes that it is officially in overtime and writes, "clearly the entire episode has provided one more case study to test the public’s trust in the NFL."