While Vegas oddsmakers reflect that the team is one of the top teams in the NFL with their line on this coming season's Superbowl (see current lines), the Patriots return to camp having addressed the areas that could be construed as weaknesses.
At running back, the Pickup of Corey Dillon, provides an immediate challenges for defenses that were used to sitting back and waiting. Dillon, is the kind of back that can grind out a game, and one who could prove to quite valuable in snowy home playoff games. Look for him to show a fresh attitude and to display that long standing desire to win, which is what ultimately led to his departure from Cincinnati
The team has signed a couple of players from last season who were given one year tenders offers. Both offensive tackle Tom Ashworth and wide receiver David Givens agreed to terms in time to make it to the first day of camp. The Official site has more details about those signings and the addition of free agent DE Dwight Johnson, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers.
Michael Felger of the Boston Herald reported that the team has picked up a "Big Cat" Tackle, James Williams to join the team as it attempts to remake the line after the departure of Damien Woody. Williams is expected to fit in with Adrien Klemm who may not be all that the team needs at the Offensive Tackle position. Remember, Belichick's pension to add players who are considered a bad fit in other systems. If you haven't seen him, Big Cat is HUGE. at 6-7 330, he has the size and experience to man the LT position if need be. He was almost a Patriot last season, but a Felger points out in his article, injuries were a concern at that point.
Ty Law apparently fixed that "burned bridge" contract dispute in time for the DB to report to camp. Of course, making a million dollars just to come to work, isn't such a bad reason to mend a bridge or two.
Here's the schedule for camp as it stands as of today. Most training camp practices will be open to the public. This schedule is subject to change, so be sure to check the information line.
When the Patriots are forced to practice in their new indoor facility due to inclement weather or poor field conditions, practices will be closed to that public. For the most up-to-date information, call the Patriots camp information line at (508) 549-0001 or check the team website at www.patriots.com.
Bleachers will provide seating for 3,000, with room for an additional 2,000 on the hillside. Practice schedules will be announced weekly.
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