-- With the successes that Tom Brady of the New England Patriots has already enjoyed, he has every reason to be confident about the upcoming season. Brady's confidence was on full display yesterday, reports the Providence Journal as the Patriots' quarterback expressed his excitement for the coming season.
"I enjoy being here, I enjoy working out," Brady explained when asked if the extra work is done out of frustration from the Broncos loss. "I enjoy being here with the guys and I don't ever feel like I'm obligated to be here; I feel like it's part of my responsibility to show people, hey, I'm working out and I'm doing everything I can to get us going in the right direction."
It hasn't been a typical off season for Brady. First came the loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Divisional Championship game. He then underwent surgery on his lower abdomen to correct a problem that hindered him throughout the season.
-- Brady touched on a number of subjects in a 30-minute press conference attended by a horde of reporters that matched the group that covered the Patriots' draft last weekend, according to the Boston Globe. Brady expressed affection for owner Robert Kraft, talked about how much he would miss departed teammates Willie McGinest, Adam Vinatieri, and David Givens, and reiterated his love for the game and desire to return to the Super Bowl.
-- The San Francisco 49ers have acquired veteran quarterback Trent Dilfer to backup second year starter Alex Smith. Dilfer was traded from the Cleveland Browns for quarterback Ken Dorsey and an undisclosed 2007 draft pick. "Trent was a player we had interest in last season," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said in a statement. "We were looking for a veteran quarterback with experience that could help mentor Alex Smith. Trent fits the bill on both counts and we are excited to have him with the 49ers."
-- The Patriots second day Draft picks continued to raise eyebrows as the team remained focused on finding players for offense. As reported by Patriots Insider, Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Preview shares his thoughts on the Patriots' draft selections of Day Two and how they may fit into the New England system.
-- Now that the hubbub of the 71st NFL draft is behind us, it is time to start considering who the top prospects in next year's draft will be. Fox Sports previews the top 100 draft prospects. Number one is Brady Quinn quarterback from Notre Dame. He enters his senior season already Notre Dame's career leader in passing yardage (8,336) and touchdowns passes (58).
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