-- The New England Patriots finished Day 2 of their annual minicamp with great performances, blank stares and some stark realizations.
Patriots Insider Jonathan Comey once again reports from within Gillette stadium. According to Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, the season is like a novel. Belichick states, "If it's a novel, its like page 2 of a 600-page novel."
Most rookies know they probably won't be around to see page 600. "I think that settles in as reality pretty quickly for these guys," Belichick said. "If they didn't realize it before they're on the team, it doesn't take too long for them to realize it now. There are a lot more lockers in that locker room than what there is going to be players. That's the way it is."
-- Wyoming's rookie quarterback Corey Bramlet, has been in the limelight this weekend according to the Boston Globe. As the only quarterback in the minicamp, he has time to shine. "It's kind of nice to be able to take all the reps and get into the offense," said Bramlet, "It's a good way to start learning. I just have to take advantage of it."
With the uncertain future of Doug Flutie, Bramlet could find himself a spot on the Patriots' roster. The only other quarterbacks according to the Boston Globe are 3rd stringer Matt Cassel and Todd Mortensen who is currently playing in the NFLE.
-- New England Patriots' linebacker Ryan Claridge has had some life provoking challenges since his days at UNLV. A year ago, his rookie season was wiped out with a shoulder injury along with the loss of a family member. In a report by the Las Vegas Review-Journal Claridge talked about his situation. "I've learned a lot about life," said Claridge, whose older brother, Travis, died Feb. 28. "I have a lot of (emotional baggage), a lot of carry-on bags, and they'll be with me the rest of my life."
Claridge is now facing life with a different attitude. "Some people take life really seriously," Claridge said. "Everybody tries to outdo the other person and be better than everybody else. I've learned to be happy. Be nice to everybody and appreciate everybody and who they are. Everybody's got good qualities. I've learned to appreciate a lot of things."
-- New England Patriots' veteran quarterback Doug Flutie joined some 40 other contestants in the "Doug Flutie Drop Kick Contest". "Eastern Bank (an event sponsor) and I have had a relationship for a few years and my mandate to them is if we're going to do events and things, let's make them fun," Flutie said. "The bottom line is that the drop kick this year and all that surrounded it kind of opened the door to do a fundraiser. It was just another fun way to raise a little money."
-- What is the latest with free agent Ty Law? Will he return to the Patriots? It's possible and becoming more than just a rumor at this point reports the Boston Herald. Law was reportedly in town for a physical with the Patriots this past weekend as both sides inch closer to a possible reunion. Law was a career Patriot before suffering a broken foot (Lis Franc injury) that sidelined him for the 2004 season. His cap number was excessively high for a player coming off an injury and the team released him. After a solid season in New York playing for the Jets, Law is again a free agent in search of a big payday.
The Newswire has more on the Doug Flutie situation. Flutie is announcing his retirement today according to reports.
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