Newswire Items 6/11/06
For the first time since the New England Patriots lost to the Denver Broncos last January, the full team will assemble themselves at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots' will hold their annual minicamp starting this Tuesday and among the things of interest will be the 'show' or 'no show' of wide receiver Deion Branch who is in the final year of his rookie contract as reported by the Boston Globe. Runners Corey Dillon and Laurence Maroney will draw attention as they vie for the No. 1 running back spot and rookie Chad Jackson leads a cast of wide receivers trying to prove they deserve attention from quarterback Tom Brady.
When New England Patriot safety Rodney Harrison was sidelined with an injury in September of last year, fellow safety Eugene Wilson was forced to take over some of the pre-snap duties. That coupled with other injuries suffered by the defense was one of the determining factors for a sub par year for Wilson. "Overall, I thought I played consistent. But at the same time I was limited " Wilson told the Boston Herald. Working hard with new defensive coordinator Dan Pees, Wilson hopes to recapture his aggressive playing style.
One of the biggest concerns of the Miami Dolphins is the health of quarterback Daunte Culpepper who is rehabbing an injured knee. Culpepper appeared excited to discuss his progress and expectations in a recent news conference reported by DolphinDigest.com.
Dolphin's wide receiver Marty Booker was hurt while diving to catch a pass during Saturday's workout. Head coach Nick Saban warned his players to stay off the ground, but as Culpepper told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, "instinct over powers logic".
Ryan Claridge is anxious to get back to football after a tough offseason. Claridge is one of a number of players working hard to fill in some of the holes in the Patriots depth chart. After missing his rookie season with a shoulder injury, Claridge is back, and ready to compete according to Patriots Insider (members only link).
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