Newswire: Patriots Minicamp Updates

News from around the web includes: New England Patriot's first day at minicamp; Patriot backup quarterback is Matt Cassel for now; Patriot head coach Bill Belichick wishes Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger well and Los Angeles is getting closer to having professional football return.

--Last year the buzz at minicamp was all about Tedy Bruschi. Would he, could he and should he play? Once Bruschi came back into the lineup the Patriot's defense began to improve. This year Bruschi is in camp and is all business. Bruschi tells the Patriots Insider "Everyone's just trying to acclimate themselves and get ready, it's the team. It's each player, trying to be their part of the team. That's it."

The absence of wide receiver Deion Branch has given the other wide receivers on the Patriots roster a chance to take some reps with the first team. Undrafted wide receiver Matt Shelton had this to say, "When I do get an opportunity, I'm just hoping to make the most of it"…

-- As it stands now, wide receiver Troy Brown is the big man on campus among wide receivers. Currently third on the depth chart behind Reche Caldwell and Chad Jackson, Brown has a wealth of experience behind him including a Super Bowl MVP. The Patriot Ledger reports that Patriot head coach Bill Belichick told the media Brown's longevity is a great asset to the team. ‘‘Troy has been here a long time and he's a great technician. "He's a great example. He's an inspiration to all of us.''

--Despite the lack of playing experience, Matt Cassel appears to be the backup quarterback behind starter Tom Brady. Cassel played well during the last game of the 2005 season against the Miami Dolphins. The Providence Journal reports that Cassel easily outshined the other two quarterbacks on the Patriots roster, first year player Todd Mortensen and rookie Corey Bramlett during the Patriot's workouts. "He's way ahead of where he was last year…" Belichick said of Cassel.

--With the recent motorcycle accident of Pittsburgh Steeler starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, New England head coach Bill Belichick wished him a quick recovery. Belichick went on to say that each individual on the team [Patriots] has a choice to make and that it is in the best interest of the team to make wise choices.

--Commissioner Paul Tagliabue met with business leaders in the Los Angeles area regarding an NFL franchise. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said that Los Angeles has never been closer to having professional football return since football left in 1995.

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