Newswire: Watson, Samuel, Belichick & More

News from around the web includes: New England Patriot cornerback Asante Samuel is staying a step ahead; New England Patriot's head coach Bill Belichick praises his high school coaches; Ben Watson's plans to attend a youth football camp at his old school and other league news.

Newswire Items 6/28/06

-- New England Patriot cornerback Asante Samuel is working hard and keeping a step ahead of his competition for the No. 1 cornerback spot. With the birth of his third child close at hand, Samuel has chosen to work out near his home in Florida. The Boston Globe is reporting that Samuel has teamed up with Philadelphia Eagle's defensive end Jevon Kearse in an effort to improve his defensive skills. Samuel feels that he is ready to be the Patriot's No. one cornerback and states. "Over the past two years, I feel like I've taken the best receiver on every team."

-- New England Patriot head coach Bill Belichick has had many mentors while growing up. Among them were his father Steve Belichick and Steve Sorota former head coach at Phillips Andover Academy. Though Belichick only played football for a year under Sorota, the affect has lasted a lifetime. Belichick told the Lowell Sun "It was a very formative year in my life. I learned an awful lot playing for coach Sorota. He was a guy who gave me a lot of responsibly. It had a big impact on me."

-- The NFL has added amphetamines to its drug policy. The upcoming season will be a transitional year according to the Associated Press, but starting with the 2007 season, a violation will carry a four game suspension the same as for steroids.

-- Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed agreed to a six-year, $40 million contract extension. The Associated Press reports that Reed's contract is the largest deal ever given to a safety.

-- New England tight end Ben Watson is one more Patriot who wants to give back to his community. Instead of holding his own camp, Watson will partake in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Football Camp at his former high school in Rock Hill. According to the Rock Hill Herald, Watson is looking forward to spending time with the youth. "It's something I've wanted to do since we talked about it,'' Watson said. "A lot of other guys in the NFL have camps or celebrity weekends in their hometowns, so why shouldn't I do this for the community?" Watson will try to bring a number of unnamed fellow teammates with him for the July 17-18 event.


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