Newswire Items 7/17/06
-- Tom Brady, the starting quarterback of the New England Patriots, was recently ranked the No. 1 starting quarterback heading into the 2006 season. According to The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle the rankings are based projected 2006 performance. Indianapolis Colt's starting quarterback Peyton Manning is ranked number two.
-- New England Patriot's starting tight end Ben Watson recently participated in a phone interview with the Rock Hill Herald. According to Watson, Patriot quarterback Tom Brady is the best player he has ever played with.
-- New England Patriot starting wide receiver Deion Branch has got his timing down pat with quarterback Tom Brady. Timing with negotiations is another matter. Branch is in the last year of his rookie contract. The Boston Globe reports that Branch will earn more than a million dollars this year due to an escalator clause in his contract. Branch wants a bigger payday in light of former Patriot wide receiver David Givens who got an $8 million bonus to sign with the Tennessee Titans.
-- It is no secret that Florida head coach Urban Meyer and New England Patriot head coach Bill Belichick are great friends. Belichick had Meyer speak to the Patriots at the end of their minicamp. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Meyers has a lot of deep respect and admiration for both the Patriot's organization and coach Belichick. "They're the only team in professional sports that doesn't deal with any [off-field] issues," Meyer said this spring. "They're into development up there. I'm not sure how many teams are like that."
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