Notebook: Quick Hits Before Camp

Quick hits before training camp including Draft pick signing status, a hiccup in the media for one defender, an honorary captain and more...

Celebrity Captain

While entertaining the crowd in his recent Gillette Stadium concert with Billy Joel, Elton John announced that he would serve as New England's honorary captain when the team plays Tampa Bay in London on Oct. 25. John made the comments while calling the Patriots his team and dedicating "Tiny Dancer" to longtime friends and New England owners Robert and Myra Kraft, who were seated in the front row.

The Grass is Greener In LA?

Jarvis Green created a mini controversy last week when the LSU alum and state native told a local Louisiana newspaper that, "This is my last year with the Patriots. I'd love to come home and finish off as a Saint." While Green is in the final year of his current deal in New England, he later clarified his comment to the Houma Courier when asked about them by the Boston Globe.

"I don't think I said it like that," Green told the Globe. "Me being from Louisiana and playing at LSU and all that you say it would be a dream to play for the Saints. But I'd love to stay a Patriot, if that happens. I've been there seven years, won a lot of games, two Super Bowls, if I could retire as a Patriot that would be a dream.

"It came out in print the wrong way. I didn't say it that way. It's like anybody who lives in Texas talking about playing for Dallas or Houston. I'm a Patriot. I have been for seven years."

The Ring Bling

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was photographed by a fan during his summer vacation while kicking back on his boat. That, in and of itself, isn't that newsworthy. That is until you see the photos and the name of Belichick's boat, "V Rings." Belichick of course owns five Super Bowl rings - two earned as defensive coordinator of the Giants and three as head coach of the Patriots.

Draft Pick Signing Update

While the Patriots had announced the signings of just three rookies as of July 22 - second-round CB Darius Butler, fourth-round OL Rich Ohrnberger and seventh-round DL Darryl Richard - the team had reportedly reached deals with six other players including DT Ron Brace, T Sebastian Vollmer, WR Brandon Tate, WR Julian Edelman, DT Myron Pryor, OL George Bussey. Top pick (second round) S Patrick Chung, third round LB Tyrone McKenzie - who's expected to miss the entire season after tearing his ACL in rookie minicamp - and sixth-round LS Jake Ingram were the slowest negotiations in the draft class. But the Patriots rarely have issues getting players in camp on time and are expected to have the entire class under contract for the opening of camp on July 30.

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