By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports
Welcome back, football (and yes, we are officially back, too – no more vacations, folks!).
A brand new NFL season has officially begun with all 32 teams in action as of today.
Per the Washington Post, the Arizona Cardinals Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers and Minnesota Vikings kick-off their respective training camps today – these are the final four teams to report to camp after the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears commenced their respective seasons earlier this month. Both Baltimore and Chicago will compete in the Hall of Fame Game next Saturday, August 4th.
The New England Patriots began their preparations for the upcoming season yesterday at Gillette Stadium. Here are a few stories you should read from the first day of camp:
- Per Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston, Rob Gronkowski did not plan on skipping camp for a new contract.
- As seen on Twitter – and yes, the web, too – quarterback Tom Brady met Tom and Brady. Yes, he met two boys with his name!
- Get ready for Day No. 2 of #PatsCamp with ‘what to watch’ from Matt Dolloff of 985 The Sports Hub.
- From the Boston Herald: Brady and Bill Belichick are ‘back to business’ with the start of a brand new training camp.
- Finally, MassLive dishes out its ‘Film Friday’ with a focus on the Patriots’ defense in the red zone.
Let’s switch gears to some local college and high school news from the six New England states:
- On Thursday, Endicott College football coach Paul McGonagle finalized his coaching staff for the upcoming season.
- Also from Thursday, Holy Cross announced that four players have earned Patriot League preseason honors, while the Crusaders checked-in fourth in the preseason poll. The Crusaders begin their 2018 campaign on Saturday, September 1st when they visit Colgate, which is projected to capture the Patriot League crown.
- Earlier this week, New Hampshire’s Trevor Knight was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Knight hails from Amherst, New Hampshire and enjoyed his best season under center with the Wildcats last fall, tossing a career-best 26 touchdowns.
- Sticking with the CAA, New Hampshire was picked to finish second behind James Madison, while Maine and Rhode Island were picked to finish eighth and 12th, respectively, per the conference’s preseason poll.
- Earlier this week, the Boston Herald reported that long-time Needham football coach David Duffy is stepping down after a successful 19-years with the Rockets. Doug Kopcso, who graduated from Needham High School in 1999, was named the program’s interim head coach for the 2018 season.
- Finally, the Northeast 7v7 New England Championship will take place next Tuesday, July 31st at 4 p.m. at Xaverian Brothers in Westwood, Massachusetts.
That concludes a new edition of the ‘Football Friday Notebook’ – vacation time is over, so get excited for loads of football content to come for the next six months!
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