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McCourty twins say Patriots still haven't been given training camp dates

McCourty twins say Patriots still haven't been given training camp dates

The NFL and its players still have plenty to iron out before getting back to work. Until that happens, it sounds like there will be no set date for when they report to training camp.

The plan has been for teams to open training camps as scheduled on July 28. That's what league executive vice president Jeff Pash said on a conference call earlier this month after the NFL held a virtual meeting with owners.

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But players have not yet been given an official report date, according to Devin and Jason McCourty. They said on their "Double Coverage" podcast, which airs live on Fancred, that they did not yet know when they'd be required to show up for Patriots training camp.

"We do not," Devin McCourty said. "We have not got any letters for report dates. Just to give you an understanding of that, usually when we leave the facility from mandatory minicamp . . . we'd already have gotten a letter with what date we have to come back. It just goes to show everything going on and the communication between the PA and the NFL and trying to get everything to work out. I think that's what's kind of been the hold up of having a report date."

Players have been working out on their own and in groups in preparation of camps opening up in the near future, but there is plenty still to be determined before we have an idea of how football will look in 2020, which the McCourty twins noted in a Monday Morning Quarterback piece published the morning after their podcast aired.

"Will we have an option to opt out of the season? Will we be making our full salary? What if there is a COVID outbreak within the league?" they wrote. "It's so hard to make a decision of whether we will play or not without knowing what the exact plan is . . .

"Will we be able to have meetings in the building? Or will the meetings still be done virtually? Will testing be a few times a week or will it be every day? As players, how do we decide what is best for us and our families when we don’t know what we’re walking into?"

Not only "what" but "when," too.

Patriots reveal first photo of Cam Newton in full uniform, new jersey

Patriots reveal first photo of Cam Newton in full uniform, new jersey

New England Patriots fans wondering what Cam Newton would look like in the team's new uniforms no longer have to wait.

The Patriots unveiled headshots of each player earlier last week, and on Tuesday they posted photos of all the players in full uniform. The Patriots, of course, will debut new jerseys during the 2020 NFL season.

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Here's a look at Newton in the Patriots' home blue jersey:

The Patriots also tweeted a link to check out photos of every player in the new jerseys.

Newton signed a one-year contract with the Patriots a little more than a month ago, and if he's able to stay healthy, the former league MVP is the favorite to win the starting quarterback job over Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer.

The Patriots are expected to have their first training camp practice Wednesday.

Patriots' Dont'a Hightower used Super Bowl LI to support fiancée during labor

Patriots' Dont'a Hightower used Super Bowl LI to support fiancée during labor

The greatest comeback in Super Bowl history is three and a half years old, but it certainly isn't forgotten.

Just ask Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower, who brought up New England's miraculous Super Bowl LI victory over the Atlanta Falcons while his fiancée, Morgan Hart, was delivering their baby. Seriously.

Hightower told The Boston Globe's Stan Grossfeld he started chanting "28-3, 28-3" and "Never give up" while Hart entered her 17th hour of labor with their first child last month.

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Apparently the motivational tactic worked, as Hart said Hightower's words helped her push through and deliver their baby boy, Grayson, on July 16.

"It was surreal," Hart told Grossfeld. “It was a long night and a long day, and he kept reminding me, ‘28-3, 28-3,′ meaning you can be behind and come back. Never, never give up."

That's a reference to the deficit New England faced in the third quarter of Super Bowl LI before rallying to win in overtime -- thanks in large part to Hightower's strip sack of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan early in the fourth quarter.

Hightower still uses the 28-3 reference "all the time," per Grossfeld, but his focus won't be on football in 2020. The 30-year-old linebacker is one of eight Patriots players who have decided to opt out of the 2020 season.

"Not knowing too much about the COVID thing, I don’t want to jeopardize the health of my family," Hightower told Grossfeld. "I understand you can still catch it by going to the grocery store, but I’m not going to put my family’s health at risk for money.

"It’s family first. I want to take all the opportunity that I can to be a great father."

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