FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Some quick-hit thoughts regarding the New England Patriots and the NFL: 1. If initial projections by some legal experts are correct, this could be the week that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s request for an en banc hearing. Brady’s legal team filed its official appeal May 23, and at the time ESPN legal analyst Andrew Brandt, among others, estimated that a ruling could come as early as three weeks or possibly take as long as six weeks. Monday marks five full weeks since Brady’s appeal, which means we’re officially in the red zone for a court decision. 2. What is it like working under Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia?
In a little more than four weeks, the first NFL training camps open. Only 11 teams are going away for camp, both because many teams just find it easier to stay in their multi-million dollar facilities and because the new CBA cut down on camp time and on-field hours. Though all teams can report for camp 15 days before their preseason opener, each team manages open practices and some early workouts differently. Below is a list of every team’s first full practice; teams that leave their home sites/facilities for camp are noted, as are key training camp dates. AFC Baltimore Ravens First practice: July 29 Key dates: Open practices at M&T Bank Stadium Aug. 1 and Aug. 6 Buffalo Bills – at St. John Fisher