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Michael Felger reports in the Boston Herald that the Patriots have listed linebacker Rosevelt Colvin on their pre-camp physically unable to perform list. Colvin, who is recovering from a broken hip he suffered last season, was listed on the active-PUP list, a specification that won't affect his playing status for the regular season. "Colvin appeared to move well in helmet and shorts during the Pats' June minicamp, and it's not believed that Colvin has suffered any setbacks in his recovery," suggests Felger. "A source said recently that Colvin's medical evaluations have been strong of late." ... Felger also continues his pre-camp position breakdown of the Pats, reviewing the secondary on Tuesday. "It's hard not to love the Patriots secondary," writes Felger. "It has youth and experience, toughness and intelligence. It comes up big in big games. It's not the fastest backfield in the league, but it's getting quicker by the season."
Alan Greenberg of the Hartford Courant looks at the Patriots chances of repeating this season, considering the addition of Corey Dillon and the return of most of the key players who contributed to the current 15-game winning streak. Greenberg gets some ammunition from former Green Bay Packers General Manager Ron Wolf, who not only suggests the Patriots can repeat, but calls Tom Brady the best quarterback in the NFL. "The guy that makes them go is Brady," Wolf said. "He wins. He's the best quarterback in the NFL." ... Greenberg also posts an overview of training camp.
As the aftershock from Ricky Williams' abrupt retirement continues, Michael Smith of the Globe makes an interesting comparison between this year's Miami Dolphins squad and the Patriots of 2002. He suggests that while Williams was indeed the heart and soul of a Dolphins offense that now faces numerous questions, the Patriots proved you can win without a star running back. Take a look at some names of past Patriot rushers - Antowain Smith, Kevin Faulk, Marc Edwards, J.R. Redmond, and Patrick Pass - and it's easier to believe life will go on for the 'Phins. "Miami made the playoffs each year from 1997 to 2001 with Karim Abdul-Jabbar, J.J. Johnson, and Lamar Smith leading the team in rushing," says Smith. "Yet despite Williams's 775 carries and 3,225 yards, the Dolphins have missed the postseason each of the past two seasons."