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Week One of camp complete

The first week of passing camp concluded Friday at Foxboro Stadium with offensive skill position players learning the playbook for next season.

Nearly all of the players are participating in the camp, which will run for another week. Rookies are in town working out with the team. Passing camp is designed to help the younger players on the roster catch up to the rest of the team.

Though veterans will participate, having players with a solid working knowledge of terminology prior to training camp will help the entire team get off to a faster start to the season.

Weekend activities plentiful

Patriots Tony Simmons and Sean Morey, both allocated to the Barcelona Dragons, hope to help keep the team undefeated in NFL Europe play this Saturday. Simmons leads the league in touchdowns (5) and is on pace to break the league record for touchdown catches in a season. Eddie Brown set the mark with 12 for Sacramento in 1992, and Kevin Drake matched the total for Rhein last season.

Morey, playing defensive back, recorded the first sack of is career last week and is fifth on the team in tackles. The Dragons play at Amsterdam Saturday at 1 p.m. (ET), and the game can be seen on Fox Sports New England… Quarterback Michael Bishop shoots for his second consecutive win for Frankfurt when the Galaxy plays at Berlin Saturday at noon (ET) on DIRECTV…

Patriots fullback Marc Edwards and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason will be at Eddie Andelman's 12th Annual Hot Dog Safari Sunday at Suffolk Downs… The ESPN Classic Road Show will stop in Boston Saturday from 1-3:30 p.m. (ET) at Faneuil Hall. An entire day of sports moments featuring the Patriots, Revolution, Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and Boston College will air on ESPN Classic…

A Gallup Poll conducted in late March reveals that the NFL has the most fans of the 11 sports tested (63 percent). There were other interesting facts pinpointed in the survey: The NFL is one of only three sports (along with figure skating and pro baseball) of which a majority of women consider themselves fans. The NFL draws proportionally more of its fans from younger Americans, and seven in 10 Americans ages 18-29 are fans.

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