Morning Dump

Today’s dump is really full of notes on the tight ends of this game. Both the New England writers and the San Diego writers focused on them. Yesterday we enjoyed Tom Brady telling the fans to get LUBED up, so let’s see what things come up today!

Enjoy your dump:

We heard from Patriots QB Tom Brady yesterday, both on WEEI Radio and at his locker during media access time. He also spoke with Chargers reporters later in the day, adding his thoughts on a few other things.

1. Praise for young tight ends: Asked what stands out about the Patriots in Monday night’s win over the Dolphins, Turner made specific reference to New England’s second-year tight ends: “The explosiveness of their football team, obviously… you can see where guys really have taken a step up as players. [Rob] Gronkowski and [Aaron] Hernandez were awfully impressive. What they’re doing with that personnel group is awfully impressive and obviously they’ve always been a great passing team, but to add the number of explosive plays really jumped out at you.”

FOXBOROUGH – Bill Belichick wasn’t kidding yesterday when he said that “it feels like we’re back in the division again,’’ as his Patriots prepared to face the Chargers in Sunday’s home opener at Gillette Stadium.

“This is basketball on grass,” Mayock said during last Sunday’s edition of ‘NFL GameDay Morning,’ hours before the Chargers’ regular-season opener against the Minnesota Vikings at Qualcomm Stadium.

FOXBORO — The Patriots [team stats] tight ends took a starring role in the season opener, as Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez each caught touchdown passes. They might need to share the stage on Sunday.

On Sunday, Hernandez will get a much closer look when New England opens its home season against Gates and the San Diego Chargers. And the Patriots have two productive players — both in only their second season — at that position.

Eight receivers were targeted in Brady’s 517-yard, four-touchdown performance against Miami on Monday. He completed 32 passes, nearly half of which went to tight ends.

SAN DIEGO — Takeo Spikes is already the Chargers’ defensive spokesman. The green dot on his helmet indicates that he’s relaying plays in the huddle, and his position dictates that he’s making checks and calls near the line of scrimmage.

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