Morning Dump

ITS FRIDAY!!!! Game Day is just around the corner! Today is a travel day for the team and they will be out in Boston later today. The team is fairly healthy, other than Luis Castillo and Nate Kaeding. I guess we should add Jonas Mouton to the list too, but he has little impact to games at this time in his career. Dump has articles on McCourtney from the Pats and the matchups with our tall receivers.

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As a rookie last season, McCourty was the frequent target of opposing quarterbacks. He quickly proved himself and played so well that by the end of the year, quarterbacks were looking elsewhere and the rookie from Rutgers was headed to the Pro Bowl.

FOXBOROUGH – Cornerback Devin McCourty started his interception collection last season against the Chargers, a pick Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers also remembers.

The Patriots’ secondary is preparing for a tough task Sunday against the Chargers, who boast a pair of 6-foot-5 wide receivers in Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd, as well as 6-foot-4 tight end Antonio Gates.

The San Diego Chargers 24-17 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday came at a heavy cost. Kicker Nate Kaeding tore a ligament in his left knee and was placed on the season-ending injury reserve list. Defensive end Luis Castillo broke the tibia in his left leg and will be out for an indefinite period of time. The effect of these two injuries, plus running back Mike Tolbert who suffered a minor knee strain, have already had a major impact on the Chargers roster.

Leave it to New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco to take the spotlight away from Tom Brady‘s masterpiece in last Monday’s demolition of the Miami Dolphins.

So it’s hardly a surprise that the New England Patriots felt it necessary to quickly clarify Tom Brady’s “start drinking early” edict to fans ahead of Sunday’s home opener against San Diego.

“I don’t believe in those kinds of things,” the second-year cornerback from Rutgers said. “I don’t think offenses or players look at what you’ve done before and say, ‘You know what? I think we’re going to leave that guy alone.’ As a corner, I expect each week to go out there and be challenged.”

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SAN DIEGO – Kicking in the NFL is a tenuous enough profession that those who are unemployed figure to spend their Sundays glued to the TV, monitoring which incumbents might be headed for the waiver wire.

It has long been treated as a foregone conclusion that if San Diego wants to prevent the Chargers from moving to another city — likely Los Angeles — the city will have to find a way to pony up money for a new facility to replace 44-year-old Qualcomm Stadium (formerly Jack Murphy Stadium).

Streaking: The Patriots have a nine-game regular-season winning streak and have won nine home openers in a row, and QB Tom Brady has won a record 28 consecutive regular-season home games.

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