Notebook: Wilfork Still Working Hard

Big Vince Wilfork is still all smiles when it comes to being on the football field. Even a lack of progress in contract talks are not enough to rain on his football parade. That's what happens when you are a proud father... again. News and notes from Pats camp.

Wilfork All Smiles At Practice

NT Vince Wilfork was on the practice field for the second straight day, just two days after missing action while his wife gave birth to the couple's third child, David.

"The baby came out real, real healthy. My wife is doing fine. The kids are happy. I'm happy. I'm a little tired, but I can take this tired," Wilfork said with a proud smile. "Everything went well with the birth and a healthy baby boy. I'm looking forward to seeing him now.

"It's a beautiful thing to bring something in the world like that, and to be healthy. I thank my wife every day for it. She was the one that had to carry it. My job was easy. But we're excited. The family is excited about it."

The Pro Bowler then went on to joke that the youngster will be pushed toward the golf course rather than the football field later in life.

"No," Wilfork responded with a chuckle when asked if David, named after his grandfather, was a future nose tackle. "He's going to be a golfer. I'm going to start him early. Stay away from football."

Harrison Staying In Touch

--Despite his retirement and move to become an NBC analyst, Rodney Harrison has been keeping in touch with some of his former teammates. Harrison has been regularly texting with S James Sanders and S Brandon Meriweather.

That continued tight relationship might make it tough for the former New England defensive captain to criticize his former secondary teammates. For his part, Meriweather is forewarning his mentor about such negative analysis that might be focused on the new-look New England defensive backfield.

"The first time he rips me I think I'm going to call him and say, 'We ain't friends no more. You ain't my big brother,'" Meriweather said with a smile. "But hopefully I won't do anything that's bad enough for him to rip me for."

Happy Birthday Tom

--QB Tom Brady celebrated his 32nd birthday Aug. 3. As has been the case in recent years, his teammates also sang to him when the team came together at the conclusion of the morning practice session.

Asked at his morning press conference if he'd passed along birthday wishes to Brady, Belichick smirked and replied dryly, "Yeah, I wouldn't miss that."

But Brady's birthday celebrations weren't limited to the morning practice. The team came together to start the day's afternoon practice, but not before Dan Koppen delivered a cake to No. 12's face. No sooner did that happen then Matt Light doused him with a bucket of water. It took Brady a nearly five minutes to join his fellow quarterbacks for drills as he wiped off the cake residue with a towel.

Trying To Make The Cut

--WR Julian Edelman is getting the chance to convert from college quarterback to NFL wide receiver. He's also gotten reps at punt returner, kick returner, gunner and even as a quarterback. But all the action certainly isn't going to the seventh-round pick's head.

"I'm a rookie, I'm a nothing right now," he said.

Making The Cut

--C Al Johnson was released on Aug. 6, making room on the roster for the trade that brought Derrick Burgess in New England. Johnson had missed most of training camp with an undisclosed injury.
--DL Darryl Richard, one of the team's seventh-round picks joined his teammates on the practice fields for the first time Aug. 5 after starting his rookie training camp on PUP with an undisclosed injury.
--QB Matt Gutierrez was waived Aug. 3. He was subsequently claimed off waivers by the Chiefs.
--QB Andrew Walter was signed Aug. 3. The former 2005 Oakland third-round pick and career Raider has started nine of 15 career games played. He'll compete for backup reps behind Tom Brady, likely for the No. 3 job behind second-year backup Kevin O'Connell.
--LB Vince Redd was released Aug. 2. The former undrafted free agent landed on his feet days later in Kansas City.
--LB Rob Ninkovich was signed Aug. 2. The former Saint and Dolphin is a veteran of three seasons with experience playing both linebacker and defensive end. In New England he'll get a chance to help fill out the depth chart at linebacker and on special teams. He could also serve as an emergency option as a long snapper.
--DB Jamar Love re-signed Aug. 2. The rookie free agent out of Arkansas had been with New England earlier in the summer before being cut July 29.

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