eagles_096Free agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has said he expects to be in some team’s training camp. Might his new team be his old team?

Rodgers-Cromartie played in Giants safety Landon Collins’ charity softball game yesterday, and he hinted at the possibility of returning to the Giants this year.

But because this is the Patriots, they are always prepared, considering contigencies and finding new guys to do their job in Josh McDaniels’ offense.

There’s a direct replacement for Lewis in rookie first-round draft pick Sony Michel. And while the answers to replace Cooks and now Edelman aren’t so linear, expect them to be clear soon.

Parting ways with Amendola at 32 and knowing Edelman is also 32 and coming off a torn ACL, the Patriots addressed the slot position twice by signing Jordan Matthews and drafing Braxton Berrios in the sixth round.

Besides, college football coaches aren’t putting the notions in the heads of the players. The notions had been hatched from the moment the players first showed dominance against their peers; the college football coaches are merely giving giant buttons that long to be pressed a gentle nudge.

Bronco Mendenhall, the third-year Virginia football coach, said Friday at a UVa Board of Visitors meeting that he’s trying to get his players not to think about playing in the NFL. Mendenhall explained at part of the discussion that he routinely asks his players to explain what their futures hold.

Almost all say, even at [Virginia], my goal is to play in the NFL, Mendenhall said, via the Lynchburg (Va.) News & Advance. And then my simple response is, ‘And?’ It’s amazing the uncomfortable silence that immediately proceeds that.

But silence, even of the uncomfortable kind, is far better than misguided, ill-informed, and inaccurate noise. Which is what Mendenhall supplied, by rattling off statistics that have no apparent basis in fact.