By: Ian Logue
With traning camp practices cancelled for this weekend as Belichick gives his players a break, it’s a quiet Sunday here in New England. However, here are today’s New E ngland Patriots Headlines.
According to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, offensive lineman Ryan Wendell had a mentor when he was a freshman at Fresno State – and that player was Logan Mankins. Now with Mankins sitting out due to his contract and Nick Kaczur potentially out for the season with an injury, it appears that Wendell could be a potential replacement for his former college teammate.
Joining Wendell are Dan Connolly Eric Ghiaciuc, George Bussey, Rich Ohrnberger, and Ted Larsen – and Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe takes a look at each of these players and wonders who else could be a potential player to fill in there this season.
Mark Farinella of the Attleboro Sun Chronicle also looks at their situation at left guard, pointing out that they’re now on “Plan C” while trying to find a replacement.
Farley writes that with Mankins out, fans had a reason to be concerned but they at least had some optimism with Kaczur filling in. After his injury, a lot of that now has gone out the window and there’s plenty of uncertainty facing this team at that position.
Christopher Price of WEEI.com looks at some of the Patriots most frequent trade partners, as in the event they need to make other moves before camp is over, these could be some of the teams who they could potentially make a deal with.
Jeff Howe of NESN.com has an article this morning on Rob Ninkovich, who after dealing with being waived by New Orleans in 2009, is fitting in just fine through one week of practice here in New England.
Farinella also has an article on Tully Banta-Cain, who head coach Bill Belichick says has picked up right where he left off last season.
Robert Mays of the Boston Globe has a great feature on Kyle Arrington, who is battling to make the team and is trying to make a name for himself on special teams – which is an area that he saw time last season.
Rapoport also has an article this morning on Taylor Price, who he writes has been quick to adapt to life in Patriots training camp.
Glen Farley of the Patriot Ledger has an article on defensive lineman Damione Lewis, who has moved on from his days in Carolina and is looking forward to being a big contributor here in New England.
Jonathan Kraft was on Dale & Holley on WEEI Friday afternoon, and said that the relationship between owner Robert Kraft and Tom Brady is ‘stronger’, which goes against other published reports out there that talk about a rift between the two.
The Boston Herald has an article on Doug Flutie, who is playing baseball with a local team, and according to the article has been a solid contributor and has helped lead them to the playoffs.
Bad news for former Patriot wide receiver Isaiah Stanback. According to the Tacoma News Tribune he suffered a torn achilles tendon and is gone for the year for the Seahawks.
That’s it for this morning, but stay tuned for a big feature coming later today looking back at the entire week, with all the highlights of what went on with each of the players during training camp thus far.