NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS HEADLINES FOR 8/15

It’s another beautiful day here in New England, and after another day off the Patriots will be back at it today as they return to practice to start preparing for this week’s joint practices and exhibition game against the Atlanta Falcons this week.  According to the team’s official website they’ll hold one session today, practicing from 2:30pm – 4:00pm behind Gillette Stadium.

After their day off it’s another quiet news day, but here are today’s headlines.

Ian Rapoport has an article this morning on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who he reports appears to have an issue with the middle finger on his throwing hand.  According to Rapoport Brady was spotted yesterday with two of his fingers taped together, with his middle finger believed to be the one that is injured after it’s believed his hand struck the helmet of a Saints player on a deep pass to Randy Moss during Thursday’s 27-24 win over New Orleans.

Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe has an article on linebacker Tully Banta-Cain this morning, who says the fact that he gets overlooked so much is the ‘story of his life’. 

Russ Goldman also agrees that Banta-Cain is underappreciated.  After 10 sacks last season he writes that too many people are quick to diminish that accomplishment, and that we should expect good things from him again this year.

The Boston Globe has an article on the “Warren situation”, with one going out after Ty Warren was placed on injured reserve, and Gerard Warren coming in to try and fill in during his absense.

Patriots defensive end Ty Warren has been Vince Wilfork’s “partner in crime” over the years, and Karen Guregian writes that his loss is definitely going to be felt because his presence up front is tough to replace.

Mark Farinella of the Attleboro Sun Chronicle admits after seeing 34 training camps over the years it’s impossible to predict how the season will turn out, but there really seems to be something special about this year’s group.

He also takes a look at how this year’s 53-man roster may shape up.

Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald has an article on BenJarvus Green-Ellis this morning, noting that the humble runningback may be hungrier this season as he looks to earn a spot on the roster.

So far through one game fans have to be happy with what we’ve seen from first round pick Devin McCourty through one preseason game.  After two returns of 50 and 52 yards during Thursday night’s game, it appears the Patriots may have found a kick returner this season – something they really didn’t have last year.

The Sacramento Bee has a 2010 Season Preview for the Patriots, albeit a general article but there’s some good pieces of information.

The Maine Sunday Telegram has an article on wide receiver Julian Edelman, who despite the ongoing Wes Welker comparisons is doing a great job of finding his own identity in the NFL.

Robert Lee of the Providence Journal takes a look back at Thursday night’s game, and finds that New England’s first look shows they’ve got some weaknesses to deal with.

That’s it for this morning.  Hope everyone has a good day and we’ll have updates later this afternoon.