Sunday Patriots Headlines - August 29th

Ian Logue
August 29, 2010 at 10:45am ET

No Brady or Gronk, but plenty of storylines at Patriots OTAs
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New Patriots DL Danny Shelton preps to hit the hill
Patriots center David Andrews excited with his new Georgia Bulldog teammates

It's a beautiful Sunday here in New England, and one of the last ones before this space will be filled with pregame local media articles and where 1:00pm will suddenly have a new meaning. However, for now, here are this morning's headlines.

Ever wonder what life is like behind the scenes for Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork? Stan Grossfeld of the Boston Globe has a terrific feature on Wilfork off the field that you'll definitely want to check out.

Glen Farley takes a look at the Patriots return game, which so far has been extremely positive through three exhibition games.

Tom Curran has a story this morning on the Patriots secondary, which is a area he feels that fans should definitely be concerned about after Thursday night's performance.

Jim Donaldson on the other hand reminds fans that Thursday night's game is just one loss, and shouldn't be as alarming as it's been made out to be over the last few days.

Bob George writes that the Patriots appeared to just get caught in a Pre Season "Trap Game" and didn't play up to what they're capable of.

Christopher Price of looked at other teams in the AFC East and writes that the Patriots aren't the only ones who have struggled a bit offensively during this preseason.

Randy Whitehouse of the Lewiston Sun-Journal has a good column this morning about the fact that fans complained about a four game exhibition schedule, and they're partly to blame about the fact the league is making a move toward an 18-game season.

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald has good news on defensive lineman Ron Brace, who had an MRI done on his ankle yesterday but thankfully it appears he's only suffered a sprain.  With Ty Warren sidelined for the season, Brace has a chance to earn some playing time and is hoping to contribute this season.

Mike Reiss of takes another look at kicker Stephen Gostkowski's contract, and how his arrival in New England was the dawn of a new era after replacing kicker Adam Vinatieri.

Karen Guregian also has an article on Gostkowski, who she felt got rewarded because he played by the rules.


Sam Mellinger of has a good article this morning on the fact he feels that having Charlie Weis as an assistant coach out in Kansas City should hopefully help the Chiefs get to the next level as a football team.

Mike Cole of writes that so far this preseason Mark Sanchez and the Jets have plenty to worry about after a slow start offensively.

The new rule changes continue to cause controversy, with today's topic being Antrel Rolle of the Giants disagreeing with the officials' new interpretation of a rule that's in place to protect receivers.

And finally ESPN's Howard Bryant has a good article this morning on how the National Football League's dominance in the sports world is actually in a much more vulnerable position than a lot of people realize.  It's an interesting read, so be sure and check it out.

That's it for today.  Enjoy your Sunday and we'll see you tomorrow.