Saturday Patriots Headlines: September 18th

Ian Logue
September 18, 2010 at 09:18am ET

Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski skip OTA
No Brady or Gronk, but plenty of storylines at Patriots OTAs
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski not at the start of the team's OTA's today
NFL notes: Don't be surprised if Deatrich Wise Jr., Derek Rivers rise up for Patriots
New Patriots DL Danny Shelton preps to hit the hill

We're now just one day away from the Patriots showdown with the New York Jets, and it's surprisingly quiet in the Boston media so far this morning.  However, after scouring the internet for this morning's headlines, here are today's top stories.

Jeff Howe talks about one of the challenges facing the team tomorrow, and that's Rex Ryan's complicated blitz schemes.  Howe points out that they run a lot of delayed blitzes and zone blitzes, and New England will likely have their work cut out for them.

The Boston Globe has an article on rookie Jermaine Cunningham, who after missing the first four preseason games with an ankle injury finally played last week against Cincinnati and is working on getting caught up with the rest of the rookies.

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald writes that after seeing Jets runningback Shonn Greene fumble twice against the Ravens Monday night, New England's defense will be out to see if they can't get him to cough up the ball this weekend as well.

Ron Borges of the Boston Herald has an article this morning on Jets defensive back Kyle Wilson, who will likely be matched up on Wes Welker and will face the daunting task of shutting him down.

Mark Farinella of the Attleboro Sun Chronicle writes that at the age of 34, Fred Taylor is still plugging away in the NFL.  As one of the older players on the team, Taylor told the newspaper that the gray hairs on his head aren't from playing football, they're from the pressures of fatherhood than anything else.

Rapoport has another piece this morning on Gary Guyton, who he writes is the team's outside influence and is O.K. with his pass rush role.

Jackie MacMullan recently joined, and she has a great piece this morning with an in-depth look at this rivalry which will begin another chapter tomorrow at the Meadowlands.

Scott Cacciola of the Wall Street Journal has a good article this morning looking at the Darrelle Revis/Randy Moss battle tomorrow.

Now that he's in Denver, ESPN reports that Laurence Maroney is excited about making a fresh start after being reunited with former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

It appears that if Tom Brady was insecure about the fact his wife made more money than he did, he no longer has to worry.  According to his new contract bumped him up and ahead of her, so that's apparently no longer a problem.  It's amazing that the media takes the time to keep up with this nonsense...but "it is what it is".

And finally some news I was unaware of, but definitely needs to be mentioned.  Many likely remember Patriots beat writer Dan Pires, who passed away unexpectedly in 2008 at just 52-years old.  He was also a member of our forum, and having been fortunate enough to meet him he was also one of the nicest people you'd ever meet.  I didn't know that a scholarship fund had been set up in his honor, with reporting that applications are available for high school students in that area who are graduating in 2011.  It was Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light who helped establish it, with the Patriots offensive lineman establishing "The Dan Pires Memorial Scholarship" through the Light Foundation.  It's great to see this is there to help his memory live on, so give credit to Light for helping put this together.

That's it for this morning.  There are a couple of entries coming from our other bloggers later this morning, so be sure to check the front page of for when they're available.