Tuesday Patriots Links 11/9

Ian Logue
November 09, 2010 at 10:35am 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

A fairly quiet news day on the Patriots off day, but here are some highlights from this morning:

Ron Borges of the Boston Herald has this morning's report card, with some harsh analysis in this morning's edition.

Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe writes that this weekend's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers will be the start of an identity check for New England.

Mike Reiss points out that after Sunday's loss, New England is no longer the NFL's point leader.

Reiss also reports that the team worked out four players yesterday.

Stephen Gostkowski reportedly suffered a strained thigh against the Browns on Sunday, and according to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, it appears he's going to be out for a couple of weeks.  The team in the meantime is reportedly exploring other options.

Logan Mankins started last Sunday and played well in his first game back, and Mike Reiss takes a look at how the Patriots handled the guard rotation against the Browns.

Shalise Manza Young of the Globe writes that the Patriots are now in need of righting the ship, because the next two games are expected to be extremely tough.  The Patriots face Pittsburgh this week, and Indianapolis the week after.

Glen Farley of the Patriot Ledger writes that New England has trouble, and it started in the film room yesterday when the team looked back at Sunday's game.

WEEI.com has "Five Things from the Patriots Locker Room" from yesterday.

MSNBC reports that Tom Brady has changed his endorsement deal from Nike to UnderArmour.  Brady has been busy in his marketing deals lately, as fans have likely also seen his round of Comcast commercials as well.

Rich Garven of the Worcester Telegram has New England's midseason report card, and takes an in-depth look at how the first eight games went.

And finally, Dave O' of the Union Tribune has 10 Keys to the Patriots second half success.