Tuesday New England Patriots Links 2/1

Ian Logue
February 01, 2011 at 10:58am ET

Patriots’ Malcolm Mitchell happy with rehab progress
Free agent WR Eric Decker says he would be 'good fit' with Patriots
Man charged with robbing Gronkowski's home arraigned
Buckley: What will Tom Brady do when he retires from football?
Tom Brady teases with Instagram comment

(EDITOR'S NOTE - We'll be back to updating with daily news and headlines each morning throughout the entire offseason, so be sure and check back each day for this collection of links from around the internet.)

New England Patriots' defensive lineman Vince Wilfork isn't thrilled with the idea of an 18-game season, and thinks it's 'stupid'. (PHOTO:Icon/SMI)
After taking a quick trip around the internet this morning, here are today's New England Patriots headlines.

Karen Guregian has an article this morning on defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, who isn't thrilled with the idea of an 18-game season and thinks it's "stupid".
“It’s going to do whatever the NFL wants to do, anyways. It’s one of those things where you just have to sit and see what happens,” Wilfork first said with respect to a lockout. “But I can tell you one thing, 18 games don’t make no sense. Eighteen games turns into 20 games because the two preseason games you have to play your veterans and your starters. So that’s 20 games.
“If you look at it from that standpoint, it’s a stupid thing. It’s just too stupid to be adding games.”

Mike Lowe of the Portland Press Herald has an article this morning on the fact that he's disappointed that he won't be attending the media day today in Dallas - which is where he had expected to end up prior to the Patriots loss the the Jets a couple of weeks ago.

Mike Petraglia of WEEI will be taking some daily looks at some potential draft prospects for the Patriots during this offseason, and offers up an entry today on Boston College outside linebacker Mark Herzlich.

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com was on Sirius radio talking Patriots pass rush prospects, and talks about three guys who could potentially fit in here in New England.

Reiss also reports that former linebacker Tedy Bruschi will be in Dallas to take part in the festivities.   According to Reiss Bruschi, who is a member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, is a scheduled celebrity guest at "NFL Play 60 Kids' Day" on Wednesday.

Mike Reiss has a mailbag this morning answering a variety of questions, including what the future may hold for Patriots offensive guard Logan Mankins.

Meanwhile NESN beat writer Jeff Howe is starting a Patriots mailbag of his own, and has an entry this morning to offer fans a chance to fire off a question for this week's edition.  Howe is a terrific writer and an up and coming guy in this market, and also joined us earlier this season with a "5 Questions" edition earlier this season here in this blog.

Mass Live's Nick Underhill takes a look at the Wes Welker contract situation, and ponders whether or not the Patriots should make an effort to give him an extension.

An interesting article this morning out of Detroit on former Patriot defensive lineman Jarvis Green, who apparently puts together quite a spread for his Super Bowl buffet.  Green currently plays for the Houston Texans.

Christopher Price of WEEI.com has an entry this morning and reports that NFLPA  Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and Commissioner Roger Goodell met Monday in New York to discuss a range of issues related to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Considering how hard many fans took the loss to the Jets a couple of weeks ago, there's an interesting article in the Boston Globe from Deborah Kotz, who points out that a medical study reveals that a Super Bowl loss results in a heart attack in the two weeks after the game.
"Physicians and patients should be aware that stressful games might elicit an emotional response that could trigger a cardiac event," said Kloner in a statement. He said stress reduction programs could help, though I'd venture those would be most practical after the game, not during.

So try and relax if you're still suffering from the loss to the Jets.  It may be important to your health.