Monday New England Patriots Links 8/8

Ian Logue
August 08, 2011 at 09:35am ET

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After having Sunday off, according to the team will hold a two-and-a-half-hour on-field Session this afternoon from 1:30pm - 4:00pm at Gillette Stadium.  For any fans who attend, be sure and register for our forum and tell us about it.

Now let's get to this morning's headlines.

Jorge Castillio of the New York Times has a Jets take on losing Shaun Ellis, and writes that Ellis has gone off to play for the 'other side'.

Jets coach Rex Ryan reacts to losing Ellis, and says there's "no way" he's going to wish him well now that he's playing in New England.

Jennifer Toland of the Worcester Telegram also has an article on Ellis 'crossing over' and coming to New England.

Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald has her take on Ellis, who writes the Pats-Jets rivalry and border war just got a little more interesting.

Mark Farinella of the Attleboro Sun Chronicle also has a look at Ellis' signing, and writes that the now former Jet has been one of the more productive players at his position over the last decade.

Rich Cimini of ESPN New York has an interesting comparison to Ellis, who had been the longest tenured Jets player, and Victor Green - who had also been with the Jets for nearly a decade before leaving and coming to New England.

Guregian also has a great look back at last week's events at training camp, so if you're looking to get some more player insight it's an interesting article.

Guregian also has an article on Andre Carter's signing, and writes that Bill Belichick likely won't be happy about the fact the world learned about the deal due to the former Redskin tweeting the news last night.

The Washington Post also has an article on losing Carter to New England.

Jimmy Toscano of writes that if you're wondering if Carter's a big fan of his former teammate Albert Haynesworth, you may not want to read this entry.

Mike Reiss looks at the recent changes on the defensive line, and breaks it down 'through the lens of a more traditional 4-3 defense'.

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald spoke to rookie quarterback Ryan Mallett, and told him that he's been doing some additional drills to improve on his footwork.

Matt Kalman of the Boston Herald has a good article this morning on back up quarterback Brian Hoyer, who is driving an 'ultra competitive' Tom Brady crazy after continuing to beat him during the "bucket drill" during practice.

Mark Farinella of the Attleboro Sun Chronicle has an article on Taylor Price, who is looking to break into the line-up and contribute this season.

Glen Farley of the Fall River Herald News also has a good piece on Price, who admitted he just didn't have a good grasp on the playbook last year.

Monique Walker of the Boston Globe takes a look at the tight ends, and calls them a "tight knit group".

Jeff Howe of has a video report featuring Chad Ochocinco, training camp news, and more.

Rich Garven has a good feature on Stevan Ridley, who is looking for continued success so far during training camp.

Tom Curran of CSNNE looks at the team hosting safety Dashon Goldson, and wonders if this potentially means the end for Brandon Meriweather in New England.

Curran also writes that the team is planning on releasing Brandon McGowan.

Mike Reiss writes about the changes taking place at the safety position, and these latest moves have that spot 'under the microscope' as we wait to see how things shake out.

Paul Kenyon of the Providence Journal has an article on linebacker Rob Ninkovich, who he writes is no longer on the outside looking in after earning a role with the defense last season.

Jeff Howe of reports that he's learned through sources that Brandon Spikes has an ankle injury, while several other players are battling hamstring injuries.

Howe also writes that this training camp is moving along at a slower pace thanks to the new NFL player restrictions resulting from the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

And we wouldn't be complete without a little cheerleader news.  I came across this article from the Berkshire Eagle on Dalton native Kathryn Hamilton, who is excited about making New England's cheerleader squad for this season.

That's it for this morning.  We'll have more throughout the day, so be sure and check the front page of for updates.