Saturday's New England Patriots Links 8/13

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August 13, 2011 at 09:23am ET

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After a quick trip around the internet, here are the latest New England Patriots headlines for this morning.

We'll lead off this morning with Jeff Howe of's mailbag, which includes some good topics, including the fact that Brian Hoyer's asking price might not be as high as fans might think since we're just 2-weeks into training camp.

Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe has a great position-by-position breakdown from Thursday night, and it's definitely worth checking out.

Mike Reiss of has an article on Mark Anderson this morning, who he writes did a good job creating havoc in the sub packages Thursday night.

Reiss also has another good article on the Patriots pass rush, and writes that Anderson brings new life to the team's ability to get after the passer.

Reiss also has some notes from Bill Belichick's conference call from Friday afternoon.

For those of you who want to read the complete transcript, has it here.

Jeff Howe of writes that Belichick mentioned Logan Mankins' new contract on Friday, and thinks it's "great" that Mankins is in the fold for years to come.

Paul Perillo of also has notes from yesterday's conference call.

Rich Garven of the Worcester Telegram also has an article on Anderson, and writes that he's been overlooked since joining the team and surprised a lot of people during New England's first exhibition game.

Garven also has an article on Nate Solder, who he writes may already be pushing Matt Light for a spot in the starting lineup.

Chris Gasper of the Boston Globe takes a look back at Thursday night's game, and reminds fans that it's nothing like the real thing.

Bob Hohler and Monique Walker of the Boston Globe combine for a "notebook" this morning, and it leads off with the fact that Brandon Meriweather was cleared as a suspect in the March shooting.

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald also has his follow up on the Meriweather story, as he was the one who originally broke the news on the veteran safety Friday afternoon.

Shalise Manza Young has a good feature on Zoltan Mesko, who spent part of the lockout working on his punting, and the other interning at Graham Partners in suburban Philadelphia to give himself a future opportunity after his football career is over.

Mark Farinella of the Attleboro Sun Chronicle also has a similar article on Mesko, and points out that he's already worked hard to accomplish so much after his family moved to the United States from their native Romania when he was 11, and he has a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in sports administration from Michigan.

Glen Farley of the Taunton Gazette has a piece on Mesko as well, and writes that Mesko definitely isn't your average punter.

The Attleboro Sun Chronicle has an article about the upcoming second annual "Mosi Tatupu" benefit comedy show, which will be on Tuesday in the Putnam West Clubhouse at Gillette Stadium.

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald files his "notebook" for this morning, which leads off with linebacker Dane Fletcher who did a good job calling the plays for the defense Thursday night.

Rapoport also takes a look back at Thursday night's game, and writes that the backups put on a strong performance during New England's 47-12 win over Jacksonville.

Nick Underhill of has an article on ex New England Patriot player and coach Corwin Brown, who is in the hospital after suffering a self-inflicted shotgun wound following a seven hour standoff with police on Friday.

GoLocalProv has an article this morning about local native receiver Buddy Farnham, and wonder if he'll be able to outwork his teammates and make the team, much like former Marshfield native Sean Morey did many years ago.

Paul Kenyon of the Providence Journal has an article this morning on Stevan Ridley, Ryan Mallett, and Solder, who he feels made the most of their opportunities Thursday night.

Kenyon also has a piece on Leigh Bodden, and feels that even though the veteran is back, his starting job isn't guaranteed.

And finally, Paul Flannery of takes a look at New England's third down defense, and feels that the Patriots obviously felt that was a priority after watching Thursday night's game.

That's it for this morning.  We'll have more updates later on, so be sure and check back.