Thursday's New England Patriots Links 9/29

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September 29, 2011 at 10:18am ET

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower returning to practice field an encouraging sign
Why was Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy doing pushups at a bowling alley?
Patriots owner Robert Kraft owns no concerns that Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are missing OTAs
New NFL policy lets players who don’t want to stand for anthem stay in locker room
Former Patriots rip NFL’s new anthem policy

Here are this morning's New England Patriots Links


Behind The Scenes Of "The Adam Jones Show" On - Russ Goldman
Russ recently sat in at Gillette Stadium to see the inner workings of "The Adam Jones" show with ESPN, and offers up some insight on what goes on behind the scenes.

Television Coverage for Week 4 - John Morgan
Morgan highlights where this week's Patriots/Raiders games will be televised.


Seymour Still a Defensive Force - Julian Benbow
Benbow has an article on former Patriot Richard Seymour, who when he was traded was left with a tough decision where not only did he have to figure out what to do with his family - leave them in Massachusetts or move them to California - he also had to come to grips with whatever feelings he had for the Patriots.

Ochocinco Receives Praise From Jackson - Monique Walker
Walker has quotes from Raiders coach Hugh Jackson, who had nothing but praise for Chad Ochocinco during a conference call on Wednesday.  “I helped raise that young man in Cincinnati. He played for me, did wonders for me, and he is a tremendous competitor and a doggone good football player, but he knows that this is about winning and he understands that.’’

Inside the Playbook: Analysis of the Brady/Ochocinco Interception
In a video series hosted by Globe NFL reporter Greg A. Bedard, he and special guest Jermaine Wiggins, the former Patriots tight end, get together to analyze a key play in Sunday's Patriots-Bills game.


Good stuff on Brandon Spikes - Ian Rapoport
Rapoport talked to linebacker Brandon Spikes, who sounded like a Patriot with his comments yesterday.  “We got a physical style of play,” Spikes said yesterday. “I want to come out and be physical, do what I do. I was brought here to help stop the run, and I’m just going to come out when my number’s called, be accountable and try to get the job done.”

Time to question Ochocinco’s play - Karen Guregian
Guregian has a good article this morning on Ochocinco, and writes that the fit was supposed to be a good one and yet, when it comes to the veteran receiver, the eye test tells you: square peg in a round hole.

Richard Seymour: Unfriendly foe - Dan Duggan
Duggan writes that Patriots offensive lineman Brian Waters faced off against Seymour plenty of times as a division rival out in Kansas City, and said that the 4-3 system made him even better.  “Had he played in (Oakland’s) 4-3 system the length of his career, we’d probably be talking about him in a much higher respect as one of the best D-tackles in the history of the game,” Waters said. “But over the last few years, he’s, if not the best defensive tackle, one of the hardest to go against.”

Wes Welker better than ever - Dan Duggan
Duggan writes that now that Wes Welker has had more than a year to recover from his knee injury, he looks better than ever.

Debate has value - Ian Rapoport
Rapoport files his "notebook", which leads off with the fact the Patriots ended up with Nate Solder with the pick that they received for trading Seymour, but Belichick didn't want to connect the two during his press conference Wednesday.  “Of course you want to get the most for whatever you can get,” Belichick said. “You want to get your maximum value for any trade you make, that’s obvious. But whatever you get, then the value of that player based on the evaluation and his performance — that’s the measuring stick. They’re related, but again, they’re not. The evaluation is one thing and then the value of the trade is another thing.”

Running Raiders - Ian Rapoport
Rapoport writes that despite the "pass-happy" league we've seen so far, the Raiders have been winning 'old school' by running the football.


Just a finesse team? Patriots hope not - Chris Forsberg
Forsberg writes that New England is preparing for a good old smashmouth football game versus Oakland.

Penalty Watch: Bodden & Gronk Lead - Mike Reiss
Reiss does something cool and tallies the penalty totals for the season, breaking them down by player.


Patriots want ball in Campbell's hands - John Lynch
Lynch writes that Jason Cambell might be a good quarterback, but the Patriots need to force him to try and beat them on Sunday.


Patriots: Raiders coach awed by Ochocinco's drive‎ - Rich Garven
Garven has a similar article to the one mentioned previously, with Hugh Jackson giving high praise to Ochocinco yesterday.  Jackson previously coached him out in Cincinnati, and praised him for his work ethic.  “What I tried to do was push him and take him to where he truly wanted to go,” Jackson said yesterday during a conference call in advance of Sunday's game against the Patriots in Oakland. “He wanted to be one of the best in the league, and at that time, his time with me, there was no question in my mind he was. He really worked at it — the way he studied videotape, the way he prepared.”

Patriots: Raiders' Black Hole familiar to Brian Waters‎ - Rich Garven
Garven has an article on Brian Waters, who as mentioned above is familiar with Oakland due to his tenure with the Chiefs, and knows how tough it is to play there.

Raiders' Richard Seymour not out for revenge‎ - Rich Garven
Seymour was obviously asked by the media of there was any animosity, but he downplayed that during his conference call yesterday.


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady hasn't forgotten last game in Bay Area - Jerry McDonald
Brady spoke to the Oakland media via conference call yesterday, and recalled the aftermath of their last meeting, which was back in November of 2002 - mere months after the "tuck rule" game that knocked the Raiders out of the playoffs.  "The last time we played in Oakland it wasn't a pleasant flight home," Brady said. "Hopefully, we can redeem ourselves this time around."


With Wes Welker on a record pace, should the Patriots pass the ball more than they already are? - Nick Underhill
Underhill writes that Welker's on pace for a record season, with Brady talking about the fact his hard work and quickness is what makes him great.  "Taller guys, some don't get as good a horizontal separation because their vertical length and their catch radius – that could be open even if the (defensive back) is a lot closer," Brady said. "Wes doesn't have that so he's got to be open and he's got to get some separation and he does that. That's what his quickness allows him to be able to do."


Patriots Journal: Mankins misses practice with illness‎ - Paul Kenyon
Kenyon writes that no one could remember Mankins even missing a practice, which is what made his absence so surprising yesterday.


Haynesworth (back) returns to Patriots practice - Phil Perry
Perry writes that Albert Haynesworth returned to practice on Wednesday, ending an absence that dates back to last week as he battled an apparent back injury.


Raiders a mystery to Brady‎ - Mark Farinella
Farinella writes that Tom Brady has played only once in the place they call the "Black Hole," and it wasn't a pleasant memory, as can be expected.


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