Sunday's New Enlgand Patriots Links 10/23

Ian Logue
October 23, 2011 at 10:40am ET

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
Patriots center David Andrews excited with his new Georgia Bulldog teammates

A quiet Sunday thanks to the bye week, but here are this morning's links:


Shula Relates to Brady-Belichick bond - Karen Guregian
Gurgegian has a good article this morning on former Dolphins coach Don Shula, who compared Bill Belichick's relationship with Tom Brady to the same one he shared with former NFL legend Dan Marino
“It’s great to have that confidence in your quarterback,” Shula told the Herald in a phone conversation last week. “I know I always felt no matter what the score was with Marino, we were always in the game. He made it exciting. You never felt like you were out of it. I’m sure Belichick feels the same way about Brady, and with good reason.”

Cannon has shot - Karen Guregian
Guregian has an article on offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, who after beating cancer and spending time on the PUP list for the first part of this season is getting closer to potentially seeing some action.

Tracked Down: Chris Botti, Vince Wilfork, Brad Marchand - Inside Track
The track has a mention on Vince Wilfork and his wife Bianca spotted celebrating their anniversary at Tico.

Emerson College class scores with 'Professor Ocho' - Brendan Lynch
Lynch writes that Chad Ochocinco has apparently agreed to be a guest lecturer for a marketing class at Emerson College.


Not worth scant attention - Kevin Paul Dupont
Dupont has an article this morning on the LFL (Lingerie Football League) which apparently is in its third season, and may be something guys may want to check out - provided you receive approval from your spouse first of course.

A fitting result for Carter - Shalise Manza Young
Young writes that what many thought was a "risky" move with the signing of Andre Carter has lead to a solid reward for New England's defense.


Tewksbury speaker covers Patriots history - Shawn Hansen
Hansen has an article this morning about a recent event at the Tewksbury Public Library where several prominent authors of New England Patriots books were on hand to answer questions.


Quick-hit thoughts around NFL & Pats - Mike Reiss
Reiss has his thoughts for this morning, which includes the fact that after many talked about the talent the Patriots released at the end of training camp, very few of those players are making an impact with their respective teams.

Targets: McCourty still most targeted in NFL - Chris Forsberg
Forsberg breaks down the number of targets on each Patriots cornerback so far this season, and Devin McCourty is the guy most thrown at through six games.

Targets: Gronkowski rises - Mike Reiss
Reiss looks at the number of targets to Patriots receivers, and points out that Rob Gronkowski jumped up the list after being targeted 7 times against Dallas last Sunday.


Bye-Week Breakdown: Quarterbacks - Christopher Price
Price breaks down the play of Tom Brady through the first six weeks of the season, including his best and worst moments of the year so far.


NFL: Belichick, Brady greatest coach-QB tandem in history -  Rich Garven
Garven has an article this morning on the fact that moments like we witnessed last Sunday in the Patriots last second win over Dallas all starts at the top with Bill Belichick and Brady, who he feels "are the most successful power couple in NFL history."


Hockomock Y to honor Matt Light - Staff
The newspaper writes that New England Patriots' offensive lineman Matt Light will receive the 2011 Legends Award for his achievements both on and off the field at the Hockomock Area YMCA's sixth annual Legends Ball, according to Hockomock Area YMCA President Ed Hurley.


D(efense) hasn't stood for detrimental for Patriots lately - Glen Farley
Farley has a good article this morning on the progress of the Patriots defense, although Kyle Arrington points out that the goal isn't to be playing their best football in October.
"I wouldn’t say we’ve come a long way or anything, but we’ve gotten better in the recent weeks and the main goal is just to stay consistent with it," cornerback Kyle Arrington said. "We set the bar OK for ourselves.

"You don’t want to be playing your best ball in October. We have a ways to go. We just (have to) come back ready to work harder."

Rob Gronkowski Spends Time with Porn Star Bibi Jones During Bye - Larry Brown Sports
We'll close with this one.  This article has a picture of Gronk grinning ear to ear with Jones, who in the photo is wearing his jesey.  You read the title - and as Brown writes, "this is Gronk's world, and we're all just living in it."