By: Ian Logue
A bit of a hiatus from these entries recently while I was getting over the flu, but we should be all set going forward, so you’ll see these each morning once again.
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Here are today’s top stories:
Sources: Officials studying videotape in Julian Edelman case – Herald Staff
The Herald has more on the Julian Edelman incident that found him being charged after he allegedly groped a woman at a night club, and surveillance cameras may reportedly help investigators determine what really happened that night, citing sources.
Patriots’ image might take a hit, experts say – John Zaremba and Gary Remal
The Herald has an article this morning on Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, with some experts saying that the team will likely take a hit to their image after Edelman’s incident.
NOTEBOOK: Taylor Price set to go up – Karen Guregian
Guregian has her “notebook” for this morning, which leads off on the fact fans are apparently going to start seeing more of Taylor Price in the coming weeks, although offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien wouldn’t shed any further light on it yesterday.
Tying up one loose end before everyone moves on to the Giants – Ian Rapoport
Rapoport has an entry looking at the move to cut Leigh Bodden, and how that matched up with the timeline of when Ras-I Dowling was placed on injured reserve, and re-examines some comments made by Bill Belichick which revealed that he may have known about Dowling’s status even prior to releasing Bodden – but obviously still let him go.
Secondary a primary concern – Karen Guregian
Guregian looks at the acquisitions made in recent years in the Patriots secondary, and notes how they’ve ranked each year since they had their perfect season in 2007.
Good times, good teams – But Less Than Great Right Now – Steve Buckley
Buckley has a column this morning wondering “if we are stumbling upon the suburbs of Loserville — to a place called Lesserville.”
Steelers exposed defense’s weak spots – Greg Bedard
Bedard looks at New England’s issues on defense, and writes that the biggest problem areas are at free safety, strong-side linebacker and rush end, weak-side linebacker, and third cornerback.
NOTEBOOK: Price may be on rise – Monique Walker
Walker files her “notebook” this morning, and writes that the Patriots will reportedly be working Taylor Price into the offense more, with offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien saying we’ll see on Sunday just what that means. Director of player personnel Nick Caserio said the second year receiver has done a good job in practice, and we’ll see how that translates out on the field.
“Taylor’s done a decent job in practice and has had some opportunities in the game. It’s a long season and we’ll see where it goes.’’
Oh, brother: Another Manning to deal with – Greg Bedard
Bedard writes that the Giants are coming to town armed with exactly what the Patriots’ ailing defense doesn’t need to see: a red-hot quarterback in Eli Manning.
Where will Price’s snaps come from? – Chris Forsberg
Forsberg examines the Patriots offense and looks at several scenarios that will give Taylor Price more opportunities out on the field.
Breakdown: Protection problems – Chris Forsberg
Forsberg has a game-by-game breakdown of the team’s issues protecting Brady, and also includes a look at some of the sacks given up by New England on Sunday.
What they’re saying in New York – Mike Reiss
Reiss has an entry this morning with some links on what’s being said in New York about Sunday’s match-up against the Giants.
Tackles: McCourty still leads – Mike Reiss
Reiss has an entry on Devin McCourty, who still leads the team in tackles through the first seven games of the season.
Three-point plan to fix Patriots defense – Christopher Price
Price has three key areas that he feels could help get the Patriots defense playing better over the final 9 weeks of the season.
Patriots won’t go very far with highly suspect defense – Clark Judge
Judge writes, “after watching Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers poke more holes in the league’s worst pass defense, I don’t see how New England makes a Super Bowl run.”
Patriots’ Taylor Price needs to see more action – Rich Garven
Garfven writes that Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien told reporters yesterday that wide receiver Taylor Price needs to see more time on the field.
“We need to get him in there more,” O’Brien said during a conference call. “He’s done a good job in practice. He’s a guy that we have to give him some more reps in the games.”
Julian Edelman denies groping charge – Rich Garven
Garven writes that Julian Edelman denied the charge made by a woman who claimed Edelman reached under her costume and grabbed her crotch
Attleboro Sun Chronicle
FARINELLA: Patriots not looking so super – Mark Farinella
Farinella writes that after looking at Bill Belichick’s ‘body language’, he writes that “Bill Belichick knows exactly where his team is headed this season – and it’s not to the victory stand in Indianapolis, site of this year’s Super Bowl.”