Tuesday's New England Patriots Links 5/8

Ian Logue
May 08, 2012 at 10:40am ET

Patriots announce first training camp dates open to public
Patriots' Malcolm Mitchell has deal with Scholastic Books
Patriots land another talent in ex-Jets linebacker David Harris
Patriots agree to two-year deal with LB David Harris
Former Patriots offensive lineman Ryan O’Callaghan comes out as gay

A quiet morning following yesterday's retirement, but here are today's top stories:


Soldier will be tested early at LT - Field Yates

Yates looks at the challenges ahead for 2nd year lineman Nate Solder, who will now have to fill in Light's shoes.

Light's decade-long battle with Crohns - Mike Reiss

Reiss looks back at Light's career, which included a tough battle with Crohn's disease.

Wrapping up Matt Light Day - Mike Rodak

Rodak has some interesting leftover notes following Light's announcement on Monday.

Highlights from Light retirement Q&A - Field Yates

Yates has quotes from Light's press conference, including where he talks about the toughest guy he ever went up against - Dwight Freeney.

Koppen, Mankins weigh in on Light - Field Yates

Yates has comments from Light's offensive line mates Dan Koppen, and Logan Mankins.

Patriots Average in '09 Re-Grade - Mike Reiss

Reiss looks at a piece from CBS Sports that grades the Patriots performance in the 2009 draft.


For Patriots cheerleaders, boot camp is rough - Stan Grossfeld

Grossfeld has an article and writes the team wants discipline, not just ‘smart’ and ‘pretty’ hopefuls.


Matt Light Steps aside to tackle the family life - Stevan Braid

Braid has his article on Light's retirement, as the veteran walks away from the gridiron and is looking forward to spending more time with his family.

Thanks, pranks for the memories - Karen Guregian

Guregian has a good read on Light, who with his retirement also takes his pranks and light hearted humor with him.

Patriots expect to Solder on - Mark Daniels

Daniels writes that now that Light is gone, it's time for Solder to step in and protect Brady going forward.


Tom Brady Debuts New ‘Fauxhawk’ Hairstyle With Gisele Bundchen At Art Event - Staff Article

Is there ever an offseason where the media doesn't fuss about Tom Brady's hair?


It's 'back to school' days for Underwood - Glen Farley

Farley has an article on former Patriot Tiquan Underwood, who has landed in Tampa Bay.

Kraft notes Light's select company in the NFL - Glen Farley

Farley has a quick entry with comments from the owner who notes that Light is, "the only offensive player other than a quarterback to start in five Super Bowls."

Mankins on Solder: 'He'd better get better' - Glen Farley

Farley has quotes from Logan Mankins, who has high expectations for Nate Solder this season.