Saturday's New England Patriots Links 5/12

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May 12, 2012 at 09:56am 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

After a quick look online, here are some articles worth checking out this morning:


Matt Patricia says job title don't matter - Shalise Manza Young
In this article Patricia says that the title given to him by the team this week won't have any effect on his approach to his job.

Old job waiting for McDaniels - Christopher Gasper
Gasper has a good column on the return of Josh McDaniels to New England.


McDaniels excited by depth on offense - Karen Guregian
Guregian has an article on McDaniels, and all of the options that he has at his disposal in his second tour with the team.

Fitting right in with Pats - Mark Daniels
Daniels has a good column on Dont'a Hightower, who is fitting right in with his new team.

NOTEBOOK: Patricia: It's True Blessing - Mark Daniels
Patricia told Daniels yesterday that he's "blessed" to be where he is after starting at a small school to becoming a defensive coordinator here in New England.


Analysis - Roster Heavy on Front Seven - Mike Rodak
Rodak notes that the Patriots currently have 27 defensive front seven players on their roster, which as of Friday was the most of any NFL team.

Prodigal Son Josh McDaniels Returns - Mike Reiss
Reiss has a look at the return of Josh McDaniels to New England.

Wilson Considers Himself a Student of the Game - Field Yates
Yates has a good article this morning on Tavon Wilson, who is looking to prove his critics wrong.

SnapShots - Day 1 Of Minicamp -
Here are some photos from yesterday's first day of minicamp in Foxboro.


Runningback Brandon Bolden Ready to try and Make His Mark - Christopher Price
Price has a good article this morning on Bolden, who is looking to try and earn a spot with the team just like New England's previous Ole Miss back, BenJarvus Green-Ellis.


Patriots Youngsters Give Up Spotlight During Transition Into Rookie Camp - Jeff Howe
Howe has a good article on Day one of minicamp, with comments from several rookies.

Dont'a Hightower Recognizing Terms in Patriots' Playbook Due to Experience at Alabama - Jeff Howe
Hightower notes the similarities with New England's terminology and what he dealt with in college in this entry.


Wilson Soaking It All In - Erik Scalavino
Scalavino writes, "Fairly or unfairly, Tavon Wilson will be saddled with expectations in the NFL," and has comments from the rookie.


Rookie Bequette Eager to Prove Himself - Mary Paoletti
Paoletti has a good article on Jake Bequette,  who is looking forward to getting acclimated with his new football team.


It's back to school (sort of) for Patriots Rookies - Glen Farley
Farley writes that the atmosphere was like the first day of school at Gillette Stadium on Friday.

Ebert Guilty of Rookie Mistake - Glen Farley
Farely writes that Ebert mistakenly referred to Troy Brown as "Tim Brown" yesterday.


Bequette out to prove he belongs - Tom King
King has an article on the Pats' rookie, and ponders whether or not reporters will get him confused by mistakenly calling him "Josh" due  to the similarities in the pronunciation of his last name.