Monday's New England Patriots Links 5/14

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May 14, 2012 at 09:18am ET

NFL Notes: Julian Edelman makes presence felt with Patriots
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

A quiet morning news wise, but after doing some digging here are a few of this morning's top stories:


Can Patriots rookies make impact? - Mike Reiss
With minicamp now in the books, Mike Reiss ponders whether or not we could see some of them make an impact this season.

Brady Checks in with MMQB - Mike Reiss
Reiss highlights some comments from Tom Brady in Peter King of's Monday Morning Quarterback.

Spikes vs Hightower on NFL Radar - Mike Reiss
Reiss highlights a piece written by ESPN's John Clayton, which highlights what should be an interesting battle between Brandon Spikes and Dont'a Hightower this preseason.


Brady: I'll keep working to be a lifelong Patriot - Staff Report has an entry highlighting an interview with SI's Peter King, where Tom Brady tells him he wants to play his entire career in New England, but thinks he'll have to keep earning the job year after year.


With Patriots, Undrafted Doesn't Mean Unwanted - Greg Bedard
Bedard writes that when it comes to undrafted NFL free agents, it’s a bit like the Island of Misfit Toys and the Patriots are the kingdom for them.

Rookie Justin Francis has connections with Patriots - Shalise Manza Young
Manza Young writes that when Justin Francis, one of the Patriots’ seven undrafted rookies, signed with the team, he immediately had a built-in support system.


Brandon Bolden follows Patriots' BenJarvus Green-Ellis - Jennifer Toland
Toland has an article this morning on former Ole' Miss runningback Brandon Bolden, who is trying to achieve the same success that former Ole Miss runningback BenJarvus Green-Ellis had here in New England.


PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK: The numbers add up for McDaniels and Lloyd‎ - Glen Farley
Farley looks at the success Brandon Lloyd has had under offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, highlighting how much better his numbers were playing in his system.

Back to business for Patriots draft pick Ebert - Glen Farley
Farley has a good article this morning on Jeremy Ebert, who now returns to life as a business student at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management following this weekend's rookie minicamp.


Ex-UK QB Mike Hartline with Patriots, Learning From Brady - Staff Report
The publication out of Georgia has a brief mention on Mike Hartline, who is trying to learn from Tom Brady here in New England.


PSU Senior Read to Join Patriots Cheerleader Squad - April Guilmet
Guilmet has a good article this morning on Allison Smedley, with a great story on how the former Londonderry High School senior helped a fellow classmate who was being bullied.  Now she'll be living her life's dream: cheering with the New England Patriots' cheerleading squad.