Friday's New England Patriots Links 5/25

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May 25, 2012 at 07:34am ET

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After the media was finally allowed access to yesterday's OTA's, we've got some good stuff this morning so here are today's links:


NOTEBOOK: Joseph Addai already plays role of lead back - Jeff Howe
Howe has an article this morning on runningback Joseph Addai, who so far has spent his time with the team also trying to lend guidance to New England's younger runningbacks.

Dan Koppen back with pal Brady - Karen Guregian
Guregian has an article this morning on Dan Koppen, who told her yesterday that he's glad things worked out and that he's still here.

New receiver Brandon Lloyd off to good start with Pats - Jeff Howe
Howe has an article on Brandon Lloyd, who turned a lot of heads during yesterday's practice session and appears to be a terrific fit so far.


Brandon Lloyd and Patriots may be a perfect fit - Shalise Manza Young
Manza Young has an article on Lloyd, who apparently looked impressive during yesterday's session.

Patriots' Joseph Addai sees rivalry from the other side - Michael Whitmer
Whitmer has an article on Joseph Addai, who is excited to be part of the Patriots with a chance to make the roster of the team that was one of his biggest rivals in Indianapolis.

Addai Comfortable on other side of rivalry - Greg A. Bedard
While this one may have a similar title, this entry from Bedard has a good collection of quotes from the Q & A with Addai yesterday.

He's Back in Line - Michael Whitmer
Whitmer has an article on offensive lineman Dan Koppen, who told him yesterday he was glad that things worked out and he's still a Patriot.

OTA #1 Observations - Patriots Getting Back into a groove - Greg Bedard
If you're looking to find out about what happened during yesterday's practice session, grab a cup of coffee and have a seat - this is a long entry with a ton of great information from yesterday's practice.


Weekly Chat Recap - Mike Reiss
Reiss held his weekly chat yesterday and he offered up plenty of great insight from the morning sessions as he watched "a generally well-oiled operation do its thing".

Recapping Thursday's practice Intinerary - Field Yates
Yates breaks down yesterday's practice and gives a timeline of what took place during the media availability portion of the session.

Brandon Lloyd opening gambit - Mike Reiss
Reiss has a great read on Lloyd, and writes about that he changes how teams will view New England's offense compared to last season. (*Warning - turn your speakers down because the video at the top has 'Autoplay' turned on for some reason)

Jones' Deal Highlights Rookie Value - Mike Reiss
Reiss looks at the contract of rookie Chandler Jones and writes, 'If the salary cap stays flat over the next few years, as owners project, the potential value of players in Jones' situation will be that much greater.'

Leftovers from Koppen Q&A - Mike Rodak
Rodak has additional quotes from Koppen, who talked about the fact the revised IR Rule may have come one year too late after he was forced to miss the entire season after breaking his leg in the season opener.

Soundbytes from Brandon Lloyd - Mike Reiss
Reiss has additional quotes from Lloyd's meeting with the media yesterday.

Addai making transition to New England -  Field Yates
Yates has an article on Addai who said yesterday that he's doing whatever the coaches ask him to do and he wants to be part of being a Patriot this season.

Putting the offensive line in focus - Mike Rodak
Rodak has a great look at the offensive line, and provides a solid overview of this group heading into this season.

Translating what we saw at today's OTA - Field Yates
Yates has some great notes from yesterday's practice session, including the fact that Spencer Larsen was impressive during route-running drills.

More quick hits from Thursday practice - Mike Rodak
Rodak has some great observations from yesterday as well, and writes that 33-year old cornerback Will Allen lined up with the 'top' group of cornerbacks in the sub packages instead of Ras-I Dowling.

Cleaning out the OTA Notebook - Mike Reiss
Reiss gives an excellent rundown of what took place yesterday, providing a glimpse at quite a few different positions.

Quick hits from today's OTA - Mike Reiss
Reiss gave some quick views from the practice, which apparently also included a visit from Boston Red Sox player Kevin Youkilis.

Newcomer Brandon Lloyd Anticipates an Easy Transtion to Patriots Offense - Christopher Price
Price has another great read on Lloyd and writes that during his six minutes with the media, the veteran receiver was, "friendly and engaging" as he talked about how excited he was to be a part of his new team.

Solid start for Lloyd at OTA's - Paul Perillo
Perillo has a good article on Lloyd, but also has plenty of other interesting notes from yesterday's workout.

Lloyd succinct when asked about learning curve - Tom E. Curran
Curran has his own article on Lloyd and writes that the veteran receiver offered up a simple "No" when asked about if it would be difficult picking up the team's offense, which was something that Chad Ochocinco struggled with last season.

McCourty working to move on from forgettable '11 - Tom E. Curran
Curran has a good article on Devin McCourty, who told him yesterday he's not worrying about 'why' he struggled last season and is just focusing on progressing in his third year.


Brandon Lloyd is fitting right in as a Patriot -Nick Underhill
Underhill has a good article on the fact that learning the "Patriot Way" doesn't appear to be a problem with Lloyd here in New England.


Tom Brady Helps Lexington Mom Get New Kidney - Bill Shields
Shields writes that thanks to Tom Brady's "star power" in helping promote a website called, Alisa Bethiel of Lexington has a new kidney and a new lease on life.


Brandon Lloyd makes New England Patriots deep - Rich Garven
Garven has an article on Lloyd, who Garven writes should give them just the guy they need to stretch the field for the Patriots this season.

Joseph Addai is already feeling at home in New England - Nick Underhill
Underhill has a good read on Addai and writes that if you ask the veteran about his previous life as a member of the Colts, it's as if it never happened.


Pats Notebook: Pats order Lloyd-McDaniels Combo - Mark Farinella
Farinella has an article talking about the pairing of Brandon Lloyd and Josh McDaniels and hopes the success they've shared continues here in New England.

Addai settling in with Pats - Mark Farinella
Farinella looks at Patriots runningback Joseph Addai and writes that he's the 'grizzled veteran' of this group of backs.


NOTEBOOK: Two years in, Devin McCourty says he's still on-the-job training - Glen Farley
Farley has an article on Devin McCourty, who entering his third season said yesterday that "it would take him 2 or 3 hours" to talk about everything he's learned through his two years as a Patriot.

Patriots Lloyd hoping to continue to flourish under McDaniels' watch - Glen Farley
Farley has his own article on Lloyd, who said the fact Josh McDaniels is here in New England has definitely helped the transition of coming to a new football team.

Pats' Ninkovich looks back and ahead - Glen Farley
Farley has a quick entry with quotes from linebacker Rob Ninkovich, who hopes to build on his success of last season.