Saturday New England Patriots Links 5/26

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May 26, 2012 at 09:22am ET

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A quick entry this morning as the media seems to be mostly off for the holiday weekend.  However, here are a few stories for this morning before I head into work:


Coughlin ranked ahead of Belichick among NFL Coaches - Shalise Manza Young
Manza Young takes a look at an article in the Sporting News that ranked Giants coach Tom Coughlin ahead of Bill Belichick in their coaching rankings.


Secondary expectations for Patriots - Jeff Howe
Howe has an article on New England's group of defensive backs, and he writes that the word potential can be a 'beautifully dangerous' thing.


McGinest, Evans talk Pats WR's - Mike Reiss
Reiss has an entry focusing on an appearance by Willie McGinest and Heath Evans last night, who opined on New England's stacked competition at receiver.

We want to see more of these 3 - Staff
In this entry ESPNBoston's three Patriots reporters pick one player they want to see more of in the coming months, along with giving their reasons why they feel that way.


Dan Koppen, New England Patriots center, returns healthy - Rich Garven
Garven has an article on Koppen, who used his down time after spending all of last season on injured reserve to reflect, and he says he appreciates things a lot more now.

Taunton Daily Gazette

Former Colt Addai ready to saddle up with Patriots - Glen Farley
Farley has an article on Joseph Addai, who says the Colts talk is behind him now.


7's Adam Williams ready for Best Buddies challenge - Adam Williams
Channel 7's Williams is getting ready for Tom Brady's bike ride, and Kim Khazei has a story about it in this entry.

Scouting the 2013 NFL Draft: Illinois vs Northwestern (2011) - James Christensen
Our friends at take a look ahead to next year's draft, looking at some of the potential prospects out of Illinois.  Christensen points out that he took in the game last year in Champaign, Illinois not knowing he was watching two future Patriots in Tavon Wilson and Jeremy Ebert.


Video Debate: Is Tom Brady the Best QB in NFL History - Andrea Hangst & Erik Frenz
Our friend Erik Frenz  sits down with Andrea Hangst to debate whether or not Brady is the best quarterback in NFL history.