Most of the beat writers appear to be off on this Memorial Day holiday, however, today marks the five year anniversary of the passing of Marquise Hill, who died in a tragic boating accident 5-years ago.  A couple of writers mention him this morning, and that leads off today’s links:

ESPN BOSTON

Remembering Marquise Hill – Mike Reiss
Reiss has an entry this morning remembering Hill and has comments from a prevoius entry from his Mom.

Ranking Welker among NFL receivers – Mike Reiss
Reiss has an entry highlighting a piece by Jeffri Chadiha’s ranking of top receivers on ESPN.com, and he gives Welker some credit after 5 years where the veteran has had four 100-reception seasons.

BOSTON HERALD

Remembering Marquise Hill five years after his death – Jeff Howe
Howe also has a quick entry on Hill, and includes a link to a tribute video his agent, Albert Elias, posted on his website.

Devin McCourty unfazed by Matt Light’s criticism of Patriots’ defense – Jeff Howe
In this entry McCourty reacts to Light’s comment where he said he feels they “need a little more to go around them”.

MY FOX BOSTON

Patriots Marcus Cannon gives veteran a Memorial Day surprise
Fox 25 out of Boston has a good story on Marcus Cannon, who found a way to help disabled war veteran Robert Rodriguez by giving the veteran something he was searching for that Cannon was selling on Craigslist.

NEW BRITAIN HERALD

Koutouvides excited about this year’s camp – Matt Straub
Straub has a good story on Patriots linebacker Niko Koutouvides, who will host his third annual youth football clinic on Sunday.

NESN

Shane Vereen Works With Patriots First Team, Pushing Stevan Ridley for Lead Role in Backfield – Matthew Fairburn
Fairburn has an article on the state of the Patriots backfield, and writes that Shane Vereen appears to be pushing Stevan Ridley for playing time this season.

WEEI

Catching Up with Koppen: Patriots Center Happy to be Back in the Fold – Ryan Hadfield
Hadfield has an article on Dan Koppen, and writes that Koppen’s early injury was like your car breaking down 100 miles into a cross country trip.