Thursday's New England Patriots Links 5/31

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May 31, 2012 at 09:36am ET

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Another quiet morning, but today marks the second open media OTA practice session so we should get to her plenty of reports as the media gets another glimpse of the players.  In the meantime, here are today's top stories:


Patriot Hearing Waived - Shalise Manza Young
Young files her "NFL Notebook" this morning, which leads off with some news on rookie cornerback Alfonzo Dennard.  According to the article his arraignment hearing, which was scheduled for Wednesday, was waived when his attourney entered a written plea of 'not guilty'


Sebastian Vollmer, Ras-I Dowling among Patriots to watch throughout offseason camps - Jeff Howe
Howe has a blog entry looking at potential players to watch as the media gets another opportunity to view OTA's today.

Tom Brady, Brandon Lloyd working it out - Jeff Howe
Howe files his "notebook" this morning, which leads off with an article on Brady and Lloyd after the Patriots QB said yesterday during a radio interview that the two are making progress so far.

The Scoop: Tom Brady talks hair - Inside Track
The Herald has an article with quotes from Brady's interview with WEEI yesterday where he discusses his's riveting stuff.


Ron Brace welcomed back to Burncoat - Rich Garven
Garven has a good piece on defensive lineman Ron Brace, who was emotional during an appearance at Burncoat High, his alma mater, where he was the guest speaker at their sports night recognition program.


Setting Thursday's Schedule - Mike Rodak
Rodak offers up what the schedule is for the media at Gillette Stadium and also includes a few players that we'll get to read quotes from who are scheduled to speak to reporters.

Brace looks to produce more - Mike Rodak
Rodak has an entry on Brace, who is looking to get out and become more productive this season.

One writer gives Gronk gold in awards - Field Yates
Yates highlights an article from analyst Dan Jeremiah, who gave Rob Gronkowski top honors as part of his "NFL Podium Award" series.


From the Hart: Pats positional stock analysis - Defense - Andy Hart
Hart has a good article taking an in-depth look at the defense and gives a good position-by-position breakdown.


Former Patriots Guard Joe Andruzzi Reflects on Career, Looks Ahead to Helping Families with Upcoming Golf Tournament - NESN Staff
NESN has a piece on former Patriots offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi, who through his foundation will be hosting its fourth annual golf tournament on June 18th at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy, Massachusetts, beginning at 1:30pm.


Bennie's Law - Geoff Hobson
For anyone interested in checking in on former Patriot BenJarvus-Green-Ellis, Hobson has an article on the Bengals official website where Green-Ellis receives quite a bit of praise from his new teammates.