Tuesday's New England Patriots Links 7/31

Ian Logue
July 31, 2012 at 08:34am ET

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New Patriots DL Danny Shelton preps to hit the hill
Patriots center David Andrews excited with his new Georgia Bulldog teammates

It's back to work for the Patriots down in Foxboro today at Gillette Stadium, with practices scheduled from 1:30 - 4:00.  Taking a look around the internet this morning, here are today's top stories:


NOTEBOOK: New Diet has Dane Fletcher Looking Lean and Mean - Jeff Howe
Howe files his notebook this morning which leads off with a bit on linebacker Dane Fletcher , who admitted as he trimmed down over the offseason, “Two things I learned from a nutritionist were no more Chinese food and no more fries,” and that those two things had been his "downfall".

First Impressions: A mixed bag from Patriots Training Camp - Karen Guregian
Guregian has a good article this morning on her impressions of Patriots training camp so far, and it's a terrific list which talks about a variety of different players and their performances through the first week of camp.


Fullbacks not extinct just yet - Julian Benbow
Benbow looks at the use of the fullback position, which under offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels appears to be getting some more use thus far in training camp.


Training Camp: Ups and Downs - Staff
The staff at ESPN Boston talk about which players have impressed them so far during training camp, and about those who haven't.

WR/PR Edelman on solid footing - Mike Reiss
Reiss takes a look at Julian Edelman, who appears to be off to a solid start in good training camp so far.


Checking the Attendance Report for the first four days of camp - Christopher Price
Price has a terrific breakdown of the number of practices attended and missed by each individual player in this entry.


Who has impressed the most so far? - Staff Report
The staff at CSNNE take a look at the players who have impressed them, and while guys like Brandon Lloyd were the obvious answer, Brandon Spikes also made the list.

Brady: Patriots Offense is stronger on the outside - Staff Report
CSNNE has excerpts from a recent Sirius interview with quarterback Tom Brady, who said that the Patriots are better on the perimeter and it should make them more effective this season.


Patriots: 3 Things to Feel Good and Worry About - Greg Bedard
The Globe's Greg Bedard has a piece in the "rapid reports" section for CBS Sports which talks about the good and the bad so far during camp.


Julian Edelman is a prized catch for Patriots - Rich Garven
Garven has an article this morning on Julian Edelman and writes that despite getting lost in the fray of guys like Brandon Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney, Edelman has looked solid so far during camp.


Tom Brady Was Among League Leaders In "Bad Passes" Last Season - Nick Underhill
Underhill has an interesting entry this morning looking at numbers compiled by Stats Inc. that show Brady was among the worst in terms of the number of "bad passes" last season.


Young RB's ready for their 'screen' debuts - Mark Farinella
Farinella has an article this morning on the Patriots runningbacks, who have gotten plenty of work in learning screens so far during training camp.


After Medical Scare, Patriots' Santos back for final season in booth - Glen Farley
Farley has an article this morning on Gil Santos, who had a scary offseason which saw him spend five weeks in a medically induced coma and nearly lost his life.