Monday's New England Patriots Links 8/6

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August 06, 2012 at 10:14am ET

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft owns no concerns that Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are missing OTAs
New NFL policy lets players who don’t want to stand for anthem stay in locker room
Former Patriots rip NFL’s new anthem policy

With the New Orleans Saints set to visit Foxboro for joint practice sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday before their preseason opener, here are this morning's top stories:


Patriots show right kind of fight - Steve Buckley
Buckley has a column this morning focusing on the intensity at camp, which leads off with him calling Tom Brady "just another blue-collar, working stiff, lunch pail-carrying member" of the football team.

Patriots Getting to Work Early This Morning - Jeff Howe
Howe has an entry this morning pointing out the fact that the team is practicing from 9am-11am, their earliest start to day during training camp.

NOTEBOOK: Donte Stallworth makes strong case - Jeff Howe
Howe files his "notebook" this morning and leads off with the logjam of receivers, which Howe writes "might be one of the only things being discussed more in New England than the sharks off Cape Cod."  Howe also writes that if some thought Donte Stallworth would be the odd man out at the end of camp, his performance over the last week and a half may have altered that perception.

Kyle Arrington finds comfort level - Tom Layman
Layman has an article on Kyle Arrington, who has been splitting time with second-year player Ras-I Dowling at cornerback and exclusively in the middle of the field in the slot during nickel and other sub packages.

Nate Solder to protect Tom Brady's blind side in second year - Tom Layman
Layman has an article on offensive tackle Nate Solder, who with the retirement of Matt Light finds himself sliding into the role of protecting Brady on a permanent basis.


NOTEBOOK: Patriots Offensive Line is Looking Thin - Shalise Manza Young
Young files her "notebook" this morning, which leads off with the state of the offensive line after Robert Gallery retired and two other players suffered injuries on Sunday.

He's 35, but Tom Brady wants to play a lot longer - Shalise Manza Young
In this article Brady talks about the fact he plans on playing into his 40's and said, "I'm a long ways from 42 and hopefully I'm still talking to you guys when I'm 42."

Patriots Backup QB's up front about their battle - Julian Benbow
Benbow has an article this morning on the relationship between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallet, who are also friends off the field.


Cleaning out the camp notebook - Mike Reiss
Reiss has some additional observations from training camp in this entry, noting that Nate Ebner practiced for the first time on Friday and was lined up with the top special teams players on the kickoff return unit.

Brady, Patriots put focus on situations - Mike Rodak
Rodak writes that yesterday the team shifted its practice focus to more situational work, including two-minute and goal-line scenarios.


Tom Brady 'Long Ways' From Being Finished With Football - AP
NESN has an article from the Associated Press which has quotes from director of player personnel Nick Caserio pointing out that it wouldn't be out of the question for Brady to play into his 40's after looking at several big names who have done it. 


Injuries and uncertainty spark questions about Patriots' O-Line - Christopher Price
Price has a terrific article on the current state of the offensive line, which he points out was in crisis mode late last season.

Stevan Ridley taking lead in battle for Starting Running Back Role - Nick O'Malley
O'Malley has a piece on Stevan Ridley, who is looking to put his rookie year behind him as he looks to build on what was a solid first season.

Brady ratchets up the intensity in Patriots camp - Tom Curran
Curran has a good look at what went down toward the tail end of practice, with one mistake too many led to offensive lineman Donald Thomas beginning a penalty lap with "some loud Brady admonitions raining down on him from behind."


Patriots' practice miscues irk Brady - Jennifer Toland
Toland writes that for much of yesterday's practice Brady's temperament matched the weather - both were pretty steamy and he was visibly and vocally upset after missing several passes.


Patriots are ready for Saints to march in - Glen Farley
Farley writes that having the New Orleans Saints in for joint practices tomorrow and Wednesday offers up a nice change of pace after the players have spent the last couple of weeks battling eachother.

This list contains links to each of the practice reports from Sunday's session.  So if you're wondering what went down yesterday, this should help you get caught up:

Patriots Practice Report For Sunday - Greg Bedard - Boston Globe

Ron Brace Sits Out Practice - Jennifer Toland - Worcester Telegram

Bed Check: Wrapping Up Day 11 - Mike Reiss - ESPN BOSTON

Camp Observations: Day 11 - Field Yates - ESPN BOSTON

Ten Things We Learned Sunday at Patriots Training Camp - Ryan Hadfield - WEEI

Postcards from Patriots Camp: Day 12 - Tom Curran - CSNNE

Closing time for Gallery; Sunday Notes - Erik Scalavino -

From the Hart: Sunday practice observations - Andy Hart -

Patriots Quick Hits: Training practice No. 9 - Greg Bedard -