Wednesday's New England Patriots Links 9/5

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September 05, 2012 at 09:20am ET

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Here's a look at today's top stories:


Belichick expects surprises from Titans -  Frank Dell'Apa
Dell'Apa has an article this morning with comments from head coach Bill Belichick, who said yesterday in a conference call that he expects former Patriots coach Chris Palmer (now the offensive coordinator for Tennessee) to have a good game plan against them.

Rise After Fall - Greg Bedard
Bedard has a great article that chronicles the changes the Patriots made following their 2009 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.  This is definitely a great read, so be sure and check it out.

In the AFC, it's the Patriots...and then who? - Greg Bedard
Bedard previews the AFC in this breakdown.

How the Patriots use tight ends to their advantage - Greg Bedard
If you're into X's and O's, in this article Bedard breaks down with a diagram and some well explained descriptions a couple of New England's offensive plays that the Patriots use for their tight ends.

Scott Zolak, Gil Santos adjusting to new booth setup - Chad Finn
Finn has a good read on the change in the radio booth which now features Scott Zolak alongside long-time voice of the Patriots Gil Santos.

Rob Gronkowski has gone from man to myth - Shalise Manza Young
Manza Young has a good article on Rob Gronkowski, who in just two NFL seasons has become one of the NFL's elite tight ends.

Why did the Patriots embrace tight ends? - Greg Bedard
Bedard writes that the 2009 season and how it ended was the reason why they addressed that position in the draft. 

Son of Maurice Hurst building his own football image - Bob Holmes
Holmes has a good article this morning on the son of former Patriots defensive back Maurice Hurst who has never seen his son played football for Xaverian, and he's missing a lot.

It's O.K. to question Bill Belichick - Christopher Gasper
Gasper gives 10 observations in this article, and writes that when it comes to Belichick, Albert Enstein said it best, "Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth." 


2010 pick Jermaine Cunningham rounds into form - Karen Guregian
Guregian has an article on Jermaine Cunningham, who in his third season is off to a good start.

NOTEBOOK: Lex Hilliard takes a run at fullback job - Karen Guregian
Guregian files her "notebook" this morning, which leads off with a bit on recently signed free agent Lex Hilliard, who will try and fill a role at fullback int he offense.


Quick-hit evaluation of DE's - Field Yates
Yates gives an in-depth breakdown of each defensive end in this entry.

Nantz & Simms talk Pats-Titans - Field Yates
Yates has comments from CBS Sports analysts Phil Simms and Jim Nantz on Sunday's season opener between the two teams. 

Patriots to work out TE Winslow - ESPN Boston
In this report a source told ESPN that the Patriots have plans to work out tight end Kellen Winslow in what they feel is the "in case of emergency" category.


Patriots gearing up for season-opening trip to Tennessee - Glen Farley
Farley has an entertaining look at Sunday's game, pointing out the fact that the Titans are on a "tear" coming into this game.


Chris Johnson can run away from Patriots - Jennifer Toland
Toland has an article on Titans runningback Chris Johnson, who she writes will present a huge challenge for the Patriots on Sunday. 


What we learned about the Patriots on Tuesday: Bill Belichick's fullback fixation - Christopher Price
Price gives six Patriots-related thoughts after what he writes was a surprisingly busy Tuesday.