Tuesday's Daily New England Patriots Links 8/27

Ian Logue
August 27, 2013 at 08:22am ET

No Brady or Gronk, but plenty of storylines at Patriots OTAs
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski not at the start of the team's OTA's today
NFL notes: Don't be surprised if Deatrich Wise Jr., Derek Rivers rise up for Patriots
New Patriots DL Danny Shelton preps to hit the hill
Patriots center David Andrews excited with his new Georgia Bulldog teammates

Here are this morning's top stories:


Tim Tebow has done little to prove he should stay on Patriots' roster - Karen Guregian - Guregian wonders, "how can Belichick justify keeping him over someone who could have an impact in every game on special teams, or more?," about back-up QB Tim Tebow.

Shane Vereen aims to stop fumbles - Mark Daniels - Daniels writes that after last Thursday's fumble against the Detroit Lions, Shane Vereen learned a tough, but valuable lesson.

Danny Amendola leader of youthful WR corps - Mark Daniels - Daniels has an article on the veteran receiver, whose absence was obviously felt last week against the Lions.

James Develin a dinosaur in space age - Karen Guregian - Guregian writes that Develin is a "card-carrying member of the bubble group" and is battling for a roster spot playing a position that was skipped last season.

Patriots OT Marcus Cannon happy to be back - Mark Daniels - Daniels has an entry on Cannon who is happy to be back on the field after an injury sidelined him this month.


Danny Amendola back to practice for Patriots - Ben Volin - Volin files his notebook this morning and has notes from yesterday's practice, including the return of Amendola and the fact the fact that Ras-I Dowling finally appears to be healthy after also returning to practice.

ON FOOTBALL: Injuries have ravaged Patriots’ AFC East rivals - Ben Volin - Volin looks at the myriad of personnel issues that have plagued the other teams in the division and writes that comparatively, "suddenly, the Patriots’ roster turnover doesn’t look so bad."


Picked-up Patriots pieces - Mike Reiss - Reiss has some notes for this morning, including the fact that Kamar Aiken was given the designation of "waived/injured" and will revert back to injured reserve should he go unclaimed.

Gronk's presence sparks PUP reminder - Mike Reiss - Reiss writes that Rob Gronkowski's presence at practice yesterday was a reminder of a significant decision ahead for the Patriots.


Bill Belichick on His Patriots: 'We Have a Lot of Things Going On' - Mike Petraglia - Petraglia has quotes from yesterday's press conference, and writes that when asked about Bills quarterback Jeff Tuel Belichick the team wasn't there yet and that this is a big week for them.

Tim Tebow: 'Not Worried' About His Roster Spot - Mike Petraglia - Petraglia has comments from Tebow yesterday, who said he's "not worried" about his future after surviving the first round of roster cuts.

Danny Amendola Returns to Patriots Practice and a Good Sign From Rob Gronkowski - Mike Petraglia - Petraglia has notes from yesterday's practice session which saw Amendola return to practice, as well as Jermaine Cunningham and Alfonzo Dennard.


New England Patriots begin roster cutdown by releasing Kamar Aiken, others - Nick Underhill - Underhill has notes from yesterday's cut downs, which also saw Kamar Aiken as part of the next round of player purging.

Stephon Morris learned that football is a business, but he's happy to be back with the Patriots - Nick Underhill - Underhill has a good read this morning on newly acquired Stephon Morris, who is back after a July hamstring injury that ultimately led to his release in August and is determined to get another shot.


Dont’a Hightower Says He Knows Patriots Playbook ‘About 20 Times Better’ This Year As He Takes on More Responsibility - Doug Kyed - Kyed has quotes from linebacker Dont'a Hightower, who said he wasn't as comfortable with the playbook last season but he's "just more fluent, more natural now."


Patriots Notebook: Koutouvides gone as team trims roster - Jim Fenton - Fentron looks at yesterday's roster cuts, which included linebacker Niko Koutouvides.


Will Thursday be Tebow's last hurrah? - Alex Marvez - Marvez wonders if Tim Tebow's roster spot is in jeapordy and more importantly after getting no interest from anyone but the Patriots, should he perform badly Thursday night, is his NFL career over?


Former Razorback faces roster shave - Mark Farinella - Farnella looks at the future of Patriots defensive end Jake Bequette, who faces a "day of reckoning" Saturday when the Patriots cut down to 53 players.

Simple math for Patriots - Mark Farinella - Farinella writes that as far as roster reductions go, the Patriots are in the "little suspense category" and that the moves that were made yesterday were "no brainers".