Thursday's New England Patriots Links 12/19

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December 19, 2013 at 11:02am ET

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Here's a quick run down of this morning's top stories:


Dolphins are closing the gap on Patriots - Ben Volin - Volin offers up his midweek report and feels the Dolphins made a statement in the battle for supremacy in the AFC East Sunday that says, "We're coming for you."

Logan Mankins can do it all on Patriots’ offensive line - Shalise Manza Young - Manza Young has a good read on Mankins, who talked about the transition from going from guard to tackle on Sunday.

Tom Brady on the Ravens: 'There's no bigger game than this' - Zuri Berry - Berry has comments from Tom Brady, who expects this week's contest to be a tough one but feels, "We need it."


Patriots Notebook: No Fish net for Shane Vereen - Jeff Howe - Howe has an article on Vereen and writes that despite the drop off in production, it was far from an unproductive outing for Vereen against Miami.

Terrell Suggs doesn't hide his dislike of Tom Brady - Karen Guregian - Guregian has an article on the rivalry between Suggs and Brady.

Struggling Ray Rice has sympathy for Vince Wilfork - Mark Daniels - Daniels has comments from Rice, who offered up some kind words for Wilfork, who was lost for the season with an Achilles injury.

Logan Mankins shows he’s Hannah-tough - Jeff Howe - Howe has a good read this morning on Mankins, who tries not to compare himself to John Hannah even though others like to.


Defensive groupings: Sub packages rise - Mike Reiss - Reiss looks at the total number of snaps in different personnel groupings in this entry.

Penalty watch: Patriots at Ravens - Mike Reiss - Reiss has this week's penalty update, comparing them against the Ravens and showing their league rankings.

Tedy's take: Rule proposal for specialists - Mike Reiss - Reiss has an article this morning with comments from Tedy Bruschi, who gave his thoughts on what happened to Bengals punter Kevin Huber.

Solder, Boyce miss practice; 13 limited - Field Yates - Yates has Wednesday's practice report, which saw another long list this week.


Why Patriots could be primed to push tempo again Sunday against Ravens - Christopher Price - Price has his thoughts on why the Patriots may pick up the pace Sunday in Baltimore.

Brady: 'Maybe we should [run hurry-up] more' - Mike Petraglia - Petraglia has comments from Brady on the fact that considering the success they've had in the 2-minute offense, they may want to consider doing it more often.


Press Conference Transcripts:

Chandler Jones Conference Call Transcript

John Harbaugh Conference Call Transcript

Bill Belichick Press Conference Transcript

Tom Brady Press Conference Transcript

Bill Belichick Conference Call w/Baltimore Media Transcript


Patriots Mankins living on the edge - Mark Farinella - Farinella has an article on Mankins, who talked about how physical this Ravens team is.

FARINELLA: Brady lets his human side slip - Mark Farinella - Farinella looks at the uncharacteristic outburst by Brady in Miami last week.


Patriots tackling changes if Nate Solder can't play - Rich Garven - Garven looks at how New England will adjust up front if Solder can't go on Sunday.

Patriots' hurry-up offense is missing in action - Rich Garven - Garven files his notebook this morning, which leads off with the fact the Patriots haven't used the hurry-up offense nearly as much this season.