Thursday's New England Patriots Links 12/26 - Big Improvement Preventing Big Plays This Year

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December 26, 2013 at 09:37am ET

Free agent WR Eric Decker says he would be 'good fit' with Patriots
Man charged with robbing Gronkowski's home arraigned
Buckley: What will Tom Brady do when he retires from football?
Tom Brady teases with Instagram comment
Devin McCourty not disappointed in Tom Brady

Here's a quick look at this morning's stories:


Andre Carter enjoying his second time around with Patriots - Michael Whitmer - Whitmer has an article on Andre Carter, who told him that being in New England is "bittersweet" because he's 3,000 miles away from his family.

Bills will be no pushovers for Patriots - Ben Volin - Volin writes that with the Bills set to visit Foxboro this weekend, despite being 6-9 Buffalo won't be an easy foe after they shut the Dolphins out last weekend.

Patriots’ adjustment in ground game flattened Ravens - Ben Volin - Volin has his midweek report and looks at the adjustments New England made in the running game that made things tough on the Ravens, as well as the impressive changes they've made defensively.

Win over the Ravens was vintage Patriots - Christopher Gasper - Gasper calls Sunday's win retro, old-school, throwback against Baltimore.

Bill Belichick's key to success: Never be satisfied - Ben Volin - Volin gives his perspective on what it's been like to cover the Patriots this season, and he's gained an appreciation to the methods that have lead to 11 AFC East titles in 13 seasons.

Defense shows much improvement against long passes - Michael Whitmer - Whitmer files his notebook this morning, which leads off with the Patriots improvement defending long passes.  Last year they had allowed 74 pass plays of 20 yards or more compared to 50 this time around.


Nate Solder awaits OK in tricky concussion situation - Jeff Howe - Howe has an article on Solder, who remains sidelined as he tries to continue recovering from the concussion he suffered two weeks ago.


McCourty dealing with concussion issues - Christopher Price - Price has a report from the Patriots practice report, which still has Devin McCourty sidelined as he continues recovering from a concussion he suffered last weekend.


Penalty watch: Hochuli gets the call - Mike Reiss - Reiss has his weekly look at the penalties for New England compared to their upcoming opponent, the Bills.

Stat check: Bills at Patriots - Mike Reiss - Reiss has some statistical comparisons between the Patriots and Bills.

Hoomanawanui to cash in on incentive - Field Yates - Yates writes that Michael Hoomanawanui is set to potentially earn $370,000 in additional incentives thatnks to the increase in playing time he's received.

Workout limits pain Bill Belichick - Belichick talked about the lack of offseason workouts and season practices due to the new CBA that he feels has led to an increase in injuries this season.

Patriots who will make playoff debut - Field Yates - Yates has a list of Patriots who haven't participated in an NFL postseason and will get their first chance this year.

Catching up with former Patriots, Week 16 - Mike Reiss - Reiss has a quick look at his weekly check on former Patriots in this entry.