Jerod Mayo sat out Wednesday’s session, but according to reports his absence isn’t injury-related. (USA TODAY Images)
Patriots Notebook: Testing passes grade – Jeff Howe: Howe files his notebook this morning, which leads off with the fact that Matthew Slater is among players who are okay with the upcoming drug policy changes in the NFL.
Jimmy Garoppolo looks like QB to watch – Jeff Howe: Howe has an article on Garoppolo, who he writes is in the best position among his class of rookie quarterbacks.
Logan Ryan shows yet again heâ€™s right pick for job – Adam Kurkjian: Kurkjian has an article on Ryan, who he writes is ‘a playmaker, pure and simple.’
Stevan Ridley must keep it up – Karen Guregian:Â Guregian has an article on Ridley, who likely saw his confidence get a boost following his performance last Sunday.
Ridley looking forward to Patriots’ home opener – Shalise Manza Young: Manza Young has an article on Ridley, who is looking forward to playing the team he followed as a child.
Patriots-Raiders through stats-based lens – Mike Reiss: Reiss takes a look at a variety of areas in terms of numbers between the two teams in this entry, including the very different paths the two teams have taken since the “Snow Bowl” game.
Jerod Mayo’s absence not injury-related – Mike Reiss: Reiss has a note from practice yesterday, which has some good news regarding the absence of Mayo.
With Ridley, Pats’ attack more than passing – Lee Schechter: Shcechter has an article on Ridley, who is trying to just go out there and run hard this season.
Brady, Patriots not in Spurs-like form – Mike Reiss: Reiss has an article with comments from Brady, who says the team isn’t quite where they need to be on offense and compared his team to the San Antonio Spurs.
Collins returns to practice; Mayo absent – Lee Schechter: Schechteer has a note on Jamie Collins, who returned to the practice field on Wednesday after sitting out their week two game out in Minnesota.
Why did Tom Brady wear a glove? – Mike Reiss: Brady was asked why he wore a glove against the Vikings last weekend, and Reiss gives the reason why in this entry.
Chandler Jones earns AFC defensive honor – Mike Reiss: Defensive end Chandler Jones was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week following his performance against Minnesota on Sunday.
Raiders aware they face a sizable challenge this weekend – Christopher Price: Price has an article on the Raiders, who he writes are well aware of what they’re walking into when they visit Foxboro this weekend.
PORTLAND PRESS HERALD:
Patriots Beat: Football or rugby, New England’s Ebner excels – Mike Lowe: Lowe has an article on Nate Ebner, who received quite a bit of praise from Bill Belichick earlier this week.
Easley Making Progress For Patriots – Kirk Larrabee: Larrabee has a Florida-slanted read on former Gator and rookie Dominique Easley, who made an impact during Sunday’s win over the Vikings.
Raiders vs Patriots Through the Decades – The opposing team’s site goes back through the previous decades and shows how the two teams have fared against each other.
Belichick sees Al Davis in current Raiders roster – Jason Leskiw: Leskiw has an article on the fact that Belichick feels this current group is an Al Davis style of team and that it’s strange not having him in the league.