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Thursday’s New England Patriots Links 9/18


Jerod Mayo sat out Wednesday’s session, but according to reports his absence isn’t injury-related. (USA TODAY Images)

BOSTON HERALD:

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 he’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: Guregian has an article on Ridley, who likely saw his confidence get a boost following his performance last Sunday.

BOSTON GLOBE:

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.

ESPN BOSTON:

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.

WEEI:

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.

247SPORTS.COM:

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.COM:

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.

SFBAY.CA:

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.

Wednesday’s New England Patriots Media Links 9/17


Tom Brady so far this season has relied heavily on Julian Edelman. (USA TODAY Images)

BOSTON GLOBE:

Patriots coaches seek better balance on offense – Michael Whitmer: Whitmer files his notebook this morning and leads off with the fact that the Patriots coaching staff is focused on making sure they’re more balanced offensively moving forward.

Patriots piling up penalties at alarming rate – Michael Whitmer: Whitmer looks at the number of penalties the Patriots have had over the first two games, which is an unusual staff for the normally disciplined group.

BOSTON HERALD:

Patriots offense has work to do – Karen Guregian: Guregian has an article on the offense, which so far has been miserable on third down.

Patriots Notebook: Not too bad for rookie – Karen Guregian: Guregian files her notebook this morning, which leads off with Matt Patricia’s impressions of rookie quarterback Derek Carr.

BOSTON.COM:

Patriots Take 2: Improved Trench Play Lifts New England To Victory Over Vikings – Erik Frenz: Frenz has a terrific look back at the game in his film review piece, including some breakdowns of some key situations in the game.

ESPN BOSTON:

Catching up with former Patriots, Week 2 – Mike Reiss: Reiss goes through and looks at some former Patriots and how they’ve performed so far this season.

Following up on Patriots’ offensive line – Mike Reiss: Reiss goes down the list of offensive linemen and also breaks down the number of snaps they’ve played.

Patriots lose Quarles off practice squad – Mike Reiss: Riess has a note on the fact the Patriots lost Kelcy Quarles after the defensive lineman was signed by the Colts to their active roster.

Patriots add three to practice squad – Lee Schechter: Schechter has a note on the fact New England added some new additions to their practice squad, including bringing back Darius Fleming.

Leftovers from the Gillette – Lee Schechter: Schechter has some quotes on a variety of topics, including Bill Belichick’s praise for Nate Ebner, who has seen the former Ohio State’s confidence grow over the past couple of seasons.

Patriots’ coaches want balance on offense – Lee Schechter: Schechter has an article on the fact the Josh McDaniles and Bill Belichick want to continue making sure the team has more balance offensively.

Belichick: No idea how policy impacts bans – Lee Schechter: Schechter has an article with comments from Belichick on the league’s impending new drug policy, eith Belichick telling the media he doesn’t have ‘any idea’ of how it will affect current suspended players Brandon Browner of Brian Tyms.

Weekly Mail is Delivered – Mike Reiss: Reiss answers questions in his weekly mailbag, including addressing concerns over Tom Brady’s reliance on Julian Edelman.

WEEI:

Why Bill Belichick is not taking 0-2 Raiders lightly – Mike Petraglia: Petraglia looks at the Raiders, who have a fair amount of talent on the defensive side of the football.

NESN:

Jerod Mayo, Sealver Siliga Stand Out In Patriots-Vikings Flim Review – Doug Kyed: Kyed does his weekly film review, and he goes down the list of positions with his comments.

LOWELL SUN:

Amendola experiment a big failure - Barry Scanlon: Scanlon has an article condemning Amendola, who he feels has played the part of “the invisible man” so far this season.

WORCESTER TELEGRAM:

Brady plays favorites with receivers – Rich Garven: Garven has an article on the fact the receiving numbers are skewed and looks at the numbers favoring Julian Edelman.

Tuesday’s New England Patriots Links 9/16


Tom Brady and the offense still have work to do. (USA TODAY Images)

BOSTON HERALD:

Patriots Report Card: Defense sets the tone – Ron Borges: Borges gives his grades from Sunday’s game, which he felt was just an average performance by Tom Brady.

Patriots Notebook: Reputation takes a hit – Jeff Howe: Howe has an article on the fact that Brady held onto the ball just long enough to make a few key plays Sunday, that lead to a few tough hits that he absorbed.

Patriots-Vikings: 5 takeaways from the game – Jeff Howe: Howe gives his five thoughts from Sunday, which also saw Brady be “oddly disconnected” after the contest.

BOSTON GLOBE:

Expect slow progress from Patriots offense – Christopher Gasper: Gasper has an article on the offense, which he writes still has problems to fix.

Cameron Fleming’s versatility draws praise – Anthony Gulizia: Gulizia files his notebook this morning, which leads off with a bit on offensive lineman Cameron Fleming and his performance during Sunday’s game.

Patriots offense is dysfunctional right now – Ben Volin: Volin files his “On Football” column this morning and takes a closer look at what’s wrong with New England’s offense.

ESPN BOSTON:

Getting to know the Oakland Raiders – Mike Reiss: Reiss gives a quick rundown on the Raiders, who the Patriots will face this Sunday.

Penalties, missed chances irk Brady – Lee Schechter: Schecter has an article with notes from Brady’s appearance on WEEK, and the quarterback explained some of the issues on offense.

Pats’ 1st-quarter review: Jones on edge - Mike Reiss: Reiss goes back through the first quarter and points out some key points in the first quarter, including the results in the change in Chandler Jones’ role in the game plan.

Patriots’ 2nd-quarter review: Blocked FG – Mike Reiss: Reiss looks at the second quarter, and writes that Jones’ effort on the blocked field goal was ‘an exemplary individual effort’.

Patriots’ 3rd-quarter review: Brady’s glove – Mike Reiss: Reiss writes that in the third quarter Brady appeared to switch to a new glove on his left non-throwing hand for the start of the quarter.

Patriots’ 4th-quarter review: Stork time – Mike Reiss: Reiss looks at the performance of Bryan Stork, who entered the game in the final quarter of play on Sunday.

Usage of dime helps Ebner break through – Mike Reiss: Reiss highlights Nate Ebner in this entry, who is seeing more time so far this year on defense.

The Film Don’t Lie: Patriots – Mike Reiss: Reiss takes a look at what the Patriots must fix in this entry.

So far, Brady only has eyes for Edelman – Lee Schechter: Schechter has an article on the fact that Brady needs to distribute the football to players other than Edelman.

NESN:

Vikings, Norv Turner Kept It Simple For Patriots In New England’s Win – Doug Kyed: Kyed looks at Sunday’s game and writes that Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s game plan was pretty straightforward.

WEEI:

‘Rock’ Steady: Julian Edelman Focused on Imporoving Every Week – Christopher Price: Price has an article on Edelman, who knows there are more than enough rocks to go around.

PATRIOTS.COM:

Ask PFW: Does Brady not trust his receivers? – Erik Scalavino: Scalavino has his mailbag for this week that looks at a variety of topics, including why Brady wasn’t able to spread the ball around Sunday.

Nitpicks & Nitwits: Errors keeping Patriots from elite status – John Rooke: Rooke has a good read this morning on what he feels are some of the problems the Patriots need to fix.

PROVIDENCE JOURNAL:

Patriots had their way with Vikings on both sides of the ball – Kevin McNamara: McNamara has an article on Sunday’s game, which was a nice change following a week where they were pushed around by the Dolphins.

CSNNE:

McCourty: Whenever you get a pick, you look for Wilfork - Devin McCourty appeared on CSNNE’s “Quick Slants” and pointed out that when he picks off a pass he looks for Vince Wilfork as the “lead blocker”.

BLEACHER REPORT:

Brandon LaFell, Danny Amendola Failing to Live Up to Expectations with Patriots – James Christensen: Our friend from NEPatriotsDraft.com has a good read this morning on the fact that neither receiver, thus far, has been productive in the offense in 2014.

WORCESTER TELEGRAM:

Tom Brady shines on touchdown toss – Rich Garven: Garven files his notes, which leads off talking about the 9-yard strike to Julian Edelman at the end of the first half.

Patriots are showing improvement – Rich Garven: Garven writes that the Patriots managed to overcome a sluggish start and followed it up with playing much better in week two.

Monday’s New England Patriots Links 9/15


Brady and the offense bounced back during Sunday’s win in Minnesota. (USA TODAY Images)

BOSTON GLOBE:

Patriots defense was good, but bigger tests await - Ben Volin: Volin writes that despite the Patriots dominance on the defensive side of the ball yesterday, bigger tests still await this team.

Patriots rebound with resounding victory over Vikings – Shalise Manza Young: Manza Young files her game story, which saw things get so bad for former Patriots QB Matt Cassel that Vikings fans began chanting for his back-up late in the game.

Defensively, nobody could keep up with Chandler Jones – Michael Whitmer: Whitmer has a column on the game Chandler Jones had yesterday, which also saw him return a blocked field goal for a touchdown.

Patriots’ special teams flourish against Vikings – Michael Whitmer: Whitmer files his notebook this morning, which leads off with how well New England played on special teams yesterday.

For NFL, week was as bad as it gets – Dan Shaughnessy: Shaughnessy has a column on how bad the last week was for the league, which saw two of its biggest stars damage its’ image.

Tailgaters go the extra mile(s) to see Patriots – Jess Myers: Myers has a column on a some fans who came a long way to watch their team yesterday.

Patriots’ defense impressive, but offense still work in progress - Ben Volin and Dan Shaughnessy discuss yesterday’s game, which saw the offense still struggle a bit at times.

BOSTON HERALD:

Patriots pick apart Vikings for 1st win – Jeff Howe: Howe writes that the team apparently dumped last week’s playbooks as they sunk the Vikings during Sunday’s win.

Borges: Returning to edge, Chandler Jones bullies Vikings – Ron Borges: Borges has a column this morning on Chandler Jones, who had plenty of success Sunday against the Vikings.

Patriots Beat: ‘D’ ensures things take turn – Karen Guregian: Guregian has a column on the defense, and writes that this group has a knack for creating turnovers.

Patriots Notebook: Easy does it with Rob Gronkowski – Jeff Howe: Howe files his notebook this morning, which leads off with the fact Gronkowski played fewer snaps than he did during week one.

Staking their ground – Karen Guregian: Guregian looks at the ground game for New England Sunday, which saw them more committed to running the football.

PORTLAND PRESS HERALD:

Patriots’ defense shows Vikings no mercy – Dave Campbell: Campbell has a column on the fact the Patriots took full advantage of Adrian Peterson’s absence on Sunday.

Best & Worst of Patriots-Vikings game – Adam Kurkjian: Kurkjian looks at some of the performances from Sunday, including the fact Stephen Gostkowski made all of his field goal attempts.

ESPN BOSTON:

Patriots’ offensive snaps: Amendola dips – Mike Reiss: Reiss looks at the snap totals from yesterday, which saw Amendola on the field for just 19 plays.

WR Jennings disappears on Revis Island – Mike Reiss: Reiss notes that Darrelle Revis won the match-up on Greg Jennings, who finished with just one catch on Sunday.

Patriots restore order at line of scrimmage – Mike Reiss: Reiss looks at the play up front, which saw New England play much better this week.

Penalties pile up for Patriots – Mike Reiss: Reiss has a note on the penalties from Sunday’s game, which saw New England accept 15 of them for 163 yards.

Tom Brady far from satisfied with offense – Lee Schechter: Schechter has an entry on the fact Tom Brady didn’t seem pleased after Sunday’s win.

Belichick on 200th win: ‘It means a lot’ – Lee Schechter: Schechter has an entry on Belichick’s reaction to winning his 200th game.

WEEI:

‘Minitron’ Delivers Big in Minnesota – Christopher Price: Price has a column on Julian Edelman, whose continued success continues to allow the Patriots to put the Wes Welker controversy behind them.

Bill Belichick on making history with 200th win: ‘I’ve coached a lot of good football players’ – Mike Petraglia: Petraglia has comments from Belichick after his 200th career win, in which the coach credits his players.

Bill Belichick on Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and the NFL crisis: ‘The whole situation is really unfortunate’ – Mike Petraglia: Petraglia notes a comment by Belichick after the game on the situation with Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice, which saw the two stars damage the league’s image this week.

PROVIDENCE JOURNAL:

Patriots rebound with 30-7 thumping of Vikings – Mark Daniels: Daniels files his game story, noting that unlike week one, there was no second-half comeback by the opposition Sunday.

Jim Donaldson: Chandler Jones had extra motivation on his mad dash to end zone – Jim Donaldson: Donaldson has a column on Jones, who kept saying “don’t get caught” to himself on the way to the end zone yesterday when he returned the blocked field goal for a touchdown.

Revis Island makes a comeback in Minnesota – Mark Daniels: Daniels looks at the performance by Darrelle Revis Sunday, which saw him shut down Greg Jennings.

Patriots’ offensive line shows improvement – Mark Daniels: Daniels has a column on New England’s offensive line, which played much better Sunday in Minnesota.

CSNNE:

Shutdown corner –  Tom Curran: Curran looks at Revis’ performance Sunday, which played a key role in the success the defense had after coming away with four interceptions.

LOWELL SUN:

Hey, Patriots fans, maybe sky isn’t falling after all – David Pavear: Pavear has a column after yesterday’s win and feels that maybe the team isn’t inept after all.

BLEACHER REPORT:

New England Patriots Prove They’re Still Alive Among AFC’s Elite – Erik Frenz: Boston.com’s Frenz writes that Patriots fans can breathe easy, as they’re still among the top teams in the AFC.

Tuesday’s New England Patriots Media Links 9/2


Garoppolo is still having a tough time grasping the fact that he’s now Tom Brady’s back-up. (USA TODAY Images)

BOSTON HERALD:

Rob Gronkowksi stirs up offense – Karen Guregian: Guregian has an article on Gronkowski, who is looking forward to being back on the field.

Patriots Notebook: Garoppolo embraces role behind Brady – Karen Guregian: Guregian files her notebook this morning, which leads off with Garoppolo adjusting to being the go to guy if Brady goes down.

Sealver Siliga cuts to the chase – Adam Kurkjian: Kurkjian has a good article on Siliga, who talked about what it was like the Saturday before roster cuts.

ESPN BOSTON:

Brady: Mankins was Patriots football – Mike Reiss: Reiss has comments from Brady following his appearance on WEEI where he talked about his reaction to Mankins being traded.

Brady leftovers: On Gronkowski, Wright - Lee Schechter: Schlechter has more from Brady’s interview on Dennis & Callahan.

Garoppolo on No. 2: ‘Hasn’t really sunk in’ – Mike Reiss: Reiss has an article on back-up Jimmy Garropolo, who said the fact he’s Brady’s back-up hasn’t quite ‘sunk in’ yet.

Under Armour inks Gisele Bundchen – Darren Rovell: Rovell has an article on the fact Brady’s wife now joins him as a endorser of the brand.

WEEI:

5 things you have to know about Dolphins – Christopher Price: Price takes a look at the Dolphins and feels they’ll likely look to push the pace offensively.

Tim Wright on Rob Gronkowski: ‘I definitely think we can work off each other’ – Mike Petraglia: Pegraglia has a nice read on Wright, who feels being out there with Gronkowski should allow him to work off each other and that he’s going to learn ‘a lot of things’ from the tight end,

CSNNE:

Brady contemplates his future with the Patriots - Phil Perry: Perry has an article with some comments about Brady’s future with the team, with the quarterback saying he hopes he can remain a Patriot for a long time.

METROWEST DAILY NEWS:

Patriots Notebook: Bequette, Boyce return, signed to practice squad – Glen Farley: Farley has a note on some additional practice squad additions.

ENTERPRISE NEWS:

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK: There’s a touch of the Pats in Wright’s past – Glen Farley: Farley files his notebook this morning, which leads off with a bit on the fact Wright’s first reception came in a loss to the Patriots last season.

Monday’s New England Patriots Links 9/1


Ryan Mallett’s era as the back-up quarterback here in New England came to an end on Sunday after he was dealt to the Texans. (USA TODAY Images)

Here’s a quick rundown of this morning’s media Links:

BOSTON HERALD:

Ryan’s hope in Houston – Jeff Howe: Howe has an article on Ryan Mallett and feels that while it came one day later than expected, his era in New England is over.

Patriots Notebook: Quarles beefs up defensive front – Jeff Howe: Howe files his notebook this morning, which leads off with the addition of Kelcy Quarles.

BOSTON GLOBE:

Patriots’ skimpy return for Ryan Mallett shows how teams view QB - Ben Volin: Volin has his “On Football” article this morning and gives his thoughts on the value – or lack thereof – New England received for Mallett.

Technology tracks players’ speed on football field – Callum Borchers: Borchers looks at a new technology where players will be wearing quarter-sized sensors that will track their speed, distance, and other information during the course of a play.

BOSTON.COM:

Takeaways from Ryan Mallett’s Trade – Zuri Berry: Berry has his thoughts on the Mallett deal, and feels Garoppolo obviously beat Mallett out and earned the top back-up role.

If Given the Chance, Discarded Patriots QB Ryan Mallett Will Thrive With Texans – Adam Kaufman: Kaufman gives his thoughts on Mallett, who he believes will do well in Houston.

ESPN BOSTON:

Film review on Patriots DL Kelcy Quarles – Mike Reiss: Reiss went back through and looked at film of newly acquired defensive lineman Kelcy Quarles.

QB Bethel-Thompson to practice squad - Mike Reiss: Reiss notes a report of the addition of quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson to the practice squad, who was one of 12 players in for a tryout on Saturday.

Patriots claim DT Gaston, release LB White – Mike Reiss: Reiss looks at a couple of transactions, including the fact New England claimed Bruce Gaston from the Cardinals while releasing LB Chris White.

Analysis: Digesting the Ryan Mallett trade – Mike Reiss: Reiss gives his thoughts on the Mallett deal, and feels the pick they gave up was commensurate with what the market called for given his previous performances.

WEEI:

Game over: Ryan Mallett trade closes interesting chapter for Patriots - Christopher Price: Price writes on the end of an era after the Mallett trade.

PROVIDENCE JOURNAL:

Browner will stick to schedule as his 4-game suspension begins – Mark Daniels: Daniels has an article on Brandon Browner, who doesn’t plan on altering his preparation approach despite his suspension.

SEACOAST ONLINE: 

Matt Light to attend KTP’s Septemberfest – Former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light is set to appear at the Kittery trading post on Wednesday.

Tuesday’s New England Patriots Links 8/19


Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski took part in contact drills for the first time this preseason on Monday. (USA TODAY Images)

A quick rundown of links on this Tuesday Morning:


MEDIA OBSERVATIONS FROM MONDAY:

BOSTON GLOBE:
Patriots Practice Report: Missing Patriots appear for final training camp session – Shalise Manza Young

ESPN BOSTON:
Observations from Patriots camp: Day 22 – Mike Reiss and Lee Schefter

NESN:
Patriots Training Camp Observations: Rob Gronkowski Advances To Contact - Doug Kyed

PROVIDENCE JOURNAL:
Training camp observations: Rob Gronkowski progresses as the Patriots get healthier – Mark Daniels


ADDITIONAL LINKS:

BOSTON.COM:

Patriots Training Camp Notes: Rob Gronkowski Makes First Appearance in Team Drills – Erik Frenz - Frenz looks at the return of Gronkowski and writes the chemistry between he and quarterback Tom Brady has picked up right where it left off.

What Happened in 1-on-1 Pass-Rush Drills Throughout Patriots Training Camp – Erik Frenz: Frenz has a good entry looking at how the players fared in drills on Monday.

BOSTON GLOBE:

Rob Gronkowski ramps up the intensity – Shalise Manza Young: Manza Young has an article on Gronkowski, who took part in 11-on-11 work on Monday and was in on contact drills for the first time this preseason.

Dominique Easley leads list of Patriots back in action - Michael Vega: Vega files his notebook this morning, which leads off with Easley’s return to practice Monday.

BOSTON HERALD:

Patriots Notebook: Rob Gronkowski fully engaged – Jeff Howe: Howe files his notebook this morning, which leads off with the fact Gronkowski took part in contact drills for the first time this preseason.

Patriots Beat: Stevan Ridley’s fate in his hands – Karen Guregian: Guregian focuses on Ridley, who wasn’t happy after losing the football Friday night.

Back in action, Dominique Easley like kid in candy store – Adam Kurkjian: Kurkjian has an article on the return of Easley, who felt like a “lost kid” while he was out.

ESPN BOSTON:

Cleaning out the Patriots notebook – Mike Reiss: Reiss has additional notes from Monday, with Dominique Easley having some good moments in practice.

Stevan Ridley: ‘Sick feeling’ with fumble – Mike Reiss: Reiss has comments from Ridley, who wasn’t pleased after fumbling the football Friday night despite the fact it was negated by a penalty.

Rob Gronkowski takes ‘step forward’ – Mike Reiss: Reiss has notes on the return of tight end Rob Gronkowski, after he took part in drills during Monday’s session.

Jerod Mayo, Bryan Stork return for Patriots – Mike Reiss and Lee Schefter: Both Stork and Mayo were among players back on the field on Monday, including tight end Michael Hoomanawanui.

WEEI:

Michael Hoomanawanui returns to practice ‘hungry’ to get back to full strength – Ryan Hannable: Hannable has an article on the return of Hoomanwanui,

What we learned: 10 takeaways from Patriots at end of camp – Christopher Price: Price has a good read on his thoughts as camp comes to a close, including the fact he feels Julian Edelman should have another strong season if he remains healthy.

PATRIOTS.COM:

Bill Belichick Transcript 8/18: We coach the players to play within the rules - Here’s the full transcript from yesterday’s press conference.

NEPATRIOTSDRAFT:

Checking in on the Rookies: Eagles vs. Patriots – Jimmy Flaherty: Flaherty takes a quick run through how the rookies performed Friday night, with an evaluation on each in this entry.

How Patriots Wide Receiver Brian Tyms Has Become a Steady WR for New England – James Christensen: Christensen has a good read on Tyms, who has had a strong preseason thus far.

Monday’s New England Patriots Links 8/18


Receiver Brian Tyms has caught the attention of some of his teammates thanks to his play this preseason. (USA TODAY Images)

BOSTON GLOBE:

Patriots’ roster competition begins to sort itself out – Ben Volin: Volin has his latest roster and practice squad projections.

BOSTON.COM:

Reports: Patriots Bolster Tight Ends Group by Re-Signing Justin Jones – Zuri Berry: Berry has an article on the fact the Patriots added another tight end after only having one healthy one on their roster.

BOSTON HERALD:

Confident Roy Finch back in running – Adam Kurkjian: Kurkjian has a good read on Ray Finch, who is finally getting a hold of his nerves after a decent performance Friday night.

Secondary takes new emphasis in stride – Karen Guregian: Guregian has a good read on the fact the games have been unwatchable thanks to the number of flags thrown and some insight from Darrelle Revis on the situation.

ESPN BOSTON:

Third-quarter review: Bad fit for Will Smith? – Mike Reiss: Reiss goes back and looks at the film and has several thoughts from Friday night’s third quarter and  feels Smith looked out of place playing defensive end.

Rookie TE Justin Jones back in fold – Mike Reiss: Reiss has a report of the return of tight end Justin Jones, who had previously been released back on August 10th.

Harvard’s Ott out of Pats’ snapper mix – Mike Reiss: Reiss has a note on the release of Ott, which now leaves Danny Aiken as the team’s lone long-snapper.

NESN:

Reports: Patriots Re-Sign Tight End Justin Jones, Release Tyler Ott – Doug Kyed: Kyed follows up on reports of the team’s latest transaction.

CSNNE:

Breer: Patriots must assess if Ridley’s fumbles worth it – Albert Breer of the NFL Network joined Sports Tonight and discussed Stevan Ridley, who fumbled again Friday night in the team’s win over Philadelphia.

BLEACHER REPORT:

New England Patriots: What We’ve Learned Through Week 2 of Preseason – James Christensen: Christensen looks at a variety of things we’ve found out about this team so far through two exhibition games.

GLOUCESTER TIMES:

Mallett answers back; battle for backup now on – Hector Longo: Longo has article on the back-up quarterback position, which after Mallett’s recent performance he feels is heating up.

TAUNTON DAILY GAZETTE:

Patriots Notebook: Tyms continues to make his case – Glen Farley: Farley files his notebook this morning, which leads off with a bit on receiver Brian Tyms, who has started catching some attention from his teammates thanks to the plays he’s made.

METROWEST DAILY NEWS:

The good, bad, and ugly from Patriots camp … so far – Glen Farley: Farley has an article looking at a variety of things that have gone right and wrong during camp so far.

DAILY MAIL:

‘Unfortunately it wasn’t the guy’: Jets fan who punched female Patriots supporter in the face following scuffle is unrepentant after his MetLife Stadium ban is overturned – David McCormack: For those who remember the female Patriots fan who was punched in the face by this fan, who was subsequently banned from MetLife Stadium, here are more ridiculous comments from this idiot, who is also being allowed back in this year.

Friday’s New England Patriots Links 8/15


Tom Brady is expected to see action tonight against the Eagles. (USA TODAY Images)

MEDIA PRACTICE OBSERVATIONS:

ESPN BOSTON:
Patriots Camp Report: Day 22 - Mike Reiss

WEEI:
Thursday Practice Notes – Christopher Price

BOSTON HERALD:
Practice Observations
 - Jeff Howe

BOSTON GLOBE:

Five areas to watch in Patriots’ second exhibition game – Ben Volin: Volin has his “Five Areas to Watch” for tonight, including the quarterback rotation and he feels who every plays after Tom Brady comes out will speak volumes about their intentions.

BOSTON HERALD:

Patriots Notebook: Jerel Worthy of long look – Jeff Howe: Howe has some notes on newly acquired Jerel Worthy after he saw action on Thursday.

Patriots-Eagles: 5 things to watch for – Jeff Howe: Howe has an article on tonight’s game and feels how well the Patriots’ offensive line protects Tom Brady will be among some things to keep an eye on.

Borges: Dan Connolly in a battle – Ron Borges: Borges believes that Connolly is fighting for a spot on the roster this preseason, although he feels Connolly’s versatility should keep him safe.

ESPN BOSTON:

Listing Patriots not expected to play – Mike Reiss: Reiss runs down the list of players he expects to sit out tonight, which includes Aaron Dobson, and he believes Ryan Mallett may potentially sit tonight as well after being limited this week.

Key areas for Patriots vs. Eagles - Mike Reiss: Reiss looks at some key areas to watch tonight, including how the defense looks as a first unit playing together.

Weekly Patriots chat recap - Mike Reiss: Reiss has a recap from his chat yesterday, which goes over a variety of topics.

Cave recalls college battles with Worthy – Patriots offensive lineman Braxton Cave talks about what it was like matching up against newly acquired defensive tackle Jerel Worthy in college.

Jerod Mayo not present for Patriots practice – Mike Reiss: Reiss has a note on the fact Jerod Mayo wasn’t practice on Thursday morning.

WEEI:

Ryan Mallett: Two missed practices were ‘maintenance’ days – Ryan Hannable: Hannable has a quick entry on Mallett, who missed time this week with an apparent knee injuries, but appears to be OK.

Josh Boyce on Returning Kicks: ‘I think I’m pretty good for it’ - Ryan Hannable: Hannable has an entry with thoughts from Boyce, who believes he’s a strong candidate for New England’s return game.

Ryan Mallett Expects to Play Friday Night Against Eagles - Ryan Hannable: Hannable has an entry on the fact that Mallett is ready to go and he’s put last week’s performance in the “rear-view”.

CSNNE:

Curran: What guys to watch vs Eagles - Tom Curran discusses a few things to keep an eye on and feels defensive lineman Will Smith is among several players to watch tonight.

CONCORD MONITOR:

What to look for in Patriots’ preseason game vs. Philadelphia - Tim O’Sullivan: O’Sullivan has his things to watch for tonight, including whether or not Malcolm Butler can follow up his strong week one performance.

BLEACHER REPORT:

5 Things to Watch in Patriots Preseason Week 1 Matchup vs. Eagles - Erik Frenz: Boston.com’s Erik Frenz looks at some things to keep an eye on tonight, including what he feels is “bordering on tragic” in regards to their tight end situation.

Wednesday’s New England Patriots Links 8/13


With Chris Jones dealing with an ankle injury and Sealver Siliga’s future up in the air, the Patriots acquired two defensive linemen Tuesday night. (USA TODAY Images)

Here’s a quick rundown of this morning’s links:

MEDIA OBSERVATION LINKS FROM TUESDAY’S SESSION:

ESPN BOSTON:
Patriots Camp Report: Day 20 – Mike Reiss

Observations from Patriots camp: Day 20 – Mike Reiss and Lee Schechter 

BOSTON.COM:
Patriots Training Camp Notes: Darrelle Revis Struggles In First Joint Practice With Eagles – Erik Frenz

WEEI:
Tuesday Practice Notes: Presense of Eagles Sparks Intensity: Christopher Price

BOSTON GLOBE:

Eagles, Patriots join in practice run toward Super Bowl – Ben Volin: Volin has his “On Football” column for this morning, looking at

Darrelle Revis gets flagged down by officials - The Globe has photos from yesterday, with a good collection of images – although not really relevant to the title.

Officials help explain latest round of flag football – Shalise Manza Young: Manza Young has an article on the fact the officials who were on hand were there to help the team get a better understanding of the new rules regarding contact with defenders.

Notebook: Aaron Dobson right back in the swing – Rob Harms: Harms files his notebook this morning, which leads off a note on the return of Dobson to practice.

Patriots trade cornerback Justin Green to Dallas – Shalise Manza Young: Manza Young has details on the trade of Green to the Cowboys.

BOSTON.COM:

Aaron Dobson Back In the Mix, But Still Limited – Zuri Berry: Berry has an article on the return of Aaron Dobson, who was back at practice, albeit in a limited capacity Tuesday.

BOSTON HERALD:

Patriots Notebook: Jimmy Garoppolo takes control on the field [+Video]  - Jeff Howe: Howe writes that Garoppolo returned from Washington a new man and looked completely different on the field Tuesday against the Eagles.

After Rob Gronkowski, position precariously thin [+Video] – Karen Guregian: Guregian looks at the lack of depth at tight end as the team continues trying to bring in additional players.

Patriots take challenge, pass it on to rivals [+Video] - Jeff Howe: Howe has a note on the ice bucket challenge the team took on Tuesday before making a challenge of their own.

ESPN BOSTON:

DE Jerel Worthy heading to Patriots – Rob Demovsky: Demovsky has details on the Patriots trade for Packers defensive end Jerel Worthy.

Patriots don’t want repeat of ’13 at DT – Mike Reiss: Reiss has an article on the Patriots move to acquire two defensive tackles on Tuesday.

Hightower among offseason award winners – Field Yates: Yates writes that Dont’a Hightower was among the offseason award winners for the offseason workout program.

Electric atmosphere as 25k attend practice – Mike Reiss: Reiss has a report on the fact that a massive amount of fans were on hand for Tuesday’s session.

Belichick to referee: Throw lots of flags – Mike Reiss: Reiss has notes on the fact Bill Belichick asked referee John Parry and members of his crew to throw flags and let the players know where they went wrong as they try and familiarize themselves with the new rules.

BLEACHER REPORT:

Breaking Down the New England Patriots’ Options at Tight End – James Christensen: Christensen takes a look at the tight end depth chart along with the chances of each player making the team.