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Friday’s New England Patriots Links 6/6 – Ridley vows to earn his keep

BOSTON HERALD:

Duron Harmon eyes role as a starter - Jeff Howe: Howe has a good article this morning on Duron Harmon, who is focused on becoming the starting safety alongside Devin McCourty.

Jimmy Garoppolo poised but remains a project Р Karen Guregian: Guregian has an article on Garoppolo, with comments from players who are surprised at how confident the rookie seems early on.

Patriots Notebook: Stevan Ridley vows to earn his keep – Jeff Howe: Howe files his notebook this morning, which leads off with a focused Ridley as the running back hopes to put his fumbling issues behind him.

Brandon LaFell leans on new teammates – Adam Kurkjian: Kurkjian has an article on LaFell, who says “it’s been the craziest two or three months of my life” during his¬†transition to New England.

BOSTON GLOBE:

Numberless Patriots taught to think team first – Ben Volin: Volin has his “On Football” column for this morning and talks about the lack of uniform numbers, as well as the fact Julian Edelman is now the “Alpha Dog” of the team.

Brandon LaFell: Transition to Patriots not easy – Ben Volin and Shalise Manza Young: The two file their notebook this morning, which leads off with comments from Brandon LaFell who says the transition has been hard, and that he doesn’t “want to look ¬†like a dumb butt on film.”

Patriots Reportedly Visiting with DT Kevin Williams - Zuri Berry – Berry follows up on a report by Tom Curran on Williams’ visit, with the veteran being one of the more durable players during his career.

PATRIOTS.COM:

Patriots Cheerleaders Cancun Calendar Shoot - Day 4 – In this article the team has highlights from the cheerleader’s photo shoot.

NEPATRIOTS.COM:

58 Defensive Line Combinations: A 2013 Patriots Personnel Study – Oliver Thomas: Thomas has a great breakdown of the team’s defensive line from last season.

WEEI:

Revis Effect: New cornerback having impact on Patriots defense, offense РChristopher Price: Price has a good article this morning on the effect having Revis during the workouts is having.

PROVIDENCE JOURNAL:

Patriots Journal: Harmon gearing up for bigger role this season – Mark Daniels: Daniels has a good read on Harmon, who is looking to take a big step in year two.

Brandon LaFell excited to be reunited with James Anderson – Mark Daniels – Daniels has has an article with comments from LaFell, who is glad to be playing with his former teammate.

PROVIDENCE NEWS:

Ridley working on eliminating fumbles – In this article from the AP Ridley talks about his fumble issues and the fact he’s focused on making sure he’s learned from those mistakes.


Bill Belichick brought in another LB for his defense Wednesday. (USA TODAY Images)

BOSTON GLOBE:

Patriots sign linebacker James Anderson – Shalise Manza Young: Manza Young files her notebook this morning, which leads off with the signing of Anderson by New England yesterday.

BOSTON HERALD:

Borges: Tom Brady’s stock just soared – Ron Borges: Borges has a column this morning and feels Brady won’t “take one for the team” in 2015.

ESPN BOSTON:

Pats sign former Bears LB Anderson – Mike Reiss: Reiss has his report on the addition of Anderson, who is apparently known for his effectiveness in coverage.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft turns 73 today – Mike Reiss: Reiss points out that today is Kraft’s birthday, comparing his age against other NFL owners.

Closer look at Pats’ linebacker corps – Mike Reiss: Reiss looks at the linebacker position by alignment.

Catching up with some former Patriots – Mike Reiss: Reiss has notes on former Patriots and how they’ll be settling into their new roles.

Deep thinking at these spots for Patriots – Field Yates: Yates looks at several positions for the Patriots and gives some great analysis on each one.

PROVIDENCE JOURNAL:

Patriots look to improve protection of Brady – Mark Daniels: Daniels looks at the Patriots protection for Brady in 2014, and feels it needs to be better this season.

MASSLIVE:

Source: Mark Harrison was late to OTAs before being released - Nick Underhill: Underhill reports that Harrison’s release may have been fueled by more than just his injury status.

CSNNE:

How will Kaepernick’s contract affect Brady? – Kevin Paul Dupont joined Sports Tonight and gave his thoughts on how Colin Kaepernick’s new deal might effect Brady’s contract situation.

NFL.COM:

McDaniels: Danny Amendola was like a rookie in 2013 – Kevin Patra: Patra looks at comments by McDaniels from the Boston Globe that talked about what Amendola’s first season was like.

BOSTON GLOBE:

Pressure is on Danny Amendola to produce now – Ben Volin: Volin has his “On Football” column for this morning, and feels that this season is a critical one for the veteran receiver.

BOSTON HERALD:

Borges: Tom Brady’s slipping, but still elite – Ron Borges: Borges has a good column this morning on the fact that while Brady’s skills may be slipping, he’s still among the best in the NFL.

Gronk struts on ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ - Gronk was on TV Monday night, and this article has some highlights of what went down.

ESPN BOSTON:

Weekly Patriots mail is delivered – Mike Reiss: Reiss has this week’s mailbag, and addresses the questions from fans about Brady no longer being considered by some critics as a top-5 quarterback.

A few leftover pieces of Patriots mail - Mike Reiss: Reiss has some additional topics from his mailbag this morning, with one fan wondering why the free agent signings aren’t immediate when free agency begins.

Ninkovich: Revis, Browner fitting right in РMike Reiss: Reiss has comments from Ninkovich on the newest Patriots defenders, and is happy the two are in their secondary.

Details of Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract – Field Yates: Yates has additional details on Garoppolo’s new deal, which includes $250,000 of his $578,359 2015 salary in 2015¬†being fully guaranteed.

Creating the link between Revis & Dillon – Mike Reiss: Reiss has an interesting connection between Revis and former Patriots RB Corey Dillon.

NESN:

Kenbrell Thompkins Among Patriots Players Possibly On Roster Bubble – Doug Kyed: Kyed writes that Thompkins may be facing a tough battle in camp and may not survive the final roster cuts if he doesn’t produce.

Is Rob Ninkovich The Patriots‚Äô Solution To Lack Of Linebacker Depth? – Doug Kyed: Kyed looks at the importance of Ninkovich and feels that could be why the Patriots aren’t deeper at that position.

CBS BOSTON:

Danny Amendola Hangs Up On Adam Jones After Two Injury Questions – Amendola apparently appeared on 98.5 The Sports Hub Tuesday night and hung up after two questions regarding injuries.

BLEACHER REPORT:

5 Things We Learned from the New England Patriots’ OTAs – James Christensen: Christensen has a good read recapping the team’s recent OTA’s.

FIELD GULLS:

Asa Watson on Patriots playbook, potential role, Tom Brady conversations - In this video Asa Watson discusses several topics, including what it’s been like for him so far as an NFL rookie.

PRO PLAYER INSIDERS:

New England Patriots’ DB Kyle Arrington: The Family Man РEmmanual Benton РBenton has a good article on Arrington, who talked about family and more in this article.

A quick round up from this morning:

BOSTON GLOBE:

Patriots officially sign Jimmy Garoppolo РShalise Manza Young: Manza Young has a quick article this morning on the signing of Garoppolo, leaving the team with now just one remaining rookie still unsigned.

BOSTON HERALD:

NFL Notes: Jimmy Garoppolo signs with Patriots – Karen Guregian: Guregian has her notes column this morning, which leads off with the signing of Garoppolo and also looks at a few other NFL stories.

BOSTON.COM:

Idiotic ESPN Report Claims Patriot Tom Brady is No Longer a Top Five QB in NFL¬†-¬†Adam Kaufman: Kaufman is upset – and rightly so – with an ESPN report claiming Brady is no longer among the game’s elite quarterbacks.

ESPN INSIDER:

Tom Brady is no longer a top-5 QB – Sam Monson: Here’s a direct link to the Brady article on ESPN Insider, with Sam Monson looking at Brady’s inability to remain accurate under pressure as his reason why he’s no longer among the league’s best.

NESN:

Report: Free-Agent Tight End Jermichael Finley Visited Patriots Last Week – Doug Kyed: Kyed follows up on a report from last week on the visit by Finley to the Patriots.

BLEACHER REPORT:

New England Patriots: Early Rookie Progress Reports – James Christensen: Christensen has his analysis of each of the rookies so far, with a good read on them in this article.

MASSLIVE:

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels believes that Tom Brady is still improving – Nick Underhill: Underhill has comments from McDaniels, who cites Brady’s work ethic and his desire to always continue getting better.

WICKED LOCAL CAMBRIDGE:

2014 SQUAD Wilson named Patriots cheerleader - For those following the additions on the Patriots cheerleading roster, Madelyn Wilson of Cambridge is among the 28 women chosen for this season and there is a photo of her in this article.

WICKED LOCAL MELROSE:

Patriots’ Gronkowski kicks off Melrose Football Clinic - Christopher Hurley has an article on Gronkowski’s clinic, with a great photo of Gronkowski working out with a group of participants at Melrose high school from last Saturday.

Patriots Sign 2nd Round Pick Jimmy Garoppolo

The Patriots locked up one of their final two remaining rookies on Monday, with rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo agreeing to a four year deal with the team.

According to Shalize Manza Young of the Boston Globe the deal is worth $3.3 million, with a signing bonus of $853,744.  Garoppolo was the 62nd overall pick out of Eastern Illinois, and his signing now leaves New England with just one remaining draft choice unsigned in first round pick Dominique Easley.


“I never back down from any challenge” – Darrelle Revis. (USA TODAY Images)

Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis spoke to the media last Friday, and Patriots.com posted a video of his interview with reporters. ¬†Here’s a transcript of what he had to say for anyone who hasn’t seen/heard it:

ON HOW IT FEELS TO BE A PATRIOT:

“You know, it feels great. ¬†I’m just taking my time, taking it one day at a time, and just working. ¬†That’s basically it.”

ON IF THERE HAVE BEEN ANY SURPRISES TO THIS POINT:

“No. ¬†No. ¬†This is a new adventure for me and I’m just happy to be a part of the Patriots organization. ¬†I’ve known them from playing in New York for six years and it’s good man. ¬†This is something in my journey and like I said, I’m just happy to be here.

ON WHAT THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IS GETTING TO KNOW THIS ORGANIZATION FROM THE INSIDE:

“From inside out, it’s totally different. ¬†There’s things that you didn’t expect, how this organization is run from top to bottom. ¬†You’ve got to crown your hat off ¬†to Mr. Kraft for how this organization operates. ¬†They’re going to be a winning organization and I’m happy those guys gave¬†me an opportunity to come in here and be a part of it.”

ON WHAT HE GETS OUT OF WORKOUTS LIKE THESE AND WHAT HE LOOKS TO TRY AND ACCOMPLISH:

“One, is to get in shape. ¬†Also, is to, you know, learn the defense. ¬†It’s different terminology, the program is run differently and I’m just trying to adjust to coach Belichick’s program. ¬†You’ve got to take step back. ¬†That’s all I’m trying to do is learn and enjoy it as much as I can and just try to get better.”

ON WHAT IT’S BEEN LIKE GOING UP AGAINST TOM BRADY IN PRACTICE:

“It’s always a defensive¬†and offensive competition going on and I think both sides, I think what we’re really trying to do is just get better at the end of the day. ¬†You know, it’s good to have the same jersey on as Tom and everybody else on this team from just the past and being across the sideline from each other. ¬†Like I said, it’s an offensive and defensive type of thing and it’s competition but at the same time, we’re just all trying to get better here.”

ON WITH HIS EXPERIENCE, HOW SOON HE’S ABLE TO GET ON THE SAME PAGE WITH OTHER DEFENSIVE BACKS:

“It could take a while. ¬†You just…as of right now we’re in OTA’s and this is the time where we can glue together, not just as a secondary, but also as a defense and also as a team as well. ¬†We’re all in this together and everybody’s working hard, and that’s what we’re all trying to do. ¬†Trying to get prepared for the season and use these OTA’s as something for us to build towards the season.”

ON IF HE LIKES IT WHEN PEOPLE DON’T THROW HIS WAY OR IF HE GETS A LITTLE BORED:

“I love competition. ¬†I think that’s why we play this game is to compete every Sunday and to go out there and execute your job and try to win games. ¬†Like I said, I love competition and I never back down from any challenge. ¬†It’s just going out there and competing and doing your job and help your team win.”

ON IF HE SEES HIMSELF BEING A LEADER ON THIS DEFENSE:

“As of right now, I don’t know. ¬†Like I said, I’m just trying to take this time to get to know the guys and for them to know me as well. ¬†I’m not trying to come in here and step on anybody’s toes. ¬†I’m just trying to come in here and learn as much as I can and improve and get this defensive scheme down and just keep on working.”

ON WHAT HE’S LEARNED ABOUT BRANDON BROWNER SO FAR:

“I don’t know man, I’m too busy with having so much stuff on my plate. ¬†You’ve got¬†to speak to Brandon about that. ¬†Because I’ve been trying to focus on what I need to focus on and just trying to worry about the things I can control.”

ON HOW HIS KNEE IS FEELING:

“It’s fine. You know,¬†it’s great.”

ON IF HE’S PICKING OTHER GUY’S BRAINS OR IF THEY’RE TRYING TO PICK HIS:

“Like I said, I’m not trying to come in here and step on anybody’s toes. ¬†You’ve got to take a step back. There are guys who have been here for many years. ¬†Devin McCourty, Logan Ryan is a very smart guy. ¬†So you know, they’ve been in this system a little bit so I’m just trying to sit back and get feedback from those guys and go from there.”

HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO TALK TO THOSE GUYS IN PRACTICE TO WORK OUT THE KINKS ON THINGS HE MIGHT NOT UNDERSTAND YET:

“I mean, there’s conversations all the time. ¬†We see each other every day. ¬†We’re at work, there’s always talks about the issue of if I have any questions, I know I can go to those guys ¬†and ask them.”

ON IF THERE’S MUCH OF A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS DEFENSIVE SCHEME AND WHAT HE’S USED TO:

“Every defense has their kinks and they do things differently and have different schemes. ¬†Right now, for me, this is my third team and I’m just trying to observe everything right now and just trying to take a step back and learn everything I can to get prepared¬†for the season.”

ON IF HE HAS AN IDEA RIGHT NOW FOR THE TALENT LEVEL OF THIS TEAM:

“Like I said, I’ve got a lot of stuff on my plate. ¬†The coaches are evaluating guys every day. ¬†That’s really not for me to sit here and really talk about, because I’ve got too much stuff on my plate and the things I’m trying to worry about every day.”

ON IF HE HAS ANY APPRECIATION AT THIS POINT OF HOW GOOD THIS SECONDARY CAN BE WITH HIM LEADING THE WAY:

“Well, you can’t put a prediction on it right now. ¬†We’re right in the beginning stages. ¬†We just finished up our third practice and we’ve still got a lot of work to do. ¬†The good¬†thing about it is we still have time to get better and that’s what we’re just trying to focus on. ¬†Just trying to get better every day. ¬†When the preseason comes and all of that, when the season comes, I think we’ll be ready to go.”

ON THE FACT HE’S BEEN AN OUTSPOKEN GUY AND A LOT OF GUYS COME HERE AND ‘ZIP THEIR’ LIP, AND IF HE’S GOING TO ‘BE HIS OWN GUY’:

“Yeah, I’m being my own guy. ¬†I’m going to be me. ¬†That’s all I can say. ¬†I think coach Belichick lets guys be who they are, and that’s fine. I’m going to be myself and just go with the flow.”

ON IF BEING PART OF THIS ORGANIZATION IS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR AND A REJUVINATION:

“Well, you know, last year, it was a tough year – when I played in Tampa Bay – it was tough, coming off the ACL and everything. ¬†So it was a long year for me personally, just trying to recover. ¬†So now I’m ready to go and like I said, I’m just trying to sit here and absorb everything in and just trying to enjoy my time and get ready for the season.”

ON IF IT’S STRANGE BEING IN THE SAME DIVISION AS THE JETS:

“No, it’s not. ¬†That’s in the past man. ¬†Like I said man, I’m on my career and my journey and right now I’m a New England Patriot, and that’s that. ¬†I’m trying to do the best I can to get better as a player but also¬†help this team win.”


Avoiding hits appears to be a priority this offseason for Tom Brady. (USA TODAY Images)

In today’s NFL, there are quite a few mobile quarterbacks who make life pretty miserable for opposing defenses with their feet.

It’s a challenge that we’ve heard Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talk about when it comes to the team’s defensive preparation, and one that adds another wrinkle that has to be accounted for during the game.

For Tom Brady, he’s not a Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick type of player. ¬†His area of expertise is his ability to read defenses and pick them apart with his arm rather than tear them up with his feet. ¬†According to ProFootballFocus.com last season, Brady took off with the football¬†just four times (excluding QB sneaks) compared to Wilson whose total was¬†51.


Half of Brady’s sack total in 2013 came on third down, where he was sacked 20 times, including three down inside the red zone.
(USA TODAY Images)

Meanwhile, Brady had the fifth highest total of drop backs in the league with 671, trailing just Matt Ryan (703), Drew Brees (699), along with Peyton Manning and Joe Flacco (tied with 677).

Being a pocket passer obviously has its advantages, but being able to move around is also a big benefit.  It helps avoid additional hits by opposing defenses by being able to roll away from the pressure.  Brady got hit as he threw quite a bit this past season, and was tied for first in having been hit nine times as he threw the football (Wilson and Kaepernick were only hit as they threw once), as well as having been sacked 40 times, the most since 2001 (41).

As a result it appears one area of focus is moving Brady around and working on throws on the run. ¬†That’s an area that offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels spoke about last week, and felt that’s a weakness that needs to be improved.

‚ÄúWe were moving in the pocket and throwing off-schedule throws,” McDaniels told reporters on Friday. “That‚Äôs not necessarily a strength of our quarterbacks in general, and I think that‚Äôs something we‚Äôve identified that could have helped us ‚Äď a time here, a time there ‚Äď and we‚Äôre adamant about trying to make it better.‚ÄĚ

Half of Brady’s sack total last season came on third down, where he was sacked 20 times, including three down inside the red zone.

Needless to say despite being one of the NFL’s elite, there are still areas of improvement and McDaniels said that Brady’s constant desire to get better is something other players can learn from.

‚ÄúYup, I do,” McDaniels told reporters when asked if he thought Brady was still improving. “It‚Äôs hard for me to ever feel like that wouldn‚Äôt be the case. Any time you have a guy that is really focused on working on all of the weaknesses in his game, when there really aren‚Äôt that many, you can see where there would be room for growth.

“He listens as well or better than he ever has in terms of taking coaching and working on things that we‚Äôre trying to get better at. I think that‚Äôs a great example for the rest of the guys.‚ÄĚ


Tom Brady spent some time last week working on his mobility. (USA TODAY Images)

A quiet morning on this Monday, but here are today’s top stories:

BOSTON GLOBE:

No timetable yet for Rob Gronkowski’s return – Ben Volin: Volin has an article on Gronkowski, who says his rehab is going well.

BOSTON.COM:

First Glimpse of Jimmy Garoppolo, Asa Watson in Patriots Uniforms - Zuri Berry РBerry has an article with a photo of Garoppolo and Watson, who both spent last Friday in Los Angeles for the NFLPA rookie premiere photo shoot.

ESPN BOSTON:

Gathering some picked-up Patriots pieces – Mike Reiss: Reiss has some quick notes this morning, including the fact that despite earlier reports, the Patriots got a $20K credit for RB James Morris after his release.

Gronk focused on rehab, not depth chart – Kyle Brasseur:¬†Brasseur has an article on Gronkowksi, who was on hand for the tight end’s football clinic on Sunday and talked about his offseason.

Quick-hit thoughts around NFL & Pats – Mike Reiss: For those who missed Reiss’ Sunday column, it was full of good information, including the fact Kyle Arrington has a consistent presence in cornerback alignments.

‘Moving’ day for Tom Brady at practice - Mike Reiss: Reiss has an article on the fact Brady worked on some throws on the move last week.

CSNNE:

Shaughnessy: Revis addition ‘underplayed’ - Dan Shaughnessy appeared on CSNNE over the weekend and felt the addition of Darrelle Revis is a bigger deal than the team is letting on.

BLEACHER REPORT:

New England Patriots: Players Whose Stock Is on the Rise After OTAs - James Christensen: Our friend from NEPatriotsDraft.com has an article on Bleacher Report on some of the players he feels are increasing their value during OTA’s.

Patriots Ninkovich Among AFC’s ‘Most Underrated Players’


Ninkovich was listed among the AFC’s most underrated players by USA TODAY. (USA TODAY Images)

Rob Ninkovich is one of those players who quietly goes about his job each week, doesn’t trash talk, doesn’t pound his chest, and doesn’t spend much time attracting attention to himself. He doesn’t receive many accolades or notoriety, nor is he usually a guy¬†that people outside of New England know much about or appreciate the type of player he is.

However, Ninkovich’s name came up in a piece by USA TODAY’s Brent Sobleski, discussing players in the AFC he feels are the “most underrated”, and guys that don’t get enough credit for what they bring to their respective football teams.

Here’s what he had to say about the veteran linebacker:

In the past three seasons, Ninkovich has started every game for the Patriots, and he’s accumulated 22.5 sacks. He’s proven to be a relentless pass rusher and stout against the run. More importantly, Ninkovich helps provide the flexibility Bill Belichick prefers in his defense since he also plays linebacker.

Ninkovich has had a couple of solid seasons recently, having amassed eight sacks in 2012, and eight again last season.  He told Sirius XM NFL Radio last month that he missed a few he felt he should have had last year, and is focused on trying to be even better this season.

“I probably missed five or sacks out there,” said Ninkovich. “Obviously, getting to the quarterback — it takes a lot of work to get there but if I can finish a little better when I’m there and not miss them … sometimes I leave my feet and kind of go after the ball when really just getting the guy down is the ultimate goal.”

As for who else made USA TODAY’s list, you can read the rest¬†by CLICKING HERE

BOSTON GLOBE:

Robert Kraft and Patriots players get active - Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein: Here’s a quick article from the globe about the recent Play60 event that was held at a local school in Foxboro, with a good photo of Kraft¬†giving high-fives to the students.

BOSTON HERALD:

Patriots Notebook: Kraft has nothing new to say on Aaron Hernandez – Karen Guregian: Guregian files this morning’s notebook with comments from Robert Kraft on Hernandez, and he didn’t have much to say.

Robert Kraft chimes in on Tom Brady’s future during NFL Network interview¬†- Karen Guregian:¬†Guregian has comments from Kraft’s appearance on NFL Network, and hopes Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t a starter for a long time.

Five focal points as Patriots take the field – Jeff Howe: Howe has some points to watch during OTA’s, including the battle of Brady vs Darrelle Revis in practice, along with potential breakout candidates.

ESPN BOSTON:

Wilfork’s progress a top area to monitor – Mike Reiss: Reiss writes that Wilfork’s recovery is one of the Patriots’ key things to watch, and he appeared to be moving well in a video posted on the team’s official website Thursday.

Robert Kraft talks Brady’s future on NFLN – Mike Reiss: Reiss also has comments from Robert Kraft’s appearance on NFL Network’s “Total Access program Thursday night.

Garoppolo at Premiere, not today’s OTA – Mike Reiss: Reiss writes that Jimmy Garoppolo was among a group of rookies¬†required to attend the NFL Players Association Rookie Premiere event in Hollywood, California and as a result wasn’t practicing with the team.

Goodell joins Pats for ‘Moms Safety Clinic’ – Mike Reiss: Reiss has a report on the team’s “Moms Football Safety Clinic”, which featured a visit by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Logan Ryan open for all possibilities – Mike Reiss: Reiss has a good article on Logan Ryan, who has heard the speculation about him making a potential transition to safety.

Some picked-up Patriots pieces – Mike Reiss: Reiss has some additional bits of information, including the fact that rookie free agent receiver Van Hooser will wear the discarded #81 that Aaron Hernandez previously wore.

Weekly Patriots chat recap – Mike Reiss: Reiss held his weekly chat yesterday, which discussed a variety of topics including how Andre Johnson might fit in here in New England.

Focusing on depth for Patriots – Field Yates: Yates looks at the team’s depth at some key positions, and feels that if Jerod Mayo returns to 100%, the team is in good shape at the linebacker position.

WEEI:

Robert Kraft: Tom Brady ‘has a lot of play left’ – Christopher Price: Price also has an entry with comments from Kraft, who also said he hopes Brady finishes his career here.

CSNNE:

Gresh: Finley not a fit for Patriots – In this video Andy Gresh discusses why he feels Jermichael Finley wouldn’t be a good fit here in New England.

FOXBORO REPORTER

Patriots spread cheer – Kassmin Williams: Williams has a good local read from the team’s recent Play60 event at a local Foxboro school, which featured a host of players on hand including¬†Rob Gronkowski, Ryan Allen, Julian Edelman, Duron Harmon, Shane Vereen, Michael Hoomanawanui, Danny Amendola and Joe Vellano.¬†

NEW BRITAIN HERALD:

New Britain native Lasondra Greene returns to cheer NE Patriots – Susan Corica: Corica has another article this morning about an additional local woman who was selected as a member of this year’s Patriots Cheerleaders squad.

BLEACHER REPORT:

5 Possible Secret Superstars for the Patriots in 2014 – James Christensen: Christensen has an article on wh he believes could emerge as big impact players in 2014.