With the Patriots set to play their final preseason game tonight against the Giants, here’s a quick look at some of this morning’s headlines from around the internet:
Humility sets this Patriots star apart – Joe Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald has a great article on Aaron Hernandez, who noted Bob Kraft “didn’t have to give me this much,” tearing up while talking about the contract extension he received from the Patriots.
Patriots stars should come out tonight – Karen Guregian
Guregian takes a look at tonight’s game and writes that if history is any indication we should see Tom Brady and the first offense based on last week’s lackluster performance.
Patriots-Giants: 5 Things to Watch – Jeff Howe
Howe gives his thoughts on what to keep an eye on tonight, including the fact he feels Ryan Mallett needs to finish strong since the plan is for him not to need to take another snap until next August.
Steve Gregory set to break out – Jeff Howe
Howe has a great article on safety Steve Gregory, including comments from his former teammates who had high praise of the veteran.
NOTEBOOK: ‘D’ takes away message – Jeff Howe
Howe has an article on the defense, who failed to force a turnover against the Buccaneers last week and were also less active in the opposing backfield and will be looking to change that this week.
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Like the Super Bowl, Only Meaningless – Joshua Robinson
Robinson writes that the Giants’ hype machine must be broken, and pokes fun at the prospect of people making this out to be a rematch of what happened in February.
Patriots projected to be unavailable – Mike Reiss
Reiss takes a look at Monday’s practice participation and writes that Brandon Spikes, Patrick Chung, Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen who are among players who likely won’t play tonight.
Brady’s history in preseason finale – Mike Reiss
Reiss takes a look at Tom Brady’s preseason finale history in this entry dating all the way back to 2002.
Five positional battles worth watching – Field Yates
Yates notes five positional battles to keep an eye on tonight, with runningback, defensive end, and center among them heading into their final preseason match-up against the Giants.
Daniel Fells battling for tight end job with Patriots – Julian Benbow
Benbow looks at tight end Daniel Fells, who will get one final time tonight to try and make a big enough impression to land a spot on the roster.
ON FOOTBALL: Trying to piece together final Patriots Roster – Greg Bedard
Bedard writes that predicting the Patriots roster is a a “fruitless exercise”, and ponders the future of some of the players as we get closer to final cutdowns.
Jeff Demps ‘Thrown into the fire’ as he continues to try and pick up Patriots offense – Christopher Price
Price has a good article on runningback Jeff Demps, who he writes had one of the most “intriguing debuts in recent Patriots’ history” and notes that former Patriots’ offensive coordinator Charlie Weis was with the Gators while Demps was a collegian, making the acclimation process a little easier.
Ten Spot: Who you should watch for Wednesday against the Giants – Christopher Price
Price has 10 things to keep an eye on tonight, and it’s a great in-depth look – so be sure and check it out.
It’ll be play, then wait, for many on the Patriots’ roster – Glen Farley
Farley has comments from Marquice Cole, who is among quite a few players who will be wondering what the future holds for them after tonight’s final preseason game against the Giants.
Free agent failures aplenty for Patriots this year – Glen Farley
Farley looks at the likes of Anthony Gonzalez, Jonathan Fanene, and Joseph Addai who were highly discussed free agent acquisitions that ended up being failures and never even made it out of camp.
PORTLAND PRESS HERALD:
Others sign, but Welker won’t whine – News Service Reports
The Herald has an article with comments from Wes Welker, who was happy for teammate Aaron Hernandez after the 3rd year tight end signed a contract extension.