New England Patriots Links 8/24/10 - Offensive Line Dancing

Monique Walker reports that this season, the line faces its biggest shakeup since ’06.

We obviously have to be pretty consistent up front,’’ [Matt] Light said. “There has to be a lot of continuity between the guys up there. This system lends itself to guys that maybe aren’t the starting guy to be able to sit back and really take a lot of mental reps. We’re getting there. It’s just taking a little while. We have a lot of moving parts, and guys stepping up and playing different positions and doing different things. We’ll keep working at it and hopefully we’ll be a little bit more consistent down the road.’’

The Patriots have attempted to add depth by bringing in a few offensive linemen. They have signed Eric Ghiaciuc and Brian Simmons, and yesterday they added Quinn Ojinnaka after acquiring him in a trade with the Falcons for undisclosed draft picks.

Mike Rodak breaks down Monday's practice beginning with who did, and who didn't, take part.

Half-dozen players return. Six players who either did not practice or did not make the trip to Atlanta were in uniform on Monday afternoon. Linebackers Tully Banta-Cain, Gary Guyton, Thomas Williams, and Dane Fletcher; defensive lineman Damione Lewis; cornerback Leigh Bodden; and offensive lineman George Bussey all made their returns to the practice field.

Edelman among those absent. Wide receiver Julian Edelman, who played in Thursday’s preseason game in Atlanta, was not seen on the practice fields. Also absent were defensive lineman Kade Weston, wide receiver Matthew Slater, offensive lineman Nick Kaczur, and safeties Bret Lockett and Josh Barrett.

Manish Mehta (NY Daily News) Rex Ryan: "I don't like Tom Brady. I respect him, but I don't like him."

“He already knows that we hate the Patriots… so what’s the difference?” Ryan said after today’s practice. “My brother’s got a couple Super Bowl rings. He loves Tom Brady. But I don’t have them, so I don’t like Tom Brady. I respect him, but I don’t like him.”

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