New England Patriots Links 9/01/11 - Giants Vs. Patriots in Final Preseason Audition

The New England Patriots will recognize 10-year anniversary of 9/11 at tonight's game.

As part of the remembrance, the Patriots will host former guard Joe Andruzzi, his three New York City firefighter brothers and his father, a former New York City police officer. It was an iconic moment in franchise history, when the four Andruzzi boys and their father were recognized on the field at Foxboro Stadium on September 23, 2001, just 12 days after the events of 9/11 as the NFL returned to play and the country began its long healing process. The Andruzzi family will serve as honorary game captains and participate in the coin toss.

Greg A. Bedard gives us five things to watch tonight.

2. With Dan Connolly injuring his right foot against the Lions, right guard has become an even bigger question mark. Can Rich Ohrnberger show he can start multiple games if the need arises? Will 6-foot-8-inch rookie Nate Solder get some reps there? Or will the team move longtime left tackle Matt Light to right guard and make way for Solder at left tackle?

Ian Rapoport tells us five things to watch with the Patriots in tonight's game.

1. Who will take James Sanders’ place at safety? Sanders, a veteran and long-time starter, was the most shocking of the Patriots’ releases. Making $2.8 million was simply too much for a third safety. But who will take his spot? Sergio Brown, the undrafted Notre Dame product, ex-Jet James Ihedigbo and ex-Broncos special teamer Josh Barrett will all throw their helmets in the ring. If Brandon Meriweather and Patrick Chung sit out tonight, Belichick’s eyes will no doubt turn to safety, as he continues to measure whether to be comfortable with what he has or acquire more talent.

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