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New England Patriots Links 10/19/11 - Kyle Arrington: The Pick of the League; PUP Players Return at the Bye

Brian MacPherson notes Kyle Arrington is having a break-out season so far, even if the CB sees room for improvement.

"I did a lot of self-scouting last year after the season ended, and I felt like there were a lot of plays for me to make which I didn’t (make)," he said. "Watching the film, I’ve noticed a lot of plays that I, personally, have left out on the field. I tell myself, ‘Shoot, I could have six or seven right now,’" he said. "I’m just trying to work on being more consistent and taking advantage of those opportunities when they come."

"When I first started playing the game — high school, college — I was more of a finesse player and had great ball skills," he said. "I wasn’t much of a tackler. I wasn’t much of a physical player. But it was the opposite when I entered the (NFL) — more aggressive. I could have worked on better ball skills. You never lose it. It was more so about confidence. When I came back this year, instead of just putting my toe in the water, I’m all in."

"You have to study, first of all, your game plan and know what you’re doing before you can study your opponent," he said. "It’s a lot of time you have to commit during the week. The best do it. I’m just trying to be consistent as the weeks go on."

"We’re all great athletes in the NFL. What separates people, one, is definitely film study, and two is confidence. I’m just trying to work on both of them."

Christopher Price catches up with Kevin Faulk to get his thoughts on joining his teammates at practice for the first time this season.

"Right now, my understanding is that I get to practice today. And that’s my mindset right now. I get to practice today, and tomorrow, we’ll see what happens," said Faulk.

"My mindset, when we started I could have come back," he said. "But that’s me. That’s just me being a competitor, me wanting to be out there with my teammates. I want to be out there with my team. Right now, I feel a lot better than I did back then. I think that’s just the process that you go through. (But) I’m just ready to go back out there. That’s all."



  • Christopher Price presents an opposing scout's take on what the Pats need to work on during Bye week.
  • Mike Reiss points out Kyle Arrington leads the NFL with four interceptions.
  • Karen Guregian notes that while the Patriots have surrendered the most yards of any team in the league, they're pretty stingy in the red zone.
  • Monique Walker reports Kevin Faulk, Ron Brace and Brandon Deaderick came off the PUP list and can practice. The Patriots have three weeks to add them to the roster.
  • Chris Forsberg writes about how the Patriots are using the PUP list to their advantage.
  • Chris Forsberg notes Ron Brace is eager to use this opportunity to carve out a role with the defense.
  • ESPNBoston posts a video of Kevin Faulk and Ron Brace talking about their return to practice Tuesday. (1 min. clip)
  • Greg A. Bedard explains how the Dallas Cowboys' game plan played right into the hands of the Patriots. Interesting.
  • Chris Forsberg takes a closer look at Andre Carter's sack of Tony Romo that proved to be a key defensive play in lifting the Patriots to a win.
  • Greg A. Bedard shares a few notes from his game review and looks back to assess his pre-game five keys to win.
  • Greg A. Bedard charts out Aaron Hernandez' game-winning touchdown play.
  • Jeff Howe thinks Matt Light deserves a ton of credit for sticking it out the final three plays of the game-winning drive, and 19 other Patriots thoughts.
  • Mike Reiss & Mike Rodak serve up some quick hits from the locker room.
  • Karen Guregian notes Chad Ochocinco declined to comment to the media after being asked about the public support he received from the Pats brass.
  • Mike Reiss takes a look at where the Patriots rank in key statistical areas, with the biggest slip coming in turnover differential.
  • Christopher Price lists the New England defenders who have done the best job of getting after the QB through six games.
  • Mike Reiss points out the team's top individual performers and performances from an NFL perspective.  Welker is a beast.
  • Chris Forsberg reports Zoltan Mesko and Tom Brady were forced to wear Michigan State gear after losing a bet with Brian Hoyer.
  • Chris Forsberg notes fashion trendsetter Bill Belichick was sporting a new throwback hoodie with Pat Patriot on the right shoulder.
  • Mike Reiss answers his weekly Patriots mailbag: This week examines Albert Haynesworth's growing impact.
  • Kirk Minihane distinguishes between Bill Belichick and Jason Garrett before grading the Patriots in his Week 6 Report Card.
  • Monique Walker Patriots Notebook: Kyle Arrington took his coaches' advice and worked on his ball skills in the offseason, and now leads the league in interceptions; Brady, Dowling, Light, Haynesworth and Fletcher were absent from the practice field, although Brady was in the locker room; CB Phillip Adams re-signed with the team yesterday; Patriots worked out eight players at Gillette; Pats-Cowboys drew the highest TV rating for a regular season NFL game on Fox since Brett Favre returned to Green Bay in '09, and the third highest-rated game in 10 years.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Ron Brace was itching to get out on the practice field, test his elbow and hit somebody; The 4-3 defense might be a better fit for Brace, which is what he played in college; Kevin Faulk was glad to be practicing with his teammates; Marcus Cannon is eligible to come off the reserve non-injury list in the next few weeks.
  • Christopher Price takes a closer look at the eight players that the Patriots worked out Tuesday.