It an entirely predictable yet somewhat belated turn of events, the NFL announced new plans to regulate footballs for each game.
Given the new standards being put in place, ESPN.com'sKevin Seifert wonders how the regulations may affect Tom Brady's appeal.
Elsewhere, ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss' quick-hit NFL thoughts include a blurb comparing the draft stock of Vince Wilfork and Malcom Brown. Reiss also has news of punter Ryan Allen’s extension signed late last week.
The Boston Herald has a piece explaining how the Patriots simply outsmart their opponents on a consistent basis. The Herald's Karen Guregian has Jonas Gray focusing on football and not footballs.
And finally, Tom E. Curran of CSSNE.com reaches No. 2 on his list of the 50 greatest Patriots of the Bill Belichick era.