Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald writes about players on the Patriots roster that were overlooked by other teams. These players include Brian Waters, Mark Anderson, Andre Carter, James Ihedigbo and Sterling Moore to name a few. "Sometimes it works out," Bill Belichick said, with a shrug. "But Andre Carter's had success, Brian Waters has had success, Ihedigbo had success in the kicking game for the Jets, maybe they just felt like they had better safeties than him. You never really know that until you get the player and put him in your system and he competes with the players that you have. That gets decided on the field."
Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe writes about the Patriots appetite for turnovers. They have intercepted 23 passes and recovered 11 fumbles, and with 34 takeaways, they led the AFC for the second straight season. "We know the type of offense we have is going to put up points,'' said Wilfork. "They're going to do something special on that side. So the more we can get them the ball, the better off we are as a team. That's one of our main emphases.''
Karen Guregian of the* Boston Herald* asks the question, "Can anyone slow down Tom Brady?" Brady and the offense scored 30 or more points 13 times this season, tied for an NFL record. Tom has the ability to put them in the best play. They're not really an audible offense. They're really a best-play offense," Miami defensive coordinator Mike Nolan said. "And he's got such intelligence that he does such an outstanding job with doing that. We've all seen (Peyton) Manning do it, but Tom, he's really good at it."
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com writes about rookie offensive lineman Marcus Cannon receiving the Ed Block Courage Award. Cannon is a fifth-round pick from TCU who slipped in the draft due to a battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer. Other former winners of the award include Wes Welker, Tom Brady, Joe Andruzzi, Steve Grogan and Troy Brown.
Jeff Howe of NESN.com writes about how Rob Gronkowski plans to spend his bye weekend, watching other football games. "I'm a football fan, so I'm definitely watching football as a fan," tight end Rob Gronkowski said. "But at the same time, you're watching your opponents, watching the game to see who you're going to be playing, and I'll see if I can pick up anything while watching the games."
Mark Farinella of the Sun Chronicle writes about the role of Sterling Moore on the Patriots. Moore has spent the season bouncing between the active roster and the Practice squad, but made his biggest impact last Sunday with two interceptions. "It just proved that this stage is not too big for me," he said, "and I can go out there and make plays. I was always confident in what I could do. It's just reassuring to know I can go out there and actually do it. It didn't boost me to another level or anything."