Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald writes about a 40 minute address coach Bill Belichick gave to his rookies as they prepare for their first bye week of their young careers. "We told them quite a few things," Belichick said. "It's just different for them. It's a different experience. What they did in college and what happens in college relative to an NFL season is just different. It's the kind of thing you can't really prepare for. You just have to go through it and experience it. Just try to talk to the players about some of the things that they could expect, some things that they might experience in future weeks." The Patriots rookies include Danny Aiken, Ras-I Dowling, Ryan Mallett, Stevan Ridley, Nate Solder, Jeff Tarpinian and Shane Vereen on the 53-man roster.
Jeff Howe of NESN.com writes about what some of the Patriots players will be doing during their time off. According to Wes Welker, "It's not like spring break when you're in college or anything like that. You've still got to work out and do some of those things, but you're not out there running routes and doing all of those things that you do on a daily basis." Rob Gronkowski said he would be, "Just chilling, work out, get my body right. I've definitely got some bruises, some things and stuff. You've got to get stronger, get back in the weight room, get some lifting on the weights, get your body right, fix it all up. That's my plan. Get the body right."
Tim Britton of the Providence Journal writes about a scrimmage held by the Patriots before they left on the bye week. The Patriots offense and defense lined up against one another, working on situational scenarios. Coach Bill Belichick said, "We were trying to work on situations. We got a lot of them — there were some good things that came up, good for the coaches to think about them, good for the players to think about them, good for us to try to do the things that we would do in those situations."
Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com writes about Matt Light's play in last Sunday's win over the Dallas Cowboys. Light was present in all of the Patriots offensive snaps, but one play stood out to his teammates. After a quarterback sneak on the Patriots eventual game winning drive, Light injured his ankle. However rather than stay down and cost the Patriots their final timeout, Light rose to his feet and played two more plays before the Patriots called a timeout. From there the Patriots were able to score and sure up their fifth win of the season. According to guard Brian Waters, "I actually saw him get rolled up on the quarterback sneak. I saw him getting up very slowly. But he did a great job of surviving. That's one of those things, where the adrenaline is pumping and you're doing what you need to do. One thing I found out about these guys: They're all fighters. That's something that showed up, it was very evident in that situation."
Shalise Manza Young of the* Boston Globe* writes about the football journey of rookie Nate Solder. Solder started his career as a tight end in college at the University of Colorado, and was moved to offensive tackle after his sophomore year. Shortly after being selected in the first round by the Patriots, the young lineman was pressed into duty in his first career game against Miami, starting for the injured Sebastian Vollmer. Since that time Solder has seen time in every game, starting in all but one. "It's just about improving every week, and so there has been some improvement, which I'm happy about, but I have so much more I need to improve on,'' Solder said. "So I don't want to look back and make any kind of statements of how it's been. I need to still improve to get where I want to be.''
Steve Silva of the Boston Globe takes a look at the top-10 comebacks in Tom Brady's career after last Sunday's thrilling win over the Dallas Cowboys. Games like the "Snow Bowl" and the Patriots 2001 Super Bowl over the Rams are on the list. Brady has 32 career 4th quarter comeback wins.