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Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald writes about offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien's comments about Taylor Price in his conference call with the media yesterday. After spending much of his first year and a half inactive, Price has seen an increase in playing time over the past few weeks. "He's practiced well. We need to get him in there more," O'Brien said. "He's done a good job in practice. He's a guy that we have to give him some more reps in the games."

Paul Kenyon of the Providence Journal writes about a recent trip by Dan Gronkowski and Rob Gronkowski to Hope Middle School in Rhode Island. The brothers Gronkowski continued to support the Patriots' mission to celebrate volunteerism by teaming up with the Hope Jackson Fire Company to teach over 200 students about fire safety. "This," Rob Gronkowski said when he donned the equipment, facemask and all, "is a lot heavier than what we wear on Sunday. I would have a pretty good game if I wore this." 

Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe writes about the Patriots mission to regain their offensive form after Sunday's loss to Pittsburgh. After putting up a season-low 17 points, Tom Brady said, "We certainly made too many errors that allowed them to really control the tempo of the game, to control exactly how they wanted to play us. We never could really play on our terms.''

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com looks at the Patriots tackle leaderboard through 7 games. Devin McCourty sits atop the list with 52 tackles (39 solo), and Matthew Slater leads the special teams in tackles with seven (six solo). The leaderboard also shows that Andre Carter and Mark Anderson share the team lead in sacks with 4.5 each. Finally, rookie Jeff Tarpinian continues to impress on special teams, tied for third in special teams tackles with five. 

Patrick McHugh of NESN.com writes about the fourth annual "New England Celebrities Tackle Cancer" gala at Christina's in Foxboro on Monday, Nov. 7. The event will be hosted by former Patriots lineman Joe Andruzzi, a cancer survivor. For tickets and additional information, visit JoeAndruzziFoundation.org or call 774-284-4694.

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