Monique Walker of the Boston Globe writes about the importance of communication on the offensive line. In a season that has seen injuries to most of the offensive line (most notably Dan Koppen and Sebastian Vollmer); many players are playing alongside each other for the first time this year. Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia has seen more than 10 offensive linemen play to this point in the year. "You've got to keep up with the game the whole time and stay focused on the sidelines, stay into the game, see what's going on, and hear what adjustments are being made on the sidelines,'' rookie Nate Solder said.
Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald writes about the long journey of Kyle Arrington to his current status as the NFL leader in interceptions. Arrington was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Hofstra by Sunday's opponent the Philadelphia Eagles. "I wouldn't say we saw him as a starting corner when he came on to the team," coach Bill Belichick said, "but I would say that he has a lot of skills that you like to work with. He was our best special teams performer his first year. Then, as he continued to develop as a defensive player, we can all see the role that he's developed into."
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com writes about the Thanksgiving plan of many Patriots players. Rookies Nate Solder hosted a number of rookies as did Ras-I Dowling. Other players hosting turkey day festivities included Stephen Gostkowski (hosting Zoltan Mesko and Danny Aiken, his special team battery mates), Danny Woodhead, Deion Branch and Logan Mankins. Many others like Andre Carter, Brian Waters and Rob Gronkowski planned to spend time with family, whether it was children or a big brother (Dan Gronkowski is still in the area). A few lucky players like James Ihedigbo, Aaron Hernandez and Niko Koutouvides were lucky enough to be able to go home due to the close proximity to Foxboro. And in somewhat fitting fashion, Coach Bill Belichick rounded off the Thanksgiving thoughts saying his favorite, "I think it would have to be dessert, pumpkin or pecan pie."
Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald writes about BenJarvus Green-Ellis trying to return to his early season form. Since breaking out for 136 yards in Week 5 against the Jets, Green-Ellis has been quiet until his 20 carry, 81 yard night on Monday. "We just want to do whatever it takes to win," Green-Ellis said. "Whatever we got to do, whether it's running the football, catching, receiving, kicking, whatever we gotta do, we're just trying to win a football game."
Jeff Howe of NESN.com writes about 10 things Patriots fans have to be thankful for. The list includes personality, young stars and Robert Kraft.