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Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald writes about Deion Branch, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and Julian Edelman's recent trip to "Celebrate Volunteerism." On Tuesday, the three Patriots traveled to the Morse Pond School in Falmouth to surprise students and talk about their mentors. Green-Ellis said "It's always fun to come back and give back to the community, and really not give back, but interact with some of people within the community in the New England area, so it's always fun."

Mike Petraglia of WEEI.com breaks down Rob Gronkowski's ability to get open in the seam. Out of Gronkowski's five touchdowns this season, four of them have come on the seam route. When asked how he was able to be so effective on one route Gronkowski said, "Practice. It's just basically practice. That's where it all starts and learning how to get open. Same basically with every route. It's learn how to get open and it starts in practice and it gets the connection going out at practice with the quarterbacks.  Practice is the key."

Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com writes about Stevan Ridley's game in Buffalo. The rookie running back amassed 44 yards on only seven carries. When asked about Ridley's first extended playing time, Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio said, "He was a productive back against a good level of competition. He made the most of his opportunity. The most important thing now is to improve week to week and develop that level of consistency."

Jeff Howe of NESN.com writes about running back Kevin Faulk. Since starting the season on the physically unable to perform list, Faulk has been seen on both of the Patriots road trips. This is something seldom seen form the Patriots who usually do not allow injured players to travel with the team.  For Faulk, he really relishes the opportunity to see the game up close and personal, and he appreciates the chance to feel like he's part of the season-long journey, even though he can't come off the physically unable to perform list until at least Week 6.

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