Musket Blasts: Patriots Gameday Links, Preseason Week Four

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Will the legend of Jeff Demps continue to grow this preseason? (Photo: Getty Images)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Come back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as I choose my five favorite New England Patriots and NFL Draft links to share. Feel free to submit your own links in the comments.

Is Danny Woodhead officially on the bubble? Which other Patriots players might be there? (CBS Sports)

So could Belichick have something else up his sleeve for the next round of cuts? Boston Globe NFL writer and former Patriots correspondent Greg Bedard believes that running back Danny Woodhead could end up getting clipped during Friday’s round of cuts.

Tom Brady usually doesn’t play the fourth pre-season game, but that hasn’t been the case lately. (ESPN Boston)

The Patriots visit the Giants in the preseason finale on Wednesday, marking the eighth straight year they’ve met in the final game of the preseason. One question of interest: How much, if at all, will Tom Brady play?

Interesting look at which Patriots have received the most targets so far in the preseason. (WEEI)

Targets have been compiled by the NFL since the start of the 2009 season, and while it remains an imperfect stat — a badly thrown ball from a quarterback can often go against the record of the receiver as opposed to the quarterback — it remains a good indication of the confidence level a passer might have in his pass catcher.

Wes Welker was not trying to force a trade. (

The reason why Wes Welker didn’t take part in the Tampa practices and games was indeed because of the “personal” reasons he talked about on Tuesday.

How many players at each position do the Patriots usually keep? (NEPD)

The best way to project how the Patriots will construct their 2012 roster is to look back at how they have constucted previous rosters over the past 12 seasons. This is a historical, position by position breakdown of how many players the Patriots have kept at each position since Bill Belichick became coach in 2000.

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