Musket Blasts: Patriots Gameday Links, Preseason Week One

Left Tackle Nate Solder

Left Tackle Nate Solder has been one of the few constants on the Patriots offensive line during training camp. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Come back every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Patriots gameday 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.

Great read on what to expect from the Patriots offensive line at this point. (Boston Globe)

It might not be immediate. Last year after the lockout, the Patriots didn’t even put Tom Brady on the field behind the legendary starting line of left tackle Nate Solder, left guard Thomas Austin, center Rich Ohrnberger, right guard Mark LeVoir, and right tackle Steve Maneri in the first exhibition game against the Jaguars.

Ten keys to watch for in tonight’s Patriots preseason game. (NEPD)

Thus far, all indications have supported that theory, as Lloyd has been consistently named among the most impressive performers in Patriots camp; it will be interesting to see how many targets Lloyd sees in the first game of the preseason against a talented Saints secondary which includes both Jabari Greer and Patrick Robinson at cornerback.

Field Yates has some interesting thoughts on the Patriots coaches for the first game. (ESPN Boston)

The Patriots’ staff has some new faces and coaches in new roles in 2012, and we’ll keep an eye on the operation on Thursday night from the standpoint of who is on the field and which coaches work from the box with a bird’s-eye view. The role of coaches in the box involves identifying personnel, offensive trends and coverages, and monitoring video replays when a head coach is contemplating a challenge.

Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett will be in focus tonight. (Draft Hub)

By all accounts, Mallett has had an up-and-down camp, much like he played in college. He lacks consistency on a play to play basis, but he’ll flash his cannon and remind observers why he has at least as much arm potential as any QB from the class of 2011; including Cam Newton. Mallett’s development will be one of the top preseason storylines for as long as Tom Brady is leading the Patriots.

Former Cal teammates Shane Vereen and Cam Jordan will meet again in tonight’s game. (Boston Herald)

Then, Jordan’s hopes were shattered when Vereen shook him with a little playground stutter step and breezed into the second level of the defense. The running back’s quickness and shiftiness were his greatest assets at Cal, so in a way, Jordan did get one of those “remember me” moments. It just didn’t happen the way he expected.

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