Picked-up Patriots pieces around Web

A few picked-up Patriots pieces from around the Web:

Patriots can rescue Boston’s sports summer. Boston Globe sports columnist Christopher L. Gasper writes on how there is one thing that can turn around a disappointing summer on the local sports landscape – the Patriots. Anticipation is rising for the start of training camp on Thursday.

Kraft talks London, NFL in L.A. Marc Sessler, who writes for NFL.com’s “Around the League” blog, was present at The Beverly Hilton on Thursday night as Patriots owner Robert Kraft and commissioner Roger Goodell were part of a panel on CBS’ Thursday Night Football. Kraft repeated his viewpoint that an NFL franchise in London would be a smart move by the NFL, as well as his hopes for a franchise in Los Angeles.

‘Great expectations’ for Gronkowski. In an AFC East roundtable video now posted on NFL.com, Solomon Wilcots and Shawne Merriman join host Lindsay Rhodes and discuss some of their great expectations for the Patriots. Wilcots highlights tight end Rob Gronkowski, while Merriman talks about the need to find a No. 1 receiver.

Ridley among those playing for a contract. Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal highlights all of the Patriots entering the final year of their contracts, a group including running back Stevan Ridley.