Quick hit Thursday thoughts

December, 22, 2011
12/22/11
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick hits as the Patriots continue preparations for Saturday's game against the Dolphins:

1. After landing on season-ending injured reserve, Patriots defensive end Andre Carter will have his streak of 109 consecutive games played -- the longest among active NFL defensive linemen -- snapped Saturday. Houston's Antonio Smith is next in line (106).

2. Dolphins veteran defensive end Jason Taylor, now in his 15th NFL season, has six sacks this season and is showing he can still contribute at 37 years old. Taylor is one of my all-time favorites, both as a player and from an interview perspective.

3. Colts receiver Reggie Wayne acknowledged that tonight could be his final home game as a member of the team (he's a free agent after the season). Curious what he'd think of catching passes from Tom Brady. Hard to imagine the Patriots wouldn't be interested if he's available.

4. Alberto Riveron has been assigned to referee Saturday's game between the Patriots and Dolphins. It's his first Patriots assignment of the season.

5. Plenty of New England ties on the Dolphins' coaching and scouting staffs -- WRs coach Steve Bush was an assisant at Boston University (1988-89) and head coach at Longmeadow High School (1990-92); OL coach Dave DeGuglielmo grew up in Lexington, Mass., attended BU and coached at BU and BC; assistant strength & conditioning coach Dave Puloka grew up in Arlington, Mass.; special teams coach Darren Rizzi attend the University of Rhode Island and was the head coach there in 2008; director of player personnel Brian Gaine attended the University of Maine (1991-95); assistant director of pro scouting Chris Shea is a native of Belmont and attended BC; and director of college scouting Chris Grier grew up in Holliston and attended UMass.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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