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New England Patriots Links 10/22/14 - Tough Stretch Ahead Just Gets Tougher

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Daily News and Links for 10/22/14

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  • Christopher Price believes the upcoming 6-game slate will shape the legacy of 2014 Patriots.
  • Mike Reiss highlights the key points with the Chandler Jones injury void.
  • Tom E. Curran explains why Chandler Jones' injury isn't 'cause for a huge panic'.
  • Mike Reiss posts a few thoughts on the Akeem Ayers deal: 1 Low-risk, depth-based move.
  • Christopher Price reports Akeem Ayers will finally get a chance to show what he can do as part of a Patriots defense.
  • Tom E. Curran talks about what Ayers could possibly bring to the team.
  • Kevin Duffy tells us what we need to know about new Patriots LB Akeem Ayers.
  • Christopher Price discusses a report that the Patriots are set to acquire free agent DL Alan Branch.
  • Doug Kyed reports DL Alan Branch agrees to a one-year contract for D-line depth.
  • Kevin Duffy tells us what we need to know about former Bills DL Alan Branch.
  • Erik Frenz notes that for the third straight year, the Patriots have made a trade near the deadline to add depth at a position of need.
  • Mike Reiss reports Sam Rosen and John Lynch will call Pats-Bears on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m.)
  • Tom Layman notes Chicago's tall, physical receivers will be a tough task for the Pats defensive backs.
  • Mike Reiss posts his weekly stat check to see where the Pats and Bears stand in relation to the rest of the league.
  • Karen Guregian points out how opposing offenses have been taking advantage over the middle.
  • Tom E. Curran points out three things the Patriots need to shore up heading into Sunday: 1. Run defense.
  • Mike Reiss takes his weekly look at what New England must fix before Sunday: Producing turnovers.
  • Lee Schechter notes this week Shane Vereen will be going up against his brother Brock, a safety with the Bears.
  • Christopher Price notes Jonas Gray is focused on penning the next great underdog story with the Patriots.
  • Tom Layman reports Jonas Gray just feels lucky to have a shot.
  • Mark Daniels talks about how Josh Kline is trying to make the most of his recent opportunity.
  • Tom E. Curran thinks the Pats need to make a run at Vincent Jackson.
  • Phil Perry diagrams out Danny Amendola's scramble-drill score from last week.
  • Mike Reiss answers his weekly Patriots Mailbag: Worst 5-2 team in the NFL?
  • Chad Finn doesn't think Percy Harvin fits the Patriots mold anymore.
  • Chris Villani calls Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning the best rivalry ever.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: No official word yet on what kept Revis and Chandler Jones out of practice yesterday; Pats traded for Titans LB Akeem Ayers pending a physical; Shane Vereen will be playing against his brother Brock for the first time; All Chicago's wins have come on the road (0 at home); Amendola will once again return kicks this week; Stevan Ridley thanked all his supporters; Connolly, Stork, Fleming and Ebner returned to practice.
  • Mike Reiss catches us up with former Patriots and how they're doing with their new teams.

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