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New England Patriots Links 7/17/14 - Armstead Retirement Spurs Camp Battle From Young DTs

Daily News and Links for 7/17/14

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Joe Vellano gets a grip
Joe Vellano gets a grip
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  • Mike Petraglia reports that after several medical battles, Armond Armstead finally announces his retirement.
  • Zuri Berry notes Armond Armstead's retirement frees up a roster spot for other young DTs to make the team in training camp.
  • Mike Reiss takes a look at the team's defensive tackle depth chart, now that Armond Armstead is no longer an option.
  • Mark Farinella prints a training camp position preview with a look at where the Patriots stand six days before camp.
  • Nick O'Malley posts his training camp position previews: Linebacker - A faster (and better) starting 3 without Brandon Spikes.
  • Christopher Price continues his countdown to camp with a position-by-position roster breakdown: Offensive line.
  • Mark Daniels looks at the rookies who have a chance to make an impact on the Patriots this year, most likely on the O-line.
  • Nick O'Malley reveals who's on his roster bubble watch: G Dan Connolly and his 2014 $4M cap hit.
  • Tom E. Curran breaks down three more players with something to prove: Danny Amendola, Dont'a Hightower and Ryan Wendell.
  • CSNNE discusses which players to watch when training camp opens. (3.20 min. video)
  • Mike Reiss discusses three undrafted free agents to keep an eye on heading into training camp: LS Tyler Ott, RB Stephen Houston and LB Cameron Gordon. (1.18 min. video)
  • Mike Reiss compares Jimmy Graham's newly-signed contract to Rob Gronkowski's deal, and offers some thoughts on both.
  • Zuri Berry notes Pepper Johnson has been replaced by Patrick Graham, the team's DL coach last season and entering his 6th year with the Patriots.
  • Mike Reiss reports Monti Ossenfort is now the director of college scouting for the Patriots,replacing Jon Robinson who is now director of player personnel in Tampa Bay.
  • Steve Silva tells us where the Patriots and Red Sox rank among Forbes' list of the most valuable sports teams.