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New England Patriots Links 7/28/14 - Competition, Position Battles Heat Up

Daily News and Links for 7/28/14

Tavon Wilson still has a shot
Tavon Wilson still has a shot
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  • Mike Reiss posts some quick-hit weekend thoughts for the Patriots: Jamie Collins looks primed to make the jump to the rare three-down front-seven defender.
  • Mike Reiss projects the Patriots roster 5 days into camp.
  • Phil Perry writes his Postcard from Camp, Day 4: Brandon LaFell needed a strong day at camp and got one on Sunday.
  • Mike Petraglia Sunday Notes: Brandon Browner brings the noise before mother nature brings the hammer.
  • Mike Reiss posts his observations from camp, Day 4: Browner de-cleated RB James White in an 11-on-11 drill (to his credit, White held onto the ball).
  • Zuri Berry shares his Day 4 Training Camp notes: TEs Justin Jones and D.J. Wiliams are having a helluva competition; O-line dominated the 1-on-1 drills vs.the D-line; More.
  • Tom E. Curran evaluates undrafted rookie TE Justin Jones and makes the inevitable Zach Sudfeld comparison,.
  • posts some photos from camp.
  • Zuri Berry gives us five takeaways from the team’s first four practices: Surprising lack of spark at DT.
  • Duncan Day tells us that Julian Edelman isn't resting on his laurels or assuming he will reach the same level of production he had in '13.
  • Shalise Manza Young tells us Tavon Wilson worked on mental focus and communication in the offseason, and suggests no one write him off just yet.
  • Duncan Day says Roy Finch, a 5-8 undrafted RB from Oklahoma is hoping to do enough to avoid being cut, and possibly increase his role on the squad in time.
  • Jeff Howe notes that if this is Stevan Ridley’s last run with the Patriots, he sure wants to make it count.
  • Duncan Day reports Stevan Ridley is embracing his new role as leader to the young RBs.
  • Mike Petraglia hears from Patrick Chung, who is really happy to be back in New England.
  • Christopher Price explains why James Develin and other FBs still matter.
  • Erik Frenz informs us Dominique Easley is on track following knee surgery, but there is no exact timetable for his return to practice.
  • Mike Reiss reports the Patriots signed WRs Cole Stanford and Brian Tyms to fill the last two open roster spot, and released WR Greg Orton to injured reserve.
  • Karen Guregian points out how the league's decision to re-emphasize illegal contact and defensive holding this season could mess with the Patriots.
  • Howard Ulman reports Chandler Jones, Logan Ryan, Darrelle Revis, Devin McCourty and Tavon Wilson all trained together in Phoenix this offseason.
  • Mike Petraglia highlights Nick Caserio's Q&A with the media: Revis & Browner don't signal a change in the team's defensive philosophy.
  • Phil Perry notes Nick Caserio explains how practice in pads helps evaluators get a clearer picture of what they're looking for.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Julian Edelman still wants to continue returning punts; He was the first player in history with 105 receptions and 35 punt returns; Duron Harmon looks like he won the starting job but Patrick Chung and Tavon Wilson are getting their chances to compete; Brady had a light workout day Sunday; Participation update.