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New England Patriots Links 8/11/14 - Training Camp: Eagles Week

Daily News and Links for 8/11/14

Malcolm Butler has earned reps opposite Darrelle Revis
Malcolm Butler has earned reps opposite Darrelle Revis
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  • Patriots Training Camp Schedule Monday through Wednesday.
  • Andy Hart blogs from Sunday's camp: New TEs hit the field, Brandon Bolden returned to practice; Solder took reps as an extra TE; Malcolm Butler was getting reps opposite Darrelle Revis' Alfonzo Dennard was a bit more active, including early 1-on-one drills.
  • Erik Scalavino News and notes from Sunday's training camp: "No setbacks" for Gronk; Pats reverting to their traditional 3-4 defensive front in practice.
  • Erik Scalavino notes Bill Belichick managed to find some bright spots in Week 1's preseason loss in Washington.
  • Andy Hart and Paul Perillo debate whether their opinion of the Patriots' back QB has changed after one preseason game.
  • Patriots sign tight ends Ben Hartsock, Steve Maneri and Terrence Miller; Release three players.
  • On-field Interview - Bill Belichick [Sunday] (3.16 min. video)
  • Press Conference Transcript - Bill Belichick.
  • Photos - Patriots at Redskins.


  • Christopher Price Sunday NFL Notes: What's a reasonable expectation for Dominique Easley this season?
  • Mike Reiss posts his quick-hit weekend thoughts from the Patriots and around the NFL: Jimmy Garoppolo earned respect when he threw himself into the pile trying to retrieve Stephen Houston's fumble.
  • Karen Guregian tells us Rob Gronkowskihit the seven-month mark from surgery but hasn't been cleared for contact just yet.
  • Karen Guregian posts her Sunday training camp notes: Full pads; Mallett wasn't seen; Gronkowski did a lot more side work with Tom Brady than usual (and with Darrelle Revis).
  • Erik Frenz shares his Sunday Camp Notes: Amendola looks to be a very important component to the offense; Four sessions of 11-on-11 passing work, with Garoppolo seeming to get the ball out quickly; Hightower had a very active role.
  • Lee Schechter talks about what he observed from Sunday's camp: Bryan Stork rejoined his teammates at practice, but did not have any pads.
  • Mike Reiss projects the roster.
  • Karen Guregian says Jimmy Garoppolo did more in one half toward settling some queasy stomachs with regard to life after Brady, than Ryan Mallett has done in three years.
  • Chad Finn shares a brief thought on QB Ryan Mallett 'who doesn't deserve much more consideration than that.'
  • Jeff Howe sees Julian Edelman repeating his 2013 breakout performance this season.
  • Mike Reiss tells us about receiver Brian Tyms, one of the bright spots in Thursday's game.
  • Mike Reiss follows up on DT Chris Jones' injury.
  • Mike Reiss breaks down the offensive snaps while analyzing each position.
  • Christopher Price charts the offensive opportunities for the skill position players from Pats-'Skins.
  • Mike Reiss breaks down the defensive snaps with some quick-hit thoughts on each position.
  • Tom E. Curran reports the Patriots are already churning bodies at tight end.
  • Field Yates reports on the Patriots latest roster moves.
  • Erik Frenz answers his Patriots Mailbag: Putting preseason Week 1 loss in context.
  • Zack Cox posts a screen-shot of the Washington D.C. NBC affiliate's mis-identification of the Patriots' starting WR lineup Thursday night.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Brian Tyms has an interesting back story; Ryan Mallett did not practice yesterday; Belichick commented about his recent roster moves, "We’re looking for guys that are improving and kind of when they stop making improvement, then sometimes you feel like you’ve got to move on."
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Devin McCourty doesn't think it would work if he adopted Rodney Harrison's leadership style; Mike Mayock thinks RB Tyler Gaffney was a great pickup for the Patriots; Redskins TE Jordan Reed lauds former teammate Dominique Easley; Jets TE Jace Amaro is struggling; Patrick Chung's foundation is hosting its second Jam Session at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston next Sunday.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: An improved Michael Buchanan might be the rotational pass rusher the team lacked last season; Belichick talks about the Garoppolo to Tyms TD that was ruled incomplete, and said he didn't have a good enough look to challenge it.


  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Patriots still unsure when Gronk will be ready for contact.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Curran: Revis will move around.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Steve Gregory retires.
  • Mike Tanier (Sports on Earth) Notes, impressions, and applewood-smoked takeaways from a Thursday night of preseason action.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick loves new technology, but only if it works.
  • Mike Tanier (Sports on Earth) Mandatory Monday: Preseason reads.
  • Peter King (The MMQB) MMQB: Johnny preseason; Why the color of Week 1 was yellow; More.
  • John Clayton (ESPN) Mailbag: Emphasis on pass-defense penalties.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) Monday Musings: Bucs DE Johnson among 10 pass rushers regaining an edge.
  • Chris Wesseling ( Preseason Week 1 winners and losers. Ryan Mallett and Brian Tyms in the loser category.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Cousins outduels Mallett in battle of backups.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Curran: Patriots would like to trade Ryan Mallett.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Flags keep flying for illegal contact, defensive holding.  /12 preseason games = 39 defensive holding calls + 19 illegal contacts, totaling 51 calls on just two penalties.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Preseason experiment yields two missed extra points.
  • Joe Fortenbaugh (Nat'l Football Post) The NFL's integrity problem.