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New England Patriots Links 8/12/14 - Day 1: Pats-Eagles Joint Practices

Daily News and Links for 8/12/14

Dan Connolly earns offseason award, praise from Belichick
Dan Connolly earns offseason award, praise from Belichick
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  • Mike Reiss gives us the wake-up call for the first day of Pats-Eagles joint practices.
  • Jeff Howe gives us five things to watch from Pats-Eagles joint practices this week: Position battles.
  • Erik Frenz posts his Training Camp Notes from Monday: Malcolm Butler makes plays all over the field.
  • Phil Perry writes his latest Postcard from Camp: Interesting to see DBs learning how to pass off receivers to one another as they mixed zone and man coverages.
  • Mike Reiss and Lee Schechter offer their observations from the 13th practice of camp: Eyes on Solder and the O-line.
  • Mike Reiss reports the good news on the health front for the Patriots, with Gronkowski, Dobson and Easley all taking positive steps forward from their injuries.
  • Erik Frenz says Gronkowski is still not sure exactly when he will begin fully participating in practice, but he says he is getting closer every day.
  • Mike Reiss notes Ryan Mallett misses his second straight practice.
  • Zuri Berry notes that as far as the Patriots are concerned, Eagles CB Cary Williams is going to be the only one having a war of words.
  • Christopher Price thumbnails 10 players who enter this key stretch of camp still on the bubble.
  • Ryan Hannable says the experience on the offensive line is making the transition to Dave DeGuglielmo much easier.
  • Tom E. Curran focuses on Kyle Arrington's versatility.
  • Oliver Thomas says a lot has changed since TE Steve Maneri was first claimed by the Patriots back in 2010.
  • Mike Reiss notes Dan Connolly is an offseason award winner, and humbly considers it an honor.
  • Ryan Hannable points out how Stephen Gostkowski and Ryan Allen give the Patriots stability on special teams.
  • Karen Guregian makes her early roster projection to see who makes the cut.
  • Ben Volin suggests there’s a good chance the final 53-man roster will include players currently in camp with other teams.
  • Adam Kurkjian sees the Pats' depth chart still a little loose at tight end.
  • Mike Giardi posts his roster projection.
  • Adam Kurkjian Patriots Notebook: Team welcomes Easley and Dobson to practice; Gronkowski made his first appearance in 7-on-7 drills; Ryan Mallett and Brandon Borwner were out; Mankins dismissed Carey Williams statement from last week.
  • ESPN Boston reports NY Giants president John Mara issued The Ice Bucket Challenge to Robert Kraft and Bill Belichcik.