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New England Patriots Links 8/22/14 - Preseason Week 3: Patriots vs. Panthers

Daily News and Links for 8/22/14

Malcolm Buter earned playing time opposite Revis
Malcolm Buter earned playing time opposite Revis
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  • Jeff Howe says that tonight could turn into an extended sneak preview of a defensive scheme alteration, highlighting their flexibility.
  • Christopher Price tells us what to watch for vs. the Panthers: How much Stevan Ridley plays and if he holds onto the ball.
  • Jeff Howe gives us five things to watch tonight: Interchangeable base defense.
  • Mike Reiss tells us what he'll be watching tonight: Good test for the run defense.
  • Mike Reiss shares a few quick notes on the Panthers: Keep an eye on the Chandler Jones-Byron Bell matchup.
  • Glen Farley tells us the players say there's been more of a regular-season feel to it all with tonight's third game of the preseason here.
  • Mark Farinella sees the Patriots' starters facing their most significant preseason test tonight vs. Carolina.
  • The AP reports the Panthers already played their big preseason game against Kansas City, but the Patriots will play theirs tonight.
  • Tom E. Curran notes Tom Brady made clear to the media that the Patriots are all-in every season, and have been for more than a decade.
  • Oliver Thomas focuses on which roster spots are on the line for New England.
  • Tom E. Curran picks three Patriots in trouble heading into tonight's game.
  • Mark Daniels credits the intangibles that have helped Malcolm Butler write his rags-to-riches story.
  • Adam Kurkjian notes Jonas Gray can make the type of attention-grabbing play that players need to make in order to gain a roster spot.
  • Phil Perry reports that according to Brady, there is not a better FB in the league than James Develin.
  • Ryan Hannable focuses on the preseason performance of OL Jordan Devey.
  • Mark Daniels reports WR Brandon LaFell admits he's still got a lot to learn, and a lot to adjust to on and off the field.
  • Mark Farinella points out Brandon Browner knows he is an easy target under the watchful eyes of the referees.
  • Eric Wilbur gives Pats fans a dope-slap when it comes to daydreaming about Tony Gonzalez coming to New England.
  • Mike Reiss tells us the Patriots will once again be wearing white for the third preseason game in a row.
  • Mike Reiss breaks down which players showed up on more than two top units in last week's preseason game, to get an idea of their value on special teams.
  • Mike Reiss offers the transcript of his weekly online chat: Expectation is that we'll see starters into the third quarter.
  • Tom E. Curran notes the extra point experiment may soon be permanent.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Dominique Easley has worn out the film during his quest to become the same disruptive force he was in college; Brandon Browner points out Panthers' rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin as a go-to target for the Carolina offense; The Marcus Forston and D.J. Williams cuts may have been made in advance of Tuesday's roster cut-down day, to get to 75 players.
  • Glen Farley Patriots Notebook: Jeremy Gallon stayed in the meeting room and stayed watching film when he couldn't practice with the team.