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New England Patriots Links 8/25/14 - Preseason Week 4 Focus: Prepping For Giants, Roster Cuts

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Daily News and Links for 8/25/14

Stevan Ridley in or out?
Stevan Ridley in or out?
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TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Ben Volin talks about the Patriots needing to send in the Turk and start paring down the roster.
  • Mike Reiss follows up with some thoughts on the release of veterans Tommy Kelly, Will Smith and James Anderson.
  • Doug Kyed sees the Tommy Kelly cut as a show of faith in the young defenders.
  • Christopher Price offers five thoughts on the Patriots' most recent releases.
  • Karen Guregian reports Tom Brady uses state-of-the-art brain training geared toward sharpening his decision-making skills.
  • Karen Guregian asks three former QBs what is the most important trait a QB needs to be successful in the NFL.
  • Tim Benz warns fans that we need a reality check about our expectations for this year's team. /WTF?!?
  • Erik Frenz notes Bill Belichick says Julian Edelman's career path is similar to Tedy Bruschi's.
  • Mike Reiss shakes up the RBs in his newest 53-man roster projection: Vereen, White, Bolden & Gray are in - Ridley out, Finch on practice squad.
  • Karen Guregian takes another crack at projecting the final 53-man roster: WRs Josh Boyce, Jeremy Gallon get the axe.
  • Erik Frenz predicts the 53-man roster: Roy Finch in, Jonas Gray out.
  • Mark Farinella takes a stab at projecting the final 53-man roster. Roy Finch in at RB, Jonas Gray out.
  • Nick O'Malley posts his third projection of the 53-man roster, with an assumption that Belichick is going young and appears set to run more 3-4 this year.
  • Mark Daniels says Belichick is not ready to name anyone as the starter at center or right guard.
  • Mike Lowe details the strengths and flaws of the RBs who are in contention to start in the regular season.
  • Glen Farley tells us 2nd year LB Steve Beauharnais hopes his team-leading 19 tackles, an interception and 61-yard return this preseason will be enough to earn a roster spot.
  • Glen Farely notes Bill Belichick says 6th-round draft pick DL Zach Moore is adjusting to the leap from Division 2 college ball to the NFL.
  • Tom E. Curran talks up DT Jerel Worthy and his big upside.
  • Lee Schechter reports Bill Belichick now has his focus on the Giants and on the roster.
  • Tom E. Curran explains why Peyton Manning has to share blame for Wes Welker's concussion.
  • Mark Farinella shares his Hots & Nots from Friday night: Patriots' third-down conversion rating was 67%.
  • Matthew Geagan gives us the Ups, and just a few Downs, from Friday's preseason win over the Panthers.
  • Chad Finn answers his weekly Mailbag: Wondering whether it's time for Wes Welker to walk away -- while he still can.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Julian Edelman's switch from QB to WR (and PR and DB) wins praise from Bill Belichick; Belichick admitted he took too long to challenge Shane Vereen's 2nd TD; Rob Ninkovich took turns as long snapper Friday night, just in case.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Pats release Tommy Kelly, Will Smith and James Anderson in advance of Tuesday's roster cut-down day; Vince Wilfork got some good push along the interior of the line against the Panthers; Ryan Mallett may be one of the QBs available for the Rams now that Sam Bradford is out for the year; Rookie DE Zach Moore has been trying to make the leap from Division 2 Concordia St. Paul, and has made a positive impression on Belichick so far.

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Erik Frenz (Bleacher Report) Tom Brady, Patriots offense in midseason form.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Report: Patriots release Tommy Kelly and Will Smith.
  • Inside Slant (Yahoo! Sports) Team Report: New England Patriots - Belichick and Patriots get ready for tough cuts.
  • Will Leitch (Sports on Earth) Football set to rule our lives again.
  • Peter King (The MMQB) MMQB: Why the NFL's best team won't win the Super Bowl. /A Patriots-free edition.
  • Mike Tanier (Sports on Earth) Mandatory Monday: On the rise. FB/LB Taylor McCuller mentioned for Patriots.
  • John Clayton (ESPN) Mailbag: Plenty of concerns in top-heavy AFC.
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) Sorting the Sunday Pile (Preseason Edition!): The biggest stories from the NFL week that was.
  • Mike Tanier (Sports on Earth) Move extra points to the one, and coaches will go for two.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Why note remove eligibility limits for the practice squad?