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New England Patriots Links 9/18/14 - Defense Finding Its Identity

Daily News and Links for 9/18/14

Logan Ryan shows how he got his "Instant Offense" nickname
Logan Ryan shows how he got his "Instant Offense" nickname
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  • CBS Boston previews Patriots-Raiders, comparing each position to see which team has the edge.
  • Mike Reiss takes a look at Patriots vs. Raiders through a stats-based lens.
  • Christopher Price notes the Raiders area well aware they face a sizable challenge this weekend against the Patriots.
  • Zuri Berry highlights Belichick's press conference with references to Belichick's high-school days, the NFL's drug policy, and the Raiders.
  • Christopher Price reports Tom Brady says the job of spreading the ball around starts with him.
  • Mike Petraglia notes Gronkowski says earning Brady's trust 'takes a long time', and it all starts in practice (and after practice).
  • Adam Kurkjian reports Logan Ryan shows again and again why he's the right pick for the job.
  • Lee Schechter notes the Patriots are preaching balance on offense this week.
  • Karen Guregian wants to see Stevan Ridley keep up his production from Week 2.
  • Erik Frenz asserts Tom Brady must make use of all Patriots pass-catchers, not just ones named Edelman and Gronk.
  • Eric Wilbur wonders where the hell is Danny Amendola.
  • Tom E. Curran reminds us that Tom Brady and Charles Woodson go way back - even before January 19, 2002.
  • Jeff Howe believes Jimmy Garoppolo looks like the QB to watch out of this year's draft class.
  • Mike Reiss informs us Jerod Mayo's absence from practice was not injury-related.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Player representative Matthew Slater believes the NFL's new drug policy is fair; Gronkowski is well past the stage of wondering how his knee will respond to his first big thump, as he's taken a few hits, tackles and blocks now; Jamie Collins returned to practice yesterday: Mayo missed practice to be with his wife for the birth of his child. /Congrats!