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New England Patriots Links 9/25/14 - Unsung Defenders On A Role, Earn Belichick's Praise

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Daily News and Links for 9/25/14

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TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Adam Kurkjian shows situations where Rob Ninkovich's value doesn't show up on the stat sheet but played a big role nonetheless.
  • Jeff Howe points out during the Raiders first seven passing plays against the Patriots, Dont'a Hightower had six different types of assignments.
  • Mike Reiss reports Bill Belichick's praise of Joe Vellano.
  • Phil Perry notes Belichick gives Patrick Chung a favorable review: 'Pat's been good for us. He's contributed on all four downs. I'm glad we we got him back.'
  • Karen Guregian reports Tom Brady's teammates fully support their QB despite heavy criticism.
  • Tom E. Curran explains why the Patriots' opponents haven't needed much to pressure Brady.
  • Mike Reiss takes a look at the Pats-Chiefs matchup through a stats-based lens, per ESPN's Stats & Information department.
  • Mike Reiss notes the O-lne reported early Wednesday morning for a position-only group meeting.
  • Christopher Price re-watches the first three games and offers five suggestions on how to fix the O-line: 1. Expand role of RBs and FBs and use more two-TE sets.
  • The Boston Herald reports ESPN has suspended analyst Bill Simmons over a profanity-laced rant in which he called Roger Goodell a "liar".
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Patriots will have to focus on the Chiefs' offensive scheme more than one player, as Jamaal Charles' status is uncertain; Gronkowski feel ready to crank up the workload, and doesn't feel limited at all; Brandon Browner was practicing with the team because he violated the substance abuse policy, not the PED policy; Browner has one week left on his 4-game suspension.

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Gronk ready for more playing time.
  • Mike Tanier (Bleacher Report) Brady's inability to throw deep reveals deeper Patriots problems.
  • Erik Frenz (Bleacher Report) Patriots running game shares plenty of blame in offensive struggles.
  • Gil Brandt (NFL.com) Tom Brady, Cam Newton among Pro Bowlers to worry about.
  • Staff Report (NFL.com) Mind-blowing stats for Week 4. Brady on the road.
  • John Clayton (ESPN) Mailbag: More safety doesn't mean few injuries.
  • John DeMarzo (NY Post) Drew Stanton: It’s a good thing Jets two-timed me for Tebow.  /Not Pats-related, but amusing nonetheless.