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New England Patriots Links 12/10/15 - Third Down's The Harm For Struggling Pats' Offense

Patriots daily news and links for 12/10/15

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How's Tom Brady feeling?
How's Tom Brady feeling?
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  • Mike Petraglia highlights Tom Brady's Wednesday presser, in which he insists he's "fresh as lettuce" despite taking a pounding the last couple of weeks.
  • Michael Hurley wonders if the Patriots continue to lean on Tom Brady so heavily, will he be able to carry them come January?
  • Tom E. Curran spotlights the problems the Pats' offense has had on third downs.
  • Karen Guregian notes the Patriots' receivers having a case of the dropsies is a recurring theme this season.
  • Christopher Price states the Patriots need to figure out a way to eliminate drops in the passing game.
  • Mike Reiss tells us ten things to know about Sunday's matchup with the Texans: 1. Patriots are looking to avoid their first three-game skid since 2002.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Texans key matchups, who has the razor's edge?
  • Mike Reiss relays five things we learned from the Patriots coaches conference calls: Danny Amendola is tough, Brian Hoyer has improved, and Tom Brady is the king of QB sneaks.
  • The Herald finds that Danny Amendola's route-running is among the best in the NFL
  • Nicholas Goss reports Danny Amendola is both excited and motivated for his return home to play the Texans in Houston.
  • Mark Farinella notes this weekend will be a homecoming of sorts for Danny Amendola.
  • Mike Petraglia offers Bill Belichick's explanation of why he puts J.J. Watt in the 'same general category' as Lawrence Taylor.
  • Doug Kyed notes Bill Belichick discusses what makes DeAndrew Hopkins so dangerous, and hopes to force him into making great plays, not give him the easy ones.
  • Doug Kyed relays the story how Brian Hoyer and Tom Brady called Bill O'Brien 'Teapot' because of how often he would "boil over" in the QB room.
  • Jen McCaffrey catches up with Vince Wilfork reflecting on his time in New England, "It meant everything ot me."
  • The Herald sees no hard feelings between Vince Wilfork and the Patriots.
  • Nicholas Goss reports bill Belichick says he 'learned a lot' from Bill O'Brien's tenure with the Patriots.
  • Gethin Coolbaugh (AP) Mike Vrabel finally gets his chance to test his defensive schemes against Bill Belichick.
  • Kevin Duffy notes the Texans will catch the Pats when they're banged up and facing a two-game losing streak, but Wilfork says, 'It's never a good time to catch the Patriots."
  • Kevin Duffy tells us what we need to know about newly signed CB Leonard Johnson.
  • Mike Reiss takes stock of the Patriots' list of undrafted players.
  • Michael Hurley provides the definitive ranking of which head coach would be the best to have a beer with, and why.
  • Jared Chandler posts a snapchat from Chandler Jones of Rob Gronkowski jamming in the car to Nicki Minaj.
  • Boston Herald Patriots Notebook: Dominique Easley was frustrated that his ankle injury caused him to miss the Eagles game, but he's now been removed from the injury report all together; Mike Vrabel used to play free safety in practice if the Pats were preparing for a guy like Ed Reed, and it drove Tom Brady crazy; Brady responded he felt "fresh as lettuce" after being hit 32 times in the last 3 games; Injury updates; Pats signed CB Leonard Johnson to the active roster and re-signed LB Eric Martin to the practice squad.