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New England Patriots Links 12/15/15 - Unsung Players Making Noise For Patriots

Daily news and links for 12/15/15

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Akiem Hicks embraces his role on the defense
Akiem Hicks embraces his role on the defense
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  • Tom E. Curran looks at five Patriots players who have exceeded expectations for a team that has seen it’s fair share of injuries.(2.19 min. video)
  • Mike Reiss notes CB Leonard Johnson just joined the team last week, but that didn't stop him from playing 42 snaps and a meaningful role in the Patriots' 27-6 win.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Ryan Allen was quietly a difference maker vs. Houston Sunday night.
  • Jeff Howe dissects the film from the Patriots’ 27-6 victory against the Texans, and offers 34 thoughts on the game.
  • Steve Buckley uses the LeGarrette Blount 17-yard run in the first quarter to sum up the 2015 Patriots: They don't go down. They don't quit...don't give in...don't back off.
  • Tom E. Curran tells us what the Devin McCourty injury (high ankle sprain) means for the Patriots safeties.
  • Mike Reiss says that according to a source, Jonathan Freeny dislocated his thumb and part of his wrist but hopes to return before the end of the year.
  • Rich Garven notes the already depleted Patriots' roster takes a few more hits.
  • Phil Perry reports the Patriots clinched yet another AFC East title on Monday night when the Dolphins fell to the Giants, 31-24.
  • Mike Reiss points out how the Patriots leaned heavily on Jerod Mayo's instincts and smarts in a game that was characterized by chess match-like moves and countermoves.
  • Michael Hurley thinks Belichick's historical dominance is difficult to put into perspective, and other leftover Patriots thoughts.
  • Jerry Thornton offers some thoughts to consider while celebrating the Festivus miracle that is Rob Gronkowski's return.
  • Matt Burke recaps how the Patriots got back on track Sunday night in Houston, thumping old friend Bill O'Brien and the Texans, 27-6.
  • Brian Robb tells us three things we learned Sunday night: 1. Gronkowski's return breathes life into the Patriots offense.
  • Matt Dolloff explains how Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan, and the rest of the Patriots secondary continue to make Bill Belichick look like a genius.
  • Mike Reiss notes Bill Belichick repeats his call for boundary cameras after being asked about how to approach hurrying to the line of scrimmage to avoid a play being challenged.
  • Sam Galanis posts a vine of Danny Amendola shoving J.J. Watt back after the DE walks by and purposely bumps him.
  • Ron Borges issues his Week 14 Report Card: Solid win brings grades up.
  • Chris Mason, Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Patriots sit in the drivers seat in the AFC and clinched the division title last night; Bill Belichick believes it's time for the league to pay for more replay cameras; He didn't have Brady rush to snap the ball because the coaching staff thought both of the challenged plays were catches - or at least not conclusive enough to overturn.
  • Bill Belichick explains why the Patriots have so many players from Rutgers.