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New England Patriots Links 12/23/15 - Patriots Front 7 'Magnificent'

Daily news and links for 12/23/15

Dont'a Hightwer wont' let a Pro Bowl snub stop him
Dont'a Hightwer wont' let a Pro Bowl snub stop him
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  • Mike Reiss gives us the inside story of how Steven Jackson was given No. 39 with Patriots.
  • Phil Perry notes that soon after the Patriots announced the signing of Steven Jackson, he participated in his first practice with the team.
  • Rich Garven tells us Leonard Hankerson brought his family to Foxboro, and shipped up all the kids' presents, so they could celebrate Christmas together.
  • Chris Mason reports new Pats receiver Leonard Hankerson has been cramming to learn the offense. Brady and the WRs have been 'meeting after class' to help him out.
  • Kerry J. Byrne reports that the Cold Hard Football Facts confirm the good ol' eye test: This year's defensive front is magnificent.
  • Matt Burke makes the case that the Patriots may have the best defense in the entire NFL.
  • Karen Guregien says that life without Darrelle Revis was supposed to be a train wreck, but at Week 16, it's been a surprisingly easy ride. /Only for the doubters.
  • Rich Garven finds that in place of the injured Devin McCourty, the Patriots safeties get mixed reviews.
  • Mike Reiss points to special-teams miscues as one of the areas the Patriots must correct before the playoffs.
  • Mike Reiss notes Bill Belichick mentioned how pleased he's been with this year's rookie class.
  • Christopher Price reports seven Patriots were named to the Pro Bowl.
  • Christopher Price tracks the Patriots penalties through 14 games.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Steven Jackson spent his first official day with the Patriots taking part in the walkthrough practice and getting to know his new teammates; Overall, the Jets and Pats defenses are running neck and neck on most statistics; Pats aim to shut Jets' RB Chris Ivory down again; Gronk may miss workout today to attend funeral of his friend; Injury update.
  • Tom Caron suggests the perfect gift for each of Boston's sports teams.