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New England Patriots Links 12/31/15 - No Rookie Wall For DT Malcom Brown

Daily news and links for 12/31/15

Big boy Malcom Brown earns big praise from Bill Belichcik
Big boy Malcom Brown earns big praise from Bill Belichcik
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  • Mark Daniels reports Malcom Brown has yet to hit any 'rookie wall.'
  • Kevin Duffy notes the Patriots' top two picks in the 2015 NFL Draft -- Malcom Brown and Jordan Richards -- earned some big-time praise from Bill Belichick Wednesday.
  • Rich Thompson points out that Tom Brady is leading the league in passing yards and touchdowns, despite dealing with continuous moving parts on offense.
  • Tom E. Curran finds that Tom Brady is working smarter, not harder nowadays when it comes to taking hits. He wants his teammates to be similarly judicious.
  • Mark Farinella says Keshawn Martin is proving to be a good catch for the Patriots.
  • Mike Reiss reveals there is no word yet on Julian Edelman's status for Sunday, but he was a bit more visible in the locker room Wednesday.
  • Ryan Hannable gives us a practice report update: Dont'a Hightower and Julian Edelman among 9 limited at practice.
  • Karen Guregian believes Josh McDaniels needs to find a rhythm to jump-start his sagging offense.
  • Doug Kyed explains why the Patriots' recent offensive struggles shouldn't continue in the playoffs.
  • Jeff Howe talks about how Matt Patricia has seized control of Belichick's defense and turned it into a unit that is ranked 8th in points, 7th in yards and 2nd in sacks. Plus.... he fixed the clock in Belichick's car.
  • Mike Petraglia notes that while Bill Belichick admits versatility is needed, it shouldn't be overvalued.
  • Gregory Hunt notes Bill Belichick says the Dolphins are a better team than we might think, and he's taking them very seriously.
  • Matt Dolloff notes Bill Belichick offered up a perfect response to the Dolphins' paranoia over playing at Gillette, even if it wasn't his intention: 'Just worried about what we're doing.'
  • Troy Brown gives us the keys to Week 17: Don't step in the trap. (2.02 min. video)
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Dolphins II - key matchups: Who has the razor's edge?
  • Connor Fulton (MusketFire) Patriots vs. Dolphins: 6 Bold predictions.
  • Matt Dolloff reports the NFL was forced to refile its deflategate appeal because it used the 'wrong color cover.'
  • Adam Kurkjian Patriots Notebook: The Pats OL will have to pay attention to Miamii's $114M dollar man, Ndamukonk Suh; Dolphins lead the league in forcing negative rushing plays; Pats are flying to Fort Lauderdale, FL today and will practice at Florida Atlantic University tomorrow; Keshawn Martin has become one of Tom Brady's top receiving targets; Injury update.
  • NESN reports the Patriots are teaming with a Detroit nonprofit to assist homeless people in New England this winter.
  • Mike Reiss reports Bill Belichick welcomes Bruins' Claude Julien to Patriots practice.
  • Cameron McDonough posts a photo of the banners the Patriots left behind for the Bruins, wishing them luck and reminding them to 'Do Your Job' at the Winter Classic.