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New England Patriots Links 6/11/15 - Malcolm's Missed-Flight Misstep

Daily news and links for 6/11/15

Perp walk
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  • Jeff Howe reports CB Malcolm Butler was benched by the Patriots for three weeks of on-field work during OTAs, due to a missed flight to Boston.
  • Mike Reiss tells us what the CBA says about situations like Malcolm Butler's, and notes that Butler isn't contesting anything personally.
  • Tom E. Curran points out Malcolm Butler is not the first to find out that doing your job is showing up on time. He didn't do that, and that's why he's missed time.
  • Lou Merloni thinks Malcolm Butler's punishment is excessive.
  • Mike Reiss finds that whether you agree with it or not, Bill Belichick's methods are always fascinating to chronicle.
  • Miguel Benzan clears up a misconception about Malcolm Butler's contract, and explains why that isn't the reason he has been absent from OTAs.  /Now we all know why.
  • Mike Reiss studies the film on WR Brandon Gibson to see what the veteran pass-catcher can bring to the Pats in 2015.
  • Phil Perry reports TE Fred Davis knows that he needs to make the most of this opportunity in New England in order to revive his career.
  • Mike Reiss offers a few quick thoughts on the Patriots after digesting Pro Football Focus' annual ranking of NFL rosters: Bryan Stork and Ryan Wendell warrant more respect.
  • Christopher Price notes Jonathan Freeny, Dane Fletcher and Derek Cox all get new numbers.
  • Tom E. Curran ranks the top 50 players of the Bill Belichick era: No. 48 Otis Smith.
  • CSNNE congratulates the Indianapolis Colts for being 2014 AFC Finalists: "It takes a certain kind of team to lose by 38 points in the AFC Championship Game and raise a banner because of it."
  • Michael Hurley calls the Colts' 'AFC Finalist' banner kind of sad. "We Lost. 45-7. We Lost By 38. They hung a banner for that."