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New England Patriots Links 6/18/15 - School's Out: Patriots Have Six Weeks Off Until Training Camp

Daily news and links for 6/18/15

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Jimmy Garoppolo shows off power to make ball hover in mid-air; NFL investigating
Jimmy Garoppolo shows off power to make ball hover in mid-air; NFL investigating
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  • Karen Guregian says the target on the Patriots' back has never been bigger, and opposing teams want to take them down now even more than before.
  • Mike Reiss reports Bill Belichick canceled the team's final practice Thursday and seemed pleased with the offseason workouts when chatting with reporters at the end.
  • Mike Reiss Patriots minicamp: Malcolm Butler against Julian Edelman has been one of the more spirited competitions in OTAs.
  • Mike Reiss explains why Bill Belichick sent the entire Patriots offense, including coaches, on a penalty lap: He's the Boss.
  • Christopher Price explains why this offseason has been unique for Rob Gronkowski.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Tyler Gaffney is looking to put his "pretty frustrating" injury behind him and compete for a RB roster spot.
  • Rich Thompson notes Bryan Stork has won double titles, but his focus is on getting ready for this season.
  • Mike Reiss notes Jimmy Garoppolo is learning to move past mistakes and not let them spiral.
  • Ben Volin talks about which running backs he feels will emerge from the crowded Patriots backfield.
  • Mark Daniels reports Dominique Easley is looking to improve on his bumpy rookie season.
  • Mark Farinella talks about the responsibility Dominique Easley feels towards helping his younger sister who suffers from fibromyalgia.
  • Erik Frenz notes the Patriots are still sorting out their secondary.
  • Mike Petraglia and Chris Price talk Matt Flynn, Brian Tyms and minicamp highlights. (13.45 min. video)
  • Tom E. Curran reports the NFL's credibility on Brady and the Patriots continues to deflate as a chorus of deflategate skeptics put a blowtorch to the Wells Report.
  • Tom E. Curran ranks the top 50 players of the Bill Belichick era: No. 41 Aqib Tallib.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: DT Malcom Brown is not Vince Wilfork and Brown smartly avoided that comparison yesterday; Belichick canceled the final day of minicamp for the 3rd time in recent years; Players will return in 6 weeks for Training Camp; Jake Bequette -still a long shot to make the roster - caught a pass from Tom Brady; Best moment: Red Zone work with TEs finished with Brady catching a TD from Gronk and celebrating by peeling the football like a banana and pretending to eat it.