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New England Patriots Links 6/08/15 - Secondary Working to Forge its Own Identity

Josh Boyce makes the catch in front of now-Patriots CB Robert McClain
Josh Boyce makes the catch in front of now-Patriots CB Robert McClain
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  • Mike Reiss posts his quick-hit weekend thoughts from the Patriots and around the NFL.
  • Christopher Price Sunday NFL Notes: Rob Gronkowski on verge of becoming one of Tom Brady's all-time favorite targets.
  • Ben Volin Sunday Football Notes: With Yahoo! streaming deal, NFL eyes global expansion; More.
  • Mike Reiss notes there might not be a team in the NFL that has undergone more change at a position group than the Patriots at cornerback.
  • Mark Daniels observes the Patriots new no-name secondary is working to forge its own identity.
  • Mark Farinella says the Patriots free-agent corners are feeling the heat in the secondary.
  • Adam Kurkjian reports Bradley Fletcher is out to prove he belongs with the Patriots.
  • Adam Kurkjian notes that Logan Ryan is now a veteran in the Patriots secondary.
  • Mike Reiss spotlights fun-loving Rob Gronkowski having his head shaved at the One Mission Buzz Off for Kids with Cancer event at Gillette Stadium. h
  • Karen Guregian notes that Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman would be a huge help to Jimmy Garoppoloif he has to start this season.
  • Mike Reiss notes LeGarrette Blount says he doesn't know who their No. 1 RB is, but he's going to work his butt off to try and be that guy.
  • Mike Petraglia notes Travaris Cadet is 'open to playing anything' with the 'A-1' Patriots.
  • Mike Reiss explains why OTAs are so important for fundamentals and precise details, and why the offseason is so critical for Aaron Dobson.
  • Christopher Price tells us why this offseason is so important for Aaron Dobson.
  • Jerry Thornton notes Julian Edelman conducts the Boston Pops like the artist that he is.
  • Mike Reiss reports that a car with front-end damage registered to Brandon Spikes was found abandoned on I-495 in Foxborough early Sunday, according to Mass State Police.
  • Jeremy Gottlieb and Braden Campbell report state troopers have "reached out" to Brandon Spikes and say at the very least there will be a charge of 'leaving the scene of a property-damage accident.'
  • Michael Felger and Jeff Howe think the Patriots will release Brandon Spikes if charges are filed.
  • Phil Perry points out which of the Patriots first-half opponents are dealing with injuries.
  • Mike Petraglia tells us that Bill Leavy (of 16 psi fame) has been replaced as an NFL referee.
  • Phil Perry notes former Patriots safety Steve Gregory has been hired by Syracuse.