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New England Patriots Links 7/22/15 - Patriots Need Second-Year Players to Make the Leap

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Daily news and links for 7/22/15

Dominique Easley intercepts a pass against the Vikings
Dominique Easley intercepts a pass against the Vikings
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TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Mark Daniels talks about the Patriots counting on improvements from their second-year players.
  • Kevin Duffy honestly wants to know what, exactly, is the NFL commissioner waiting for?
  • Gary Dzen tells us what the NFL commissioner has been doing the last few weeks other than deciding Tom Brady’s fate.
  • Jerry Thornton says that no change in the policy proves the NFL's hypocrisy regarding its handling of the footballs.
  • Glen Farley notes that while the Bills, Fins and Jets have progressed, the Patriots are still the team to beat in the AFC East.
  • Tom E. Curran reports NFL yet to share new ball protocols regarding PSI.
  • Christopher Price begins his position-by-position breakdown of the 2015 Patriots: Wide Receivers and Tight Ends.
  • Mike Reiss looks for the locks to make the team at each position: Safety.
  • Mike Giardi continues his countdown of the ten most important Patriots heading into 2015: No. 8 - Julian Edelman.
  • Tom E. Curran ranks the top 50 players of the Belichick era: No. 7 - Ty Law.
  • Ian Logue (Pats Fans) AFC East Roundtable – Who has the more dangerous defensive line/secondary combination heading into 2015?
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) 2015 Patriots player preview series: WR Aaron Dobson.
  • Mike Reiss notes the Patriots will have some lengthy road trips to look forward to in 2016.
  • Mike Reiss is back answering his Patriots Mailbag: What to expect from the Patriots' young defense -- and more.
  • Mike Petraglia previews each of the Patriots rivals before the start of camp: Buffalo Bills.
  • Braden Campbell comes up with nine things NFL fans would have been talking about if deflategate never happened.
  • Jake Mackey (Goal Line Gazette) Patriots training camp battles: Matt Flynn vs. Jimmy Garoppolo for backup quarterback.

NATIONAL NEWS

DEFLATEGATE DUMPSTER

  • Mark Kaboly (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) Goodell says there's no timeline for Brady's 'Deflategate' appeal.
  • Russell S. Baxter (FanSided) Patriots: Long wait hasn't been appealing.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Goodell: "There is no timeline" on Brady’s appeal.
  • John McClain, Brian T. Smith and Dale Robertson (Houston Chronicle) NFL roundtable: What will happen to Tom Brady, and will he sue? (4.17 min. video)