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New England Patriots Links 8/17/15 - James Develin: Belichick's Perfect Role Player

Daily news and links for 8/17/15

Mr. Dependable: James Develin
Mr. Dependable: James Develin
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  • Mike Reiss posts some quick-hit weekend thoughts from the Patriots and around the NFL: Fair to challenge Goodell's use of the word 'independent'; Watching Bill O'Brian on Hard Knocks, bring what he learned from Belichick, is neat; More.
  • Karen Guregian tells us what to like and what to worry about so far for the Patriots.
  • Tom E. Curran gives us a Training camp update for this week: Monday & Tuesday workouts at Gillette and then off to West Virginia for two joint practices with the Saints.
  • Karen Guregian highlights Bill Belichick's explanation of why he likes joint practices.
  • Jeff Howe sees the Patriots defensive line is shaping up to be very strong.
  • Tom E. Curran reports LeGarrette Blount eases some injury concerns by participating in his first practice since Aug. 7.
  • Kevin McNamara reports James Develin continues to be a perfect role player for the Patriots.
  • Phil Perry notes Bill Belichick considers James Develin 'one of the most dependable players' on the team.
  • Mike Reiss focuses on Devin McCourty's positional versatility.
  • Mike Reiss highlights the ups and downs of intriguing left guard Shaq Mason.
  • Mark Daniels notes the Patriots know they can count on Devin McCourty amid uncertainty in the secondary.
  • Christopher Price tries to answer the Devin McCourty question.
  • Chris Mason says 30-year-old Antonio Johnson has done nothing but impress with his work ethic since he signed with the Patriots.
  • The Providence Journal notes Duron Harmon says he's willing to give cornerback a try.
  • Phil Perry sends us his latest Postcard from camp: Rookie DL Malcom Brown and newly acquired OT Ryan Groy exchange punches at camp; More.
  • Karen Guregian points out what we're all thinking: There's no reason to risk Rob Gronkowski in the preseason.
  • WEEI recaps Julian Edelman's call-in to the Dennis & Callahan Show: Players 'don't really talk about' deflategate at all.
  • Christopher Price sees a big week looming for 10 Patriots.
  • Mike Reiss sees Malcolm Butler's short preseason debut as a sign of his place on the CB depth chart.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: LeGarrette Blount participated in drills, amping up his participation; Devin McCourty was taking snaps closer to the line of scrimmage; Pats' first fight of camp broke out between Malcom Brown and Ryan Grory.
  • Jerry Thornton discovers that a Canton, MA brewery puts 'A. Luck Sux" on its bear cans.




  • Ben Volin reports that a deflategate settlement seems unlikely, and suggests 'Wells and the NFL are holding back information' of a long-term scheme by the Patriots. /Begging the question, "Why?".