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New England Patriots Links 8/20/15 - Ninkovich is No Saint, Still Values Time in New Orleans

Daily news and links for 8/20/15

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Always a good sign when Rob Ninkovich has the ball.
Always a good sign when Rob Ninkovich has the ball.
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  • Mike Triplett (ESPN) Saints' Drew Brees on Patriots, Tom Brady: 'Iron sharpens iron'.
  • Nick Underhill (New Orleans Advocate) Duron Harmon viewed as one of Patriots five best defensive backs?
  • AP Report (USA Today) Patriots, Saints express mutual admiration at joint practice.
  • Peter King (The MMQB) 'I wouldn't change it': Darrell Bevell made the Super Bowl play call that's been second-guessed into oblivion."
  • Jake Mackey (Goal Line Gazette) AFC East breakdown and predictions: Will the Patriots success continue?
  • Jake Mackey (Goal Line Gazette) Will Brandon LaFell have another successful season?
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady gives $50,000 to the Jimmy Fund.
  • Luke O'Neil (Esquire) The Side of Gronk you don't see: One-on-one with the party-hardy Patriots star.
  • David Portnoy (Barstool Sports) ESPN apologized to the Patriots while everybody was sleeping for making up lies about them.
  • Stan Gable (Inside the Pylon) Glossary: Scramble drill. /Pats-Jets Week 7 used as example.
  • Schedule (CBS Sports) 2015 NFL preseason schedule: Week 2.
  • Matt Dolloff notes Bill O'Brien is teaching the Texans what he learned at the Bill Belichick school of stonewalling the media.
  • Greg Gabriel (Nat'l Football Post) The process of cutting the roster.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) Will player fights bring an end to NFL's new trend of joint practices?
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) League defers to teams regarding practice-field fights.


  • Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) Deflate-gate judge hammers NFL's case against Tom Brady; 'Your Honor is spot-on,' defense crows.
  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) The Deflategate judge seems to take the air out of the NFL argument.
  • Bob McGovern describes the one-sided smack down Tom Brady's legal team put on the NFL yesterday in court.
  • Tom E. Curran notes Judge Berman seemed to commiserate with NFLPA attorney Jeffrey Kessler on 'general awareness' during final oral arguments.
  • Tom E. Curran notes Judge Berman zeroes in on NFL for refusing to let Jeffrey Pash be questioned.
  • Michael Hurley reports Judge Berman continues to express strong, strong doubts about the very foundation of the NFL's case against Tom Brady.
  • Mark Maske (Washington Post) Tom Brady remains unwilling to accept DeflateGate-related suspension from NFL, contrary to earlier ESPN report
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Judge Berman takes aim at Brady being "generally aware" in Wednesday’s hearing.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Request for injunction could be next step in Brady case.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Wednesday’s hearing may have made Brady, NFLPA less inclined to settle.
  • Mike Petraglia notes tom Brady didn't need to fight a public relations battle, because the court is doing it for him.
  • Jarrett Bell (USA Today) Richard Sherman sees Deflategate double standard. /Sherman sides with Brady.
  • Karen Guregian asks the obvious question, "Tom Brady is winning, so why should he settle?"
  • Michael McCann (SI Now) What to make of judge's criticisms of NFL's case against Tom Brady. (2.24 min. video)
  • Christopher Price reports Brady's legal team scores another win in the deflategate courtroom drama.
  • Tom E. Curran reports Judge Berman is requiring Brady and Goodell to appear in court Aug. 31 if no settlement is reached before then.
  • Gary Myers (NY Daily News) DeflateGate judge seems to be siding with Tom Brady, not Roger Goodell if settlement isn't reached.
  • Mike Lupica (NY Daily News) Roger Goodell, not Tom Brady, the one who should be scrambling over DeflateGate.
  • Michael McCann (SI) Deflategate goes back to court: Six keys to the latest hearing.
  • Larry Neumeister (AP Pro32) 'Deflategate' judge says Brady suspension in jeopardy.
  • Bob Snowdon (Goal Line Gazette) Judge Berman doesn't buy it.