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New England Patriots Links 8/23/15 - Weekend Update Links

Daily news and links for 8/23/15

James Morris knocks the ball away with good defensive play.
James Morris knocks the ball away with good defensive play.
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports



  • Jeff Howe sees Jimmy Garoppolo’s marked improvement as a major plus this summer.
  • Mike Reiss thinks Garoppolo is showing he's capable of leading the Patriots offense.
  • Doug Kyed has seen enough to believe the Patriots will be just fine if Jimmy Garoppolo has to take meaningful snaps in 2015.
  • Michael Whitmer describes how the starters struggled against the Saints, while the backups shined.
  • Doug Kyed gives us his Patriots-Saints takeaways: Top defensive backs struggle vs. Drew Brees.
  • Tom E. Curran reports Devin McCourty wasn't too pleased about having to play corner last night, "I hope it's not permanent."
  • Mike Reiss reveals WR Brandon Gibson, who is making a charge for a roster spot, injured his knee late in Saturday's 26-24 win.
  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts from the Patriots and around the NFL: Pats haven't changed defensive approach with CB turnover.
  • Ben Volin Sunday Football Notes: Despite NFL’s ‘point of emphasis,’ training camp brawls continue.
  • Mike Petraglia notes Bill Belichick likes his young guns: Maybe some 'deserve a chance to play in this league.'
  • Mike Reiss posts a pre-film review glance at players who are Up and players who are Down after last night's game.
  • Christopher Price posts his player stock watch: 5 up, 5 down after last night's preseason win over the Saints.
  • Ron Borges concludes this has been a miserable summer for Boston sports with the Red Sox going through a shakeup and Tom Brady going through a shakedown.
  • Mike Reiss reports Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said that it might be time to rethink the NFL's disciplinary process.



  • Michael Lazar (Huffington Post) Federal Judge to NFL - Your deflategate case is puny.
  • Ben Volin warns that even though it looks as if Brady is winning 50-0 at the half, the NFL still holds a potential 70-point touchdown play that could win it all in court.
  • Andrew Sensei (The Sports Esquires) Even if Brady wins in Manhattan Federal Court, the final outcome is still uncertain.
  • Tom E. Curran explains why for Judge Berman, vacating the NFL ruling may be the easier road.
  • Tom E. Curran notes Michael McCann doesn't think Tom Brady will need an injunction.
  • Ben Volin sees only two conclusions to the ton of misinformation spread by high-level NFL sources: 'Either the league was hell-bent on punishing the Patriots, or incompetent.'
  • Lee Schechter (About Sports) From start to finish Deflategate is full of twists for Tom Brady.