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New England Patriots Links 9/16/15 - Patriots Tight End Package: A Potent Attack

Daily news and links for 9/16/15

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 Week 1: 95 yards and four touchdowns on six receptions
Week 1: 95 yards and four touchdowns on six receptions
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  • Michael Whitmer talks up the Patriots' 'very large — and very successful — jumbo package near the goal line.'
  • Karen Guegian reports the Bills believe they have the X Factor and the confidence to tame the hated Patriots.'
  • Erik Frenz scouts the Buffalo Bills and who to watch for on both sides of the ball.
  • Kerry J. Byrne points out the statistical foundation beneath Rex Ryan's bravado.
  • Brian MacPherson says that while the logo and color scheme will be different, Rex Ryan's defensive scheme will not be.
  • Eric Wilbur says Rex Ryan is bit parts buffoon, defensive mastermind, poor judge of QBs, aspiring podiatrist, and inspirational blowhard, and fans can't get enough of him.
  • Tom E. Curran notes that in a new book, Rex Ryan does plenty of talking, and he admits his goal is to get in Tom Brady's head.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Beating Rex Ryan's defense is always a tough challenge, All-22 look.
  • Mike Giardi looks at the ways Rex Ryan will try and confusee the Pats offensive front.
  • Mike Reiss notes Geneo Grissom's NFL debut was an active one, playing 32 snaps in the season opener - more than any other DL.
  • Doug Kyed thinks Kenbrell Thompkins could fill the wide receiver void.
  • Ryan Hannable catches up with Kenbrell Thompkins on his return to the Patriots: 'This place is like home to me.'
  • Adam Kurkjian notes Tom Brady has already literally welcomed Kenbrell Thompkins back with open arms.
  • Jeff Howe writes that a 'humbled' Malcolm Butler vows to keep improving.
  • Mike Reiss reports the Patriots have waived WR Chris Harper, have two in for tryouts and visit with two others.
  • Mike Reiss highlights what we learned about the Buffalo Bills from the coaches' conference calls.
  • Greg Bedard joined Felger & Mazz on Tuesday to analyze New England's 28-21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Michael Hurley talks about Ben Roethlisberger's post-game pout, "I always felt [Patriots] knew some of our plays."
  • Video (Off The Monster Sports) This 60 Minutes Sports piece by NY Professor on Deflate Gate is Incredible… (8.56 min. video)
  • Mark Shanahan notes that Robert Kraft, Patrick Chung, Stephen Gostkowski, Jabaal Sheard and Nate Ebner attended the Brookline screening of "Black Mass," also attended by Johnny Depp, cast members and director.
  • Braden Campbell explains what the Tom Brady decision means for Adrian Peterson and the rest of the NFL.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: The bulletin-board material just flew off the shelves in Buffalo while Bill Belichick was singing the prasises of the Bills; Belichick 'always expects crowd noise on the road'; undrafted rookie WR Chris Harper was released yesterday; More chirping from the Steelers.
  • Mike Reiss highlights NFL PA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith's Q&A after his visit with Patriots players on Monday.


  • Shalise Manza Young (Shutdown Corner) Patriots owner, state of Massachusetts team up to address domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Bills make no secret that they hate the Patriots.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick knows how to keep Bills fans quiet.
  • Mike Rodak (ESPN) Rex Ryan, Bills players heat up Patriots week with trash talk.
  • Tyler Dunne (Buffalo News) Stephon Gilmore wants to cover Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski.
  • Adam Kilgore (Washington Post) All football, Bill Belichick leaves his narrative to his friends and enemies
  • David Portnoy (Barstool Sports) Little Bobby Kravitz and Colts fans are writing letters that the meany Bills shoved them in a locker.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Roethlisberger elaborates on concerns about headsets, Patriots.
  • Dave Archibald (Inside the Pylon) "Dead" draft value.
  • Bryan Curtis (Grantland) From hot takes to watch tape: Cris Collinsworth and the evolution of NFL broadcast analysis.