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New England Patriots Links 9/24/15 - Players 'Quizzed Pretty Hard' on Unfamiliar Jaguars

Daily news and links for 9/24/15

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Chandler Jones sacks Tyrod Taylor
Chandler Jones sacks Tyrod Taylor
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  • Mark Farinella reports the Patriots may be unfamiliar with playing Jacksonville, but players expect the young Jaguars to be hungry.
  • Mike Reiss hears players talk about being subject to Bill Belichick quizzing them pretty hard regarding the unfamiliar Jaguars. "It's eye-opening." Michael Williams said. "You better know your personnel and who you're going against."
  • Ryan Hannable notes Blake Bortles and the Jaguars say they are not getting caught up in playing the Patriots.
  • Tom E. Curran notes Blake Bortles understands he faces a big test vs. the Patriots.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots - Jaguars, who has the razor's edge? Key matchups.
  • Michael Whitmer says Tom Brady is showing no signs of slowing down at age 38.
  • Karen Guregian says that the best weapon on the Patriots defense right now is Tom Brady, but they want to share the load.
  • Doug Kyed notes that even Tom Brady concedes that playing until he's 50 "might be a little bit of a reach."
  • Jeff Howe reports the Patriots quick-strike offense has neutered some of the league’s best defenses during the pst couple seasons.
  • Tom E. Curran cries foul that despite having the best performances in the AFC the first two weeks, the NFL won't cough up Player of the Week award to Brady.
  • Kevin McNamara thinks Tom Brady deserved the AFC player of the week after throwing for the most yards ever against the Buffalo Bills
  • CBS Boston reports Tom Brady is one touchdown away from 400, but his focus is solely on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • Christopher Price shares six memories from Tom Brady's first week as a starting quarterback. /Good read.
  • Mike Petraglia notes Bill Belichick recalls the moment when he realized Rob Gronkowski could be much more to the Pats offense.
  • Chris Mason explains why Belichick sees Gronk as a leading man.
  • Mike Reiss points out Patriots center David Andrews, an undrafted Georgia alum, has played all 147 offensive snaps over the first two games this season.
  • Chad Finn finds that Malcolm Butler has earned his status as one of the Patriots' most important players.
  • Tom E. Curran finds CB Tarell Brown is settling in nicely opposite Malcolm Butler.
  • Erik Frenz explains how the Patriots pass rush notched 8 sacks against the Bills, and sees the unit's potential.
  • Christopher Price thinks the Patriots defense can use the upcoming slate of sluggish QBs to ease into its post-Revis/Browner system.
  • Tom E. Curran shares John Harbaugh's explanation of his 'legal' version of the Patriots trick play, (which is full of bull-hockey).
  • Bruce Allen (Boston Sports Media Watch) Clearing out the Google drive: Some random thoughts/observations/scorching hot takes.
  • Tyler Sullivan (NE Patriots Life) The 2015 Patriots offense is better than 2007.
  • Christopher Price reports the Patriots extended LB Jonathan Freeny through 2016.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Tom Brady has399 TD passes and can join an elite 400 club on Sunday against the Jaguars; Brady says hes only concerned about winning; Injury updates.
  • Michael Hurley makes his Week 3 picks and wonders when did everyone in the league become such big crybabies.


  • Jason Lisk (The Big Lead) It's Tom Brady Day! Here are some things you might not remember about the week Brady became a NFL starter.
  • Brian Filipiak (Inside the Pylon) Pressure scheme: Blitzing with rush lane integrity. Patriots vs. Bills diagrammed. /Good read.
  • Sterling Xie (Bleacher Report) Jaguars vs. Patriots: Full Patriots game preview.
  • Steve Palazzolo (Pro Football Focus) Ranking the NFL’s top 10 QBs entering Week 3.  Tom Brady 4th.
  • Mike Freeman (Bleacher Report) 10-point stance: Is Gronk already the best tight end ever?
  • Oliver Thomas (247 Sports) Bill Belichick breaks down Malcolm Butler's pick against Bills.
  • Neil Hornsby (The MMQB) Five early-season trends that could stick.