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New England Patriots Links 1/01/16 - Patriots Aim To Begin 2016 With Strong Finish In Miami

Daily news and links for 1/01/16

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Man of the Year: Malcolm Butler with the ball in his hands.
Man of the Year: Malcolm Butler with the ball in his hands.
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  • Jeff Howe talks about how the Patriots’ rotation of three quality DEs has been significant on two fronts.
  • Adam Kurkjian says Jamie Collins is at least 10 pounds lighter than he wants to be, but he's still effective even if he's not back to 100 percent.
  • Doug Kyed notes Chandler Jones was limited in practice with a new toe issue. He was already limited with an abdomen injury.
  • Doug Kyed notes Dont'a Hightower sees the defense "all coming together as one."
  • Tom E. Curran highlights Donta Hightower's reaction to whether he should have made the Pro Bowl: "I’m more into team goals and accolades."
  • Christopher Price wonders what happened with the NFL's focus on Rob Gronkowski and offensive pass interference.
  • Mike Reiss finds Julian Edelman got into the Winter Classic spirit by tweeting an edited picture of Bill Belichick, a couple of teammates and himself as Boston Bruins.
  • Mike Petraglia notes Bill Belichick says his program didn't really start in Foxboro until 2003.
  • Henry McKenna reports Bill Belichick went skating with Bruins head coach Claude Julien on The 2016 Winter Classic rink at Gillette Stadium.
  • Doug Kyed notes Bill Belichick said he played in a 'Huff-and-Puff" hockey league during his time with the Giants.
  • Jerry Thornton displays the NFL Tweet (since taken down) that trolls Tom Brady one last time in 2015.
  • Mike Reiss tells us ten things to know about Sunday's New England- Miami matchup.
  • Derek Havens (PatsFans) Pregame thoughts: Patriots travel to face Dolphins in regular season finale.
  • Josh Brown (Boston's Title Town Talk) Game-plan against the Jets sucked.
  • Chad Finn opines on what might be next for the Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox, and Patriots in 2016.
  • Eric Wilbur calls 2015 the year of the absurd in Boston sports.
  • Chad Finn recaps the top 10 Boston spots stories in 2015.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: Jamie Collins, Dont'a Hightower must have contracts extended.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Bill Belichick can relate to Chip Kelly's early ouster. Devin McCourty 'reveals' he's day-to-day with his high ankle sprain; Belichick has high praise for Claude Julien and his approach to coaching; Gronk talks where he'll be spending New Year's Eve: 'In a room. Bed check.'; Dont'a Hightower didn't mind his Pro Bowl snub, "I'm in the ring business.'
  • Jim Lazar makes his Week 17 picks: Patriots win 31-13.