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New England Patriots Links 1/07/16 - Patriots Season Goes From Chasing History to Survival

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Steven Jackson powers his way forward
Steven Jackson powers his way forward
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TEAM TALK

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  • Jeff Howe reports Tom Brady, Dont'a Hightower and Chandler Jones were among those present for Wednesday's walkthrough.
  • Mike Reiss reports Julian Edelman represents the first domino to help the Patriots' offense return to form.
  • Mike Reiss notes Bill Belichick's praise of Steven Jackson: 'He practices hard, he runs scout team, does the things he needs to do to improve.'
  • Ryan Hannable reports DE Jabaal Sheard is ready for his first playoff experience.
  • Glen Farley hears from Danny Amendola, who admits there's a different outlook to a week in which there is no opponent to prepare for.
  • Mike Reiss notes Alan Branch says it won't matter who the Patriots play if the team doesn't improve.
  • Jeff Howe says healing is the top playoff priority, with the understanding that everybody coming back has to play good football.
  • Bill Reynolds writes how weeks ago the Patriots seemed to be chasing history, and now it seems all about survival.
  • Jen McCaffrey says that with the bye, the Patriots are expected to have the weekend off to recharge.
  • Tom E. Curran notes Brandon LaFell has had a down season by all accounts, but still has time to change some minds in the playoffs.
  • Mark Daniels reveals Brandon LaFell is still battling back from offseason foot surgery.
  • Josh Brown (Boston's TitleTownTalk) Belichick got spooked with Gronk injury.
  • Karen Guregian looks at the revival of Rob Gronkowski as the key to the Pats' postseason success.
  • Tom E. Curran mentions the difficulty of getting a read on Tom Brady this season, and how it's clear he has taken measures to ensure his mental balance isn't threatened.
  • Tom Curran and Mike Giardi detail how Tom Brady's trainer Alex Guerrero will help him recover from his high ankle sprain. (3.12 min. video)
  • Rich Thompson says that as a veteran leader, Tom Brady knows his way to the big game and his role in setting a good example for the players.
  • Rich Garven tells us about Brandon King's road from team barber to special-teams standout.
  • Lee Schechter (About Sports) Biggest threats to the New England Patriots this postseason.
  • Mike Petraglia notes Bill Belichick on analytics: 'It's not really my thing.'
  • Kirk Minihane has had enough of Chris Mortensen, and makes the case for him to be let go.
  • William Hyland (Boston's TitleTownTalk) The national media's favorite QB.
  • Pat Bradley tells us why the Patriots loss in Miami might actually be a good omen, at least historically.
  • Doug Kyed looks at the next two likely coordinators for the Patriots if Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia leave for head coaching jobs; TE coach Brian Daboll and LB coach Patrick Graham.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: CB Tarell Brown, put on IR since Oct. 17, has been at Gillette Stadium every day to rehab his surgically-repaired foot; Brown hopes to stay with the team next year; Tom Brady will play on his sprained ankle next week; Rob Ninkovich appreciates the Patriots' run of success; He's one of nine players on the active roster who has been around for each of the Pats' NFL-record six consecutive first-round byes.
  • Bryanna Cappadona notes that in the Brady-Bündchen house, Gisele keeps a basket of Ugg slippers for guests.  /Of course she does.

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