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New England Patriots links 10/21/16 - Gronk, Hightower at full strength heading into Pittsburgh

Daily news and links for 10/21/16

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  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Steelers keys to the game; Who has the razor's edge?
  • Michael Colangelo (PatriotsWire) 6 things Patriots fans should know about the Pittsburgh Steelers. 2. The Steelers rushing attack will put pressure on the front seven.
  • Mark Daniels relays some comments from the Steelers' coaching staff that show disrespect to the Patriots.
  • DJ Bean takes a look at the Patriots first meetings with quarterbacks, which suggests the Steelers backup Landry Jones might not enjoy himself Sunday.
  • Ron Borges says that if we're honest about it, we'll admit Sunday will be a disappointment without a "Tom Terrific vs. Big Ben matchup".
  • James Conway (PatsPropaganda) Patriots terrible take: Tomato cans? -- Week 6.
  • Phil Perry suggests it may not be long before Tom Brady tells Steelers coordinator Keith Butler to "study the rule book and figure it out."
  • Jeff Howe classifies Julian Edelman’s diminished production over the last two weeks as a first-world NFL problem. Nothing to worry about.
  • Adam Kurkjian notes Rob Gronkowski's return usually cracks up the press room, but opponents aren't laughing who have to face him at full-strength.
  • Kevin Duffy reports Rob Gronkowski talked about his recovery from a hamstring injury as a "smooth process."
  • Phil Perry notes Dont'a Hightower is coming off of one of the best games of his career, and he hopes his on-the-field partner Jamie Collins will play this week.
  • Miguel Benzan (PatsFans) Crafting an extension with Dont'a Hightower.
  • Rich Garven says that despite good numbers, the Patriots defense knows it must be better.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Shaq Mason vows to protect and serve Tom Brady.
  • Mark Farinella Patriots Notebook: Brady feels he's getting better, but not there just yet.
  • Jeff Howe Friday 6-Pack: Stephen Gostkowski not on hot seat; No debate over Dont'a Hightower, Jamie Collins; Contract extension scenarios; and More.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Jimmy Garoppolo fully participates in practice, no longer listed on injury report.
  • Mark Daniels notes Jimmy Garoppolo proved he deserves a chance to lead an NFL team, but now has to watch and wait to prove himself again.
  • Mike Reiss polls some players and finds that not all of them are as done with the Tablets as Belichick is.
  • Mike Reiss highlights ESPN Magazine's annual ranking of 122 pro sports teams, that shows the Patriots rank second in sports in title track, coaching and players.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Tom Brady has apparently found candy he can obsess over.
  • Jim Lazar observes Belichick's Microsoft Tablet was doomed as soon as it didn't measure up to the Patriot Way, and makes his Week 7 picks. Pats win 34-20.
  • Nick O'Malley posts the MassLive Week 7 picks. Five of five pick Pats to win.
  • Sean Glennon (This Football Blog) Week seven picks. Patriots by thirteen points.