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New England Patriots links 12/22/16 - Flowers growing into top defender status

Daily news and links for 12/22/16

Trey Flowers piles on at Mile High
Trey Flowers piles on at Mile High
Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports



  • Adam Kurkjian remembers how last year the Patriots lost three of their last five regular season games, that cost the team the number one seed.
  • Mike Reiss emphasizes how the Patriots are determined not to stall at the finish like they did in 2015.
  • Mike Petraglia notes Devin McCourty and Matthew Slater both mention how Bill Belichick is using last year's finish as a big motivation to finish strong.
  • Karen Guregian highlights the 'embarrassment of riches' the Patriots have at running back, especially after finishing last season without much of a run game at all.
  • DJ Bean notes LeGarrette Blount is having the best season of his career at 30 years old.
  • Jeff Howe talks up Trey Flowers, who is rapidly becoming one of the team's best defenders.
  • Alex Speier looks at how the Patriots defense is allowing the fewest points in the NFL.
  • Mike Reiss thumbnails six key Jets players to watch on Saturday.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) A second look at the Jets: "They overpaid a bunch of veterans with the "win-now" approach attempting to re-ignite the fan base and put the new coach in a favorable position. It backfired."
  • Chad Finn writes that even on Tom Brady's worst statistical days, he's still the NFL MVP, and remains the embodiment of the concept. /Good read.
  • Jeff Howe tells us Tom Brady is back on the injury report (thigh), but he is "fine," according to a source.
  • Henry McKenna (PatirotsWire) Woodrow Hamilton cut; Danny Amendola missing from practice.
  • Rich Thompson finds Devin McCourty playing it humble after being named to a third Pro Bowl. "I'm just trying to keep my job."
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Malcolm Butler on Pro Bowl snub: 'I voted for every guy that's on the list'.
  • James Conway (PatsPropaganda) Only choice for coach of the year.
  • Christopher Price gets inside the heads of Patriots fans with a ranking of potential playoff opponents by anxiety level.
  • Rachel G. Bowers explores whether there are any AFC Wild-Card teams who pose a threat to the Patriots.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Matt Light tricked Brandon Meriweather into giving his bar tab to Bill Belichick.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Rookie Joe Thuney hopes to bounce back from tough Denver game.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: Assessing Malcolm Mitchell, Trey flowers' potential.
  • Ryan Hannable thinks Michael Floyd should make a bigger impact for the Patriots than Steven Jackson did last year. /Wouldn't take much to be honest.
  • Rich Thompson and Jeff Howe report Michael Floyd may be facing mandatory jail time.