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New England Patriots links 7/20/16 - Gronk trades spike for strike at Red Sox game

Daily news and links for 7/20/16

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  • Connor Fulton (MusketFire) These three players will be Jimmy Garoppolo’s favorite targets.
  • Matthew Schiegel (NEPatriotsLife) Outlook for Jimmy Garoppolo's 4 games at quarterback.
  • Mark Daniels notes Duron Harmon intends to keep his focus on the field, even as he is also entering the last year of his rookie contract.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Training Camp primer - Defensive line.
  • Zack Cox Patriots positional preview: Can Dante Scarnecchia's return help fix O-Line?
  • Mike Reiss notes Rob Gronkowski threw out the first pitch at last night's Red Sox-Giants game, and it was a strike.
  • Karen Guregian catches up with Nate Ebner, who shares his thoughts after making the U.S. Olympic rugby team: "It was confirmation that I’ve given everything I had, and all the hard work had paid off."
  • Christopher Price recaps the 10 biggest headlines from the Patriots offseason.
  • Tom E. Curran continues his countdown of the top 100 plays that shaped the Patriots' dynasty: Nos. 11-12.
  • Nick O'Malley picks his Patriots All-Pre-Belichick Era team.


  • DJ Gallo (The Guardian) The slivers of hope that will kill the Pats' rivals during Tom Brady's suspension.
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) If Jimmy Garoppolo shines in 4 games, who in NFL would make push for him?
  • Chris Burke (SI) Where will the Patriots be in the standings when Tom Brady returns?
  • Elliot Harrison ( NFL bold predictions: Going out on a limb with each AFC team. Patriots: Gronkowski and Bennett combine for 20 scores.
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) The NFL is weird: What do the statistical oddities from 2015 mean for the upcoming season?
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) Cam Newton says another quarterback is better after being voted No. 1 in NFL. "[Tom] Brady or J.J. [Watt]," Newton told recently when asked who should've been ranked No. 1."
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) NFL issues a false start warning to centers.
  • Chris Burke (SI) The NFL’s best outside receivers.
  • Chuck Zodda (Inside the Pylon) Kicks and chips - The NFL thinks kickers are too good.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Blandino explains use of chips in 2016.
  • Ross Tucker (Sports on Earth) Understanding NFL players and power.
  • Emily Kaplan (The MMQB) Remaking Goodell's image: Mission impossible? " is his job to make the commissioner look less like a caricature."