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New England Patriots links 8/18/16 - Preseason Week 2: Patriots vs. Bears

Daily news and links for 8/18/16

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Jimmy Garoppolo has played in a game against the Bears before
Jimmy Garoppolo has played in a game against the Bears before
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  • Jeff Howe tells us 5 things to watch vs. Bears tonight: Pressure from the line.
  • Mark Daniels picks five things to watch in tonight's game: Center battle.
  • Kevin Duffy looks at the Pats with the most to gain in tonight's preseason game against the Bears. 1. Bryan Stork.
  • Matthew Geagan reveals what he'll be watching for when the Patriots and Bears square off: 1. All eyes on Garoppolo.
  • Ben Volin highlights five things to watch tonight. 1. Will Tom Brady play? And can Jimmy Garoppolo and the offense start faster?
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Bears, what to watch for. Opportuity knocks at WR.
  • Taylor McCloud (PatsMilitia) Preseason Week 2: Players to watch.
  • Doug Kyed hears from Brian Hoyer on what it's like to be Tom Brady's backup quarterback.
  • Christopher Price explains why Jacoby Brissett is the best option as the Patriots third quarterback.
  • Mark Farinella notes Jacoby Brissett is aware he's one heartbeat away from the action in the first four weeks, so he has been a model student in the QB room.
  • Kevin Duffy says the Dion Lewis situation remains cloudy, as he is still on the PUP list. His status has major ramifications for the Patriots.
  • James Toscano still sees the running backs as a reason for concern, especially with Brady out.
  • Kimberlee Wolfe (PatsMilitia) Why Malcolm Mitchell will wear Number 19 better than Brandon LaFell.
  • Phil Perry mentions the return of an OL tradition under Dante Scarnecchia. /Pretty cool.
  • Ryan Hannable shares a bit of WR DeaAndre Carter's history, noting how he is looking to fulfill a promise made to his late brother by making an NFL roster.
  • Doug Kyed points to Trey Flowers among five Patriots defensive Training Camp standouts.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: With little practice time, Brissett must get job done in preseason games.


  • Jeff Howe details what happened at Wednesday's practice: Tom Brady loses his mind over the smallest mistakes.
  • Phil Perry sends out one more Postcard from Camp, Day 16: Chicago Bears coach John Fox appreciates New England Patriots' razzle-dazzle.
  • Mike Reiss passes along what caught his eye at Wednesday's camp: One injury away from being thrust into duty, QB Jacoby Brissett settles in.
  • Mark Daniels Training camp observations: The fighting ends as the Patriots and Bears take it easy.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Joint practice notes: Jacoby Brissett making the most of 'mental reps.'



  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) The risks of submitting to a PED interview. /Excellent read.
  • Albert Breer (The MMQB) If NFL wants a war, players should give it to them.
  • Tom E. Curran reasons that if the NFL insists on 'transparency and cooperation' from players, why won't it release the results of the PSI 'investigation' after Deflategate?
  • Mike Freeman (Bleacher Report) Power-hungry NFL all wrong to demand players talk about recanted accusations.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Faced with suspension threat, NFLPA’s only option may be to file a lawsuit.
  • Matt Dolloff reports NFLPA president Eric Winston encourages players to fight NFL in Al-Jazeera PED case.
  • Gary Myers (NY Daily News) NFL players in Al Jazeera PED probe right to dodge Roger Goodell.
  • Mark Maske (Washington Post) Threatened suspensions in Al-Jazeera case put NFL, NFLPA back on course for legal fight over Roger Goodell’s power.
  • Jarrett Bell (USA Today) Roger Goodell and NFL again draw the line in the sand vs. players' union.
  • Dieter Kurtenbach (Fox Sports) Roger Goodell is ruling with an iron fist, just like we wanted.
  • Chris Mueller (The Times) Steelers' James Harrison needs to stick to his principles and stick it to Roger Goodell.
  • Dan Werly (Law in Sport) Why Deflategate fell flat and what the decision against Brady means for dispute resolution in the NFL.
  • Bradley Whitaker (Obsev) Roger Goodell is using his newly acquired DeflateGate powers to threaten players with suspensions.
  • Jason Wilde (ESPN) Aaron Rodgers: No one to blame but ourselves for not managing to curb Roger Goodell's power.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) Roger Goodell apologizes for ruining someone's day on Twitter.