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New England Patriots links 10/11/17 - Avoiding crunch time

Daily news and links for Wednesday

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  • Mike Reiss reports Tom Brady was given a maintenance day as the team prepares for the Jets. Through five games he has absorbed 32 hits and 16 sacks.
  • Karen Guregian calls for something to change to keep Tom Brady protected.
  • Mike Giardi says Tom Brady's pain is a case of inadequate protection.
  • Doug Kyed explains the offensive line woes stem from Julian Edelman's knee injury and the acquisition of Brandin Cooks.
  • Ryan Hannable looks at how the Patriots can do a better job of protecting Brady.
  • Mike Reiss passes along a report that Tom Brady is expected to play Sunday.
  • Kevin Duffy wonders if the Patriots would consider sitting Tom Brady if he is not quite right.
  • Jimmy Toscano finds that Tom Brady hasn't let the quickly collapsing pocket negatively affect his play.
  • Evan Lazar points out the Pats receiving corps, led by Rob Gronkowski and Brandin Cooks, could become the first team in NFL history to have four different 1,000-yard pass catchers.
  • Doug Kyed relays Bill Belichick detailing Chris Hogan's red-zone success with the Patriots.
  • Karen Guregian notes Julian Edelman still believes in the Patriots' chances.
  • Mike Reiss highlights Dwayne Allen's media availability after practice: 'I certainly haven't lived up to my potential.'
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Dwayne Allen explains his biggest challenge when working alongside Tom Brady.
  • Mike Reiss explores why David Harris hasn't broken through yet.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Scouting Report: New York Jets.
  • Danny Cox profiles the New York Jets: Jets may have started streaking at wrong time for Pats.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Who are those Jets tied with the Patriots? Five first impressions of Gang Green.
  • Zack Cox Scouts the Jets: Josh McCown has been a capable game manager this season. "Expect a lot of dinking and dunking."
  • Mike Dusault (PatsPropaganda) Bending and breaking: A historical B-D-B look at the 2017 Pats defense.
  • Stephen Sheehan (FanRagSports) Deatrich Wise is legitimate Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate.
  • Stephen Hewitt Patriots Notebook: David Harris earns praise from Bill Belichick.
  • Eric Wilbur looks back and says the Pats shouldn't feel so bad about the losses and close wins earlier this season.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Why Tom Brady sent Peyton Manning a congratulatory text. /Should’ve started it with, ‘s tat ue Peyton’? (Get it?)
  • WEEI passes along a Sports Illustrated report that ESPN's Sergio Dipp will return to the sideline for Patriots-Raiders in Mexico City.
  • Russ Goldman (PatsFans) Podcast: Patriots vs. Jets preview. (69 min.)


  • Kristopher Knox (Bleacher Report) 7 Keys to victory in Patriots' Week 6 matchup: 1. Protect Brady better.
  • Brian Costello (NY Post) Tom Brady misses practice with left shoulder injury.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Josh McCown: Jets’ 3-2 start is no surprise in our locker room.
  • Good Morning Football ( Are the Jets legit this season? (1.12 min. video)
  • Dan Parzych (NFLSpinZone) 5 Teams on upset alert in Week 6. Patriots included.
  • Danny Kelly (The RInger) The Option Offense has been resurrected (again).
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Report: Dolphins expected to hire Dave DeGuglielmo as new offensive line coach.
  • Shalise Manza Young (Yahoo! Sports) Women in Football: What NFL needs to get right to keep them as fans.
  • NFL Total Access ( Kurt Warner's Top 5 NFL QBs of Week 5. (3.13 min. video)
  • Dave Dameshek ( The Shek Report: Week 5. (3.10 min. video)
  • Ron Clements (Sporting News) New Bucs kicker Patrick Murray has consulted with medium.


  • Around the NFL ( Goodell issues memo to teams on national anthem.
  • Mark Maske (Washington Post) Roger Goodell says NFL believes players should stand during national anthem.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Patriots react to potential national anthem rule change.
  • Thomas Lott (Sporting News) Labor union files complaint against Cowboys owner Jerry Jones over anthem ultimatum.