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New England Patriots links 11/10/17 - How Butler got his groove back

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  • Mike Reiss says the 2016 Patriots team proved they could win in Denver and now Bill Belichick needs this team to prove the same thing.
  • Ian Glendon (Cover32) Belichick: “I feel like we’ll need our best game Sunday night”.
  • Thomas Murphy (SportsXMedia) My monster keys to Patriots at Broncos: 1. Limit the big play.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots – Broncos key matchups, who has the razor's edge?
  • Rich Garven updates us on Brock Osweiler’s return to the Broncos.
  • Mike Reiss thinks that claiming Martellus Bennett off waivers is a low-risk move that helps address one of the team’s troubling shortcomings: red zone offense.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Instant analysis of Patriots reuniting with Martellus Bennett.
  • Ryan Hannable suggests the addition of Martellus Bennett could be the key to another Super Bowl run.
  • Doug Kyed passes along a report that Martellus Bennett might try to play through a torn rotator cuff.
  • Kevin Duffy gets reactions from several players who were excited to have Martellus Bennett back.
  • Ryan Hannable hears from Rob Gronkowski on how this bye week was different than in the past.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Brandin Cooks is off to a good start with Tom Brady, but he says 'we've still got a lot of work to do to be able to play our best ball together.'
  • Jeff Howe reports Malcolm Butler's swagger is alive and well, "I’m back, man. I’m back. It’s Scrap,” -- and coinciding with the Patriots' four-game winning streak.
  • Mike Reiss spotlights LaAdrian Waddle, who has found his role as a swing tackle and is likely to start Sunday. Last season he played just one snap.
  • Ian Glendon (Cover32) Phillip Dorsett is poised for a big second half.
  • Mike Reiss finds Patriots newly-signed DL Ricky Jean Francois is a natural for New England.
  • Mark Daniels talks about how once promising prospect Andrew Jelks gets another shot with the Patriots. /I missed his first shot.
  • Doug Kyed introduces us to mystery man OT Andrew Jelks, and what is it Bill Belichick initially saw in him to keep him around.
  • Zack Cox notes the Patriots are gearing up for a week on the road, between the Broncos and Raiders games.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Tight end Martellus Bennett returns after being cut by Packers.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: What happens to Dwayne Allen with Martellus Bennett aboard?


  • Joseph Zucker (Bleacher Report) Martellus Bennett claimed on waivers by Patriots after being released by Packers.
  • Corey Masisak (NY Post) Written-off tight end could be latest Patriots steal.
  • Lindsay H. Jones (USA Today) Broncos' vaunted defense facing rare ridicule ahead of Patriots matchup.
  • Brad Gagnon (Bleacher Report) Mission Impossible: The NFL's biggest matchup nightmares.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Hot seats, upstarts, a sleeper and a sleeping Giant: Storylines for the NFL season’s second half.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) Can a team go from mediocre to Super Bowl contender in a single offseason?
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) NBC will make SkyCam the primary camera angle for Steelers-Titans next Thursday.
  • Jonathan Jones (SI) The hangover? The Falcons have played like a .500 team, which is exactly what they are.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Vontae Davis goes from bizarre to surreal.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) PFT’s Week 10 picks. Florio: Patriots 27-17, MDS: Patriots 28-24.
  • Benjamin Hoffman (NY Times) NFL Picks: Patriots over Broncos, Cowboys over Falcons.


  • Nick Kosmider (Denver Post) Who has the edge? New England Patriots at Denver Broncos: Will a visit from the defending Super Bowl champions snap them out of their funk?
  • Nick Kosmider (Denver Post) Von Miller calls Tom Brady the G.O.A.T. It’s why he can’t wait to face the 40-year-old.
  • Troy E. Renck (DenverChannel) Tom Brady is ageless, arguably the greatest, but has troubles in Denver.
  • Nick Kosmider (Denver Post) Broncos set to face Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski for first time since monster AFC championship game performance.
  • Aric DiLalla ( Von Miller: Offside penalties are like taxes on sacks.
  • Jeff Legwold (ESPN) Broncos' battered offensive line once again filled with injury questions.
  • Jeff Legwold (ESPN) Broncos D out to prove that loss to Eagles was just a bad day.
  • Nicki Jhabvala (Denver Post) Broncos' Shane Ray: "We're all just as pissed as the fan base and everybody else."
  • Andrew Mason ( Broncos Injury Report: Matt Paradis, Ron Leary return to practice.
  • Nicki Jhabvala (Denver Post) As Demaryius Thomas nears significant milestone, he reflects on experiences past and present with Broncos.
  • Andrew Mason ( Cody Latimer shines downfield and on special teams.
  • Mark Kiszla (Denver Post) The NFL has 99 problems; the rift over the anthem is only one.