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New England Patriots links 11/02/17 - Coaches confident LBs step up, Red-zone offense improves

Daily news and links for Thursday

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  • Karen Guregian feels Philip Rivers was only being honest; this Patriots team is competitive and good, but it's also vulnerable and not dominant as they've been in the past.
  • Doug Kyed reports the Patriots coaches are confident the offense can fix its red-zone struggles.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Surprising stat for Brady has seen significant improvement: Passing totals on third down late in the game.
  • Joshua Schrock passes along Herm Edwards belief that Tom Brady isn't close to retiring.
  • Phil Perry considers how the team may address their areas of need after the trade deadline.
  • Matt Dolloff thumbnails 7 Patriots who need to step up after a quiet trade deadline that brought in no reinforcements.
  • Kevin Dillon hears from OL coach Dante Scarnecchia, who said "no one is satisfied" with the team's pass blocking performance through the first half of the season.
  • Mike Reiss notes Dante Scarnecchia says "Hopefully we are trending in that direction where we can really throw up a wall in front of [Brady] and help him.”
  • Mike Reiss mentions Josh McDaniels is recognized as one of the best in the business at developing young quarterbacks.
  • Mike Reiss notes Brian Hoyer is a steady hand who knows the Patriots' offense, but he also knows his three-year deal is just to buy the team some time to find a young QB.
  • Rich Garven talks about the improved running game, and how the Patriots are fortunate to have four healthy RBs to help carry the load.
  • Mike Reiss finds veteran receiver and invaluable asset Danny Amendola having fun on his 32nd birthday.
  • Stephen Hewitt notes that while coaches are pleased with the team's defensive turnaround, they know there's a lot more to do.
  • Doug Kyed tells us why the Patriots have confidence in their LBs, despite the loss of Dont'a Hightower.
  • Mark Daniels reports the LBs responded well to their first game without Dont’a Hightower, and notes the group will get a boost with Shea McClellan’s return.
  • Mark Daniels gives us a practice update from Wednesday: Eric Rowe returns; Patriots without Chris Hogan, Malcom Brown and Marcus Cannon.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Spirits high in Foxboro as New England enters well-timed Bye.
  • Rich Garven Patriots Journal: Challenging road trip follows bye week.
  • CBS Boston's Good News of the Day Award goes to the Broncos for confirming that Brock Osweiler is their new starter, all but assuring a rematch with Tom Brady in Week 10.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Brian Hoyer returns as Tom Brady's backup.
  • Kevin Dillon takes a look at 10 potential Patriots QBs of the future who will be available in the 2018 NFL Draft.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Next QB the Patriots draft had better be ready for endless drama.
  • Michael Hurley goes straight to the film to investigate claims of the Belichick-Brady-Kraft love triangle. /You keep doing you Hurley.
  • Ron Borges argues Bill Belichick played it right [gasp!] on Jimmy Garoppolo.
  • Zack Cox passes along a report from Ian Rapoport that the Jimmy Garoppolo trade was Bill Belichick's call, not Robert Kraft's.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) There's a bit of irony in Jimmy Garoppolo being traded to the city where some speculated Tom Brady would finish his career.
  • Mark Daniels writes how Josh McDaniels understands the business side of the Jimmy Garoppolo trade and is happy for him professionally, but from a human element he will be sorely missed.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) 5 thoughts as dust as settles on Jimmy Garoppolo blockbuster.
  • Tony Massarotti explains why he thinks "In fact, i know" that Bill Belichick did not want to make the Jimmy Garoppolo trade.
  • Keith Pearson finds the Patriots feeling the loss of Jimmy Garoppolo as a teammate, friend and good guy in the locker room, but they're also happy for his new opportunity.
  • DJ Bean looks at which major moves by the Boston sports teams have been the biggest.



  • Michael Hurley correctly notes that if you're an NFL fan, you also have to be a legal expert, and calls out a couple of curious court cases taking place with some curious questions on judges.
  • Evan Grossman (NY Daily News) Papa John’s blaming protests during national anthem for sagging pizza sales: ‘The NFL has hurt us.’
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) Even if Papa John’s is scapegoating the NFL, Roger Goodell and league should be alarmed.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) Josh Gordon conditionally reinstated by the NFL, setting up his return to football.