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New England Patriots links 11/08/17 - ‘Hole-y depth chart!’ Pats prep for Broncos

Daily news and links for Wednesday

Los Angeles Chargers v New England Patriots
Gronk heads into Week 10 healthy
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  • Kevin Duffy offers some statistical projections for the Patriots skill position players like Brady, Gronkowski, Cooks, Hogan, Lewis, and Burkhead.
  • Mike D'Abate (Cover32) Patriots Week Ahead: Bye-bye, bye; Hello Mile High.
  • Karen Guregian notes Bill Belichick's team has had some good road karma going, but now it's on to Denver.
  • Glen Farley refers to Mile High Stadium in Denver as the Patriots "house of horrors".
  • Mike Giardi points out how 'The Don' John Elway, made a mistake with his quarterbacks. Brock Osweiler was not supposed to be the Broncos starter.
  • Mike Reiss relays Bill Belichick on catching the Broncos at the right time. "A lot of times it’s not even who you play; it’s when you play them."
  • Rich Thompson sees the Patriots’ shrinking depth chart at wide receiver creating a big opening for Phillip Dorsett to step up and step in.
  • Ryan Hannable calls on Dwayne Allen and Phillip Dorsett to really step up their game so this team can make a Super Bowl run.
  • Rich Garven notes Phillip Dorsett says he’s ‘a smart enough man to get’ the Patriots’ offense.
  • DJ Bean writes that while Phillip Dorsett is finally moved in, he's "still waiting for his production to arrive."
  • DJ Bean passes along praise for Phillip Dorsett from Bill Belichick, “Phillip’s gotten better every week,” but it hasn't turned into playing time.
  • Mark Daniels discovers Deatrich Wise doesn’t believe in the rookie wall.
  • Doug Kyed notes that Patriots third-year pro Brandon King can best be categorized as a "special-teams ace” and hasn’t played any other snaps.
  • Kevin Duffy gives us an injury update from yesterday's practice: Chris Hogan (shoulder), Malcom Brown (ankle), Marcus Cannon (ankle), Nate Solder (unknown), and Shea McClellin (unknown) were all absent.
  • Mark Daniels looks at how Shea McClellan’s setback hurts the Patriots.
  • Ryan Hannable states that not getting Shea McClellan back will hurt more than we think.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Tom Brady ready for the second half of the season. /Temps for Pats-Chargers were mid-60s, this morning it's in the 30s. Talk about flipping a switch.
  • Zack Cox reports newly signed DL Ricky Jean Francois owns 30 Dunkin' Donuts franchises.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Bill Belichick provides brief explanation for signing Ricky Jean Francois.
  • Karen Guregian, Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Source says Shea McClellin out for season with a concussion - which is what put him on IR to start the season.
  • Fitzy (Townie News) Sh*t Pats fans say: 2017 bye-week edition. (2.58 min. video) /NSFW.


  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) Tom Brady still sees 'no guarantee' of long-term job, even after Jimmy Garoppolo trade.
  • Peter King (SI) NFL Midseason Report: Ten biggest stories of the 2017 season so far. 9. Tom Brady continues to play decent football at 40. /"Decent"?
  • MMQB Staff (SI) NFL 2017 Midseason Awards: MVP, Defensive Player, Rookies of the Year and Coach of the Year. /No Pats.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) There's no safe bet in this year's NFL MVP race.
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) The seven most improved units in football this season.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL: There’s been no change to the replay standard.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL confirms that teams can independently report trade agreements.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) NFL Week 10 Picks: Falcons upend Cowboys; Broncos can't pull upset. Patriots win 24-14.
  • David Steele (Sporting News) Week 10 picks: Patriots shut out Broncos 38-0. /Going bold this week, eh?
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 10 picks: Broncos stun Patriots in Denver, 19-16.
  • NFL Top 10 (NFL Films) Top 10 Tom Brady games... so far. (33.41 min. video)


  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Jerry Jones exits Compensation Committee (even though he was never on it).
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) ESPN did a disservice to viewers with Jon Gruden’s “turkey hole”.
  • Des Bieler (Washington Post) Kaepernick lawyer disputes NFL claim that QB hasn’t replied to offer of meeting with Goodell. But "the presence of a mediator would be required."