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New England Patriots links 12/28/17 - CBs Butler, Gilmore could use momentum boost this week

Daily news and links for Thursday

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  • Zack Cox scouts the Jets: New York has made one major change since their earlier loss to the Patriots.
  • Danny Cox profiles the Jets: With home-field advantage on the line, there is something to play for.
  • Michael Hurley serves up some still-warm leftover thoughts from Sunday: Brady, Belichick make NFL's greatest dynasty.
  • Ryan Hannable orders everyone to stop overthinking things: Tom Brady is the 2017 NFL MVP.
  • Doug Kyed explains why Tom Brady should win MVP: First, Brady isn't competing against his former self for MVP.
  • Doug Kyed writes how the Patriots off-field camaraderie helps acclimate the new additions on it.
  • Kevin Duffy suggests what to expect from Malcolm Mitchell's return to the Patriots offense.
  • Ryan Hannable believes Malcolm Mitchell would give Brady another possession receiver on the outside, which has been a weakness this year.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Malcolm Mitchell back at practice.
  • Karen Guregian believes Rob Gronkowski deserves a first-team All-Pro nod to trigger his $2M incentive.
  • Phil Perry looks at if there is any way Rob Gronkowski isn't a lock to be named first team All-Pro.
  • Mike Reiss notes that similar to Randy Moss, Rob Gronkowski also has been known to wow his teammates with his athletic catches in practice too.
  • Phil Perry wonders if Dion Lewis, having a career season in his contract year, is finishing his last few weeks in New England.
  • Zack Cox mentions how Mike Gillislee's professionalism never wavered during his lengthy inactive spell.
  • Jeff Howe is looking for Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore to establish some needed positive momentum Sunday, and have it snowball through January.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) The 2017 Patriots defense: Can patchwork front, inconsistent back get it done?
  • Sam Hollister (PatsPropaganda) Pats sacks up despite uneven recent defensive performance.
  • Mike Reiss passes along a report that James Harrison expects to play Sunday against the Jets.
  • Alex Reimer reports James Harrison didn’t wait long to rebut his former Steelers teammates, calls signing with the Patriots a 'business decision.'
  • Matt Chatham breaks down James Harrison's potential fit with the Patriots. (1.11 min. video)
  • Mike Reiss takes a look at the Patriots history of adding veteran talent late in the season.
  • Nick O'Malley takes a look at Bill Belichick's late-career Patriots additions, some that worked out and others not so much.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Receiver Malcolm Mitchell returns to practice, may play Sunday.
  • Doug Kyed gives us an injury update: Tom Brady aggravated his left shoulder, Achilles.
  • Hayden Bird interviews New York sports writer Ian O'Connor who looks back on his now infamous headline, 'Patriots will regret hiring Bill Belichick.'


  • Mark Maske (Washington Post) When greatness becomes routine: The powerful Patriots show no signs of slowing down.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady sits out practice Wednesday.
  • Staff (ESPN) NFL bonuses: Gronk closing in on $6.5M; others chasing millions, too.
  • Gerry Dulac (Post-Gazette) James Harrison speaks: 'A little hesitation' before signing with the Patriots.
  • Alex Marvez (Sporting News) NFL playoff seeding: Best, worst possible matchups for each team in playoffs.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL's playoff-novice QBs about to get tested – and perhaps exposed.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: NFL Black Monday Primer: Which coaches will be fired, and who will fill the vacancies.
  • Cameron Filipe (FootballZebras) Week 17 referee assignments. Jets at Patriots: Brad Allen.
  • Jarrett Bell (USA Today) The best and worst of the 2017 NFL season.
  • Gil Brandt ( Derek Carr heads list of nine players who disappointed in 2017.
  • Adam Schein ( Earl Thomas, Dez Bryant head guys who need change of scenery.
  • Kevin Clark (The Ringer) The new generation of great QBs is finally here: We won’t see another group like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees ever again.
  • Ken Fang (Awful Announcing) Phil Simms seems pleased with his transition from the broadcast booth to the studio.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Video of Raiders long snapper heating football probably not a violation.
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) With 16 games in one afternoon, the final week of the season is set up for chaos. Here’s a reason to keep your eye on every matchup.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) NFL Week 17 Picks. Patriots win 33-10.