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New England Patriots links 5/22/17 - Patriots begin third phase of OTAs

Daily news and links for 5/22/17

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  • Mike Reiss calls our attention to a few things of particular interest as the third phase of OTAs begins today: Brandin Cooks' chemistry with Tom Brady.
  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: 'BB' connection of Bret Bielema to Bill Belichick is paying off for Patriots.
  • Ben Volin Sunday Football Notes: Is there more to this Tom Brady concussion story?
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes: Another John Tomasi hit-piece on Brady; Concussion talk on Park Ave; More.
  • Ryan Hannable Sunday 7: Eventually, Tom Brady will have to address Gisele Bundchen’s concussion comments.
  • Jim McBride provides the background on how a few key decisions turned Brandin Cooks into a special player.
  • Doug Kyed explains why it's not 'a joke' to believe Tom Brady can play into his mid-40s.
  • Michael Hurley discusses how playing until his mid-40s is something that Tom Brady's colleagues believe is impossible.
  • Karen Guregian talks about the competition piling up around Julian Edelman as he enters the final year of his contract.
  • Hector Longo (All22) Happy birthday to Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: How will Tom Brady spread the ball around to his receivers?
  • Mark Daniels notes 6th-round pick Conor McDermott says he's had a positive experience so far with the Patriots but knows he has an uphill climb to earn a roster spot.
  • Hector Longo (All22) Another Bill Belichick trade victory; Eric Rowe dominates crucial defensive metric.
  • Hal Bent (PatriotsInsider) New England Patriots post-draft depth chart analysis: Defense and Offense.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots players ready for the 2nd year jump in performance.
  • Doug Kyed gives us his Patriots 2017 breakout candidates, including Elandon Roberts and Mike Gillislee.
  • CSNNE notes former Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan tells Rich Eisen the one play from Super Bowl LI he'd like to have back.
  • Hal Bent (MusketFire) Patriots: 5 Reasons why Miami Dolphins will not win AFC East. /You needed 5?
  • Mike Reiss thinks Sebastian Vollmer will warrant consideration for the Patriots Hall of Fame, but senses that he will be further down the line of some other recently retired players.
  • NESN reports Brandon King spent his Saturday night at prom and 'had a blast' with special-needs students.
  • Kevin Duffy notes Boston sports legends Bill Russell and Tom Brady are featured in The Captain Class, an insightful new book on leadership released earlier this week by Wall Street Journal deputy enterprise editor Sam Walker.
  • Darren Hartwell points out a Celtics-Cavs Game 2 stat that shows the absurdity of the Patriots' Super Bowl LI win.
  • The Boston Herald notes that Tom Brady's agent Don Yee said Brady was not diagnosed with a concussion last year.
  • Mike Anthony describes the heartfelt eulogy delivered by ESPN's Chris Berman for his wife Katherine, and the coaches and personalities in attendance, including Bill Belichick.


  • Robert Klemko (The MMQB) 10 Things I think I think: 4. Bill Belichick rarely dishes on strategy, so when he does you must pay attention.
  • Peter King (The MMQB) MMQB: NFL Power Rankings, Pt. 1: Starting at the bottom, Plus notes on OT changes, Tom Brady concussion talk and more.
  • Staff ( Drew Brees vs. Tom Brady: Who'll become king of career passing yards?
  • Ryan Wood (PackersNews) Packers could mirror Patriots' offense.
  • Staff (TMZ) Tom Brady tops Atlanta Falcons' Ra'Shede Hageman's NFL QB hit list. /Yawn.
  • Cameron DaSilva (Fox Sports) Every active NFL quarterback’s career record, ranked.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) Here are the players on the spot for all 32 NFL teams when the 2017 season begins. Patriots: CB Stephon Gilmore.
  • Brad Gagnon (Bleacher Report) Young NFL stars in line for big new contracts in the near future. Malcolm Butler included.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) Bill Belichick dumped his hoodie and got all dressed up for the Preakness.
  • Mike Freeman (Bleacher Report) In being honest, Gisele reveals the fantasy of Tom Brady's never-ending career.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) Tom Brady quickly learns the downside of being a pitchman for Aston Martin.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) New overtime rule could let receiving team win with just a field goal.
  • Brad Gagnon (The Comeback) NFL’s soon-to-be-approved new overtime format would backfire colossally.
  • Jason Gay (Wall St. Journal) You want to argue football with Gisele? Comments from Tom Brady’s supermodel spouse spark an uproar in the NFL—because they point to an uncomfortable truth.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Calvin Johnson: “Of course” I had concussions I hid from the doctors.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Ben Roethlisberger still “proud” of self-reporting concussion. /Big Ben self-reports every injury he's ever had.
  • Jay Rigdon (Awful Announcing) Al Michaels calls Cris Collinsworth the best analyst of all-time, in any sport. /Uh... no.
  • Richard Deitsch (SI) What Beth Mowins calling Monday Night Football means to women in the industry.
  • Dan Hanzus ( Stroll through NFL fashion mayhem, past and present.