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New England Patriots links 7/18/17 - Hightower, Harris LB roster locks

Daily news and links for Tuesday

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Dont’a Hightower
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  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots training camp primer – Linebackers: Healthy Hightower and depth are key for 2017.
  • Ian Glendon (Cover32) For David Harris, it was a no-brainer to join the Patriots.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Patriots Positional Preview: Quarterbacks.
  • Adam Kurkjian posts his initial, pre-training camp power rankings. You know who’ll be No. 1.
  • Mark Daniels recaps Julian Edelman's busy offseason, his workouts and how he's 'excited' to get back to the grind.
  • DJ Bean agrees that while it would be stupid for Julian Edelman to talk about an undefeated season, 19-0 is definitely in play.
  • Ryan Hannable counts down the 20 most important Patriots in 2017: No. 6 Stephon Gilmore.
  • Dakota Randall collects some Tweets from a seriously irked 'Bills Mafia' who were not happy when Stephen Gilmore took a not-so-subtle jab at his former team.
  • Sports Final: Will Butler or Gilmore cover oppositions top receiver for Patriots? (1 min. video)
  • Alex Reimer notes Donte Stallworth's explanation of how Tom Brady and Randy Moss improvised on a 50-yard touchdown in 2007.
  • Mike D'Abate (Cover32) The Mount Rushmore of NFL coaches.
  • Nick O'Malley thumbnails the 50 greatest undrafted players who still found success under Bill Belichick in Foxborough.
  • Mark Daniels reports the Patriots sold out their tickets for the 24th straight year.
  • The Boston Globe uncovers a world of surprises in Bill Belichick’s family history. /Unfortunately the paywall only gives non-subscribers a glimpse of them.
  • Michael Hurley lists some pretty solid reasons why Roger Goodell should not be 'miffed' about Matt Patricia's clown shirt.
  • Kevin Dillon looks at the 18 current or former Patriots who were included in Gil Brandt’s rankings of top players at each position of all-time.
  • Alex Reimer questions the aptitude of CBS analyst Dan Fouts, who inexplicably chose punter Ray Guy ahead of Tom Brady in all-time mock draft.
  • CBS Boston is incredulous that the MMQB 'experts' consider Tom Brady a barely top-10 in their 'All-Time NFL Draft.'
  • AP Report - Farm to honor Tom Brady with corn maze in his image.
  • Henry McKenna (Patriots Wire) Malcolm Mitchell gets massive leg tattoo of Lombardi Trophy. /Difference between professionals and fans. Winners get their tattoos AFTER winning.
  • Olivia Vanni explains what 'Gronkball' is.
  • Nicole Yang points out how the Celtics one-upped the Patriots on Twitter on World Emoji Day.