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New England Patriots links 7/20/17 - Patriots look safe at safety

Daily news and links for Thursday

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Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots v Atlanta Falcons
Duron Harmon tackles Devonta Freeman
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  • Mark Daniels catches up with Rob Ninkovich who has accomplished everything — well, almost everything — he has set out to do in his football career.
  • Herald Staff NFL Notes: Rob Ninkovich defends Matt Patricia's right to wear Roger Goodell clown shirt.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) 20 Questions about the 2017 Pats. 4. How do they replace those slot snaps Logan Ryan gave them?
  • Ryan Hannable counts down the 20 most important Patriots in 2017: No. 4 Dont’a Hightower.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Training Camp Primer: Safety. Roster Locks- Cornerback: Devin McCourty, Pat Chung, Duron Harmon.
  • Glen Farley takes a look at the tight end position, noting to this point Dwayne Allen has been more Scott Chandler than Martellus Bennett.
  • Glen Farley previews the kicking position, noting the Patriots did not sign a kicker to challenge Stephen Gostkowski in camp.
  • Tom E. Curran weighs in on how messy Jimmy Garoppolo's contract situation could become and whether it would reach the same level as Kirk Cousins. (1.08 min. video)
  • Phil Perry begins a series comparing 2007 Patriots versus 2017 Patriots: The receivers.
  • Kevin Dillon explores which active players are bound for the Pro Football Hall of Fame besides Tom Brady.
  • Michael Hurley calls Bravo to Tony Dungy for revealing an impressive level of spite in ranking Tom Brady as the 6h best NFL QB since 1978.
  • Matt Dolloff wonders what dirt the Globe was trying to dig up with its story about Bill Belichick's ancestry.
  • Mike Reiss notes retired WR Wes Welker isn't worried about his brain 'exploding'.
  • Bill Burt has a story about how a Methuen man and a Salem, NH woman met 1.000 miles away, saw the Patriots win and fell in love.
  • Russ Goldman (PatsFans) Patscap Podcast: Miguel Benzan discussed if he cared about a possible 19-0 season, the current state of the cap, and compared the Pats 2007 vs. 2017 team heading into camp. (42.35 min.)


  • Nate Davis (USA Today) Ranking NFL rosters by team: Why Patriots didn't finish No. 1.
  • Elliot Harrison ( AFC bold predictions: Tom Brady breaks barrier, Raiders roll.
  • Jeremy Bergman ( As football nears, 50 future headlines from the 2017 NFL season. /Pats bench Brady, lose to Jets to avoid 16-0? Not happening.
  • Adam Stites (SB Nation) NFL teams should let their quarterbacks do the punting.
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) Tony Dungy and Bill Polian keep refusing to give Tom Brady and Bill Belichick credit. /Salty little buggers.
  • Editors (SI) SI's 2017 Fasionable 50 list: Top 20. Tom Brady No. 12 (of course).
  • Sean Tomlinson (Bleacher Report) The biggest concern for every NFL team before the season begins. Patriots: Making sense of a crowded backfield.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) Matt Ryan explains exactly what happened in the Falcons' Super Bowl collapse.