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New England Patriots links 8/01/17 - Camp competition: Who steps up to the edge?

Daily news and links for Tuesday

NFL: Super Bowl LI-New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons
Kyle Van Noy in celebration mode
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  • Mike Reiss cleans out his Training Camp Notebook: Pace/tempo important - Too slow to next drill? Bill Belichick will make you do it again.
  • Mike Giardi's Scouts View: Today's subject: Tom Brady. 'I would have never taken Peyton over Brady'.
  • Doug Kyed notes Bill Belichick hopes to add more unpredictability to the Patriots backfield.
  • Carl Brooks catches up with James White, who hasn't slowed his momentum in trying to improve.
  • Karen Guregian likes how Dion Lewis has looked the first few days of camp, and Lewis says 'it's night and day" the way his knee feels now.
  • Henry McKenna (Patriots Wire) Mike Gillislee opens up about nerve-wracking experience during restricted free agency.
  • Rich Garven reports on WR Devin Lucien still trying to catch on with the Pats.
  • Karen Guregian says the Patriots were able to get away with an iffy pass rush last year, given the slate of not-ready-for-primetime QBs they faced.
  • Rich Garven suggests Geneo Grissom is in line to fill the pass-rush void.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) With Ninkovich retired, who steps up on the edge?
  • Isaiah Houde (Patriots Wire) Eric Rowe asks Bill Belichick to give him a look at new position.
  • Jon Schlosser (All22) CB Stephon Gilmore says he’s finally feeling comfortable in New England.
  • Kevin Tame jr (Cover32) Devin McCourty appreciates Patriots Nation. [editor note: originally gave credit to different writer. Sorry Kevin!]
  • Zack Cox hears David Harris tell Sirius XM NFL Radio that he felt blindsided and disrespected by the Jets when they released him.
  • Henry McKenna (Patriots Wire) 5 emerging storylines from Patriots' first week of training camp.
  • Hal Bent (Cover32) Three players stick out in first week of Patriots training camp.
  • Ty Brown (Patriots Wire) 5 Patriots playing for a contract extension.
  • Phil Perry tells us that Rob Ninkovich is retiring but he still intends on hanging around the Patriots to help out the younger edge-defenders and linebackers.
  • Phil Perry relays Matt Light remembering the story the same way Rob Ninkovich told it. When Ninkovich showed up for his first Patriots practice, he beat Light like a drum.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Best of social media: Rob Ninkovich retires from the NFL.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights Robert Kraft on Sirius XM NFL Radio, hinting that some changes at Gillette Stadium to make room for the new championship banner.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Kyle Van Noy appreciates fresh start with team.
  • Mark Farinella Patriots Notebook: Van Noy lauds Ninkovich for leadership.


  • Albert Breer (SI) Jimmy Garoppolo: ‘Eager to play . . . I want to be a starter’.
  • Shalise Manza Young (Yahoo! Sports) Tom Brady's 40 greatest moments: Nos. 40-31.
  • Josh Katzenstein (Times-Picayune) Rob Ninkovich retires; Sean Payton lauds ex-Saints' successful career.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) NFL preseason power rankings: No. 1 Patriots.
  • Ian O'Conor (ESPN) 19-0 sounds crazy ... just not with this Patriots team.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Goodell reiterates plan to attend opening night in New England.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Roger Goodell: Teams transition, they don't tank. /Right, remember when the Colts ‘transitioned’ to get Andrew Luck?.