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New England Patriots links 8/10/17 - Preseason Week 1: Patriots vs. Jaguars

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NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots
Tom Brady, Blake Bortles shake hands after Pats beat Jax 51-17 at Gillette in 2015
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  • Mike Reiss calls attention to four players building momentum and four who seem a step behind, heading into tonight's first preseason game.
  • Jeff Howe gives us 5 things to watch for tonight: 1. Back up the Jimmy Garoppolo hype.
  • Kevin Duffy tells us everything we need to know before tonight's preseason opener between the Patriots and Jaguars: Familiar faces and lesser-known players.
  • Michael Hurley shares what he'll be watching for tonight: Rookie DE Deatrich Wise Jr. could be an impact player.
  • Brent Schwartz picks 8 lower-level players worth keeping an eye on tonight.
  • Mark Farinella calls tonight's matchup nothing more than a three-hour-long audition.
  • Phil Perry's Postcard from Camp Day 12: Patriots, Jaguars work end-of-game situations.
  • Kevin Duffy Patriots training camp Day 12: Rookie OT Tony Garcia leaves early.
  • Mike Giardi's Scouts' View: Keeping coaching staff intact was New England Patriots' biggest offseason victory.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Preseason more than an exhibition for Jacoby Brissett.
  • Mike Giardi finds Jacoby Brissett has shown some signs of improvement, but his performance so far in camp has been more uneven than Jimmy Garoppolo's.
  • Ryan Hannable discusses why this preseason is so important for Jacoby Brissett.
  • Chris Warner (BostonSportsMediaWatch) Patriots Thursday Observations: Tom Brady To Retire? /Clickbait headline is his joke on media.
  • Mike Giardi and Phil Perry discuss if Jimmy Garoppolo or Jacoby Brissett has more to prove in the first preseason game of the season. (2.13 min. video)
  • Tom E. Curran talks about the role cornerback Jonathan Jones could play and says that his competitiveness reminds him of Malcolm Butler. (1.29 min. video)
  • Michael Hurley talks with undrafted linebacker and three-time Super Bowl champion, Matt Chatham, who carved out a rather memorable career.
  • Mike Reiss reports an emotional Vince Wilfork signed a one-day deal with the team and announced his retirement with owner Robert Kraft, players and coaches in attendance.
  • Ryan Hannable explains how Vince Wilfork was more than just a great football player, and why he's so beloved.
  • Alex Reimer notes the credit to Vince Wilfork's wife Bianca as the driving force behind his incredible career.
  • Ryan Hannable shares Vince Wilfork's reasoning to why Tom Brady is the best quarterback of all time.
  • Matt Dolloff relays now-retired WR Andrew Hawkins' perfect parting message: a Simpson's gif that summed up his time in New England.
  • Tom E. Curran discusses being the author of a new book on Julian Edelman to be released in October. (1.49 min. video)
  • CSNNE guest Jeff Howe defends Malcolm Butler, calling Greg Bedard's assessment of him as 'cold' and business-like over his contract situation false. Felger calls Howe a bitchy beat-writer. (5.41 min. video)
  • Michael Felger tries to figure out why Tom Brady turns his jersey inside out after practice - Is he trying to set a new fashion trend or is he just being a good spokesman for a company that pays him a boatload of money?


  • Analysis Team (Pro Football Focus) Preseason Week 1 Preview: Jaguars at Patriots.
  • Kristopher Knox (Bleacher Report) What to watch for in Patriots' preseason week 1 matchup: 1. How does the running game operate?
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) Why the Patriots really could go undefeated: Though it hurts to admit, this might be the best New England squad we’ve seen.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) Ranking the 16 most important people in the Patriots' Dynasty.
  • Alan Siegel (The Ringer) The last bad Patriots team: When Tom Brady was a nobody, when Bill Belichick’s career record was 36-44, the New England Patriots were … miserable.
  • Ryan O'Hanlon (The Ringer) Bill Belichick Is the best Jets coach of the 21st century: Few loathe what Belichick has built in New England more than fans of Gang Green—in large part because they know it’s what they could have had.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Report: Mike Gillislee dealing with hamstring injury.
  • Albert Breer (SI) First and Ten: Colts reset mode; Jags' chances to improve are going to run right through the lines of scrimmage; Vince Wilfork probably doesn't have a real shot at the Hall of Fame; More...
  • Bryan Knowles and Andrew Potter (Football Outsiders) Scramble for the Ball: 2017 East Over/Unders.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) AFC East over/unders: Can Tom Brady be even better this season?
  • Joseph Zucker (Bleacher Report) Tom Brady, Marshawn Lynch, Dak Prescott led NFL offseason jersey sales.
  • Scott Kacsmar (Football Outsiders) DVOA by Routes: Receivers.
  • Jonathan Jones (SI) Game of Throws: Inside the world of quarterback competitions.
  • Kevin Skiver (CBS Sports) Jared Goff checks out Tom Brady's house, Rams' new digs in helicopter.
  • Marissa Payne (Washington Post) Robert Kraft recalls Vince Wilfork’s heartfelt relationship with his late wife at retirement ceremony.
  • Mark Maske (Washington Post) NFL to hire full-time officials in move to improve quality of in-game calls.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Looming legalization of gambling nudges NFL toward full-time officials.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL still wants to expand regular season. /Because player safety is Goodell's no. 1 priority... a hair ahead of integrity.