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New England Patriots links 8/11/17 - Pats 24-Jags 31 Overreaction Friday

Daily news and links for Friday

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  • Jeff Howe recaps Jimmy Garoppolo's strong night, suggests maybe the Patriots should add stadium lighting around their practice fields.
  • Mike Reiss observes Jimmy Garoppolo continued to show why the Patriots do not need to worry about their QB depth.
  • Phil Perry reviews Jimmy Garoppolo's strong preseason showing.
  • Ryan Hannable shares his initial thoughts from the game: When it comes to the defense, there was a lot to correct.
  • Zack Cox posts some notes from the game: Patriots finished the game without a single sack, QB hit, pass breakup, interception or forced fumble and had just one tackle for a loss.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Jimmy Garoppolo shuts critics up with his strong performance last night.
  • Mike Reiss gives us his first-glance Ups and Downs following last night's game.
  • Michael Hurley picks four Ups and four Downs from last night's loss.
  • Adam Kurkjian points out WR Austin Carr's stellar performance last night.
  • Kyle Daluz notes rookie tight end Jacob Hollister wasted no time making a positive case for a roster spot.
  • DJ Bean recaps how undrafted rookies Jacob Hollister and Austin Carr shined in their preseason debuts.
  • Ty Anderson watched Jacoby Brissett struggle in his preseason debut.
  • Stephen Hewitt talks up undrafted rookie DL Adam Butler, showing versatility and drive at camp.
  • Ryan Hannable wonders why Cyrus Jones was playing safety in the 4th quarter.
  • Michael Hurley reveals that after a rough night on Thursday Cyrus Jones elected not to speak to the media.
  • Kevin Duffy hears the clock ticking for second-round picks Cyrus Jones and Jordan Richards.
  • Andrew Tomasi (OfftheMonsterSports) Patriots wide receivers laugh at Tom Brady as he does psycho Tom things on sidelines.
  • Bill Speros thinks the NFL will now treat Tom Brady as if he has a "past history of concussions" and its spotters may use that opening to sideline Brady indefinitely. 'For his own good,' of course."
  • Karen Guregian notes Roger Goodell's surprise visit to Gillette last night doesn't count. Fans will be game-ready for him on opening night (only 27 days away).
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Dont’a Hightower joins parade to Tom Brady’s guru.
  • Adam Kurkjian highlights a 98.5 Sports Hub interview with Jonathan Kraft, noting that Patriots banner night will be a surprise for the fans.


  • Michael Lombardi (The Ringer) How to beat the Patriots: Toppling the most successful franchise in sports seems impossible. But our former New England personnel man knows some secrets. /Good read.
  • Joseph Ferraiola (Inside the Pylon) The Patriots are right to keep Jimmy Garoppolo as long as possible.
  • Martenzie Johnson (The Undefeated) Patriots' James White, the little engine who did.
  • Highlights ( Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New England Patriots. (3.37 min. video)
  • Highlights ( Can't-miss play: Austin Carr gets BIG AIR for 3-yard TD. (1 min. video)
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Deatrich Wise left with head injury Thursday night.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Jaguars rookie RB Leonard Fournette says NFL is slower than he thought, “really easy”.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) Five ways the Patriots’ Dynasty Is deeply flawed: 1. Landing skill-position stars early in the NFL Draft.
  • Tim Cowlishaw (Dallas News) Patriots' Tom Brady is entitled to his concussions - and owes you no more honesty than that guy on Tinder does.
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) In defense of preseason football: Exhibition football can be plenty fun … if you know what to look for.
  • Arthur Weinstein (Sporting News) NFL preseason Week 1: Undrafted free agents look great … but it's just one game. /That includes you, Keelan Cole.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) Roger Goodell sounds like he would support a shorter preseason.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Roger Goodell drops by Gillette Stadium.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Full-time/part-time official distinction could be problematic for the league. /How about distinction between who made the call, referee on field or anonymous official in New York.


  • Ryan O'Halloran (Florida Times-Union) Big plays propel Jaguars past New England in preseason opener.
  • Gene Frenette (Florida Times-Union) Beating the Patriots B team still a positive for Jaguars.
  • John Reid (Florida Times-Union) Leonard Fournette displays power running in successful preseason debut vs. Patriots.