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New England Patriots links 8/16/17 - Camp highlight: Marcus Cannon neutralizes JJ Watt

Daily news and links for Wednesday

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Marcus Cannon and Shaq Mason take on Broncos LB Von Miller last December
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  • Jeff Howe highlights Marcus Cannon subduing three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt at Tuesday's camp. "Watt appeared to try it all against Cannon... but the defensive lineman was neutralized".
  • Matt Dolloff says Marcus Cannon reportedly had his way blocking J.J. Watt in the Patriots and Texans' joint practice.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Jimmy Garoppolo finishes strong; Stephon Gilmore didn't participate in team drills during practice; More.
  • Mike Giardi finds the Patriots embracing competition in joint practices. /Nice detail of how Julian Edelman shook off CB Jonathan Joseph.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights J.J. Watt on facing Tom Brady in joint practices: 'The old saying goes, 'Iron sharpens iron''.
  • Phil Perry observes the Texans pass rush got the better of Tom Brady and his pass protectors yesterday.
  • Kevin Duffy Patriots vs. Texans joint practices: Houston's defense a load to handle for New England O-Line
  • Dan Roche calls the Texans defense a good challenge for Brady and the Pats.
  • Zack Cox posts a video clip of Chris Hogan making an acrobatic catch yesterday.
  • Karen Guregian points out the Texans still have a long way to go at QB before catching the Patriots.
  • Kevin Duffy explains why the Houston Texans are toughest matchup in the AFC for New England.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Tuesday Patriots-Texans Tweets of note.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Will Brady's guru magic work for Gronk and Boomtower?
  • Kevin Dillon relays Bill Belichick explaining the importance of controlling speed for players like Brandin Cooks.
  • Mark Daniels notes that for Glenn Gronkowski, there's no escaping Rob's shadow, but he aims to make his own mark with the Patriots.
  • Rich Garven writes Brandon Bolden sticks to his proven formula for success.
  • Stephen Hewitt reports Tom Brady is not interested in comparing any past teams, nor any of the hype surrounding this year's team.
  • Sam Galanis with the steaming hot take that Tom Brady 'probably' won't be playing football when he's 55 years old.
  • Zack Cox notes Julian Edelman is not surprised ex-Patriots 'grinder' Wes Welker is now coaching.
  • Doug Kyed finds Bill Belichick more realistic than the media, when assessing TE Jacob Hollister.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots 53-man roster projection: More questions emerge.
  • Bob George (PatsFans) Myths and facts about Patriots preseason opener.
  • Dakota Randall coughs up a few undrafted Patriots from the recent past to remind us not to get too caught up in preseason hype. 1. TE Zach Sudfeld. /Need we go on?
  • Mike Reiss tells us how Bill Belichick turned part of the trip into a history lesson.
  • Mike Reiss notes that after practice, Bill Belichick had Tom Brady meet Jeff Hostetler, whom the Patriots coach lauds for being prepared in winning Super Bowl XXV.
  • NESN is proud to be the official media sponsor of Dont'a Hightower's 3rd Annual Monday Night Football Watch Party, benefiting the American Diabetes Association.
  • Russ Goldman (PatsFans) Patriots Fourth and Two Podcast: Patriots training camp observations; More. (50.35 min.) /Always worth a listen.



  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Ezekiel Elliott files appeal of six-game suspension.
  • Jared Talbot (Cover32) Patriots fans have little sympathy for the Ezekiel Elliott situation.