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New England Patriots links 8/17/17 - At 31, Julian Edelman as dangerous as ever

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  • Dan Roche Camp observations: Tom Brady still on quest for perfection; Julian Edelman shows no signs of slowing down - as dangerous as ever.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Edelman: Joint practices helps with “the brother syndrome” of camp.
  • Jeff Howe observes the 'Pats offensive machine took the Texans' most valiant shot during two days of joint practices but still got the better of the battles'.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots camp observations: Texans challenge Patriots again as Gilmore returns.
  • Phil Perry's Postcard from Camp Day 15: Rivers leaves practice with apparent leg injury.
  • Kevin Duffy recaps Patriots vs. Texans Day Two: Chris Hogan creating separation in battle for No. 3 WR job.
  • Mike Reiss says that after two days of tough, physical joint practices, the Patriots and Texans showed their respect for each other with a handshake line.
  • Casey Bannon (PatriotsWire) What Patriots fans should know about Texans ahead of preseason Week 2.
  • Kevin Duffy examines how the roster competition is shaping up for eight open spots.
  • Mike Reiss notes that for a veteran quarterback like Tom Brady, who is now entering his 18th season in the NFL, training camp is no longer really a grind.
  • Karen Guregian notes Texans rookie QB Deshaun Watson had a chance to pick Tom Brady's brain a bit following yesterday's workout.
  • Ryan Hannable hears Tom Brady explain why he gets so fired up during training camp practices: 'I ask guys to dig a little deeper'.
  • Mike Giardi spotlights Tom Brady showing his competitive attitude in Wednesday's joint practice.
  • Karen Guregian witnessed Tom Brady and old friend Mike Vrabel deep in conversation before leaving the field.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Stephon Gilmore responds to Tuesday ‘break’.
  • Jeff Howe reports Derek Rivers left practice yesterday with a left leg injury, but the team is hopeful it's not severe.
  • Ryan Hannable relays Bill Belichick giving a [vague] injury update on Dont'a Hightower.
  • Ian Glendon (Cover32) Injuries begin to mount for the Patriots.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Time for Patriots to sign Dwight Freeney or Mario Williams?
  • Ryan Hannable offers one plausible theory as to why Jimmy Garoppolo performs better in games than in practice: He doesn't have Tom Brady looking over his shoulder.
  • DJ Bean suggests the Patriots should have drafted Jimmy Garoppolo in the first round, because then he'd have him for an extra year on his rookie deal.
  • Karen Guregian reports Bill Belichick welcomed a few more famous coaching guests to Wednesday’s practice.
  • Michael Hurley is thrilled to have discovered 'the White Whale of Belichick videos' that now exists online.
  • NESN mentions how Brady Stevens is turning Celtics' Gordon Hayward into a Tom Brady fan.
  • Doug Kyed looks at who are the Patriots' 10 best undrafted free agents of all time.
  • Ricky Doyle highlights Rob Ryan as a guest on FS1's 'The Herd' with Colin Cowherd, on why he believes Bill Belichick is the greatest coach of all time.



  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFLPA “seething” over accusation of victim shaming.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL’s attack on NFLPA raises several questions.
  • A.J. Perez (USA Today) Commissioner Roger Goodell tasks former NFL executive Harold Henderson to hear Ezekiel Elliott's appeal.
  • Mike DeCourcy (Sporting News) 20 most hated NFL players in 2017: The disrespected and the downright dirty. No. 20 Julian Edelman (because he ‘embodies the Patriot way) - No. 12 Rob Gronkowski (jackass image, still waiting for Gronk to grow up) - No. 1 Tom Brady (doesn't carry himself like Aaron Rodgers. has a raging-jerk sideline demeanor, throws underinflated footballs, "We saw the texts, man." and quotes some random twitter guy: "there's something snakey and dishonest buried there." /well then...