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NFL: New England Patriots at Denver Broncos
Defenses would be wise not to underestimate the effectiveness of No. 15
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  • Jeff Howe writes 'Tom Brady’s offense might be indefensible because of its headliners, but silent assassin Chris Hogan could be the glue who helps hold it together.'
  • Adam Kurkjian follows TE Dwayne Allen's progress as he is being coached up to be the Patriots' lead point blocker this year.
  • Ryan Hannable acknowledges it was an up-and-down spring for new Pats TE Dwayne Allen, but says Allen has bounced back in a big way this summer.
  • Hector Longo (All22) Tight end Dwayne Allen, welcome to Patriots training camp.
  • Mark Daniels notes Brandin Cooks (who was 7 in Nov. 2000, when Tom Brady made his NFL debut) is amazed at Tom Brady's ability after 18 NFL seasons.
  • Ryan Hannable examines Jimmy Garappolo's training camp struggles, and offers some thoughts on his future with the Patriots.
  • Phil Perry reports Bill Belichick seems encouraged by what he has seen from Kony Ealy the last few days, after keeping the DE out of Day 1 of training camp. “He’s building versatility.”
  • Phil Perry wonders if Shea McClellin could help the defense cope with Ninkovich retirement.
  • Kevin Duffy notes Bill Belichick says safety Jordan Richards will be 'very competitive' for playing time.
  • Hector Longo (All22) Linebacker land of opportunity for Patriots’ Elandon Roberts.
  • Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) Rapid fire with Patriots gunner Matthew Slater.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots camp observations: Tempers flare, Brandin Cooks shut out, Justin Coleman sharp. /Great notes here.
  • Phil Perry delivers his Postcard from Camp, Day Five: Pats show some fight.
  • Bill Speros channels Will Smith's character in Independence Day when he says "Welcome to New England, Stephon Gilmore."
  • Rich Garven Training Camp observations: Slower than normal pace.
  • Kevin Duffy Patriots training camp Day 5 roundup: First fight of camp, rookies get chance on defense.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Training Camp Practice #5 Observations: Heat, intensity ramp up; Deatrich Wise continues to impress.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Tweets of note: Patriots Training Camp Practice #5.
  • Mike Giardi's Scouts View: Who's the team's most underrated player? /Interesting series.
  • Rich Thompson catches up with Stephen Gostkowski who has a long memory when it comes to short misses.
  • Rich Garven talks up undrafted rookie DE Caleb Kidder, cut by the Vikings and offered a workout by the Patriots within 24 hours of having to report to Minnesota. Workout went so well, he was signed by New England.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Studious Shea McClellin prepares to help fill void of mentor Rob Ninkovich.
  • Mike Reiss provides context to the video showing Bill Belichick aggressively throwing a blocking pad at Tom Brady.
  • Ryan Hannable notes the Patriots have beaten the Steelers four straight times, including last year's AFC championship game, and six months later they still hate that they got their ass kicked.
  • Michael Hurley finds it chilling that Jets rookie Jamal Adams expressed willingness to die on the football field.
  • Mike Giardi and Phil Perry give their thoughts on the training camp fight between Edelman and Gilmore. (1.31 min. video)


  • Shalise Manza Young (Yahoo! Sports) Tom Brady's 40 greatest moments: Nos. 30-21.
  • Staff (ESPN) Training camp predictions for every team. Patriots: Mike Reiss predicts the Patriots will either sign or trade for a defensive end.
  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) Steelers won't settle for being picked apart by Tom Brady, Patriots again. /We'll see...
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( NFL training camp winners and losers: Bad news engulfs Ravens. Winner: Rob Ninkovich, Losers: ‘Expert talent evaluators’ eviscerated by Belichick.
  • Dan Hanzus ( Watch Tom Brady run for his life from Bill Belichick. "I'd love to see late-period Peyton Manning attempt this same escape. He'd almost certainly do that Peyton move where he'd tuck the ball and slide at the feet of an oncoming defender, the human version of a panicked turtle retracting into his shell. I kind of miss that move".
  • Corey Roepken (Houston Chronicle) NBC unveils 10 players joining Carrie Underwood on Sunday Night Football. Dont'a Hightower included.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) The fading art of the deep ball.
  • Dan Hanzus ( Ryan Mallett suffers INT meltdown at Ravens practice.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Chuck Pagano wants to change “perception” about the physicality of football. /This won't help the perception that his Colts are soft.
  • Bob Hille (Sporting News) Cowboys again facing fine over number of suspended players.
  • Staff (ESPN) NFL offers to work with players' union on study of marijuana as pain management tool.