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New England Patriots links 8/30/17 - Malcolm Butler vows to be better

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  • Kevin Dillon hears Bill Belichick explain how the Patriots use preseason Week 4 to prepare for 'hundreds of situations'.
  • Ryan Hannable breaks down the roster before final preseason game: Who is in, who is out, who is on bubble?
  • Karen Guregian reports Malcolm Butler welcomes the challenge from opposing QBs who target him in the secondary.
  • Phil Perry examines Malcolm Butler's play this preseason reveals (a few blown plays but no loss of ability) and agrees with him that there's no need to panic.
  • Ryan Hannable notes that it hasn't been the greatest preseason for Malcolm Butler, but he vows to be 'better than that.'
  • Mike Giardi and Phil Perry debate whether the Patriots could trade Malcolm Butler before the start of the season. (1.58 min. video)
  • Kevin Duffy tells us what we need to know about newly acquired LB Marquis Flowers: Primarily has been a special teams player.
  • Mike D'Abate (Cover32) For the 2017 Patriots, ‘This one’s for Jules.’
  • Adam Kurkjian mentions D.J. Foster in the competition as a replacement for Julian Edelman.
  • Mike Giardi tells us to look for James White to be leaned on more now.
  • Brent Schwartz talks about how Edelman can still make his presence felt, despite not being on the field.
  • NESN guest Matt Chatham breaks down how Malcolm Mitchell can help the Patriots overcome Edelman's absence.
  • Zack Cox looks at how top Patriots performers in preseason finales have fared on cutdown day.
  • Adam Kurkjian Patriots Notebook: Backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo is out to shine in preseason finale.
  • Ryan Hannable gives us an attendance update from Tuesday's practice.
  • Nick O'Malley says the Lions making Matthew Stafford the NFL's highest-paid player, is something Tom Brady never asked Patriots to do.
  • Dakota Randall mentions how the Cleveland Browns had some pretty funny comments about the Sports Illustrated NFL preview issue with Tom Brady (and others) on the cover.
  • Zack Cox posts two trailers: 'Do Your Job Part 2' and 'America's Game: 2016 Patriots'.


  • Jim Owczarski ( Cincinnati Bengals trade Marquis Flowers to New England Patriots. "On a conference call with Cincinnati media in 2016 previewing a Week 6 contest in Foxboro, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick noted Flowers by name".
  • Good Morning Football ( Could the Patriots still go undefeated without Julian Edelman? (3.01 min. video)
  • Peter King (SI) The MMQB Mailbag: NFL quarterback contracts are Monopoly money.
  • Joel Corry (CBS Sports) Agent's Take: Brock Osweiler might be done and seven more vets in danger of being cut.
  • Judy Battista ( Seven reasons to hope or worry from NFL preseason action.
  • Conor Orr ( What to watch for on roster cutdown deadline day.
  • Jared Dubin (CBS Sports) Ranking each NFL team's set of offensive 'triplets' from 32-1. /Slideshow warning.
  • Richard Deitsch (SI) An NFL rehearsal with Beth Mowins and Rex Ryan in the Monday Night Football practice booth.
  • Emily Kaplan (SI) A (heavily caffeinated) NFL Sunday in the Red Zone.
  • Jenny Vrentas (SI) In Canton, plans for an NFL retirement home.