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New England Patriots links 8/09/17 - Patriots CBs deserve plenty of praise

Daily news and links for Wednesday

NFL: New England Patriots-Training Camp
Justin Coleman knocks down a pass intended for Malcolm Mitchell at camp
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  • Jeff Howe Patriots camp observations: Rob Gronkowski dominates Jaguars.
  • Doug Kyed Joint practice observations: Rob Gronkowski has monster day.
  • Kevin Duffy posts the highlights and lowlights from Day Two of joint practices: Bill Belichick does pushups, New England generally dominates.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Tuesday Patriots joint practice with Jax quick observations: Gronkowski makes his presence known.
  • Kevin Dillon spotlights how Brandin Cooks has formed an impressive connection with Tom Brady early in training camp.
  • Ryan Hannable suggests the Patriots cornerbacks deserve just as much praise as the offense so far this summer.
  • Phil Perry says Blake Bortles' comment that the Patriots 'schematically mess with you a little bit' may mean the Pats are far along in terms of executing multiple defensive looks - or a sign that Bortles is having a tough time reading vanilla coverages.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Rookie defensive end Derek Rivers runs through it.
  • Dan Roche recaps Tuesday's joint practice with Jacksonville: Best day of the Patriots training camp so far, Brady sharp again.
  • Jeff Howe calls attention to Brandin Cooks' ability to stretch the field.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Malcolm Mitchell schools Jaguars with slick route-running.
  • Rich Garven Patriots Journal: Receiver Devin Lucien facing long odds to make team.
  • Kevin Dillon notes DE Deatrich Wise Jr. says he models his game after Jason Taylor, Julius Peppers and Jason Pierre-Paul.
  • Rich Garven feels Deatrich Wise could plug a hole on the defensive line this year.
  • Adam Kurkjian talks about DE Lawrence Guy's journey to Foxboro.
  • Mark Daniels senses that after two days of joint practices with the Jags, the Patriots came off the field feeling good about themselves coming off two good, competitive practices.
  • Mike Reiss describes the end of yesterday's practice with Bill Belichick settling a friendly competition between NE-JAX 3rd-stringers (declaring DJ Foster would have been tackled in live competition, and TD would not have counted) by doing push-ups, and his players followed suit.
  • Ryan Hannable catches up with Tom Coughlin following Tuesday's practice: "There is nothing better than working with Bill Belichick and the world championship team."
  • Michael Hurley comments on Rodney Harrison's casual explanation of how Bill Belichick has steered the Patriots' dominance.
  • Mike Reiss reports Tom Brady's mom surprises him by showing up at practice yesterday.
  • Doug Kyed relays why the Patriots Super Bowl LI victory was extra special for Tom Brady.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights Willie McGinest on Tom Brady: 'I don’t think we should start talking about retirement any time soon'.
  • Hector Longo (All22) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady continues crusade against NFL.
  • Jerry Thornton (Barstool Sports) A tribute to Vince Wilfork, icon.
  • Michael Hurley gets right to the point: Vince Wilfork is absolutely a Pro Football Hall of Famer.
  • Tom E. Curran gives his reasoning for why Vince Wilfork's contributions were a little underrated. (1.23 min. video)
  • Nick O'Malley posts some pictures that show the Patriots have moved their Super Bowl banners, but the question is, where will they go?
  • Conor Ryan notes Amazon has inquired about a potential half-hour web series featuring both Tom Brady and Jim Gray.
  • Hector Longo (All22) Former Patriots coach Dick MacPherson dies at age 86.


  • Kevin Clark (The Ringer) The near-perfect football team: ...the 2007 Patriots built the modern NFL. /Great read.
  • Ryan O'Halloran (Florida Times-Union) Jaguars players see benefits of practicing against Patriots QB Tom Brady.
  • Ryan O'Halloran (Florida Times-Union) Despite 5-of-17 day, Bortles ‘definitely’ feels Jaguars’ offense is progressing.
  • Ryan O'Halloran (Florida Times-Union) Jaguars Camp Report: Offense sputters in 11-on-11.
  • Justin Bobby (Rotoden) NFL teams under the most pressure: Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Patriots buy their own planes. "Patriots likely wouldn’t be doing it if they didn’t have a plan for making it work well, and for making their money back. And then some."
  • Jordan Ritter Conn (The Ringer) “I Won’t Talk About That”: Atlanta suffered one of the worst losses in sports history by blowing a 28-3 lead to New England in last season’s Super Bowl. So how are the Falcons moving on and trying to avoid a hangover effect? By refusing to even discuss, let alone harp on, the past.
  • Peter King (SI) Pro Football Hall of Fame Mailbag: Your arguments, ideas and complaints about voting process.
  • Elliot Harrison ( NFL Preseason Power Rankings: Concerns for Cowboys, Ravens. No. 1 Patriots.
  • Highlights ( Top 5 Hard Knocks moments. (8.48 min. video) /”Let’s go eat a g*ddamn snack!”
  • Sheilla Dingus (AdvocacyForFairnessInSports) NFL Concussion Settlement payouts begin – sort of…
  • Andrew Brandt (SI) The NFL is a booming business despite growing concerns over brain trauma.