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New England Patriots links 9/14/17 - Pats better off with Malcolm Butler than facing him

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Daily news and links for Thursday

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  • Tom E. Curran scouts the same old Saints: Lots of O, little D.
  • Mike Giardi says the Patriots are still trying to figure out what they have on offense.
  • Jeff Howe sees a golden opportunity for Brandin Cooks and Malcoom Butler to show the Saints what they're missing, even if neither player will admit it.
  • Kevin Duffy looks at how close the Saints were to trading for Malcolm Butler.
  • Ryan McNeil (OffTheMonsterSports) Chris Hogan has switched lockers so he can be directly next to Tom Brady.
  • Mike Reiss gets the sense Brandin Cooks won't let himself get too hyped for his return to New Orleans.
  • Ryan Hannable hears Tom Brady describe Brandin Cooks as a 'pretty unique' wide receiver.
  • Zack Cox notes the Patriots rushing strategy will require the running backs to be unselfish.
  • Tom E. Curran highlights Tom Brady on the upcoming matchup with the Saints: "It's up to us to go do something."
  • Mike Reiss notes that six days after Tom Brady called out the team's attitude and competitiveness he said that Sunday will determine if they have answered challenge.
  • Zack Cox focuses on Tom Brady and Drew Brees, the NFL's two oldest active QBs, still going strong 18 years after their first matchup.
  • Doug Kyed looks at who replaces Dont'a Hightower if he can't play Sunday.
  • Karen Guregian says the biggest issue plaguing the defensive unit heading into Week 2 is death by running back.
  • Adam Kurkjian wonders who will be fielding punts if Danny Amendola is injured.
  • Kevin Duffy offers a breakdown of how the Patriots have fared after losses, showing how hard it is to beat them twice in a row.
  • Danny Cox warns retribution may not come easy against a Saints team looking for the same.
  • CBS Boston finds that Bill Belichick continues to love punters more than anyone else.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Tom Brady hopes team brings winning attitude to New Orleans.
  • Rich Garven Patriots Journal: Dion Lewis doesn't let trade talk bother him.
  • Mike D'Abate (Cover32) Top ten surprises in Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season.


  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: Jared Goff, LA Rams progressing; Plus more NFL notes. 8. Don’t be surprised if the Patriots shop for front-seven pieces between now and the trade deadline.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Patriots check out skill-position players.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Patriots have worked out four quarterbacks lately, signed none.
  • Joel Corry (CBS Sports) Agent's Take: The 15 contract-year players who can cash in with a big 2017 season.
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) The NFL's crisis on offense.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) Which Week 1 NFL performances were flukes?
  • Tim Taylor (SI) Measuring muscles like batteries: NFL teams turn to ultrasound, seeking an edge.
  • Aaron Wilson (Houston Chronicle) Texans' Brian Cushing suspended 10 games for violating NFL’s PED policy.
  • Curtis Crabtree (ProFootballTalk) Lawyer sentenced to 18 months in jail for defrauding NFL players including Adalius Thomas, Ray Lewis.


  • Amos Morale III (Times-Picayune) Saints cornerback De'Vante Harris expecting to be targeted, confident he can make plays.
  • Josh Katzenstein (Times-Picayune) Saints look forward to seeing -- and hope to slow down -- Patriots' Brandin Cooks.
  • Herbie Teope (Times-Picayune) Sean Payton, Bill Belichick set aside friendship for a week to prepare for Sunday's game.