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New England Patriots links 9/15/17 - Trey Flowers, Deatrich Wise a power-pairing on the edge

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Patriots daily news and links for Friday

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Trey Flowers recovers a fumble and scores against the Saints in ‘16 preseason
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TEAM TALK

  • Press Release: The Kraft Family and New England Patriots will Celebrate Volunteerism throughout the 2017 season.
  • Erik Scalavino shares some locker room news and notes from Thursday: Filling Amendola's roles.
  • Paul Perillo scouts the matchups: The Patriots offense is looking forward to taking on a weak New Orleans secondary.
  • Angelique Fiske reports that Nate Solder has been deeply involved with Fresh Truck, a non-profit in Boston dedicated to bringing fruits, vegetables and healthy options to food deserts.
  • One-on-One: Steve Burton interviews David Andrews about his new role as a team captain, bouncing back from the loss against Kansas City, and protecting Tom Brady. (3.33 min. video)
  • Tilted: Elandon Roberts tells us about what he misses most from home and his favorite TV shows. (2.14 min. video)

LOCAL LINKS

  • Ryan Hannable believes that just like Julian Edelman carried the offense in 2016, Rob Gronkowski needs to in 2017.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Rob Gronkowski acknowledges opposing DBs are extra physical with him, but he needs to overcome it.
  • Mike Giardi notes the Saints know they have to keep their eye on Gronkowski, despite a quite Week 1.
  • Phil Perry will be monitoring how Rob Gronkowski responds to that physicality in New Orleans.
  • Phil Perry notes Mike Gillislee tries to score every time he gets the ball, but he knows there are times where he might be better served showing some patience.
  • Jeff Howe catches up with Trey Flowers and Deatrich Wise, who are happy to rekindle their Arkansas connection with the Patriots.
  • Ryan Hannable says Hightower, Amendola and Slater don't appear likely to play vs. Saints.
  • Tom E. Curran talks about the difficulty of getting all 11 defensive players on the same page and doing their jobs without Hightower on the field.
  • Zack Cox reveals why Duron Harmon's teammates now call him 'The Voice'.
  • CBS Boston reports Tony Romo will be the CBS analyst for Patriots-Saints.
  • Kevin Dillon looks at the film to figure out what to expect from Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson vs. the Patriots.
  • Matt Dolloff gives us 5 Saints rookies to know ahead of Sunday's game.
  • Mike Reiss hears from former Saints QB Bobby Hebert on the Saints: Like Patriots without Edelman, Saints are hurting without Willie Snead.
  • Steve Buckley tells us why Adrian Peterson is not a veteran he's rooting for.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots notebook: Don't count on Rex Burkhead in the slot.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Mailbag: Solutions at WR, revisiting the Kony Ealy release.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: Why defense won't be bad after terrible start to season.
  • Ryan Hannable notes that in an interview with CBS This Morning, Tom Brady reiterates his stance that he isn't oblivious to concussions, but doesn't worry about them.
  • Jim Lazar says "nothing lasts forever, except for a Red Sox game" and wants to know if fans are mentally prepared to handle The End of a dynasty, before making his Week 2 picks. Pats 38-30.

NATIONAL NEWS

VIEW FROM NEW ORLEANS

  • Caroline Gonzalez (NewOrleansSaints) 10 Things Saints fans need to know about the New England Patriots.
  • Staff (NewOrleansSaints) Five things to know about the New Orleans Saints on Thursday.
  • John DeShazier (NewOrleansSaints) With Patriots looming, Saints tackle position under spotlight.
  • Herbie Teope (Times-Picayune) Saints wide receiver corps preparing for challenge of facing Patriots cornerbacks.
  • Josh Katzenstein (Times-Picayune) Would the Saints beating the Patriots be a statement victory?
  • Amos Morale III (Times-Picayune) Saints' Coby Fleener looking to continue making big plays following Monday night performance.
  • Herbie Teope (Times-Picayune) Sean Payton not in favor of NFL mirroring CFL policy of no-padded practices during regular season.
  • Mackie Shilstone (Times-Picayune) Optimum Performance: Risk stratifying the Saints' tight ends.