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New England Patriots links 9/19/17 - DT Adam Butler: “We practiced much harder” in Week 2

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Daily news and links for Tuesday

NFL: New England Patriots at New Orleans Saints
DT Adam Butler pressures Drew Brees
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  • Jeff Howe focuses on how the running backs are stepping up at just the right time.
  • CBS Boston points out how Deatrich Wise and Jonathan Jones both excelled in expanded roles against the Saints.
  • Phil Perry says Deatrich Wise's performance on Sunday is a very encouraging sign for a defense that needs to put more pressure on opposing QBs.
  • Kevin Duffy sees Deatrich Wise as another Arkansas draft-day steal by Belichick.
  • Mike Reiss gets into the reasons for Malcolm Butler's reduced role on Sunday.
  • Michael Hurley serves up some still-tasty Sunday leftovers: '... the 53-yard touchdown by Gronkowski shouldn’t be ignored'. /Always a fun read.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots film review: How Tom Brady kept offense producing after injuries.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Notes on the Patriots-Saints re-watch: " was a pretty methodical strangulation by the Patriots."
  • Jeff Howe details some of the stats after breaking down the Pats’ 36-20 victory Sunday over the Saints.
  • Chris Bokum (PatriotsWire) Tom Brady reveals Patriots draw up 1,000 passing plays per season.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) How important is Rob Gronkowski? Third down numbers don't lie.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Is Brandin Cooks doing enough for Patriots offense?
  • Nick O'Malley relays Tom Brady on how the Patriots took the play that gave the Chiefs a 78-yard TD on, and ran it against the Saints.
  • Mike Reiss power-ranks the Patriots newcomers through Week 2: Deatrich Wise Jr. leades, David Harris trails.
  • Doug Kyed hears injury updates from Rob Gronkowski “nothing serious and I’m day-to-day” and Phillip Dorsett “Just a little sore but I’m all right”.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Report: Dont'a Hightower could return as soon as Week 3.
  • Adam Kurkjian Patriots Notebook: Phillip Dorsett hopes to play Sunday.
  • Bob Socci's Notebook: How the Pats kept calm amid a few seconds of panic.
  • Ryan Hannable saw a fired-up Bill Belichick in the locker room after the win.
  • Doug Kyed reports the Patriots worked out six free agents, including DL Datone Jones.
  • The ProJo sports staff picks five possible additions to the depleted Patriots receiving corps.
  • Ron Borges issues his Patriots Report Card: Week 2. The Saints defense "couldn't stop a leaf blowing across the lawn."
  • Ryan Hannable highlights Bill Belichick on WEEI yesterday, discussing the win over the Saints and explaining (in detail) the headset issues in New Orleans.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Bill Belichick mentioned how he feels the team could have been much better in pick-route defense.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Tom Brady full interview with Jim Gray - "Anytime someone leaves the game, it's serious."
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Best of social media: Week 2 Patriots vs. Saints.


  • Mike Tanier (Bleacher Report) Be careful, NFL: Tom Brady is in trouble, and that's when he's at his best.
  • CBS This Morning (CBS News) What does Tom Brady eat? How the star stays on the field in his 40s. (4.34 min. video)
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) At 40, Tom Brady is not acting his age.
  • Hank Gargiulo and Seth Walder (ESPN) Best and worst QBs of Week 2: Tom Brady returned to his old self against the friendly Saints defense.
  • Brian Burke (ESPN) The plays that swung week 2: A Gronk game-breaker. A dazzling scramble TD. A missed game-winning FG. ...
  • Analysts (Football Outsiders) Audibles at the Line: Week 2.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( The Debrief, Week 2: Soaring AFC West is 2017's division to beat.
  • Jason B. Hirschhorn (Sports on Earth) Two-win teams: Real or fake news?
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Yes, not many 0-2 teams make the playoffs.
  • Dan Hanzus ( Ten GIFs that help us understand Week 2 in NFL. /Eh.
  • Sara Jane Harris (Sporting News) All the jokes after Eli Manning gets sacked by a 'ghost'. /Hey, at least when Peyton did it he turned it into a play.
  • Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) Why an NFL franchise in London isn't necessary.
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) NFL television ratings: No one is winning argument over what's going on with viewership.
  • Ian Casselberry (Awful Announcing) ESPN reportedly wanted to bring back Ron Jaworski, but Disney wouldn’t allow it.
  • Andrew Brandt (SI) Roger Goodell doesn't have to worry about his job security.