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New England Patriots links 9/20/17 - Week 2 cleanup; Moving on to Houston

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Daily news and links for Wednesday

Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots v Atlanta Falcons
Alan Branch needs to find his new groove
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  • Karen Guregian points out a reminder that even Malcolm Butler and Alan Branch have to earn their way onto the field.
  • Ryan Hannable wonders if Malcolm Butler will be the next Jamie Collins.
  • Quick Slants guest Devin McCourty says everyone needs to 'chill' with the speculation on Malcolm Butler. (1.24 min. video)
  • Zack Cox scouts the Texans: Familiar opponent boasts elite defense, woeful offense.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) 5 First Impressions of the Texans: Patriots are favorites in rematch.
  • Mike D'Abate (Cover32) Patriots Week Ahead: Pats head home to host Houston.
  • Mike Reiss revisits the history of Belichick-coached teams facing rookie QBs, noting Deshaun Watson will start against a Patriots team that is 8-0 at home against rookie QBs under Belichick.
  • Evan Lazar calls Foxboro an ugly place for rookie QBs to venture across the line of scrimmage.
  • Stephen Hewitt notes Matt Patricia is impressed with Houston QB Deshaun Watson's speed and ability extend plays.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Expect Pats to bottle up Deshaun Watson.
  • Stephen Hewitt notes Eric Rowe and Jonathan Jones - not Malcolm Butler - get praise from the Pats coaches.
  • Doug Kyed hears that NFL teams are game planning around rookie Deatrich Wise.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Film study: 5 things you may have missed in Patriots' win over Saints.
  • Brent Schwartz (PatriotsWire) AFC East standings and analysis: Patriots remain resilient.
  • Zack Cox mentions how LB David Harris has been glued to the bench so far.
  • DJ Bean throws out a few early trade suggestions for the Patriots to help with depth.
  • Mike Reiss notes Bill Belichick has a "ton of respect" for former Saint Steve Gleason, whom the Patriots coach was able to catch up with following last Sunday's win.
  • Phil Perry reports Phillip Dorsett suffered a knee injury against the Saints, but he's hoping he'll be able to practice this week.
  • Doug Kyed reports the Patriots sign a free-agent safety/punt returner to fill the open spot on the practice squad.
  • Mark Farinella explains that kicking isn't as easy as it looks.
  • Nick O'Malley offers a breakdown of Tom Brady's top 10 passing days, which actually have a bit of variety, including one loss.
  • CSNNE guest Mike Florio says that Tom Brady won't have a farewell tour because he doesn't want anyone to know when his final year will be. (1.15 min. video)