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New England Patriots links 9/21/17 - Pats need Marcus Cannon’s head in the game

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Daily news and links for Thursday

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Marcus Cannon (now in concussion protocol) was effective blocking against J.J. Watt



  • Tom E. Curran previews the Houston Texans: Houston has the defense and a dynamic rookie QB.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Scouting Report: Texans.
  • Jeff Howe observes that with Houston's premier DE at full health, for the first time in years the Patriots might have a J.J. Watt problem.
  • Mike Reiss highlights the challenge the O-line faces in protecting Tom Brady from the Texans formidable pass rush.
  • Mike Reiss notes this is a bad time for Marcus Cannon to be out of commission (concussion protocol). It puts Cam Fleming into a key role on Sunday.
  • Ryan Hannable explains why the biggest injury concern this week for New England is on the offensive line.
  • Tom E. Curran feels the Texans are perfectly positioned to slow down Brady and the Patriots. "The 'blueprint' is in place".
  • Karen Guregian says the real tests for Tom Brady and the offense will come in these next three games.
  • Ross Gienieczko notes Tom Brady seems wary of the Texans' 'intimate knowledge' of the Patriots.
  • Zack Cox adds Whitney Mercilus to the list of Texans players the Pats are wary of.
  • CBS Boston thumbnails three Texans players (not named J.J. Watt) who could make an impact against the Patriots.
  • Doug Kyed looks at Tom Brady taking full advantage of his speedy new weapons, by rearing back and chucking it deep. He has thrown 21 deep passes already.
  • Mike Reiss gives us an update from the media portion of Wednesday's full-pads practice: Amendola cleared from concussion protocol.
  • Ross Gienieczko notes Jonathan Jones turned heads after a solid performance in New Orleans, and the Pats CB is ready for more opportunities.
  • Phil Perry relays Bill Belichick describing his undrafted free agent strategy: Be honest with the plan, give them a shot.
  • Jerry Thornton (Barstool Sports) The crack in the Mexico City Stadium is fake news, but the NFL should move the Pats-Raiders game anyway.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Rob Gronkowski a non-participant at practice; or was he?; NFL is assessing conditions in Mexico; Injury updates.
  • Michael Hurley looks at Wes Welker's history to speculate on what may be happening with Malcolm Butler.
  • Chris Chavez notes that a Roger Goodell clown towel signed by Tom Brady was auctioned off for $6,500 at the Matt Light Celebrity Shoot-Out.


  • Kristopher Knox (Bleacher Report) 7 Keys to victory in Patriots Week 3 matchup. 1. Get Gillislee going early.
  • Chris Chavez (SI) J.J. Watt's finger is broken 'but not bad' ahead of game vs. Patriots.
  • Kevin Patra ( Rob Ninkovich: Pats 'stirring the pot' with benchings.
  • Pete Blackburn (CBS Sports) Tom Brady takes another title away from his nemesis Peyton Manning.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL should be able to use flexible scheduling at any time.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: NFL believes London is ready for team; 2022 Target is doable; More. /Don’t do it!
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) London games have never matched two teams with winning records.
  • Peter King (SI) The MMQB Mailbag: Another perspective on youth football; Ezekiel Elliott fallout.
  • Richard Deitsch (SI) Media Circus: It's early Early, but the NFL is likely concerned with TV ratings decline.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Goodell deal “getting done”.