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New England Patriots links 9/22/17 - Malcolm Butler owns his slow start

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Daily news and links for Friday

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  • Mike Reiss lauds Malcolm Butler's high level of accountability for not performing "at the level I should be performing at." Butler also expressed confidence that he will return to his previous higher level of play.
  • Jeff Howe reports Malcolm Butler doesn’t know if he’ll regain his starting job Sunday, but he has a pretty strong idea of why he lost it in the first place.
  • Ryan Hannable says now that Malcolm Butler appears to have received the message loud and clear, why look to trade him?
  • Mike Reiss lays out the multiple factors for the Patriots to consider when determining Rob Gronkowski's status for Sunday.
  • Jeff Howe brings up how Rob Gronkowski has a financial incentive to play Sunday against the Texans.
  • Mike Reiss reports the signs are pointing to the Patriots being without RB Rex Burkhead this Sunday.
  • Mark Daniels says Alan Branch is working to get back to his 'peak form'.
  • Phil Perry reminds us the Texans' 'diamond' front was a tough nut for Tom Brady and the Pats to crack in the playoffs, and they'll likely see it again Sunday.
  • Rich Garven talks up promising QB Deshaun Watson and how the Patriots are aiming to keep him boxed in.
  • Mike Reiss hears former Patriots LB Ted Johnson (now hosting a radio show in Houston), break down the Texans: Offensive line, without Duane Brown, has been a problem.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Deshaun Watson’s running ability no surprise to Devin McCourty, defense.
  • Rich Garven Patriots Notes: Injuries force New England to turn to Patrick Chung for punt returns.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: What’s Phillip Dorsett’s upside, role in offense?
  • Ian Glendon and Terrance Biggs (Cover 32) Point/Counterpoint: Whether to move the Raiders-Patriots game.
  • Mike D'Abate (Cover32) Top Ten: Debunking the NFL’s biggest myths.
  • Jim Lazar makes his Week 3 picks. Pats win 30-12.




  • Michael McCann (SI) How does Aaron Hernandez's CTE diagnosis affect a potential lawsuit against the NFL?
  • Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) That Aaron Hernandez had CTE is devastating news for the NFL.
  • Joseph Zucker (Bleacher Report) Aaron Hernandez's fiancee sues NFL, Patriots amid CTE diagnosis.
  • Michael Rosenberg (SI) Don't be so quick to label CTE as the reason for Aaron Hernandez's behavior.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL ratings struggles getting noticed by Wall Street.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Players who drafted memo think NFL can help create positive change. /NFL has enough trouble allowing players free expression on their own cleats.