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New England Patriots links 9/04/17 - No such thing as ‘final’ 53-man roster

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Daily news and links for Monday

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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Charlie Weis on Jacoby Brissett trade: Pats' QB development pays off again.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Sunday news, AFC East notes: Quick analysis on the four trades this weekend.
  • Mike Reiss recaps the three-trade, 38-move dizzying day for the Patriots.
  • Mike Reiss takes a closer look at the Patriots' roster (at the moment) that shows a lighter-than-anticipated group at DE, but a LB corps that can make up the difference.
  • Ryan Hannable offers a quick rundown of all the Patriots roster moves from Sunday.
  • Kevin Duffy analyzes the roster as it stands: Phillip Dorsett trade adds more speed to an explosive offense.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Patriots (Initial) 53-Man roster posits.
  • Kevin Duffy introduces us to OT Cole Croston, a surprising addition to the 53-man roster.
  • Kevin Dillon reports the Patriots signed nine players to their practice squad Sunday, keeping players like D.J. Foster and Ted Karras with the organization.
  • Phil Perry notes Bill Belichick expects more moves and tells new Patriots not to get comfortable.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Belichick: For young players, making the team is like a 'castle in the sand.'
  • Mike Reiss explains the Patriots thinking behind the Brissett-for-Dorsett trade: For the Pats, it's a good example of how they adjust on the fly.
  • Adam Kurkjian details the media portion of a drizzly Sunday afternoon practice: Vincent Valentine, Shea McClellin the only absences; Phillip Dorsett debuts.
  • Karen Guregian remembers when the talk was all about Garoppolo being traded, not Brissett and notes Bill Belichick doesn't seem to be too bothered by his depth at QB.
  • Steve Belestrieri (PatsFans) How will Josh McDaniels and the offense use Phillip Dorsett?
  • Adam Kurkjian notes Devin McCourty likes Phillip Dorsett's vertical threat.
  • Mike Giardi mentions James White and Phillip Dorsett are former high school teammates, and according to White, Dorsett works extremely hard.
  • Karen Guregian reports Chiefs coach Andy Reid is looking forward to opening night with the world champs.
  • Doug Kyed addresses six unanswered questions heading into Week 1 matchup with Kansas City. 1. Who is the "starting" running back?
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: New running back Rex Burkhead says he’s ready to go in opener.
  • Adam Kurkjian Patriots Notebook: Chief's weapons pose big problem.
  • Adam London relays Chiefs LB Justin Houston's plan to deal with Tom Brady: "To hit him."
  • Albert Breer and Phil Perry discuss how the QB situation with the Patriots might be a little awkward and how the door is wide open to walking away from Tom Brady. (1.52 min. video)
  • Doug Kyed thumbnails 11 things we learned about the Patriots from watching 'Do Your Job Part 2'.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) 10 Posits on Do Your Job II: 6. Ernie Adams legend only continues to grow.
  • CBS Boston reports Rob Gronkowski surprised a young fan undergoing chemotherapy, showing up at the dedication of a football field that was painted in his backyard.
  • Joshua Schrock notes Virginia Tech QB is expecting a pep talk from Tom Brady before his first college start.
  • Alex Reimer talks about the Colts' downward spiral since deflategate.
  • Joshua Schrock passes along a blistering stupid hot take on Bill Belichick from NFL Network.


  • Albert Breer (SI) 10 Things I think I think about NFL roster cutdown day: 2. I think the Patriots’ acquisition of Phillip Dorsett is fascinating because he likely projects to play in the slot in New England, and he’s vastly different than the crafty types...that the Patriots have used in that spot over the years.
  • Dan Graziano (ESPN) Wrapping up NFL cut-down day: Trades spice up busy day.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( Cutdown weekend: Patriots, Seahawks highlight uptick in trades.
  • Jonathan Jones (SI) 10 Things I think I think about NFL waver claims.
  • Peter King (SI) Monday Morning QB: Roster cuts, surprising trades and a Super Bowl 52 prediction (Patriots-Seahawks).
  • Jenny Vrentas (SI) Colts' trade for Jacoby Brissett increases speculation surrounding Andrew Luck's injury.
  • Stephen Holder (Indy Star) Insider: Colts have long-term plans for Jacoby Brissett.
  • AP Report - A look at the 2017 Patriots: Strengths, weaknesses and expectations.
  • AP Report - Patriots have undrafted rookies for 14th straight year.
  • Kenneth Arthur (Sports on Earth) NFL Preseason tier power rankings.
  • Will Leitch (Sports on Earth) 2017 NFL previews: The AFC East.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) NFL Preview Week: Which division is the best (and worst) this season?
  • R.J. White (CBS Sports) NFL final cuts: One thing you need to know about every team's initial 2017 roster.
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) Which NFL teams will be the hardest to recognize in 2017?