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New England Patriots links 11/08/18 - Still hanging on the old corner

Daily news and links for Thursday

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Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan celebrate with Patrick Chung in 2016
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  • Mike Reiss calls attention to how the cornerbacks group has come together in the post-Malcolm Butler era, especially with Stephon Gilmore playing at a Pro Bowl level.
  • Doug Kyed writes Stephon Gilmore’s lock-down cornerback status is on the line every week.
  • Matt Dolloff thinks Stephon Gilmore should continue his shutdown ways against Titans’ Corey Davis.
  • Tom E. Curran says Malcolm Butler saved the Patriots by not taking their offer prior to the 2017 season. Pats final offer: 6-year, $66M contract with $25.5M guaranteed.
  • Matt Dolloff is not a fan of the ‘Belichick was right about Malcolm Butler’ commentary: Butler is struggling in Tennessee, and Belichick was right to move on. But that doesn’t mean he was right to bench him in the Super Bowl.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Julian Edelman brushes off Malcolm Butler’s rough season: ‘He’s a stud’.
  • Mark Daniels noticed that in Bill Belichick’s Wednesday presser he said 1,820 words and none of them were “Malcolm” or “Butler”.
  • Mark Daniels highlights Mike Vrabel on how he used to intercept and torment Tom Brady at practice.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Patriots Film Review: Defense strangles out Pack. “...this has been a defense reborn and they getting better every week. It’s impressive and exciting to watch. Especially the Trey Flowers part of it.”
  • Andrew Callahan reports Trey Flowers is getting a lot of love from NFL coaches.
  • Karen Guregian warns that while James White’s production has been off the charts and critical for Brady and the offense, he probably won’t last at this rate of activity.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Mike Vrabel isn’t underestimating James White.
  • Ryan Hannable believes that with his incentives now out of reach, Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots should focus on having him healthy down the stretch.
  • Adam London relays ex-Browns head coach Hue Jackson on why he believes Josh Gordon is thriving in New England.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Julian Edelman observes it will be ‘kind of funny’ seeing Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan in Titans uniforms.
  • Kevin Duffy Patriots Notebook: Patriots won’t take struggling Malcolm Butler lightly.
  • Kevin Duffy gives us his Wednesday practice report.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Best of social media: Week 10, Packers at Patriots.
  • Mike Reiss explains why the players could be seen wearing ugly orange shorts in the locker room. The old gray ones were being pilfered.