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New England Patriots links 5/16/18 - Rookies add run-stopping toughness to defense

Daily news and links for Wednesday

NCAA Football: Big Ten Media Days
Patriots rookie LB Ja’Whaun Bentley
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  • Karen Guregian notes the Pats will be playing some of the top rushing teams in the league and says the rookie linebackers could bring some much-needed toughness for 2018.
  • Ryan Hannable explains how New England’s Day 3 selections Ja’Whaun Bentley and Christian Sam could be vital to this year’s team.
  • Phil Perry takes note of the odd numbers assigned to this year’s rookies, a lesson from the team that they had a long way to go before they earned more permanent digits.
  • Stephen Hewitt helps us get to know versatile, ‘family first’ DB Duke Dawson, who is well aware that ‘everything is earned, not given.’
  • Zack Cox finds rookie DB Duke Dawson ‘entering his NFL career with no expectations. A strong training camp could earn him a spot as the Patriots’ third cornerback to begin the season, but he knows he’ll have to earn any playing time he receives’.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Duke Dawson already sounds like a Patriot: ‘Open ears, closed mouth’.
  • Mark Farinella laments that the team apparently got to rookie LB Ja’Whaun Bentley before he could tell any interesting stories. “I’m just excited to come out here and do what I’ve got to do to help the team.”
  • Doug Kyed notes Ja’Whaun Bentley has his head in the right place mere days into his NFL career — buried in the playbook.
  • Doug Kyed thinks rookie LB Christian Sam could play a significant role in the Patriots’ defense this season, but he knows he has some ground to cover first.
  • Zack Cox reminds us that the Patriots are set to return several key players after an injury-filled 2017.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Dwayne Allen wants a bigger role this year.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Josh McDaniels touts Danny Etling’s work ethic, aptitude during rookie minicamp.
  • Tyler Sullivan (247 Sports) Darren Andrews clears waivers, lands on Patriots reserve list.
  • Michael Hurley adds his take on Eagles’ Lane Johnson continuing to hate the Patriots.
  • Michael Hurley determines that integrity matters to the NFL more than anything else. Except for the times when it doesn’t.
  • Don Banks passes along a report that says a new national anthem policy is no longer expected to emerge at next week’s NFL spring owners meeting.