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New England Patriots links 5/22/18 - Brady has earned the right to skip OTAs

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  • Phil Perry tells us what Tom Brady’s missing at the newest phase of OTAs.
  • Mike Reiss talks about the trickle-down effect on other players from Brady missing OTAs.
  • Tom E. Curran uses the Tom vs. Time series to interpret Brady’s absence as a coach-QB showdown, the likes of which we’ve never seen before. Anyone who doesn’t see it Curran’s way is being ‘willfully obtuse’.
  • Alex Reimer highlights Adam Schefter who says Tom Brady missing OTAs is a ‘red flag’.
  • Logan Mullen recaps Tedy Bruschi on an ‘Overreaction Monday’ segment of ESPN’s NFL Live: ‘Brady’s still going to be there when he has to be... prepared and ready to go.’
  • Mike Reiss points to two possible reasons for Rob Gronkowski’s absence from OTAs, contract and taking care of his body by taking control of his workouts.
  • Karen Guregian talks about the ‘other’ compelling storylines to watch at OTAs: 1. The receiver group.
  • Zack Cox talks up the six offensive players he’ll have an eye on at practice.
  • Doug Kyed thumbnails eight defensive players he’ll be watching at Patriots OTAs, noting the defense will have an easier time out there without Tom Brady.
  • Michael Hurley reviews the NFL Personal Conduct Policy and finds it odd (but not the least bit surprising) the league doesn’t even feel the need to interview Eli Manning after settling his fraud case out of court.


  • James Palmer (Twitter) A contract restructure with Rob Gronkowski is currently being worked on. Per NFL rules, can’t be done until May 24th (1 year from last time he restructured).
  • Eric Edholm (Pro Football Weekly) Tom Brady, Aaron Donald reportedly not showing up for OTAs: But Odell Beckham Jr. is, and Rob Gronkowski might make an appearance ... at some point.
  • Conor Orr (SI) So what if Tom Brady skips Patriots OTAs? He’s earned the right.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL’s not-so-hidden secret: As Brady, Donald and even Beckham know, OTAs don’t matter.
  • Rivers McCown (Football Outsiders) Four Downs: AFC East. Patriots biggest need: Edge rusher.
  • Staff (ESPN) NFL OTAs roll call: Brady, Gronk among stars skipping workouts.
  • Steve Palazzolo (Pro Football Focus) Most accurate NFL QBs by pass depth in 2017.
  • Joseph Ferraiola (Inside the Pylon) We’re thinking about QB ceilings all wrong.
  • Steven Ruiz (ForTheWIn) Yes, Julian Edelman has seen Tom Brady cheat on the TB12 diet.
  • Kevin Seifert (ESPN) Are the NFL’s looming rule changes enough to save kickoffs?
  • Kevin Seifert (ESPN) Guide to the NFL owners meetings agenda: anthem, replay, more.
  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) Roger Goodell, NFL ask Congress for ‘uniform standards’ on sports betting.