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New England Patriots links 6/11/18 - Pats running with four OTAs this week

Daily news and links for Monday

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Sony Michel adds competition to the RBs
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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Minicamp ended with Patriots players receiving AFC championship rings; More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Ranking Patriots players who will need to step up most in Julian Edelman’s absence.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, minicamp notes: Injured players from 2017 return; Friday Gronk trade rumors squashed; More.
  • CBS Boston reports Tom Brady is not expected to attend OTAs this week.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Can Flores fix first down D?
  • Phil Perry gives us five minicamp observations: Who’s building momentum?
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Two biggest surprise players from Patriots minicamp.
  • Zack Cox points out the minicamp offensive winners and losers.
  • Doug Kyed picks the defensive winners and losers from mandatory minicamp.
  • Karen Guregian NFL Notes: Tom Brady’s terrific, the Edelman challenge, plus other camp musings.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Mike Gillislee is well aware he has to “bring a little bit more to the table” because the Patriots drafted Sony Michel.
  • Justis Mosqueda (Bleacher Report) 1 Problem every NFL team’s top young player must improve. Patriots: Derek Rivers’ lack of experience.
  • Phil Perry notes that so far, the new-look kick returns have looked like organized chaos. ”It’s going to take a lot. It’s a huge adjustment,” Matthew Slater said.
  • Adam London recaps Willie McGinest on why he believes the Patriots’ defense will thrive this season.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Who’s fueling the Patriots internal dissension frenzy? /Good read.
  • Ryan Hannable gets Rob Gronkowski’s reaction to the Friday trade rumors circling around: “It just shows how much fake news is out there. Hashtag fake news that’s all I know. It’s true. It exists. See it all the time about me. It’s wild.”
  • Kevin Duffy posts a live look at Rob Gronkowski watching Gronkowski the horse at Belmont Stakes.
  • Adam London notes Kyle Van Noy poked his teammates over having fun at practice.
  • Mike Reiss addresses his Patriots Mailbag: Assessing Julian Edelman’s appeal of his suspension; Tom Brady’s mobility in drills; More.
  • Kevin Duffy passes along a report that Julian Edelman’s positive test was triggered by an unknown substance, and adds, “This is a bit confusing. If the substance was not recognizable, it’s hard to imagine that it is included on the league’s list of banned substances.”
  • Ryan Hannable highlights WEEI guest Mike Florio explaining his latest conspiracy theory: “The Patriots leaked the looming Edelman suspension to ESPN to put pressure on #Tommy to show up for the rest of the OTAs and work with other receivers.”