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New England Patriots links 6/13/18 - Most intriguing roster battle may be around the corner

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Daily news and links for Wednesday

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Eric Rowe breaks up a pass in the AFCCG
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TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Phil Perry analyzes the wide receiver position: The Brandin Cooks trade and Julian Edelman’s four-game suspension have opened doors for new targets.
  • Doug Kyed details how cornerback is the Patriots’ most intriguing roster battle after spring practices.
  • Zack Cox resets the Patriots depth chart.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Pats Posits: BB & his pancakes take us early into the void.
  • Mike Reiss reports Bill Belichick liked what he saw during the Patriots’ offseason program and decided to give his players an early break, canceling the final two OTAs.
  • Ryan Hannable points out there have been multiple years where Bill Belichick canceled the final OTA session, just not two like this year.
  • Karen Guregian notes ‘Robert Kraft yesterday denied a report that he put the kibosh on a trade involving Rob Gronkowski’ and told reporters that he likes his team and the prospects for this season, no matter what people are saying about it.
  • Ryan Hannable tries to connect Brady and Gronk missing the final week of OTAs (which consisted of corn hole at Fenway and the final two sessions called off) to the “speculation of tension” at Gillette. ‘Why else wouldn’t Brady be there?’/insert eye-roll emoji here.
  • Steve Buckley asserts Tom Brady’s choice to spend more time with his family over voluntary OTAs is ‘entitlement’, which is completely against Belichick’s ‘no one has won anything yet’ philosophy. /Or something like that.
  • Ryan Hannable passes along a report that Tom Brady played golf with Phil Mickelson on Tuesday, in advance of the U.S. Open.
  • Michael Hurley says that if you’ve been listening to some people over the past five months, you might believe the team is in shambles. He points out that in some cases, the Patriots still look better than a number of teams.
  • Kevin Duffy notes Robert Kraft seems impressed with Rob Gronkowski’s ability to pick a winning horse at the Belmont Stakes.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Johnny Manziel soaked hotel room with wine, drank beers with Gronk in Patriots pre-draft visit.
  • Adam London passes along a ‘no specifics’ rumor from Chris Simms (Bleacher Report) that people around the league ‘have been suspect’ of Julian Edelman for a long time.
  • Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry post their latest Quick Slants podcast: Kraft calls rumors of Gronk trade ‘a bunch of hogwash’ (27.04 min. podcast)

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