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New England Patriots links 6/14/18 - Number of issues slotted in to be resolved at training camp

Daily news and links for Thursday

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  • Mike Reiss reports an interesting story of how Bill Belichick ‘turned back the clock’ during the final two OTAs this week.
  • Ryan Hannable shares some of his post-spring Patriots thoughts: It was good to see Dont’a Hightower on the field ... It appeared he lost a few pounds, and it’s worth wondering if he gets more snaps at middle linebacker than at defensive end.
  • Karen Guregian calls attention to the issues the Patriots still have to resolve in training camp, beginning with: Who’s in the slot?
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Patriots’ 53-man roster projection: Taking stock of spring practices.
  • Zack Cox gives us 9 things we know (and 8 we don’t) after spring practices: We know there will be a ton of competition at wide receiver, tight end and cornerback this summer.
  • Mark Daniels talks up what looks like will be a fierce competition at the wide receiver position: Cordarrelle Patterson said, “Everybody come in each and every day like their job on the line. That’s what I like about these guys, here everybody compete like it’s their last.”
  • Karen Guregian hears from Jordan Matthews, who joined teammates in the South End Wednesday, as the team’s charitable foundation donated 90 iPads to United South End Settlements. “...We work hard as a team and an organization,” he said. “Any time you have a chance to get time off, it’s good.”
  • Phil Perry analyzes the pre-training camp offensive line position, where Nate Solder’s departure means Trent Brown and Isaiah Wynn will battle for the left tackle spot.
  • Matt Dolloff explains why Shaq Mason is in line for a big payday after the Cowboys’ Zack Martin set the market with a record-breaking deal.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Rickie Fowler: ‘Tom Brady can putt’.
  • NBC Sports Boston posts the promo for Tom Brady’s appearance on Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday”: It’s not a great promo and it doesn’t share much.
  • Adam London notes Jason Whitlock (FOX Sports’ Speak for Yourself) predicts this will be Bill Belichick’s last year with the Patriots.