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New England Patriots links 6/18/18 - More ‘Brady: The end is near’ dissections? Just kill me now

Daily news and links for Monday

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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Bill Belichick is like a walking encyclopedia of football knowledge and eager to share his wisdom with his players. /Interesting nuggets this week.
  • Matt Dolloff Sunday Shift: Julian Edelman’s PED suspension comeback has no precedent.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots News, AFC East Notes: Robert Kraft showed why Patriots Nation is a special group of people; Pats taking cautious approach with Malcolm Mitchell; More.
  • Karen Guregian NFL Notes: Rodney Harrison knows Julian Edelman’s plight.
  • Rich Garven suggests the summer break is a good time for Pats fans to take a deep breath, and step back from the ledge that is the possible crumbling of the Patriots dynasty. /Not the fans’ fault being force-fed the ‘news’ about that very subject by him and his peers daily.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots 53-man roster projection, 1.0.
  • Ryan Hannable believes that ‘now more than ever it seems Bill Belichick will outlast Tom Brady with Patriots’.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Tom Brady calls Bill Belichick a mentor, but acknowledges they don’t agree on everything. They “have one of the most fascinating relationships in sports -”
  • NBC Sports Boston headlines Tom Brady with Oprah: “There’s definitely an end coming...”
  • Ryan Hannable reports Tom Brady admits retirement is coming ‘sooner, rather than later.’ /My response: Obviously. Media response: OMG Brady forced the team to trade Jimmy and now he might retire in a few years!!!
  • Kevin Duffy notes Tom Brady explained to Oprah that the Patriots had “really good, healthy conversations” last season when discussing national anthem demonstrations.
  • Karen Guregian notes Tom Brady tells Oprah he stopped fighting Deflategate because he knew he ‘couldn’t win’.
  • NBC Sports Boston relays former Patriot LB James Harrison says he has no problem with the Patriots culture. “Why does it matter?” /Good question.
  • Devon Clements (PatriotsWire) Analysis: Christian Hackenberg makes sense for the Patriots.
  • Report (AP) New England Patriots players to moderate district attorney candidates’ talk.


  • NFL Nation (ESPN) Surprise offseason standouts to know for all 32 NFL teams. Patriots: CB J.C. Jackson.
  • Field Yates (ESPN) Biggest roster decision facing all 32 NFL teams. Patriots: Refurbishing the QB pipeline.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady sees the end coming “sooner rather than later”.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: For Andrew Luck, it all re-starts here.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Baker Mayfield headlines list of 26 unsigned 2018 draft picks. Patriots: OL Isaiah Wynn and RB Sony Michel.
  • Brad Gagnon (Bleacher Report) Every NFL team’s biggest mistake of the past decade. Patriots: Trading Jimmy G. /C’mon man, do the math if they didn’t...
  • CBS Sports HQ (CBS Sports) Patriots mismanage QB situation. (2.41 min. video)
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Why don’t fans support players who want more?
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFLPA waits for right opportunity to fight confidentiality breaches.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) The odd coaching disconnect regarding offseason workouts.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Mike Pereira: Calling the new helmet rule inside the tackle box will be almost impossible.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Mike Pereira: If the new rules don’t reduce concussions, the kickoff is gone.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Are kickoff changes a step toward scrapping the play?
  • Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports) 2018 NFL supplemental draft: Breaking down the three prospects that could be selected.
  • Grant Cohn (Press Democrat) 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo struggles during minicamp.
  • Curtis Crabtree (ProFootballTalk) Eagles Super Bowl rings contain ode in diamonds to ‘Philly Special’. /You won’t find Robert Kraft whining about this like Arthur Blank did last year.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Praising players who played through pain. (12.53 min. video)