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New England Patriots links 6/21/18 - Welcome first day of summer, aka NFL dead zone

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Daily news and links for Thursday

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Rob Gronkowski prepares to throw out the first pitch before the Red Sox-Giants game at Fenway Park (July 19, 2016)
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TEAM TALK

  • Patriots Playbook: John Rooke recaps the recent Patriots mini-camp and OTAs and looks ahead to training camp. Plus, what player must come up big for team success? Guests: Christopher Price, Ryan Hannable and Erik Scalavino. (2 hour program)
  • Cover 2 Podcast with Don Banks and Nick Stevens. Guests: Phil Savage and Richard Deitsch. (1 hour program)

LOCAL LINKS

  • Ryan Hannable says Tom Brady’s dad was right when he said things are going to end badly for Brady in New England. /Who knew (especially after an MVP season) it would be the local media giving him the bum’s rush?
  • Mike Reiss explains that although a deal for Earl Thomas would be highly unlikely for New England, the Patriots do put a premium on players with similar skill sets.
  • Ryan Hannable notes free agent WR Eric Decker believes he’d be a good fit in New England.
  • CBS Boston posts the newly-released contract info for James Develin and Joe Cardona
  • Ryan Hannable highlights Willie McGinest on an NFL Media podcast with Dave Dameshek, “If [Brady] wins this year, a Super Bowl...I think he will walk off...”
  • Tom E. Curran is ‘wearied’ by Tom Brady’s ‘waffling’ on when he’ll retire, and compares him to Hall of Fame Retirement Waffler Brett Favre. /Curran over-reacts to ‘sooner rather than later’ comment by Brady, AND with the Favre comparison.
  • Alex Reimer feels like he’s being played, trying to figure out Brady and Gronk’s cryptic messages. /The more the media obsesses over every emoji, the more they’ll play the game.
  • Jim Hackett tells Tom Brady, “You owe us two more years, minimum” /Brady doesn’t owe you, or any other fan (no matter how many fan credentials you list to qualify your opinion) squat.
  • Dave D’Onofrio wonders if it’s still fun to be a Patriots fan, after painting it as a torturous existence.

NATIONAL NEWS