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New England Patriots links 6/04/18 - Competition expected to intensify at minicamp

Daily news & links for Monday

New England Patriots v New York Jets
does Phillip Dorsett have a shot?
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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Shea McClellan: Two years with Patriots, the best of my career; How Belichick presents the game plan to his team; More. /Good read.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: How will Patriots react when Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski potentially return this week?
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes: Malcolm Mitchell continues to be a no-show after an early appearance at OTAs.
  • Ben Volin Sunday Football Notes: Those Patriots-bashing comments reveal some truths about life in today’s NFL.
  • Karen Guregian NFL Notes: The Patriots are bringing a new look to their offense. It’s a wrinkle that should make them even more deadly in the red zone.
  • Kevin Duffy projects the team’s 53-man roster as we head into minicamp, which runs from June 5-7. Mike Gillislee, Phillip Dorsett, Malcolm Mitchell, Jordan Matthews, Out.
  • Marc James and Matt Chatham discuss the rookies getting their first taste of the Patriot Way at OTAs. (2.15 min. video)
  • Mark Dunphy’s Morning sports update: Kevin Durant explains why Tom Brady’s Celtics pitch didn’t work.
  • NBC Sports Boston reports Rob Gronkowski says he’ll be at mandatory mini-camp this week in Foxboro, but notes Tom Brady still hasn’t ‘confirmed’ he show up.
  • CBS Boston shares the latest buzz: Gronkowski shaves his head in support of cancer patients.
  • Adam London notes Cordarrelle Patterson isn’t nervous about his first season with Bill Belichick.
  • Ben Volin rehashes all the implied Tom Brady dramas over the past year and wonders if ‘order will be restored’ once Brady shows up at minicamp.
  • Ross Gienieczko reports Tom Brady was back on the field, as the designated quarterback for the Best Buddies game at Harvard Stadium.
  • Ryan Hannable posts a video clip of two Best Buddies game highlights: Brady throwing touchdown passes to Julian Edelman and Adam Schefter.
  • Tanya Ray Fox (PatriotsWire) Julian Edelman and James White join Best Buddies Ride in Tom Brady’s absence.
  • Doug Kyed passes along a rumor from Jeff Howe and Albert Breer that Cassius Marsh pitched a fit over playing time during halftime of the Patriots’ Mexico City game, throwing a Gatorade jug.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Reggie Wayne disputes Brandon Brooks’ comments about him leaving New England because it was not fun or it was too hard. ‘The fact is, I was done. It was time for me to retire’.
  • Mike Cole points out how the Steelers have their own OTA drama that no one’s talking about.


  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Dont’a Hightower feeling good, taking “every measure” to avoid another injury.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Dolphins reset, Patriots regroup, NFL recharges.
  • Dan Graziano (ESPN) NFL minicamp primer: Brady, Gronk back on practice field.
  • Kristopher Knox (Bleacher Report) Every NFL team’s to-do list for the rest of the offseason.
  • Justis Mosqueda (Bleacher Report) The biggest risk every NFL team is taking in 2018. Patriots: Inexperience at left tackle.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Reggie Wayne disputes that he left New England because it wasn’t fun.
  • Bucky Brooks ( Dak Prescott DOESN’T need a WR1; Bill Belichick losing players?
  • Jason Gay (Wall St. Journal) Shock claim: Bill Belichick not barrel of laughs.
  • Mike Freeman (Bleacher Report) Deshaun Watson, DeAndre Hopkins ready to become best QB-WR duo in NFL today. /Brady, Edelman: ‘Hold my beer’.
  • Tadd Haislop (Sporting News) NFL’s richest owners. Robert Kraft 6th.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) NFL offers some clarity on new helmet rule.


  • Jerry Thornton (Barstool Sports) It turns out the report about Peyton Manning’s HGH use WAS confirmed. By Peyton Manning’s lawyers.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Al Jazeera claims Peyton Manning’s lawyer confirmed HGH use; Manning denies it.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Peyton Manning’s lawyer did more debunking than confirming of Charlie Sly’s claims. /In Florio’s dictionary, denying = debunking.
  • Will Hobson and Justin Wm. Moyer (Washington Post) [From Feb. 4, 2016] Inside Peyton Manning’s secret investigation into Al Jazeera documentary.
  • Robert Klemko (SI) NFLPA, caught in the middle.
  • Mike Finger (San Antonio Express-News) As first CTE trial begins, former players finally get a voice.