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New England Patriots links 6/07/18 - Dont’a Hightower sees more aggressive defense under Brian Flores

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  • Kevin Duffy Patriots minicamp Day Two: Secondary shines, heavy emphasis on special teams; More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Wednesday miniamp observations: Tom Brady not as sharp as on Day 1.
  • Doug Kyed’s minicamp observations: It was easy pickins for Tom Brady in his return to the practice field Tuesday. It wasn’t quite as effortless on his second day back.
  • Phil Perry shares some observations from Day 2 of Patriots minicamp: Patriots defense gets disruptive.
  • Zack Cox presents his practice report: Kenny Britt among 5 absent for day 2.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Rob Gronkowski brings the fun back to minicamp; More.
  • Zack Cox provides some notes and nuggets from Day 2 of minicamp: Rob Gronkowski’s arm garners rave reviews; More.
  • Kevin Duffy points out how TE Jacob Hollister stood out at Day 2 of minicamp, and was one of Tom Brady’s most physically imposing targets.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Little-known tight end emerging as dark-horse for Patriots offense.
  • Karen Guregian highlights Dwayne Allen working with Tom Brady after practice, earning encouragement from Brady and trying to change last year’s narrative.
  • Ryan Hannable looks at how Cordarrelle Patterson could have a unique role for the Patriots this season.
  • Mike Reiss notes Dont’a Hightower sees a more aggressive defense under Brian Flores. /crosses fingers.
  • Kevin Duffy is curious why Jason McCourty isn’t practicing with the team at minicamp.
  • Doug Kyed notes that with Jason McCourty out of drills, the Patriots seem to be holding an open competition for the spot across from Gilmore, those snaps have mostly been given to J.C. Jackson, an undrafted free agent out of Maryland.
  • Rich Thompson talks up Ryan Lewis getting his shot to play cornerback for the Patriots.
  • Kevin Dillon gives legs to the story of punters Ryan Allen and Corey Bojorquez embracing competition in minicamp.
  • Phil Perry suggests Rob Gronkowski is tweaking the Patriots by how he never misses the opportunity to mention how much better he feels since he started the TB12 training method with Alex Guerrero.
  • Ryan Hannable says to give Bill Belichick credit for how he’s handled this week with Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski back.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Bill Belichick was frustrated with questions regarding individual players’ progress this spring.
  • Alex Reimer reports Tom Brady posted a video message on Instagram, advocating for the use of reusable straws to help combat pollution and waste.
  • Michael Hurley writes how the Ravens are in trouble (again) with the league again as the NFL strips them of two OTA practices and issues fines to John Harbaugh and Steve Bisciotti.
  • Kevin Duffy reports LeBron James compared the Golden State Warriors to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots after Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals.
  • Adam London shares a spoof public service video from The Herd’s Colin Cowherd on Fox Sports 1: ‘A warning for any NFL player thinking of playing for the New England Patriots.’