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New England Patriots links 6/08/18 - Extreme Edelmania!

Daily news and links for Friday

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  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Instant observations from Day 3 of Patriots minicamp: Again, Bill Belichick sent the Tom Brady-led offense for a lap during full-speed 11-on-11 drills. It looked like Phillip Dorsett and Jordan Matthews miscommunicated on a substitution.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Thursday minicamp observations: Brady had an up-and-down day; RBs got a lot of work in the passing game; Dwayne Allen was limping towards the end; More.
  • Kevin Duffy Patriots minicamp Day Three: Jordan Matthews is the first one on the field, last one off
  • Kevin Duffy shares his post-minicamp observations and thoughts on 25 players: Rob Gronkowski and Jacob Hollister dominate minicamp.
  • Rich Thompson calls attention to the personal battle between Patrick Chung and Rob Gronkowski that both credit to helping them get better on the field.
  • Henry Mckenna (PatriotsWire) Patriots giving undrafted CB J.C. Jackson a surprising opportunity at minicamp.
  • Mike Reiss hears from Tom Brady that his absence from OTAs was personal, had nothing to do with Bill Belichick with whom he has ‘a great relationship.’
  • Tom E. Curran notes Tom Brady didn’t say a lot in his presser yesterday, which leaves Curran a lot of leeway to fill in the blanks.
  • Michael Hurley notes Tom Brady is entering truly uncharted territory, which would be to have a great season at age 41.
  • Tanya Ray Fox (PatriotsWire) Tom Brady downplays rumored tension with Bill Belichick.
  • Mike Reiss suggests it would be a good idea for Tom Brady to cram in extra time with his other receivers.
  • Ryan Hannable talks about what an Edelman suspension would mean for the team.
  • Ross Gienieczko profiles receiver Riley McCarron, one of the only true slot receivers the Patriots have at this point, and mentions that now he has an opportunity.
  • Doug Kyed wonders if Riley McCarron can step up after learning from the best slot receivers.
  • Karen Guregian points out the Patriots have a backup plan for Julian Edelman’s absence. ‘They always have a plan.’
  • Michael Hurley warns how Julian Edelman’s suspension could hurt the team pretty badly in September.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) 5 Patriots who will help replace Julian Edelman.
  • Phil Perry looks at how the Patriots offense will adapt without Edelman.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Julian Edelman’s suspension means Tom Brady should absolutely attend OTAs.
  • Tom E. Curran reports that according to two sources, Julian Edelman’s positive PED test had nothing to do with anything he was advised to take by his trainer, Alex Guerrero.
  • Karen Guregian relays TB12 trainer Alex Guerrero’s reaction to the news of Julian Edelman’s suspension.
  • Alex Reimer goes out alone on a Boston-media limb to assert that it’s ridiculous to link Julian Edelman’s alleged PED use to the TB12 Method. Calls the empty speculation ‘cowardly’. /Good for you, Alex.
  • Dave Brown snarks out those in the media who have already linked (i.e. asking ‘valid questions’) Julian Edelman’s possible suspension with TB12 and Alex Guerrero’s conceivable drug ring.
  • Bill Speros writes that with the Edelman PED bust, “the rumblings and passive-aggressive social media antics we enjoyed in the offseason between Bradyburg and Belichickovia are officially the good old days.”
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Instant analysis of Julian Edelman’s reported 4-game suspension.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights WEEI guest Adam Schefter: Edelman’s positive test was very recent, and he is appealing it.
  • Rob Bradford brings up the PED double standard that exists between the NFL and MLB. /I thought headline referred to the NFL double standard between Peyton Manning and every other player.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Tom Brady says all the right things at finish of minicamp; More.
  • Doug Kyed addresses his Patriots Mailbag: Who will replace Julian Edelman in various roles?


  • Riley McAtee (The Ringer) Julian Edelman is suspended for four games, but the Pats should be fine: Though New England’s receiver corps looks frighteningly thin, the team is set up to succeed without strong wideouts.
  • Dan Graziano (ESPN) Potential Julian Edelman replacements: Whom Pats could target?
  • Kalyn Kahler (SI) Edelman suspension adds fuel to the Brady/Belichick Alex Guerrero feud.
  • Don Banks ( Snap Judgments: NFL offseason program. “Things seem a little awkward in Pittsburgh again, what with Ben Roethlisberger this week explaining away his skipping six of the Steelers’ OTA sessions by offering the following excuse: “If coach (Mike Tomlin) asked me to be here every day, I would be here every day, but they haven’t asked me to do that,’’ according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.”
  • Jonathan Jones (SI) Predicting every NFL team’s 2018 season record. Patriots 13-3.
  • Anthony Gulizia (ESPN) NFL Census: Finding the league’s biggest outliers.
  • Mike Freeman (Bleacher Report) What has happened to Roger Goodell? “Once acting scared.”