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New England Patriots links 7/31/18 - Belichick puts early emphasis on red zone defense

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  • Patriots 2018 Training Camp schedule: Next open practice Aug. 1.
  • Andy Hart’s Day 5 Blogservations: After two straight days in full pads, the session took place in helmets, shorts and jerseys, with some players wearing their shells (lighter shoulder pads).
  • Paul Perillo posts some news & notes from last night’s in-stadium practice: Plenty of special teams work, including a punt return by Isaiah Wynn; Phillip Dorsett on his offseason strength work: “Trying to be more explosive, being able to get in and out of my breaks...”
  • John Rooke’s View from Above: The ‘grind’ has arrived, and that’s good.
  • Paul Perillo discusses how Tom Brady has ‘found his conviction’ for the 2018 season.
  • Press Conference transcript: Bill Belichick.
  • Angelique Fiske reports there were a special group of people waiting to see Devin and Jason McCourty at Patriots Foundation tent on the far end of the field.


  • Ryan Hannable highlights Monday night’s practice. Play of the day: Danny Etling connected with Devin Lucien for a roughly 50-yard touchdown. Easily Etling’s best throw of camp.
  • Mark DanielsTraining Camp notes: Secondary shines under the lights.
  • Doug Kyed’s Training Camp observations: Rex Burkhead takes on a new role.
  • Phil Perry agrees with Belichick it’s never too early to emphasize the importance of red zone defense at camp.
  • Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) Patriots camp cogitations: Devin Lucien and Jacob Hollister are players who once again look good on the practice fields in July.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Instant observations from Day 5: In 11-on-11 drills, Ryan Lewis, a second-year CB who spent his rookie year on the practice squad, intercepted Tom Brady near the end zone.
  • Zack Cox takes a look at what Bill Belichick’s routine is like for practice, keeping his eye on the coach instead of the players Monday night.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Cordarrelle Patterson bluntly addresses Tom Brady’s high expectations.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Cordarrelle Patterson has been critical of himself, even after an impressive start to camp.
  • Matt Dolloff details Isaiah Wynn showing off some ball skills last night.
  • Mark Daniels notes undrafted DT Adam Butler surprised some people during training camp last year, and he knows he’s got to continue to impress or he’ll be gone.
  • Mark Daniels catches up with Danny Shelton, who is excited to start his new journey with the Pats.
  • Doug Kyed mentions how Bill Belichick is leaving open the possibility of using Danny Shelton as a pass rusher.
  • CBS Boston notes Bill Belichick has some high expectations for second-year players Deatrich Wise and Derek Rivers.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Winners and losers from Week 1 of Patriots’ training camp.
  • Travis Byrd (LastWordOnSports) Patriots X-factors: CB Duke Dawson.
  • Phil Perry spotlights intriguing roster long-shot CB Ryan Lewis.
  • Doug Kyed takes a shot at a 53-man roster projection. Jordan Matthews is odd man out at WR.
  • Ryan Hannable breaks down the 90-man roster, including locks, bubble players and long-shots.
  • Mike Reiss notes Tom Brady has found his conviction to be all-in for the 2018 season.
  • Ty Anderson writes “we’ve entered a scary timeline where winning is not enough. Now, Patriots conspiracy theories must be validated. Tom Brady’s right: This is ridiculous.” /A++
  • Tom E. Curran doesn’t think Brady had a responsibility to address ‘damaging, fact-free speculation about his business’.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots easiest games of 2018.
  • Tanya Ray Fox (PatriotsWire) Malcolm Butler says he still cares about Bill Belichick: ‘No bad blood’.