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New England Patriots links 7/04/18 - Independence Day edition

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The Declaration of Independence: Full text.


  • Paul Perillo tackles this week’s Ask PFW Mailbag: Brady’s behavior, leadership; Belichick’s sons; Nick Foles’ motivation for Brady comments; More.
  • John Rooke’s View from Above: Three questions, but do they all have the right answers?
  • Angelique Fiske reports Gronk gets golden cleats for his ‘99’ Madden rating.


  • Karen Guregian reports Julian Edelman will indeed be grounded the first four games of the 2018 season. The suspension will cost him roughly $1 million.
  • Ryan Hannable points out how the loss of Edelman impacts more than just the WR position. “What may be harder to replace is a punt returner.”
  • Phil Perry talks about what’s next for Julian Edelman, now that his appeal has been denied.
  • Ian Glendon (FullPressCoverage) NFL denies Julian Edelman’s appeal. “This could be a blessing in disguise...”
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Patriots training camp battle preview: Defensive end.
  • Devon Clements (PatriotsWire) Patriots comprehensive training camp preview: Linebackers.
  • Tanya Ray Fox (PatriotsWire) PFF rates Patriots linebacking corps as team’s biggest weakness.
  • Andrew Lykins (BostonSportsExtra) Ten Patriots that need to have the eye of the tiger: Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Ryan Hannable is putting together his all-time Bill Belichick Patriots team: Tight end.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Ranking top 25 Patriots: No. 18 Jason McCourty.
  • Tanya Ray Fox (PatriotsWire) Matthew Slater visited Brad Stevens, Danny Ainge at Celtics facilities.
  • Tanya Ray Fox (PatriotsWire) ranks Matt Patricia highest among rookie head coaches in 2018.
  • Darren Hartwell notes Tom Brady wasn’t too happy with his golf game during a family outing.


  • Oliver Thomas (Forbes) How much production will Patriots be missing during Julian Edelman’s absence?
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Edelman’s suspension was upheld by a truly independent arbitrator. /says opinionated writer Florio, who emphasizes arbiters’ credentials only in this particular case.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Julian Edelman to miss AFC title game rematch, Matt Patricia reunion.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Rob Gronkowski feels “super ready”.
  • Mike Freeman (Bleacher Report) 10-Point stance: Why NFL super teams never work.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) Russell Okung argues for NFL guaranteed contracts, but will players strike to get them?
  • Curtis Crabtree (ProFootballTalk) Ben Roethlisberger says it’s a fine line to walk preparing his body for 15th season with Steelers.
  • Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (USA Today) How far can Jimmy Garoppolo lead San Francisco as starter?
  • Staff ( Madden ‘19 rookie ratings. Sony Michel: 77.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Jason Pierre-Paul posts graphic pictures of his hand as a fireworks warning. /Show pics to friends who are about to do something stupid.
  • AP Report: More than 100 phony Super Bowl rings seized, including Patriots.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL likely hopes to force Kaepernick to put his cards on the table.