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New England Patriots links 7/05/18 - Edelman returns from suspension for Thursday night game vs. Colts

Daily news and links for Thursday

AFC Championship - Indianapolis Colts v New England Patriots Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images


  • Tyler Sullivan (247Sports) New England Patriots face tall task to win Super Bowl LIII.
  • Kevin Dillon thumbnails ten Patriots with the most to prove at training camp.
  • Devon Clements (PatriotsWire) Patriots comprehensive training camp preview: Deep position battle looms for wide receivers.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Slot Receiver: New England Patriots training camp battles.
  • Ryan Hannable notes the interesting timing of Edelman’s return from suspension, as it will be for a Thursday Night Football game against the Colts.
  • Rachel Bowers examines Julian Edelman’s history against the four teams he’ll miss, highlighting the last time he faced them, and what personnel in the defensive backfield New England will be up against in his absence.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Edelman suspension creates huge hole, opportunity.
  • Michael Hurley explains his theory on the timing of Edelman’s suspension announcement: “the NFL’s joy in overpunishing the league’s best salary cap-era team is outweighed in this instance by the league’s insistence and focus on minimizing any and all stories about PEDs.”
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Ranking top 25 Patriots: No. 17 Sony Michel.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) How tuned into sports radio is Tom Brady?
  • Alison Goldman tells us that yesterday, Tom Brady was celebrating America’s birthday, and his mom’s.
  • NESN posts Tom Brady’s Instagram video as he reacts to seeing a bear in Montana.
  • The Boston Herald announces award-winning journalist Kevin Duffy, who has covered the Patriots for MassLive for the past four years, has been named to lead the Herald’s Patriots beat.
  • Bill Burt notes Michael McCann one of the foremost authorities in the country in sports law, says he will continue teaching his “Deflategate” class at UNH School of Law in Concord this fall.


  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Adrian Clayborn was a “consistent force” during offseason workouts.
  • Hub Arkush (Pro Football Weekly) 2018 CB rankings. No. 10 Stephon Gilmore.
  • Kristopher Knox (Bleacher Report) The most overlooked additions of the 2018 offseason. The Patriots’ trade for Cordarrelle Patterson.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL’s PED policy encourages players to snitch. /Shouldn’t they get punished extra instead for being ‘generally aware’ of another player’s PED use?
  • Jason Fitz (ESPN) Did NFL get Edelman suspension right? (1.28 min. video)
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Fifteen draft picks remain unsigned, including seven of top 10.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Fully-guaranteed NFL deals would result in shorter contracts.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) NFL used third of July afternoon to dump a lot of suspension news.