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New England Patriots links 8/14/18 - Will Patriots defense ever strike fear in opposing QBs?

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Washington Redskins v New England Patriots
Dont’a Hightower sees some action in preseason Week 1
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  • Karen Guregian states that quarterbacks don’t fear the Patriots defense, and the team has a long way to go to change that image. /My grandmother doesn’t fear the Pats’ defense.
  • Alex Barth (CLNS) Patriots training camp notebook: For the few fans who made it out to Foxboro in the damp and muggy conditions, they got a treat, as the team spent most of the day on 11-on-11 drills with a heavy workload for Tom Brady.
  • Zack Cox offers up some notes and nuggets from Day 13 of Camp: Tom Brady caps frustrating practice (his receivers dropped a staggering 10 passes) with impromptu punt.
  • Andrew Callahan passes along his camp notes from Monday: Mixed results from Tom Brady on sloppy passing day; Player of the day: CB J.C. Jackson; More.
  • Dan Roche’s Camp observations: Receivers struggle; Angry Brady punts ball; On one run play, Gronk leveled d-lineman Keionta Davis. One of the many great things about Gronk is his ability to run block.
  • Andrew Callahan notes the passing game is still seeking rhythm as training camp nears the midpoint.
  • CBS Boston passes along a Mike Reiss report of a Julian Edelman potential injury scare at yesterday’s practice.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Eric Decker won’t make excuses for bout of drops.
  • Doug Kyed mentions Devin Lucien appreciates the ‘clean slate’ Bill Belichick give players.
  • Matt Vautour notes Deatrich Wise says the Super Bowl is “in the back of our minds” as the Patriots get set to face the Eagles on Thursday.
  • Kevin Duffy observes how Dont’a Hightower is pushing himself to shake off ten months of injury rust.
  • Matt Vautour sees Dont’a Hightower setting an example at camp, as he rounds back into form.
  • Phil Perry highlights intriguing roster long-shot OL Cole Croston.
  • Kevin Duffy Patriots Notebook: Wynn ‘anxious’ to get going; Davis pushing for roster spot.
  • Michael Hurley discusses a Kyle Shannahan interview where explains how Tom Brady can affect an opponent’s playcalling ... and lead to blown 28-3 leads.
  • Mike Reiss notes Tom Brady said in his morning call-in to WEEI that he and Bill Belichick are aligned: ‘We’re here to win.’
  • Ryan Hannable posts some quotes from Brady’s WEEI interview this morning, indicating he’d like to play beyond the 2019 season.
  • Ryan Hannable recaps Bill Belichick’s first WEEI interview of the season: “Any relationship is going to evolve over [19 years]”.
  • Adam London highlights James White on the best way to earn Brady’s trust: “Just try to learn the offense as fast as possible. Try not to make the same mistakes, and when you get those reps, show everyone you can do those things and do them at a high level every time...”
  • CBS Boston reports Robert Kraft gave out 200 beds to children in need.
  • Ryan Hannable hears from Matthew Slater on how the team will approach the national anthem this year: Players will all stand in a line.
  • Andrew Callahan points out how an Eagles fan bought a billboard near Gillette Stadium to troll the Patriots. /Except Pats fans are laughing at it instead.
  • Michael Hurley offers five ways the Eagles could’ve better trolled the Patriots with that billboard. /Just wasn’t a championship effort.