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New England Patriots links 8/15/18 - Brady ready for preseason debut

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  • Kevin Duffy says Tom Brady is ready to play for as long as he can, beginning with tomorrow’s preseason game.
  • Karen Guregian wants to see all the receivers spend extra time with Brady, like Jacob Hollister has been doing.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots vs Eagles: What to watch for. 1. Ralph Webb and the running game.
  • Andrew Callahan hears from Tom Brady on why tomorrow’s preseason game will be ‘a big test’.
  • Doug Kyed shares his Tuesday camp notes: Ja’Whaun Bentley shines in injury-riddled practice.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Tuesday camp observations: In hot and humid conditions, the intensity level was there, which was aided by one of the larger crowds of the summer.
  • Andrew Callahan’s Observations from camp: Brady primed for preseason debut; Injuries pile up; More.
  • Ryan Hannable picks three things we learned from this year’s training camp: 1. Trent Brown will be starting at left tackle.
  • Andrew Callahan recaps the Patriots 2018 training camp: Best and worst players, performances, and moments.
  • Zack Cox spotlights the winners and losers from this year’s camp.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Tuesday Patriots Notebook: Hightower feeling healthy; Edelman suffers scare; More.
  • Jerry Thornton (Barstool Sports) Belichick and Brady express their mutual love. Now let’s move on.
  • Tom E. Curran claims the Patriots are scared of a long-term commitment to Brady.
  • Doug Kyed notes Tom Brady has high praise for Dorsett, Hollister and Decker.
  • Ryan Hannable sees Eric Decker battling with Riley McCarron and Braxton Berrios for one of the final roster spots at receiver.
  • Phil Perry explains why Eric Decker could get the benefit of the doubt early on while he transitions to the Patriots offense.
  • Ross Gienieczko thinks Mike Gillislee’s margin to make the team is looking very thin.
  • Zack Cox wonders if newcomer Eddie Pleasant could push Jordan Richards off the roster. /Here, let me help.
  • Doug Kyed relays Bill Belichick’s explanation on why the Patriots haven’t filled their 90th roster spot.
  • Matt Dolloff notes Phillip Dorsett left practice early on Tuesday with an apparent injury, but he left the field under his own power and says he’s ‘all right’.
  • Nick O’Malley tracks the rookies: 1st-rounders Sony Michel, Isaiah Wynn sit while late-round gems are shining.
  • Kevin Duffy Patriots Notebook: Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett ‘fine’ after leaving field with non-contact injury; More.
  • Mike Reiss writes about Patrick Chung, a 10-year-old battling cancer and the wristband that links them.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Rob Gronkowski talks finances, How he manages money as professional athlete.


  • Albert Breer (SI) Super Bowl drama still hanging over the Patriots in training camp. /Breer brings up Butler, the (media-driven) Brady-Belichick relationship, Tom vs. Time video, and how Gronk was ‘more reserved’ the day he visited so must be because of the ‘effect his contract situation may have on him as the regular season draws closer.’ WTF?!?
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady sidesteps whether he still plans to play until he’s 45.
  • Zach Berman ( Nick Foles and Tom Brady to meet again as Foles makes preseason debut against Super Bowl opponent.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick won’t respond to Lane Johnson’s comments.
  • Tim McManus (ESPN) Eagles’ Lane Johnson ready to face Patriots, stands by comments. /Tell Johnson no one cares. Seriously.
  • Adam Schein ( NFL’s best defenses in 2018? Jaguars, Vikings absolutely loaded. Patriots 9th. /?!?!
  • Marc Sessler ( Training camp narratives: Separating hype from truth.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) J.J. Watt has “no doubt” about Week 1, won’t share other expectations.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Morning Huddle: Hard Knocks recap. Tyrod Taylor should just coach the Browns.
  • Clay Skipper (GQ) Jalen Ramsey has something to say (about literally everyone). “Q: Who are the quarterbacks, in your opinion, who don’t suck? JR: Aaron Rodgers does not. Tom Brady doesn’t. ...”
  • Leigh Steinberg (Forbes) Helmet rule change: NFL’s next step toward player safety.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFLPA: Kaepernick summary judgment effort “is in the hands of the arbitrator”.