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New England Patriots links 8/16/18 - Preseason Week 2: Patriots vs. Eagles

Daily news and links for Thursday

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Chicago Bears v New England Patriots
Cyrus Jones on a make-or-break mission
Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images



  • Kevin Duffy gives us five things to watch tonight vs. Eagles. 1. Passing game woes.
  • Michael Hurley tells us what to watch for from the Patriots tonight: There’s a lot going on with the cornerbacks.
  • Phil Perry shares what he’ll be watching for from Tom Brady in his first game action since the Super Bowl. 1. Playing time.
  • Mark Farinella notes that no one (outside of Lane Johnson) is looking at tonight’s game as a Super Bowl rematch. Jason McCourty is well aware it’s about winning a job.
  • Michael Hurley notes Tom Brady revealed that his after-practice work had more to do with developing stamina than with leading by example.
  • Kevin Duffy offers his post-training camp impressions of each position. This hasn’t been the sharpest camp for Chris Hogan; Deatrich Wise is a beast; More.
  • Doug Kyed feels the Patriots currently have more questions than answers on their cornerback depth chart.
  • Mark Farinella spotlights Cyrus Jones, who knows he’s fighting for his football life this preseason.
  • Matt Dolloff relays Tom Brady on why New England can’t just bring in any receiver and have success. ‘Pure talent isn’t as important as other, more intangible qualities, like adaptation and chemistry’.
  • Mike Reiss sees Rob Gronkowski as an ‘old-school tight end in a modern game,’ who could threaten records set by Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzales and Jason Witten.
  • Rich Garven mentions how the Patriots are bringing Nate Ebner along slowly, after his ACL tear last season.
  • Tom E. Curran says Jalen Ramsey is right: The Jags shouldn’t have turtled vs. the Pats.
  • Phil Perry highlights roster long-shot DB Eddie Pleasant: Is his special teams role is enough to win him a job in New England?
  • Ryan Hannable updates us with how Danny Etling is making progress learning the offense.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Wednesday Patriots Notebook: Jags waiter trolls Pats fans; ‘Tom vs. Time’ is over.
  • 98.5 Sports Hub notes Titans RB Dion Lewis is running with the storyline that “obviously” the Patriots didn’t want him or think he was good enough to be there.
  • Ryan Hannable profiles assistant QB coach Jerry Schuplinski, who flies so far under the radar that most probably have no idea who he is, but who can be credited with developing Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Patriots remain Super Bowl favorites.
  • Alex Reimer reviews the new deflategate book that provides a greater understanding of that 2-year ‘interminable saga.’