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New England Patriots links 8/17/18 - Overreaction Friday: Defense finds its pass rush

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NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots
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  • Mike Reiss notes the NFL’s reigning MVP picked up where he left off in his preseason debut: Tom Brady led 6 drives, (19-for-26, 172 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs) against the Eagles.
  • Karen Guregian agrees, Tom Brady looked sharp last night. “As usual, Brady made do with what he had in the huddle”.
  • Andrew Callahan recaps a dominant first half that featured stellar Patriot performances on both sides of the ball.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Pass rush, Brady shine in Patriots preseason win over Philly.
  • Phil Perry wanted to see how Brady performed with his new receivers, and was bigly disappointed to see him mostly “play favorites”.
  • Nick O’Malley tells us 10 things we learned from Pats-Eagles as we wonder, ‘Where was this in the Super Bowl?’: Tom Brady shredded Philly and the defense smothered Nick Foles.
  • Phil Perry gives his takeaways from Pats-Eagles: No signs of rust on Brady; Rocky debut for Jason McCourty; Gillislee running out of time?; More.
  • Ryan Hannable shares 10 quick takeaways: 2. It’s pretty clear how the Patriots are going to approach the first four weeks of the season: feed James White and the other RBs.
  • Karen Guregian notes Tom Brady had a lot of praise for his new left tackle, big man Trent Brown.
  • Kevin Duffy highlights the play of Cordarrelle Patterson, who flashed elite athleticism in his opportunities against the Eagles.
  • Ryan Hannable wonders if Cordarrelle Patterson will be able to produce much more than previously thought.
  • Stephen Hewitt finds James White ready to carry more of the offensive load in 2018.
  • Kevin Duffy talks up the Patriots pass rush, which was more effective against Nick Foles this time around.
  • Steve McGuire (LastWordOnSports) Preseason Week 2 impressions: Winners and losers on both sides of the ball for the Pats.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Ja’Whaun Bentley’s stock continues to rise.
  • Doug Kyed wouldn’t be surprised if DE Keionta Davis makes the roster.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Rob Gronkowski sits out of Patriots’ Week 2 preseason game.
  • Tom E. Curran picks his Best & Worst from Pats-Eagles.
  • Michael Hurley posts his Four Ups and Four Downs from last night’s win.
  • Nick O’Malley updates the injury report after carting Isaiah Wynn and his ankle onto the list.
  • Zack Cox relays a Jeff Howe report that Rex Burkhead has been dealing with a slight meniscus tear in his knee, but isn’t expected to miss time.
  • NBC Sports Boston passes along eport that the Patriots are discussing a contract extension with Chris Hogan.
  • Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) Which Patriot tight end is least likely to be with the team in September.
  • Alex Reimer details how the atrocious helmet rule was officiated during last night’s game.
  • CBS Sports Boston reassures that Tom Brady likes his new helmet ‘much better’ than his old one.
  • Michael Hurley lays out why ‘Tom Brady ‘snubbing’ Nick Foles on handshake’ is the dumbest sports story ever.
  • Karen Guregian reports Tom Brady and Nick Foles put handshake issue to bed. /Made-up issue by the media.
  • Phil Perry concludes that the media-created storyline of ‘Brady didn’t shake Foles’ hand after the Super Bowl’ worked because Brady shook his hand last night in front of cameras.