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New England Patriots links 8/23/18 - Receiving corps in spin cycle

Daily news and links for Thursday

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Phillip Dorsett



  • Kevin Duffy notes Tom Brady hopes to polish his game and get things together tomorrow night against the Panthers.
  • Nick O’Malley reiterates the importance of preseason games to knock off the rust and get into the regular-season grind.
  • Devon Clements (PatriotsWire) 3 matchups to watch in Patriots vs. Panthers in preseason Week 3. 1. Patriots LBs vs TEs/RBs.
  • Matt Dolloff thumbnails ten players on the bubble to watch against the Panthers.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Panthers Week 3, what to watch for: Newton presents first test against a mobile quarterback.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots wide receivers will be the focus of Preseason Week 3: Who will establish themselves as a reliable weapon?
  • Doug Kyed is amazed at how the receiver depth has vanished. and that the hope now is on Dorsett or Decker, or that Patterson is able to finally become a starting-caliber receiver.
  • Mike Reiss reports the decision to release Kenny Britt wasn’t a major surprise, as the receiver had not taken part in a full practice in training camp after injuring a hamstring in minicamp.
  • Phil Perry observes that while Kenny Britt’s release isn’t a surprise, he seemed to have an edge to stay because the “rest of the Patriots receiving corps is in relatively dire straits”.
  • Nick O’Malley considers the release of Kenny Britt a surprise roster cut, leaving an even more depleted receiver corps heading toward Week 1.
  • Ryan Hannable looks at what the Kenny Britt release means for the receiver position.
  • Andrew Callahan says NFL’s cutdown day looms more than a week away, and no Patriots position group will be better prepared for all its ugliness and change than the WRs.
  • Ty Anderson thinks it’s time to bring Dez Bryant to New England.
  • Rich Garven believes the Patriots are counting on Phillip Dorsett to fill a bigger role.
  • Zack Cox notes the ways Julian Edelman hopes to help his teammates prior to his suspension.
  • Andrew Callhan highlights Tom Brady on building trust with his receivers - a process that happens on and off the field.
  • Ross Gienieczko puts the focus on the hot competition at offensive tackle.
  • Doug Kyed sees Eric Rowe fending off competition at cornerback with his play this summer.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Bill Belichick explains why “every team needs” a player like Eric Rowe.
  • Mark Farinella talks up the pressure on 2nd-round pick CB Duke Dawson.
  • Matt Dolloff updates his 53-man roster projection after the Kenny Britt release.
  • Ross Gienieczko highlights Bill Belichick speaking on depth and trading out of the division.
  • Michael Hurley gently suggests that it’s still far too early to anoint Jimmy Garoppolo as a surefire success in the NFL.
  • D.J. Bean wants more people on the “Jacoby Brissett trade stunk” bandwagon.
  • Kevin Duffy Patriots Notebook: Wideout Kenny Britt surprisingly released.
  • Doug Kyed addresses his Patriots Mailbag: Should New England sign Dez Bryant?
  • Kevin Duffy gives us the latest practice attendance update.
  • Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) Is the new “use of the helmet rule” going to change the NFL?