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New England Patriots links 8/30/18 - Preseason Week 4: Patriots at Giants

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NFL: Super Bowl LII-Philadelphia Eagles vs New England Patriots
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  • Kevin Duffy suggests five things he’ll be watching for tonight. 1. Who’s playing and who’s sitting out.
  • Oliver Thomas (Forbes) Five Patriots to watch in final preseason audition. 1. QB Danny Etling.
  • Andrew Callahan picks 5 players to watch, 3 questions to answer and expected player absences.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Giants preseason finale, 5 things to watch: Who’s starting offense, defense.
  • Zack Cox gives us eight players to watch vs. Giants tonight.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Bill Belichick seemed to indicate that for some players a strong showing tonight could go a long way.
  • Mark Daniels will be expecting the unexpected when the Patriots finalize their roster.
  • Matt Dolloff wonders about the Patriots adding a potential impact receiver before finalizing their 53-man roster.
  • Matt Dolloff talks about the battle at punt returner, a tough decision that could come down to the candidates’ ability to do things other than return punts.
  • Rich Garven profiles second-year DE Eric Lee and his efforts to earn a spot on the roster.
  • Jim Hackett points to the Patriots acumen in finding great value in others’ trash, for clues on how they will approach finding the QB of the future.
  • Michael Hurley says the Patriots’ uncertainty in 2018 is somewhat of a welcome throwback to the 2008 season.
  • Mark Daniels writes Patriots receivers coach Chad O’Shea loves a challenge, and he’ll have a big one when the regular season starts.
  • Ryan Hannable looks at some recent Twitter comments from Dez Bryant that show he won’t be coming to New England (or any city) any time soon. “I just have to take care of me first.” “I will play ball this year just might be a lil bit later in the year.”
  • Mike Reiss tells the story of how Jacob Hollister turned an ex-Giant into a Patriots fan.
  • Alex Reimer is worried because even the Jets have a long-term plan at QB but the Patriots do not.
  • Steve Buckley tells everyone not to get so hung up on ‘old-man Tom Brady being a little cranky’.
  • Kevin Duffy Patriots Notebook: Rookie RB Sony Michel returns to practice field in limited fashion.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: Would acquired wide receiver actually make sizable impact?


  • Austin Knoblauch ( What to watch for in Week 4 of NFL preseason. Patriots: Jason McCourty’s uneven play, Mike Gillislee odd man out, Brandon Bolden on the bubble, Nicholas Grigsby could cost Marquis Flowers his job, Cyrus Jones trying to earn his spot.
  • Kevin Patra ( Trent Brown’s ‘dynamic skills’ secured starting LT job.
  • Charles R. McDonald (SB Nation) There’s a secret sauce to creating big plays: Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, and more of the biggest playmakers tell how they get all that yardage.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( NFL roster bubble watch: Potential cut candidates, trade targets. Mike Gillislee and Malcom Brown mentioned.
  • Mark Inabinett ( Cyrus Jones aims ‘to make the most of’ Patriots’ preseason finale.
  • Albert Breer (SI) The Bridgewater trade showed that the Jets’ QB strategy worked; MMQB Mailbag.
  • Adam Wells (Bleacher Report) Jalen Ramsey criticizes Rob Gronkowski, More, Praises Tom Brady, Antonio Brown.
  • Analysts ( 2018 NFL season award predictions. MVP: Brady gets 2 out of 22 votes. Coach of the Year: Belichick tied for first with Pat Shurmur with 3 votes.
  • NFL Media experts ( Record projections for all 32 NFL teams in 2018. (17 min. video) 3 pick 12-4, 2 pick 11-5.
  • Jonathan Jones (SI) The Morning Huddle: Examining Jerry Jones’s argument to adjust the length of the NFL preseason and regular season.
  • Adam Stites (SB Nation) How the NFL can help save itself from itself.
  • Jonathan Jones (SI) Packers make Aaron Rodgers the NFL’s highest-paid player.
  • Michael McCann (SI) Explaining the insider trading case against Mychal Kendricks.