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New England Patriots links 8/07/18 - Kyle Van Noy convinced defense is ‘sneaky quiet’ good

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Atlanta Falcons v New England Patriots
Kyle Van Noy believes in this year’s defense
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  • 98.5 Sports Hub guest Jeff Howe believes the lack of joint practices could be a big reason why Bill Belichick is taking a slower, lighter approach to training camp.
  • Karen Guregian finds it hard not to like Kyle Van Noy’s ‘conviction to prove people wrong about the defense. Beneath that fight, he’s expressing an excitement over how the team has moved on, how they’ve come together under Flores, and what they might bring to the table this year with a few new players and a few new wrinkles.’
  • Mike Reiss resets the depth chart at wide receiver and adds some thoughts on each one on the roster.
  • Ryan Hannable is concerned the Patriots don’t have many receivers who have extended time working with Tom Brady, and that will affect the timing that the passing game relies on.
  • Kevin Duffy spotlights Cordarrelle Patterson and how he’s using a new offseason regimen in an effort to make the leap from special teams standout to consistent wide receiver.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Cordarrelle Patterson making a habit of logging catch-of-the-day.
  • Zack Cox says Malcom Mitchell’s legacy with the Pats will be defined by unfulfilled potential.
  • Kevin Duffy talks about the Patriots release of the oft-injured Malcolm Mitchell.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Bill Belichick says Malcolm Mitchell ‘did everything he could’ before release.
  • Conor Ryan posts Malcolm Mitchell’s heartfelt goodbye to the Patriots on Instagram.
  • Alonso Cervera (tumblr) The case for Kenny Britt. /Good read.
  • Mark Farinella claims that if there’s an early “winner” in this training camp of the Patriots, it very well could be Jacob Hollister.
  • Ryan Hannable looks at what the Sony Michel injury means for him and for the position: Big picture, Michel’s injury isn’t disastrous, but the Patriots certainly hope he can return to the field sooner rather than later.
  • DJ Bean says the best news to come out of training camp is the emergence of Trent Brown as a very good solution at left tackle
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Buzz around Patriots’ left tackle position has gone from calamitous to calm.
  • Nick O’Malley looks at who’s ready for their second-year break out.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Pats Posits: Marcus Cannon has missed 14 games the last three seasons, including nine last year and has been in and out of practice twice already in a week-plus of training camp; More.
  • Mark Farinella Patriots Notebook: Berrios hopes to stick amid changing WR landscape.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Tuesday Patriots Notebook: Huard recalls Brady’s first camp; Van Noy confident.
  • Ben Volin projects the Patriots roster: “Are there actually 53 players worthy of spots?” Includes Patterson ‘more for his special teams prowess’. /I think he’s a bonafide receiver./ Linebacker group classified as “Yuck”.
  • Phil Perry notes Bill Belichick used the Hall of Fame game as a scouting opportunity for the new kickoff strategy.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Here’s a look at Patriots’ 2019 opponents.
  • Dakota Randall notes ESPN ranks the Patriots last in under-25 talent and sees trouble ahead when Tom Brady retires, as the roster isn’t exactly loaded with rising stars.
  • Mark Farinella is a bit miffed he wasn’t served any of Tom Brady’s birthday cake, and even more bothered that the team allows him the GOAT label. “Maybe I’m just a bitter and angry old man, but I still think there’s room for Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas and a few others to warrant consideration in the GOAT sweepstakes. Yes, even Peyton Manning.” /Um... wouldn’t they all have to still be competing to catch up to him?
  • Ricky Doyle highlights ESPN interview with Robert Kraft discussing the dynamic that exists between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. “The job of ownership is to keep continuity when you have something good. I think some people just make change for change’s sake, and I have a rule: We never break something down unless we can put something better in its place. And the Belichick-Brady combo has been pretty good.”
  • Kristen Parker (PatriotsWire) Jerod Mayo’s missing dog found dead in custody of trainer. /So sad.


  • Oliver Thomas (Forbes) Malcolm Mitchell departs from Patriots having left an indelible mark.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Cordarrelle Patterson finally could be making an impact at receiver.
  • Jared Dubin (CBS Sports) 2018 Preseason All-AFC East team: Tom Brady leads a roster stocked with Patriots.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Kyle Van Noy thinks Patriots defense will “show up a lot of people”.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) NFL’s top preseason trade candidates: Who’s on the block. Patriots: Mike Gillislee.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) 10 highly drafted NFL players facing put-up-or-shut-up 2018 season. Patriots: Malcom Brown.
  • Steve Palazzolo (Pro Football Focus) NFL quarterback rankings: PFF ranks for every team’s QB entering 2018.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( NFL training camp winners and losers. Rex Burkhead in the ‘Going up’ section.
  • Kevin Clark (The Ringer) Into the Wildcat: the history of the Wildcat, 10 years later.Steve Palazzolo (Pro Football Focus) NFL quarterback rankings: PFF ranks for every team’s QB entering 2018.
  • Andrew Brandt (SI) Teams have all the leverage on rookie contracts, another topic for future CBA negotiations.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) NFL makes protecting long snappers a point of emphasis for officials. /Have they been in danger?
  • Conor Orr (SI) How bad are Browns’ draft picks compared to the rest of the NFL?
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Hall of Fame’s board of trustee wants to prevent another boycott.
  • Robert Klemko (SI) Ray Lewis and the bubble that has sheltered him.