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New England Patriots links 8/08/18 - Decker on deck to be ‘major contributor’ this season

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Daily news and links for Wednesday

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Eric Decker makes the catch vs. Eric Rowe in the AFC divisional playoff game last January.
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TEAM TALK

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  • Kevin Duffy tells us what to know about training camp, Day 10: Busy day for Danny Etling.
  • Matt Dolloff‘s Tuesday Training Camp notes: DE Trey Flowers warmed up with the team, but later moved to the lower field with other limited players. His only documented injury so far has been a cut on his head, which he said required three stitches.
  • Phil Perry send another Postcard from Camp, Day 10: Back at it in the heat.
  • Doug Kyed’s training camp observations: Young cornerbacks continue to stand out.
  • Andrew Callahan’s notes from training camp: Secondary gets healthy under brutal heat; More.
  • Karen Guregian hands out training camp awards for Day 10: Stud of the day, Braxton Berrios.
  • Andrew Callahan says the grind of camp has hit, hard, and the rookies are looking forward to proving themselves in Thursday’s preseason opener.
  • Tom E. Curran says 7th-round draft pick Danny Etling has a long way to go, but he got on the right track yesterday.
  • Kevin Duffy writes if any off-the-street receiver is equipped to handle the transition to the Patriots’ complex offense, it’s Eric Decker.
  • Evan Lazar examines Eric Decker’s 2017 film from the Titans to see how he can contribute this season here.
  • Mike Reiss notes Eric Decker has only been here for five days and two practices but it’s enough for him to draw links between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
  • Ryan Hannable explains why he believes Eric Decker will be a major contributor for the Patriots offense this season.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Everything Jeremy Hill heard about Tom Brady is true.
  • Zack Cox relays how Rex Burkhead unexpectedly became a punt return candidate.
  • Ryan Hannable wonders if Rob Gronkowski will play in the preseason opener.
  • Karen Guregian reports how the Pats defenders are happy to have leader Dont’a Hightower back healthy and on the field.
  • Ryan Hannable reports Nate Ebner, Cyrus Jones and Jonathan Jones, all of whom started the summer on PUP, returned to the field in full pads.
  • Doug Kyed looks at the 53-man roster locks: Questions remain, thin at LB position.
  • Kevin Duffy Patriots Notebook: Jeremy Hill leaner, ready to fill big-back role; Cyrus Jones, Jonathan Jones and Nate Ebner all were activated off the physically unable to perform (PUP) list; More.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Wednesday Patriots Notebook: Decker happy to be a Patriot; Team works out a CB.
  • Tom E. Curran isn’t happy with ‘the mystifying decision’ to release Malcolm Mitchell.
  • Kevin Duffy notes that the success of the 2018 Red Sox has been noticed by Bill Belichick.

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