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New England Patriots links 9/11/18 - Roster moving & shaking following Week 1

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Houston Texans v New England Patriots
Adam Butler makes sure Deshaun Watson is 100% down
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  • Eric Wilbur writes that at least after Week 1, keeping Tom Brady looks like the right decision for the Patriots. /Interesting explanation.
  • Matt Vautour passes along a report from Ian Rapoport that WR Corey Coleman, the 15th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft (Browns) has signed with New England.
  • Mike Reiss enjoyed watching the defense unleash a spirited pass rush in Sunday’s season-opening win, something that was M.I.A. for most of last season.
  • Chad Finn says that all in all, Week one was an encouraging effort from the Patriots defense.
  • Phil Perry’s Film Review: Patriots-Texans. Phillip Dorsett finally is being used correctly.
  • Zack Cox details how Tom Brady and the Patriots pulled off their latest textbook two-minute drill vs. the Texans.
  • Mark Dunphy writes “eight times, J.J. Watt has entered the arena to face New England. Eight times, Watt left in defeat.” Here’s what Watt had to say after the loss.
  • Michael Hurley serves up some leftover Patriots thoughts: Brady and Gronk are still very much Brady and Gronk.
  • Dave Brown is snarkily relieved the Patriots managed to steal a win despite the absence of coveted backups Jimmy G. and Jacoby B.
  • Zack Cox mentions how Phillip Dorsett channeled his inner Cordarrelle Patterson in his breakout game.
  • Phil Perry points out that the Patriots leader in playing time at LB on Sunday was rookie fifth-round pick Ja’Whaun Bentley.
  • Andrew Callahan gives us the snap count analysis from Sunday: Gronk goes the distance, Bentley leads front seven.
  • Doug Kyed notes the Patriots have three open roster spots, and looks at the WRs and RBs available to fill them.
  • Ross Gienieczko Patriots Notebook: Offensive line holds off Texans pass rush.
  • Jared Talbot (FullPressCoverage) Winners/Losers Week 1: Patriots vs Texans.
  • Kevin Duffy issues his Week 1 Patriots report card: Defense makes the grade.
  • Mike Reiss wonders if Dez Bryant’s tweeted interest in playing for the Patriots and love of the game might be enough to set up a get-to-know-you meeting.
  • D.J. Bean wants the Patirots to sign Dez Bryant, says he would be worth the risk.
  • Adam London NFL Rumors: Patriots don’t appear interested in WR Dez Bryant.
  • Thomas Murphy (DiehardBostonSportsFans) Now that Rap Sheet says Gronk was shopped, you believe?: Gronk was not only shopped he was traded. /He wasn’t, because he’s here.
  • Mark Daniels points to Duron Harmon’s unnecessary roughness penalty that shows the NFL’s new helmet rule is still confusing to the players.
  • Matt Chatham (BlogTalkRadio) The REAL THING Patriots podcast: Texans-Patriots game review. (1 hour 7 min.) /Well worth a listen.


  • Mike Jones (USA Today) With Tom Brady, Patriots show they can endure whatever changes come their way.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) Patriots make another surprising cut at wide receiver, their third cut this month: The Patriots’ depth chart is thinning out at WR.
  • Sarah Barshop (ESPN) Bill O’Brien says in hindsight he should have called timeout to let play get reviewed
  • Christian D’Andrea (SB Nation) Overreactions from Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season: Joe Flacco is elite -- again?
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) 32 things we learned from Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season. Only Patriots’ mentions are lack of production from Pats WRs and Tyrann Mathieu picking off Brady.
  • Staff ( .What we learned from Sunday’s Week 1 games.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) New NFL head coaches went 0-7 in Week 1. /0uch!
  • Adam Schein ( The Schein Nine: 1. Aaron Rodgers is NFL’s Michael Jordan. No mention of Pats. /Prob because he’s embarrassed about No. 1.
  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) NFL Week 1 winners, losers: Cowboys offense looks stuck.
  • Justin Leger (TheLedgeSports) Biggest overreactions from Week 1 of the NFL season.
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) The Week 1 replacements who set the tone for 2018, and what comes next.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 1 Grades: Patriots A-, Texans C+.
  • Joel Corry (CBS Sports) Agent’s Take: Here’s why Matthew Stafford could retire as NFL career earnings king.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) John Mara: Players don’t want 18-game season.
  • Andrew Bucholtz (Awful Announcing) ESPN’s new MNF scorebug now includes down and distance arrow, uses a larger score font.
  • Ben Koo (Awful Announcing) Jason Witten underwhelms in an overall dry Monday Night Football broadcast.