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New England Patriots links 9/12/18 - Week 1 cleanup; Moving on to Jacksonville

Daily news and links for Wednesday

Houston Texans v New England Patriots
Rob “always open even when he’s not” Gronkowski
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  • Zack Cox scouts the Jaguars. Four things to know about Week 2 opponent: 1. They still arguably have the NFL’s best defense.
  • Nick O’Malley credits Tom Brady for helping the Pats escape last time, but this Jags defense is still dangerous.
  • Michael Hurley declares it’s time to get pumped for Patriots-Jaguars week.
  • Matt Vautour says team won’t know until later this week if they will be facing Leonard Fournette, but Belichick says defense will have it’s hands full either way.
  • Mike Reiss traces the Patriots’ 20 WR transactions since camp began. /(Twenty?!) Maybe paying Danny Amendola might have saved a little ink - and indigestion.
  • Doug Kyed resets the Patriots offensive weapons after all the roster moves yesterday.
  • Mike Reiss discusses the Patriots bringing on WRs Corey Coleman and Bennie Fowler, and RB Kenjon Barner.
  • Tom E. Curran declares the Patriots and Corey Coleman are made for each other.
  • Evan Lazar tells us precisely why Corey Coleman, a failed first rounder in Cleveland, is worth rolling the dice on for the Patriots.
  • Doug Kyed calls for fans to temper their expectations for the Corey Coleman pickup.
  • Mike Reiss reports the Patriots now have six first-rounders on the roster ... from other teams.
  • Karen Guregian talks about the latest free agent signings to help at WR, RB and returning punts.
  • Ryan Hannable tells us what the new additions mean for the Patriots offense.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Why running routes for Tom Brady is enormously challenging.
  • Phil Perry explains why the Patriots went with Corey Coleman over Dez Bryant.
  • Evan Lazar provides a variety of advanced stats from Pats-Texans: Offensive line had a terrific performance in pass protection.
  • Mark Daniels reviews the Pats-Texans film: Rob Gronkowski was so dominant on Sunday that he affected the game even when the ball didn’t come his way.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Film review, Patriots vs. Texans: Defense edition. “’s easy to see after the first game how new defensive coordinator Brian Flores has simplified things. They still did plenty of rotation of players, but this was as polished a defensive game as we’ve seen from a Pats team that often gets off to slow starts.”
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Bill Belichick aptly sums up Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski’s ridiculous rapport.
  • Karen Guregian wonders if the Josh McDaniels will protect Rob Gronkowski by calling fewer seam routes against the Jaguars.
  • Nick O’Malley relays Phillip Dorsett on his long history playing against Jalen Ramsey, “He’s a receiver’s nightmare.”
  • Karen Guregian thinks Jalen Ramsey’s diss on Rob Gronkowski may be a gift to the Patriots.
  • Tom E. Curran says it’s time for Jalen Ramsey to back up his trash talk.
  • Nick O’Malley lays out how the Patriots defense has changed since its Super Bowl implosion, and how it’s still the same.
  • Ryan Hannable explains why the offense’s two running back sets need to be more productive.
  • Andrew Callahan emphasizes the importance of Sony Michel’s return.
  • Andrew Callahan highlights Tom Brady’s protection Sunday: Brady didn’t take his first QB hit until the 6:05 mark of the third quarter.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) 7 Things we learned from the Patriots win over the Texans: 1. Defense did a great job of getting pressure on Watson.
  • Alex Reimer points out that Tom Brady’s contract has never looked better after many of his higher-paid peers looked atrocious in Week 1.
  • Tanya Ray Fox (PatriotsWire) Patriots renegotiated Jason McCourty’s contract.
  • Ryan Hannable reports Patriots-Texans get massive ratings suggesting that maybe there’s a lot of buzz with this Patriots team.
  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) One Sunday in September: Football, Foxboro and the Andruzzi family.
  • Ryan Hannable notes the Patriots reportedly hosted three players for tryouts yesterday.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Josh McDaniels knows a lot goes into calling seam routes for Rob Gronkowski.
  • Alex Reimer notes that once again, Marshawn Lynch reminds Pete Carroll why he should’ve given him the ball in Super Bowl XLIX.
  • Alex Reimer piles on Bill Belichick’s coaching tree and rips Matt Patricia.
  • Mark Schofield (InsideThePylon) Locked On Patriots podcast: The Gronkowski effect, the Bear front, and guest Taylor Kyles of Pats Pulpit Sunday’s win. (36.32 min.)
  • steve and the hood present boston sports (audioboom) Podcast: Patriots talk with Thomas Murphy; How Gronk was almost traded this past offseason; Game recap; More. (1 hour 18 min.)
  • Russ Goldman (PatsFans) Patriots Fourth and Two podcast: Post game show. (38.17 min.)