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New England Patriots links 9/19/18 - Week 2 cleanup; Moving on to Detroit

Daily news and links for Wednesday

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  • Zack Cox scouts the Lions: 5 Things to know. 1. Patricia’s head-coaching career is off to a rough start.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Brian Flores’ defense in for challenge against Matthew Stafford.
  • Andrew Callahan reports the Patriots signed CB Cyrus Jones off the Ravens practice squad, and releasee RB Kenjon Barner.
  • Evan Lazar’s Advanced Stats Report: Week 2. Yards after catch haunt Patriots defense.
  • Evan Lazar presents his Pats-Jags film review: What went wrong for the Patriots defense in Jacksonville.
  • Mark Daniels offers his Patriots film review: Defense’s ineptitude on third down was glaring.
  • Ryan Hannable says the offensive issues on third down this year go beyond not having Julian Edelman.
  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) Fear not, there is NO Patriots ‘identity crisis’.
  • Tanya Ray Fox (PatriotsWire) Bill Belichick admits ‘some things we need to change’ with Patriots run game.
  • Rich Garven Patriots Journal: Numbers don’t lie — Snaps reduced for Hightower.
  • Doug Kyed is wondering who plays CB this week after Eric Rowe’s Week 2 benching.
  • Karen Guregian highlights yesterday’s conference calls with Bill Belichick, Josh McDaniels and Brian Flores. Belichick still doesn’t want to talk about Josh Gordon.
  • Darren Hartwell highlights an interview with Michael Lombardi on Josh Gordon’s chances to succeed in New England.
  • Tom E. Curran explains why it won’t be easy for Josh Gordon to earn Brady’s trust.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Will Josh Gordon to the Pats work? “Perhaps a more plausible case will be that McDaniels throws him some Patterson-esque plays, and he isn’t quite Moss 2007, but he’s a guy that can chip in with a couple plays a game (CAN YOU SAY UNDERNEATH CROSSERS?). After last weekend, even a couple plays per game sounds appealing.”
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) For Gordon, joining the Patriots potentially gives him a much-needed fresh start.
  • CBS Boston relays Adam Schefter detailing one potential major benefit of the Josh Gordon acquisition: “He’s making $790,000 this season. So the Patriots pick up that contract, with the ability to tender him as a RFA after this year for another $1.9 million. They may control Josh Gordon for two years at under $2.7 million...”
  • Jordan Moore (WeThePeopleSports) Josh Gordon, stay off the weed!
  • Nick O’Malley takes a look at Bill Belichick’s history of acquiring ‘troubled talent’.
  • Doug Kyed passes along a report that the Patriots worked out a QB and two RBs.
  • Mike Reiss shares an ESPN interview with Matt Patricia from the end of training camp, mentioning the mentoring he received from Bill Belichick and how he he knows he needs to forge his own style and identity in Detroit.
  • Zack Cox reports the NFL and NFLPA are investigating whether the league’s concussion protocol was followed properly on Patrick Chung Sunday.
  • Dakota Randall posts a TSA website page, complete with deflategate jokes and accompanying Tom Brady photo, that thinks it’s a barrel of laughs.


  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Patriots bring back cornerback Cyrus Jones.
  • Cameron Filipe (FootballZebras) Week 3 referee assignments. Patriots at Lions: Clete Blakeman.
  • Kevin Patra ( Brady doesn’t want to heap expectations on Gordon.
  • Judy Battista ( Josh Gordon trade: Deal a win-win for Patriots, troubled WR?
  • Oliver Thomas (Forbes) Patriots making a concerted effort to get the ball in Sony Michel’s hands.
  • Shane Braman (GuyBostonSports) After watching this video, I’m ashamed of my ignorance towards Josh Gordon.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Matt Patricia influenced by time with Patriots, but “we’re building the Lions.”
  • Michael Rothstein (ESPN) The Belichick effect on Matt Patricia from those who played for both.
  • Mike Freeman (Bleacher Report) 10-Point stance: 3. [On Josh Gordon] It’s not personal, it’s business.
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) How to use a running back in the passing game.
  • Russell Baxter (NFLSpinZone) NFL Week 3: What does history tell us about teams starting 0-2?
  • Patrick Reusse (Minneapolis Star Tribune) NFL wants defenders running scared, so it will support flag-happy referee.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Through two weeks, only two lowering-the-helmet penalties.
  • Ian O’Connor (ESPN) Inside the risky play that wrecked college center Bill Belichick’s leg.
  • Staff (ESPN) New book says Tom Brady long worried about being ‘pushed out’ by Bill Belichick.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Lowest Week Two rating since MNF moved to ESPN.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Eric Dickerson elaborates on his request for $300,000 per Hall of Famer per year. /Is that all?