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New England Patriots links 9/04/18 - Previewing Pats’ Week 1 matchup vs. Texans

Daily news and links for Tuesday

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  • Mike Reiss attempts to rank where this 2018 WR group fits with past years, the top being 2007 with Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Jabar Gaffney, Donte Stallworth and Kelley Washington.
  • Bill Burt finds there’s a lot hinging on the Pats without Julian Edelman, and with no Amendola to replace him.
  • Doug Kyed describes Patriots newest practice squad receiver Jace Billingsley as a Julian Edelman disciple.
  • Nick O’Malley digs up 20 times the media said Tom Brady and the Patriots dynasty were ‘done’ -- and were completely wrong.
  • Tom E. Curran would’ve bet that 2016 2nd-rounder Cyrus Jones made it through Cutdown Day, but in New England it’s about performance, not potential.
  • Andrew Lykins (BostonSportsExtra) Trey Flowers’ future as a Patriot: Can he be re-signed with his next contract?
  • Zack Cox scouts the Texans and tells us five things we should know. 1. They have one of the NFL’s most exciting young players behind center.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) First impressions of the Texans: Front seven one of the best in the NFL.
  • Karen Guregian says the Patriots can’t afford to let Tom Brady take another beating from the Texans, like last year (8 QB hits, 5 sacks).
  • Adam London hears DL coach Brendan Daly talk about the difficulty of defending Deshaun Watson.
  • Tom E. Curran highlights Bill Belichick on Deshaun Watson, ‘You can have him, but you don’t have him.’
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) What will 2018 Patriots unveil Sunday?
  • CBS Boston notes Bill Belichick expects to see vintage J.J. Watt in Week 1.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Jeremy Hill’s learning skills earned him a running back spot; Newest WRs trying to catch on; More.
  • Amanda Sabga shares five thoughts on the roster as it rounds into shape.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Patriots set initial practice squad.
  • Ryan Hannable passes along a report that the Patriots worked out two players yesterday, TE Stephen Anderson and OT Eric Smith.
  • Thomas Murphy (DiehardBostonSportsFans) Monster predictions for the 2018 NFL season.
  • Zack Cox reports Sony Michel and J.C. Jackson get new jersey numbers ahead of the season opener.
  • Michael Hurley comments on a resurfaced Bizarro-World video that shows Michael Felger being downright giddy for the Patriots prior to the 2003 season.