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New England Patriots links 1/04/19 - Brady believes in 2018 team’s resolve, character & resilience

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  • Zack Cox notes Tom Brady points to the hallmarks of the 2018 Pats. “Every team has its own unique identity, and this team cares a lot about each other... We’ve shown we could overcome some adversity. We’ve been counted out a few times and showed back up with a lot of resolve. We have great character on this team.”
  • Ryan Hannable stresses Tom Brady’s passion for the playoffs is real: ‘You can’t leave anything behind, you just give everything you got’.
  • Phil Perry finds that it’s been a relatively mellow season for Tom Brady, but it looks like with the playoffs looming, he’s getting fired up.
  • Mike Reiss hears from younger teammates as they recall their first memories of Tom Brady in playoffs.
  • Doug Kyed talks about the message Bill Belichick is preaching to the Patriots in the playoffs this week: How every play in the postseason is paramount.
  • Phil Perry notes Tom Brady is well aware this might be the last go-round for this iteration of the Patriots.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots Gameplan: Self-scouting before the playoffs.
  • Darren Hartwell highlights Jonathan Kraft with a definitive answer on Tom Brady’s Patriots future. “Tom is under contract for next year, and I think hopefully people have seen that there’s a real understanding between all of us about how that situation is going to work into the future.”
  • Andrew Callahan catches up with the players to see how they’ll be spending the bye.
  • Matt Dolloff talks about how JC Jackson’s emergence makes the Patriots secondary a big playoff weapon
  • Steve McGuire (LastWordOnSports) A look back at Julian Edelman in the postseason.
  • Mark Daniels mentions how Jason McCourty is savoring every moment in the playoffs.
  • Nick O’Malley notes David Andrews doesn’t know what it’s like to miss the playoffs.
  • Ryan Hannable talks about how the Patriots’ offensive line is extremely close off the field and how that helps in a big way on gameday.
  • Tom Keegan is rooting for a generational clash of elite QBs, Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes, on Sunday, Jan. 20 at Arrowhead Stadium.
  • Thomas Murphy (DiehardBostonSportsFans) Dr. Strange-Shank or: How I learned to stop worrying and love the tomato cans.
  • David Furtado (LastWordOnSports) New England Patriots 2018 regular season awards.
  • Evan Lazar makes the case Stephon Gilmore should be a first-team All-Pro selection.
  • Steve Hewitt Patriots Notebook: Stephon Gilmore continues to earn high praise; Law, Seymour Hall finalists; More.
  • Doug Kyed addresses his Friday Patriots Mailbag: Could New England possibly acquire Antonio Brown?
  • Matt Dolloff reports Nate Ebner is named the Patriots’ 2018 Ed Block Courage Award.
  • Justin Leger passes along a report that Josh McDaniels is interested in the Browns head coaching position.
  • Andrew Callahan tells us Brian Flores has four interviews over Friday-Saturday.
  • Nick Goss points out Tom Brady could become the first NFL QB ever to start and win a playoff game at age 41 or older.
  • Nick O’Malley takes a look at how former Patriots performed in 2018.
  • Michael Hurley makes his NFL Wild Card Weekend picks: Chargers-Ravens, Seahawks-Cowboys, Colts-Texans plus Foles magic make for exceptionally tricky round of picks.
  • Jim Lazar says it’s a rough week for Tom Brady, who trades off from listening to BB to listening to G, and makes his Wild Card Weekend picks.