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New England Patriots links 10/25/19 - Bennett trade win-win-win; Resetting the WRs; Prepping for Browns

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New England Patriots Practice
N’Keal Harry leaps for a catch during Thursday’s practice
Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images



  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Game Plan: How the New England defense can confuse Baker Mayfield.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Browns Week 8 key matchups: Who has the razor’s edge? “We may not see as many of the “0 blitzes” this week, but, I’d expect to see the defense trying to force Mayfield into making more mistakes.” /Good stuff, as usual.
  • Thomas Murphy (DiehardBostonSportsFans) Monster Keys to Pats-Browns. “Give me the match-up I’ve wanted all season: Okay so sue me this isn’t a key to victory but you can’t call yourself a football fan if you don’t want to see Gilmore match up man to man with OBJ.” /Matchups like that do get the blood going.
  • Tom E. Curran wonders if the Patriots are just winging it on offense, especially after the confounding release of Josh Gordon for an offense that’s still trying to figure out what it is as Halloween approaches.
  • Matt Vautour says if New England loses Josh Gordon, blame Antonio Brown’s salary cap hit.
  • Doug Kyed notes actions speak louder than words, and the recent roster moves suggest the Pats love undrafted rookie WRs Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski.
  • Michael Hurley puts the focus on Phillip Dorsett to give proper attention to how he has made some absurd touchdown catches with the Patriots.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) What is the plan for the Patriots at WR with Josh Gordon gone?
  • Phil Perry is still scratching his head over the Josh Gordon to IR move: Why didn’t team just release him?
  • Nick O’Malley notes Phillip Dorsett says he thinks ‘everyone was surprised’ by the Josh Gordon news, but adds WR turnover is ‘nothing new’.
  • Evan Lazar examines the evolutions of the Pats defense that led to Michael Bennett’s departure: The defense shifted considerably since they made the trade to acquire Bennett from Philadelphia.
  • Phil Perry calls the Michael Bennett to the Cowboys trade a win-win-win: Bennett finds a better fit Pats get cap relief, Cowboys get player they need.
  • Justin Leger hears the Patriots players’ reactions to Jarvis Landry’s so-called ‘guaranteed’ win.
  • Zack Cox says that with Justin Bethel aboard, Patriots punts will now be must-see TV.
  • Doug Kyed addresses his Friday Patriots Mailbag: Why trading Michael Bennett was the right, obvious move; More.
  • Nick O’Malley gives us an injury report update: OL Shaq Mason returns to practice, WR Phillip Dorsett fully cleared.
  • Nick O’Malley notes TE Eric Tomlinson was back at practice after his short-lived release, but Matt LaCosse was absent for the second straight day.
  • CBS Boston makes their Patriots-Browns Week 8 predictions. Michael Hurley’s pick: Patriots 100, Browns 0. “Last week, I picked the Patriots to lose. That was stupid. I’m never doing that again.”
  • Mac Cerullo spotlights Patriots’ Joe Cardona speaking out against a proposed youth tackle football ban.
  • Mac Cerullo writes how two decades later, the Patriots ‘90s throwback uniforms are more popular than ever.
  • Phil Perry addresses Adam Schefter’s breathless, relentless reporting that Tom Brady returning to the Patriots is the ‘least likely’ option for 2020.
  • Ty Anderson reports Adam Schefter doubles down on his scorching hot Tom Brady take. /[Yawn] Remember this one, Shefty? “Jimmy Garappolo isn’t going anywhere. His name continues to surface in trade rumors and speculation - not happening.”
  • Michael Bonnor reports a man tried to steal Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey from the Patriots Hall of Fame but police picked him off, authorities say.
  • NESN NFL Rumors: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have bought a house in Connecticut, while Alex Guerrero is buying another home in Massachusetts.
  • Locked On Patriots Podcast: Mike D’Abate and Alex Barth discuss the Browns, Michael Bennett and Josh Gordon. (29 min.)
  • Patriots Fourth And Two podcast: Russ Goldman, Derek Havens and Steve Balestrieri recap the Jets and preview the Browns. (1 hour)
  • Locked On Patriots Podcast: Mike D’Abate with the crossover episode with Locked On Browns. (41 min.)