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  • Matt Bowen (ESPN) 2019 Shutdown Index: The NFL’s best defensive backs in every category. Best overall coverage cornerback: Stephon Gilmore.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Julian Edelman held out of practice with knee injury.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Patriots give a shot to trick-shot kicker.
  • Albert Breer (SI) NFL Mailbag: Matt Rhule will almost definitely be an NFL coach next year. But where?
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) Biggest Week 15 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams. Patriots: Julian Edelman (knee) and Ted Karras (knee) may be back in the lineup.
  • Joel Corry (CBS Sports) Agent’s Take: 17 most likely players to get franchise and transition tags in 2020.
  • Report (AP) Top running teams are winning more than top passing teams.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Goodell sees no momentum for changes to playoff seeding.
  • Kevin Clark (The Ringer) The 2019 RedZone Power Rankings: Here are the best & worst from the RedZone Channel.
  • Jimmy Traina (SI) This is the golden era of lead NFL broadcast teams.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Rich McKay acknowledges “angst” with pass interference rule.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Roger Goodell unsure how close a new agreement with players’ union is.


  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Latest Patriots video flap was dumb and entirely avoidable. /Truth.
  • Jim Hackett believes the Patriots were misguided but that doesn’t mean they were cheating.
  • Staff (ESPN) Roger Goodell: Won’t rush judgment until Patriots probe complete. /Mr. Kraft, assume the position.
  • Matt Cassel gives us his take on how Bill Belichick will handle ‘Spygate 2.0’ behind the scenes.
  • Christopher Mason notes Devin McCourty says the new filming allegations are nothing like deflategate in the Patriots locker room
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) Patriots-Bengals video drama: Everything you need to know about Spygate 2.0.
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) Roger Goodell can be the winner in NFL’s Patriots investigation. /Nah...
  • Terez Paylor (Yahoo! Sports) In search of aha moments, smudges get placed on legacy of Bill Belichick and his Patriots dynasty. /Seems Belichick has been secretly filming sidelines to study coaches’ body language and that’s how he won Super Bowl XLIX and LIII.
  • Zack Cox notes Roger Goodell offered brief updates on two Patriots-related matters at the NFL’s Winter League Meeting: Spygate history will be ‘a factor’ in investigation, and Antonio Brown investigation still ongoing.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Roger Goodell: Investigators “have more work to do” in Antonio Brown case.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Roger Goodell: Colin Kaepernick chose not to take incredible opportunity. /Getting dizzy from the spin.