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New England Patriots links 12/05/19 - James White: ‘We have a lot of fight on this team’

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  • Mark Daniels lauds James White, statistically the best third-down back in franchise history, and suggests the Patriots should use him more.
  • Doug Kyed says Patriots center James Ferentz is thriving after a make-or-break summer: Ferentz had run out of practice squad eligibility after last season, so he either had to make a 53-man roster or get on with his life.
  • Phil Perry with the ‘reality check’: What the Patriots do well offensively right now ain’t sexy.
  • Ryan Hannable suggests the Patriots offense can potentially get jump-started by taking a page out of last year’s book.
  • Jim Hackett wants the Patriots to dumb down the offense.
  • Phil Perry explains how the Ravens helped the copycat Texans beat the Patriots to take over the No. 1 seed.
  • DJ Bean whines that other playoff teams don’t seem to be having this big an issue with young receivers. /Other families manage to vacation in Europe every year, why can’t we?
  • Zack Cox notes the Patriots aren’t treating Travis Kelce like a tight end.
  • Adam London mentions how Tom Brady and Julian Edelman will attempt to keep alive their incredible streak of NEVER losing a game to an AFC opponent, in the regular season, at Gillette Stadium, in a game they both played in (42-0, 1.000) The streak has lasted 10 Years, 2 months.
  • Doug Kyed notes Andy Reid seems to think Bill Belichick is the Patriots’ defensive play-caller.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights WEEI guest Rob Ninkovich, who believes losing James Develin was the biggest blow to the Patriots’ offense.
  • Logan Mullen NFL Rumors: Patriots tried claiming New Colts kicker Chase McLaughlin.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Practice Notes: New England still without kicker ahead of Chiefs game.
  • Zack Cox Injury Report: Tom Brady now dealing with multiple ailments. /Jakobi Meyers, lack of TE production, and ... I kid, I kid.
  • Ryan Hannable points out the Patriots still have no defenders leading Pro Bowl voting. /File under: Crock.
  • Mike Reiss shares his view of the top six wins of New England’s dynasty.
  • NESN shares a ‘Bad Lip Reading’ take of what exactly Tom Brady said to his receivers Sunday night?
  • Zack Cox calls the upcoming HBO documentary, ‘Belichick And Saban’ must-see TV for Patriots fans.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Crossover edition - Mike D’Abate is joined by Chris Clark of Locked on Chiefs to break down Sunday’s Chiefs-Pats matchup. (32 min.)


  • Steve Palazzolo (Pro Football Focus) NFL quarterback rankings entering Week 14. Tom Brady 7th. “There’s little doubt that Brady is playing at a lower level than he has in the past, but his overall body of work this season isn’t as bad as the stats would indicate.”
  • Terez Paylor (Yahoo! Sports) What’s wrong with Tom Brady? Let’s start with his receivers.
  • Mike Freeman (Bleacher Report) 10-Point Stance: Nick Foles’ flop could spark Jaguars shake-up.
  • Joel Corry (CBS Sports) Agent’s Take: Ben Roethlisberger headlines 2019’s highest-paid players list due to large bonus deferral.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) Biggest Week 14 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams. Patriots: Starting CB Jason McCourty (groin).
  • Cynthia Frelund ( Eight most important games left. Chiefs at Patriots included.
  • Gil Brandt ( 12 most underrated players of 2019.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) The 2019 NFL Wild-Card threat index.
  • Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (USA Today) What each NFL team should soon be shopping for in 2020 offseason. Patriots: A Rob Gronkowski replacement. /where’s that eye-roll emoji?
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) Meet the 2020 offseason NFL quarterback market: Early predictions on 16 players.
  • Bryan Curtis (The Ringer) Meet the magician of NFL broadcasts: You may not know Don Cornelli’s name, but you know his handiwork. He’s Fox’s wizard of the gridiron. And he’s always in the right place at the right time.
  • Mark Maske (Washington Post) Roger Goodell’s time as NFL commissioner is supposedly winding down. Not everyone is so sure. /File under: I’ll believe it when I see it.
  • MMQB Staff (SI) Week 14 NFL Picks. Four of six pick Pats over Chiefs.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) NFL Week 14 picks. Patriots 31-27. Bills over Ravens 21-20 (wut?)