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New England Patriots links 6/10/19 - Projecting the post-minicamp 53-man roster: TE still a loose end

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NFL: New England Patriots-Minicamp
Will TE Andrew Beck get the call?
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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Julian Edelman the mentor: Super Bowl MVP helps N’Keal Harry; Fred Taylor recalls rides with Edelman; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes: With the teaching camp in the books, the evaluation will commence once training camp begins; Tom Brady looked in mid-season form for the three days of minicamp; More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: N’Keal Harry showed signs of being a rookie during mandatory minicamp; 3. Former Patriots receivers Deion Branch and Troy Brown were at all three sessions this past week helping with the wide outs; More.
  • Zack Cox reports the Patriots canceled their final two OTAs, won’t practice again until training camp.
  • Kevin Duffy gives us his Patriots minicamp recap: Wide receiver competition coming into focus.
  • Andy Hart still has nine unanswered questions after Patriots minicamp: 1. Will Tom Brady ever start to look old?
  • Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry Patriots 3 & Out: Which player was most impressive at minicamp?
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) 5 takeaways from Patriots minicamp: 1. Tom Brady looked as sharp as ever.
  • Phil Perry defies the Patriots’ ‘this is a teaching camp, not an evaluation camp’ mantra and gives us his post-minicamp edition of his 53-man roster projection. TE: Matt LaCosse, Ryan Izzo and Andrew Beck.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Projecting Patriots’ 53-man roster after minicamp: A strange approach at TE, Keeping only one, Matt LaCosse.
  • Andrew Callahan presents his own version of the 53-man roster projection: Pats cut longtime veteran, keep undrafted rookie wideout.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots offensive line depth chart.
  • Mac Cerullo profiles TE Andrew Beck, the undrafted rookie out of the University of Texas, noting how his military upbringing helped prepare him for this shot with Patriots.
  • Jordy McElroy (PatriotsWire) Sleeping on Patriots WR Demaryius Thomas would be a huge mistake.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Tom Brady indicates expectations should be lowered for N’Keal Harry.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Jamie Collins is quietly reclaiming a major role in the Patriots’ defense.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) 3 overlooked offensive players that could make Patriots 53-man roster.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights WEEI guest Adam Schefter on Tom Brady’s contract and TE Kyle Rudolph, who is still in Minnesota.
  • Abigail Adams mentions that the Patriots are just three regular season wins away from holding the best winning percentage of any NFL team in any decade.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Best of social media: The Patriots Super Bowl ring party.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) This photo of Bill Belichick wearing all his Super Bowl rings is absurd. /Pats fans have seen all the pics by now, but I’m including this again because it is just SO absurd.
  • NESN relays lacrosse legend Paul Rabil, who has remained close with Belichick since his days at Johns Hopkins, on “Pardon My Take” sharing a hilarious account of the time Belichick “guest-coached” his lacrosse team. /Pretty funny, although he didn’t bring up Johnny Football from Foxborough High School.
  • Adam London says when the FOX Sports’ official NFL Twitter account lobbed one up to Pats fans, with a picture of Patrick Mahomes at bat and the caption, “What can’t Patrick Mahomes do?” they answered in expected fashion.
  • Nick O’Malley points out Tom Brady is now the 19th highest-paid QB in the NFL, after Carson Wentz extension.
  • Karen Guregian reports how football campers spent time trying to coax Rob Gronkowski out of retirement.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Days to kickoff countdown by jersey number: No. 95 Chandler Jones - No. 94 Ty Warren - No. 93 Richard Seymour - No. 92 - Ray Agnew and Ferric Collons - No. 91 Jamie Collins.


  • Kevin Patra ( Patriots didn’t fix dent Gronk put on Lombardi Trophy. /Good! I hope they always leave it.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) With 16 postseason games, Patriots have played seven seasons in last six years.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Is Nick Caserio the top choice to become the next Texans G.M.?
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: After firing GM Brian Gaine, where do the Texans go from here?
  • Nick Hardwick (ProFootballTalk) Guest FMIA: Taking proactive approach to brain health; 4. “I think this when it comes to the Patriots: As a player and opponent, I used to despise them, mostly because we were only able to beat them two times in my career, and only once with Tom Brady at quarterback. The other time was with Matt Cassel (in 2008). Do we even count that one? But now, I find myself cheering for them.”
  • Bucky Brooks ( Scout’s Notebook: NFL’s top 5 pass-rushing tandems; Eagles wise to extend Wentz; More.
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) The best NFL free agents still on the market.
  • Conor Orr (SI) In a stunning, unexpected move, Texans fire GM Brian Gaine.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Bad Takes Week: Death to the NFL Wild Cards.
  • Mark Mravic (SI) Bad Takes Week: The NFL should get rid of replay reviews entirely.
  • Jenny Vrentas (SI) Bad Takes Week: Make the NFL Pro Bowl a flag football game. /Not a bad take.
  • Sean Wagner-McGough (CBS Sports) Ranking NFL divisions by QBs: Mahomes and Rivers power AFC West to second spot, Brady can’t rescue AFC East.
  • MMQB Staff (SI) Which cities would deserve the newest NFL expansion team?
  • Jori Epstein (USA Today) Who is David Mulugheta? How 36-year-old son of Eritrean immigrants is ‘changing the trajectory’ for NFL agents.
  • Gallery ( The Super Bowl rings.