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Daily news and links for Thursday

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  • Mike Reiss notes Tom Brady posted a GIF on his Instagram account of him throwing to Josh Gordon, with a source saying the two connected for a workout together on Tuesday.
  • Evan Lazar mentions how the Patriots don’t need Josh Gordon, but adds that it sure would be nice.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) On to Cincinnati: The birth of the Patriots’ second dynasty.
  • Luke O’Brien and Robert Marcello (FullPressCoverage) Patriots new veteran profiles: Dontrelle Inman and Demaryius Thomas.
  • Ryan Hannable counts down the 15 most important Patriots for 2019: No. 13, Isaiah Wynn.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Days to kickoff countdown: No. 80 Troy Brown.
  • Dave Brown writes a special reportatorial: Nick Caserio desperately wants to move on from endless debate over what constitutes news. /Worth a read, including the photo caption.
  • Michael Hurley brings up Greg Bedard’s story that noted the Patriots’ issue with Jack Easterby is “personal,” with “many feeling Easterby is a bit of an opportunist with an agenda” and calls it all ‘a bit hilarious’.
  • WEEI recaps a report from Greg Bedard (Boston Sports Journal) that the Patriots are ‘livid’ at former character coach Jack Easterby for joining the Texans.
  • Nick O’Malley tells us Tom Brady will reportedly get new abilities such as “clutch” and “conductor” in the new ‘Madden NFL 20’ game.
  • Patriots Beat Podcast: Mike Petraglia and Evan Lazar discuss the Nick Caserio saga, Michael Bennett’s role, and break down the Patriots complex offense. (26 min.)
  • Foxboro & Friends 2019 Summer Show: Mike Dussault and Fitzy catch up on all things Pats (and even a little Bruins.) (50.52 min. video)
  • The Gridiron and Beyond Podcast: Bob Socci with Melissa Jacobs, a.k.a. “The Football Girl”. (31.38 min.)


  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) Making sense of the NFL’s five most unsettled skill-position groups. Patriots included.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) NFL has no update on Josh Gordon’s possible reinstatement.
  • Michael Colangelo (TouchdownWire) We’ve entered the NFL dead zone.
  • Alex Kozora (SteelersDepot) Josh McCown believes Julian Edelman is a better WR than JuJu Smith-Schuster. /Well, yeah...
  • Ben Weinrib (Yahoo! Sports) Ravens think they may have found their own Julian Edelman-lite in high-profile draft pick.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: NFL officials still aren’t sure how the new pass interference replay rule will work.
  • Joel Corry (CBS Sports) Agent’s Take: 10 players who could get contract extensions before the start of the 2019 season. Brady included.
  • Travis Durkee (Sporting News) NFL news and notes: Patriots’ Tom Brady has a new workout partner; JetsSam Darnold details ‘rookie wall’.
  • Andy Benoit (SI) Deep Dive: The NFL all-25-and-under team.
  • Conor Orr (SI) The NFL’s seven hottest seats.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Mahomes is favored to lead the league in passing yardage. Brady, who led the league in passing yardage in 2017 but dropped to ninth in 2019, has 16/1 odds.
  • Doug Farrar (TouchdownWire) The NFL’s 11 best offensive tackles. No Patriots. /slideshow alert.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Rob Gronkowski makes donation to Buffalo children’s hospital.
  • Marc Sessler ( Predicting one future first-time Pro Bowler for each AFC team. Patriots: CB J.C. Jackson.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Revised pass interference rules still could end up being a mess. “There’s a fine line between what is and isn’t clear and obvious, and 17 different replay officials may have 17 different standards for deciding in a compressed time frame when to initiate automatic review based on the full-speed-only replays that will be available to the replay officials.” /Inconsistency has always been the problem.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Report/opinion/report: Nick Caserio wants out of New England. /Stop. Get help.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) Not gone, but forgotten: Who has the journeyman backup QB belt? It’s time to determine who the most “Hey, he’s still in the league?” guy is.