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New England Patriots links 6/24/19 - Guardians of the dynasty: Shaq Mason and Joe Thuney

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NFL: Super Bowl LIII-New England Patriots vs Los Angeles Rams
Shaq Mason battles Rams DT Ethan Westbrooks
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  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes: Brady was also #1 in NFL royalty cash as his NFL merchandise was the top seller across the league. Not bad for a soon-to-be 42-year old “dink and dunk” QB. /You left out ‘system’.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Josh Gordon expectations need to be modified; More. /Why?
  • Michael DePrisco finds that according to Pro Football Focus, the Patriots sported the NFL’s best guard tandem in 2018 with Joe Thuney and Shaw Mason.
  • Andy Hart passes along a report that Sony Michel is ‘progressing quickly’ after knee surgery and doing TB12 work.
  • Tom E. Curran notes that while Tom Brady has gotten a lot of credit for helping Josh Gordon in recent days, he is just one of many who is helping.
  • Nick O’Malley highlights Jeff Darlington on ESPN’s “NFL Live,” discussing the relationship between Brady and Gordon, including the fact that Brady would bring Gordon out to dinner with his wife, Gisele Bundchen.
  • Mike Cole looks to see if Sony Michel is poised to challenge Corey Dillon’s Patriots record In 2019.
  • Evan Lazar counts down the ten most valuable Patriots: No. 10, Kyle Van Noy.
  • Ryan Hannable thumbnails the 15 most important Patriots for 2019: No. 12, Ben Watson.
  • Brandon Howe (FullPressCoverage) Patriots new veteran profile: TE Matt LaCosse.
  • NESN reports on Rob Gronkowski appearing onstage during the Luke Bryan show at Gillette Stadium Friday night.
  • Mike Reiss substitutes his usual quick-hit thoughts column for a brief blog post on spending last week in Israel with Robert Kraft and a group of 15 current and former Patriots players. He will be putting together a television package to run on ESPN on the trip.
  • Mike Reiss also shares a short Gronk tale from the bakery counter. /Missed this one back in March, but still good. My mother was a Gronk fan too. : )
  • Jacob Camenker reports former Patriots RB Kenjon Barner gifted his Super Bowl ring to his dad for Father’s Day.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots’ greatest games: 2014 AFC Divisional Round.
  • Ryan Hannable mentions Chris Simms getting blasted by Kurt Warner over his Tom Brady take.


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: For Winston and Mariota, 2019 will be a make-or-break season.
  • Rich Eisen (ProFootballTalk) Guest FMIA: On the NFL’s ultimate course correction on PI.
  • Nate Bouda (NFLTradeRumors) AFC East notes: Patriots: Ben Volin writes: The end game for the Patriots and Nick Caserio is that he’ll finish out the 2020 season in New England, with the Patriots later trading him to the Texans next February.
  • Bucky Brooks ( NFL Notes: Five blockbuster trades that would spice up the 2019 NFL season.
  • Doug Farrar (TouchdownWire) The NFL’s 11 best guards. No. 9 Joe Thuney - No. 1 Shaq Mason.
  • Eric Edholm (Yahoo! Sports) How much each team has invested in quarterbacks the past decade. /Interesting read.
  • Doug Farrar (TouchdownWire) Did Steve Miller predict a 49ers Super Bowl LIV appearance... back in 1976? “This was pointed out by a writer for the Pats Pulpit website.”
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Report: Sony Michel “progressing quickly” after knee scope.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Gronk returns to Gillette Stadium, hears cheers, catches pass.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady intends to “foster” Josh Gordon.
  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) 16 NFL players next in line for big-money extensions. Tom Brady included.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) PFT 2019 storyline No. 30: Will Andrew Luck stay healthy again?
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) Ex-NFL VP of officiating explains why the new pass interference rule might not be such a great idea.
  • Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports) NFL 2019: How well a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo must perform to live up to his enormous contract with 49ers.
  • Brad Gagnon (Bleacher Report) Ranking every NFL team’s backup QB situation. Patriots 13th.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Not everyone ranks Tom Brady at No. 9. /How ‘bout hardly anyone?
  • Barry Werner (TouchdownWire) 45 of the worst No. 1 draft picks since 2010.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Clock ticks on NFL’s Sunday Ticket decision.