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New England Patriots links 7/18/19 - Questions for camp: Will Tom Brady still be Tom Brady? Hint: Yes

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AFC Championship - New England Patriots v Kansas City Chiefs
AFC Championship: Patriots vs. Chiefs
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  • Don Banks Snap Judgments: Musings, observations and the occasional insight as NFL training camps begin to open and players and coaches head back to work over the course of the next 10 days.
  • Patriots Unfiltered 7/17: Fred Kirsch, Paul Perillo, and Megan O’Brien discuss what an 18-game NFL season might look like; a wide variety of offseason topics surrounding the Patriots and the rest of the NFL. (2 hour program)


  • Matt Dolloff explores the 10 biggest questions for the Patriots heading into camp. 1. Will this year’s Tom Brady be any different?
  • Devon Clements (PatriotsWire) 3 biggest holes on Patriots’ roster ahead of training camp. 1. Tight end.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Tom Brady will look different this year. /NFL enforces new rule in ploy to stem Brady’s power, taking away his favorite helmet.
  • Phil Perry addresses the question of how often will Brady be willing to gamble, particularly with two of his best tight-window receivers -- Rob Gronkowski and Josh Gordon -- currently out of the mix, and says the answer could depend on how well Brady’s rapport with N’Keal Harry develops through training camp.
  • Sierra Goodwill and Evan Lazar discuss the Patriots’ depth at wide receiver and who will be a top target behind Julian Edelman. (4.21 min. video) ‘Could either be amazing, or a disaster.’
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots 2019 training camp guide: Offensive line. “The Patriots return four of their five starters from an offensive line that was just outstanding in 2018 enroute to the team’s sixth Super Bowl title.”
  • Luke O’Brien (FullPressCoverage) Patriots roster bubble: DT Danny Shelton.
  • Phil Perry flips the script with today’s Great Patriots Debate: Who was the most disappointing draft pick in team history?
  • Jerry Thornton (Barstool Sports) kick’s Tom Brady out of its ‘Superstar Club,’ replaces him with Deshaun Watson.
  • Evan Lazar previews the Patriots roster position by position as we head into training camp: Tight ends.
  • Tom E. Curran writes that “Gronk is the one that keeps undercutting the decision Rob Gronkowski made in March. Every few days, a new fistful of bread crumbs teasing a possible return are tossed out and they are dutifully gobbled up and regurgitated.”
  • Logan Mullen NFL Rumors: Here’s why Rob Gronkowski ultimately chose to retire: “It appears that, in part, his family was encouraging him to walk away for the sake of his health.”
  • Adam London relays Rich Eisen on why he believes there’s 100% chance Rob Gronkowski returns.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Sebastian Vollmer believes Rob Gronkowski will stay retired.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots greatest games: The 2013 Broncos comeback. /Super Bowl 51 prequel.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) The 2019 Belichick hoodie preview. /Yes, this is a thing.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Before draft, Baker Mayfield thought Patriots might trade up to pick him at No. 2.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights Jacoby Brissett on ‘Pardon My Take’ discussing his awkward meeting with Bill Belichick following the trade to the Colts.
  • New England No-Huddle podcast: Andrew Callahan explores five questions facing the Patriots heading into training camp; interview with Brandon Gaudin, the play-by-play voice for ‘Madden’; More. (60.37 min.)


  • Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (USA Today) NFL countdown: 50 days before season, breaking down top storylines as training camps begin. 28. Both of the Patriots’ first-round picks from 2018 could be facing important camps.
  • Mike Freeman (Bleacher Report) 10-Point Stance: Will Zeke, Gordon use Le’Veon holdout playbook?
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Vic Fangio: Having fans at camp one of the things that made NFL popular.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Predicting every team’s record for the 2019 NFL season. Patriots: 12-4.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) Which teams are under the most pressure? All 32 ranked by who’s feeling the most heat. Patriots 32nd.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) Here’s the one game on every team’s schedule that could make or break their season. Patriots: Week 14 vs. Chiefs.
  • Maurice Moton (Bleacher Report) NFL veterans who could find themselves on the roster bubble in training camps. RB Rex Burkhead included.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) PFT 2019 storyline No. 8: Is Father Time closing in on Drew Brees?
  • Brent Sobleski (Bleacher Report) The top rookie storylines to watch in 2019 NFL training camps.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) The most underpaid veterans in the AFC: You knew Tom Brady would make this list, but there are plenty of other vested contributors making below their true value.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) How it started: First jobs in football for all 32 NFL head coaches.
  • Kevin Clark (The Ringer) The grim future of running back contract negotiations.
  • NFL Total Access ( Which QB will have most games with 300 or more passing yards in 2019. (1.05 min. video) /Not Tom Brady.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) NFL, NFLPA: We had “productive, constructive and beneficial” CBA talks.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL isn’t “really pushing hard” a new CBA by Week One. /You don’t say...
  • Riley McAtee (The Ringer) An 18-game NFL season doesn’t make sense—but adding a second bye week does.
  • Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports) Here’s why the proposed 18-game schedule with a 16-game limit could actually work.
  • Geoff Schwartz (SB Nation) Why the NFL should flush the idea of an 18-game schedule right down the toilet.