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New England Patriots links 7/19/19 - Mike Lombardi: Patriots ‘better on defense this year’

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Super Bowl LIII - New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams
Kyle Van Noy gets a sack. “He went to Jared!”
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  • Evan Lazar previews the Patriots roster by position heading into camp: Offensive line. Biggest question: will Isaiah Wynn be ready to play left tackle in Week 1?
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots training camp battles: Isaiah Wynn vs. everybody.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots 2019 training camp guide – Defensive line. “This is a big year for former top draft pick Derek Rivers. He’ll be fighting for a roster spot with Keionta Davis, Trent Harris, Ufomba Kamalu, and Nick Thurman on the edge.”
  • Andy Hart takes a look at the competition for roster spots and roles on the defensive line: Bennett an upgrade? /Not sure about that.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights Mike Lombardi’s scouting report on the Patriots heading into season, which includes high praise for defense.
  • Andrew Callahan addresses Patriots training camp question countdown: No. 7 — How will New England’s coaching turnover affect the team?
  • Andrew Callahan answers training camp question countdown: No. 6 — Who will win the punter battle?
  • David Furtado (LastWordOnSports) Days to kickoff countdown: No. 51 Jerod Mayo.
  • Tommy Quigley (NEPatriotsLife) Baker Mayfield was “convinced” that the Patriots were going to draft him: One theory to how they could’ve had the assets to make the deal.
  • Ryan Hannable relays Tony Romo (105.3 ‘The Fan’ in Dallas) explaining why and how no one compares to Bill Belichick.
  • Alex Reimer discusses the latest too-low ranking of Tom Brady as sixth-best QB in NFL.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Tom Brady is tied with sixth-best MVP odds for 2019.
  • Deyscha Smith relays some of the the clips Tom Brady has been sharing on social media, including horseback riding -- while slinging a machete, in Costa Rica.
  • Alex Reimer talks about the ‘Rob Gronkowski return’ speculation becoming a full-blown cottage industry and how it’s good for the Gronk brand, which is why he’s willing to fuel it.
  • Ryan Hannable passes along a report that Nick Caserio isn’t the only Patriots front office member in a contract year.
  • CLNS Patriots Roundtable: Biggest Patriots weakness heading into the new season. (9.44 min. video)