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New England Patriots links 7/03/19 - NFL offseason: Ranking the debates, debating the rankings

Daily news and links for Wednesday

Super Bowl LIII - New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams
Brady, Edelman leading in offseason debates & rankings so far
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  • Dave D’Onofrio’s Patriots training camp preview: How the AFC’s power structure changed this offseason.
  • Phil Perry lobs up another Great Patriots Debate: Kevin Faulk vs. James White. /Faulk was robbed by the refs of that 4th & 2 catch.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Can Patriots’ LBs serve as team’s top pass-rushers?
  • Luke O’Brien (FullPressCoverage) Patriots free agent profile: DL Mike Pennel.
  • Evan Lazar finishes up his ten most valuable Patriots countdown: No. 1 Tom Brady. /I’m shocked! Shocked!
  • Dakota Randall thinks Tom Brady tries too hard on social media. /This guy prob. isn’t the one to judge who the cool kids are.
  • Justin Leger explains why Robert Kraft could have a better Hall of Fame chance in 2020.
  • Patriots Beat Podcast: Alex Barth and Matt Dolloff compare the resumes of Julian Edelman and Wes Welker, and discuss the upcoming Pats training camp. (25 min.)


  • Ben Baskin (SI) Julian Edelman is back on top and ready to take over the world.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) Who is the best wide receiver in the NFL? /Super Bowl MVP Edelman left out.
  • Elliot Harrison ( Top 25 quarterbacks of all time: Patriots’ Tom Brady leads list. “More than any other numbers, a single line exemplifies what Brady’s legacy will be: In 17 healthy seasons as a starter, he’s made more Super Bowls (9) than he’s missed (8).”
  • Sean Wagner-McGough (CBS Sports) Top 10 QBs in NFL. Brady 3rd (behind Rodgers and Mahomes.) /smh...
  • Jared Dubin (CBS Sports) Top 10 RBs in NFL. No Pats.
  • Adam Schein ( NFL’s most indispensable defensive players for the 2019 season. No Pats.
  • Mike Freeman (Bleacher Report) 10-Point Stance: NBA’s spending spree has NFL players’ attention; New pass interference rules could get tricky; More.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) PFT 2019 storyline No. 21: Will the Ravens continue with a run-heavy offense?
  • Adam Rank ( State of the Franchise: Colts viable contenders for Super Bowl.
  • Terez Paylor (Yahoo! Sports) Patrick Mahomes’ plan to be even better.
  • MMQB Staff (SI) Which NFL throwback uniforms should make a comeback? Patriots included.
  • Kevin Clark (The Ringer) Eliminate the franchise tag to make NFL free agency more fun.
  • NFL Live (ESPN) Which retired players will the NFL miss this season? (1.55 min. video) Mike Tannenbaum laments that Rob Gronkowski didn’t retire sooner.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) D.J. Hayden feels Jaguars have the best secondary in the league. /After the Pats, of course.
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) The reason Peyton Manning turned down ‘Monday Night Football’: He didn’t want to analyze Eli. /Kinda says it all right there, lol.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) In giving gold jacket and ring to Pat Bowlen’s family, Hall of Fame contradicts itself.
  • Dan Graziano (ESPN) 2021 NFL CBA negotiations: The nine biggest looming issues. 1. The revenue split.
  • Dan Graziano (ESPN) Sources: CBA talks to ramp up for NFL, NFLPA.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Jerry Jones becomes a central figure in the current CBA talks.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Issue of stadium credits hovers over CBA talks.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Key employment rights brief gets no support from NFL or its teams
  • Andy Benoit and Gary Gramling (SI) The MMQB NFL Podcast: The NFL’s top 10 offensive linemen for 2019. (54.07 min.)