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NFL: FEB 05 Patriots Super Bowl Victory Parade
Jonathan Jones (31), Eric Rowe (25), and Stephon Gilmore ride the duck boats
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  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes: Bernard Pollard is the latest, “look at me” ex-player who is trying to get himself a gig on television or radio; Tom Brady continues to defy Father Time; Crazy stats for Brady’s last 16 playoff games (2013-18); More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Rob Gronkowski comeback talk won’t go away, but there are important things to consider; Kyle Van Noy on new LB coach Jerod Mayo; Jack Easterby; More.
  • Phil Perry continues with his Great Patriots Debates: Is Patrick Chung a Patriots Hall of Famer? /As TV philosopher Curley Howard would say, “Soitainly” —of course, followed by “whoop, whoop, whoop, nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.”
  • Michael DePrisco highlights yet another stat to show Tom Brady’s prolonged dominance.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Patriots position battle preview: Cornerbacks.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots breakout player of 2019 – CB J.C. Jackson. ‘What a difference a year makes.’
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Projecting roles on Patriots defense.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) What can Patriots expect from Jamie Collins the second time around?
  • Michael Hurley sets some expectations for N’Keal Harry’s rookie season.
  • Sunny Kapadia (LastWordOnSports) Why N’Keal Harry will succeed with New England.
  • Nick Briscoe (PatriotsWire) 3 remaining free agents who could help Patriots.
  • Steve McGuire (LastWordOnSports) Days to kickoff countdown: No. 65 Houston Antwine.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots Greatest Games: Super Bowl 49.
  • Adam London notes 46-year-old Tedy Bruschi took to Instagram to not only provide an encouraging update on his health status but also to share the warning signs of a stroke.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Top five Tedy Bruschi moments.


  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Video shows Tom Brady running faster now than at the Combine.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Bernard Pollard isn’t buying Tom Brady as the best quarterback ever. “So Brady, who has six — SIX! — Super Bowl wins is the best ever. He possibly would have accomplished even more if Pollard hadn’t blown out Brady’s ACL 11 years ago.”
  • Thomas Frank Carr (Pro Football Focus) The NFL’s defensive iron men of the 2018 season. Stephon Gilmore included.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Tedy Bruschi: I’m doing much better.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: It’s the heart of the NFL offseason and Anthony Lynn is making the most of it.
  • Chris Ballard (ProFootballTalk) Guest FMIA: Indy GM Chris Ballard on scouting and the power of Sundays.
  • Barry Werner (TouchdownWire) Key dates leading up to season 100 for the NFL.
  • Ben Linsey (Pro Football Focus) Future PFF Hall of Famers by team heading into 2019.
  • Tom Blair ( Top 10 NFL teams of the decade: 2013 Seattle Seahawks No. 1. /Warning: this list is whacked.
  • Bucky Brooks ( Scout’s Notebook: Top five sleepers in 2019; More.
  • Joe Rivera (Sporting News) NFL quarterbacks with most to prove: Rival QBs highlight list for 2019.
  • Jared Dubin (CBS Sports) Top 10 TEs in NFL: Who’s on top after the retirement of Rob Gronkowski?
  • Ryan Wilson (CBS Sports) Top 10 WRs in NFL: Odell Beckham, Julio Jones and Michael Thomas battle for second behind No. 1 who might surprise.
  • Mark Chichester (Pro Football Focus) Triple-threat wide receivers from the 2018 NFL season. Chris Hogan included.
  • Jared Dubin (CBS Sports) Top 10 RBs in NFL: NFC East stars Saquon Barkley, Ezekiel Elliott lead the way.
  • Connor Price (Pro Football Focus) The NFL’s top running backs against stacked boxes. No. 7 Sony Michel.
  • Skyler Wiercioch (NosebleedSports) Top 5 breakout RB’s in 2019.
  • Jake Schwanitz (InsideThePylon) Film study, Top 10 NFL games of 2018: #10 Pittsburgh @ New Orleans Week 16.
  • Tadd Haislop (Sporting News) NFL’s highest-paid players in 2019.
  • Christian Coppola (NosebleedSports) Divisional All-Star teams.
  • Steven Mullenax (SideLionReport) Can the Detroit Lions mimic the Patriots two-tight end success?
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) PFT 2019 storyline No. 19: Which young offensive coach will live up to the hype?
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) PFT 2019 storyline No. 18: How much better will the Jaguars be with Nick Foles?
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) PFT 2019 storyline No. 17: How much does Todd Gurley have left?
  • Doug Farrar (TouchdownWire) MythBusters: Is a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo automatically the answer for the 49ers?
  • Ryan Wilson (CBS Sports) Ryan Fitzpatrick: ‘There’s been a lot of shade and disrespect thrown my way for a lot of years’.
  • Adam Teicher (ESPN) What can Patrick Mahomes do for an encore in 2019?
  • Brad Gagnon (Bleacher Report) 1 NFL player at each position who will explode into stardom in 2019. Joe Thuney included.
  • Barry Werner (TouchdownWire) Five years later, looking at the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. /Slideshow.
  • Staff (ESPN) Who was your sports hero? NFL stars talk Jordan, Ali and more
  • Dirk Chatelain ( [From March, 2015] Tom Brady was always the big one who got away from Mike Riley. /Good read.
  • John Clayton (ESPN) [From December, 2001] Brady or Bledsoe? Belichick must make right call. “Belichick’s New England career will be defined by the success or failure of how he handles this one decision.”