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New England Patriots links 8/05/19 - Road test: Patriots take position battles to Detroit

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NFL: AUG 02 Patriots Training Camp
WR battles still a must-watch this week, as Pats take on the Lions in Detroit this week
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TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Stephen Gilmore says, “I’ve never had as much trust in a secondary, or the defense, as I have in these guys.”; N’Keal Harry reminds himself to ‘trust the process.’; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes: Isaiah Wynn – is making slow but welcome progress; Martez Ivey – The big 6’5, 315 lb offensive lineman from Florida was signed by the Patriots this week; More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Trades could be coming for Patriots; More.
  • Mike Reiss believes Tom Brady’s extension reflects his priorities and rare trust with the Patriots.
  • Ryan Hannable tells us what Tom Brady’s contract extension means.
  • Tom E. Curran warns that the salary bump still doesn’t ensure Brady will finish his career in New England. /Give it a rest, man.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) This may be the last Tom Brady contract.
  • Nick O’Malley relays the Belichick-ian response to the Brady signing, ‘That’s a good thing.’
  • Doug Kyed thinks the primary reasons for Tom Brady’s two-year contract extension were to create salary-cap room in 2019 and give the QB a much-deserved pay raise.
  • Phil Perry explores what the Patriots can do with the salary cap space freed by Brady’s contract.
  • Adam London relays Scott Van Pelt summing up Tom Brady’s longevity in eye-opening terms.
  • NESN posts a video clip showing Tom Brady’s numbers from the second half of his career are actually better than the statistics from the first half of his career. (37 sec. video)
  • Matt Dolloff says the Patriots and Lions get to ramp up the intensity and inch closer to real game action in a trio of joint practices.
  • Andrew Callahan tells us what to know about Pats-Lions joint practices.
  • Doug Kyed highlight the matchups he’ll be watching in Patriots-Lions joint practices. 1. Danny Amendola vs. Jonathan Jones.
  • Phil Perry tells us what to watch at Patriots-Lions joint practice No. 1: Trey Flowers vs. Pats left tackles.
  • Andrew Callahan tells us the top 5 Patriots to follow during joint practices with the Lions.
  • Nick O’Malley hears from the players on approaching joint practices with Detroit, ready to ‘beat up on someone else’ for once, and looking forward to unifying as a team.
  • Zack Cox offers a quick rundown of the familiar faces the Patriots will see in Detroit this week.
  • Zack Cox NFL Rumors: Patriots players who didn’t travel to Detroit for joint practices.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) What they’re saying: “Not a great week” for Braxton Berrios.
  • Noah Trister notes Lions’ Danny Amendola is ready for joint practices with his former team.
  • Tom E. Curran talks about how the ‘Ty Law Rule’ came to be, and how Ty Law was okay with it. “We always adapt. So when you make an adjustment to a rule to change it for the whole league, well guess what? We’re gonna adapt to that too. That was nothing but another halftime adjustment for us.”
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Ty Law: Success in life is having a proper belief system.
  • Tom E. Curran notes Ed Reed thought competing vs. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick was ‘The best’.
  • Nicole Yang recaps how Bill Belichick received multiple shoutouts, including an unexpected one, during the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Happy Birthday, Tom Brady! Top 42 Tom Brady moments.
  • Deyscha Smith recently sat down to talk with Mike Reiss about his career, and what it’s like covering the Patriots, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Michael Rothstein (ESPN) Understanding how the Lions-Patriots joint practices were planned.
  • Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) As Tom Brady enters 20th season, one Patriots scouting trip in 2000 can’t be overlooked.
  • Kevin Clark (The Ringer) Tom Brady’s contract remains the real MVP of the Patriots’ dynasty.
  • Mike Jones (USA Today) Opinion: Can’t put dollar figure on Tom Brady’s worth, but Patriots craft nice thank-you gift.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady turns 42, with no signs of slowing down.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady’s contract removes lame-duck label, but not lame-duck reality, for 2019. /Looking for the whacked-out take? This is it.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Drew Brees, at 40, is looking to get better; More.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA: In remembrance of Don Banks, an NFL conscience and a true friend; More.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) NFL position battles to watch during training camp for all 32 teams. Patriots: Wide receiver.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) NFL predictions 2019: Patriots, Chiefs get new company in AFC playoffs.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) NFL predictions 2019: Cowboys, Packers bring drama to tight NFC playoff field.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) Ed Reed accidentally thanks Bill Belichick during his Hall of Fame speech and John Harbaugh’s reaction is priceless.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) The eight NFL players who could make the leap this season.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Looking at the NFL’s most memorable preseason moments.
  • Adam Schein (NFL.com) Top 10 NFL players of 2019? I’m here to correct the record! /Moves Brady to 9th, Rodgers to 3rd, lols.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today0 NFL’s 100 greatest teams of all time: Which squad is best in league history?
  • Jarrett Bell (USA Today) How NFL’s elite panel selecting 100 greatest players of all time arrived at picks.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Hall of Fame’s special Centennial Class approved for 2020.

EXTRACURRICULAR

  • Ed Graney (Las Vegas Review-Journal) Don Banks, longtime NFL reporter, dies at 57. /Sad.
  • Jenny Vrentas (SI) Don Banks remembered as a trusted scribe and a voice of reason.