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New England Patriots links 9/13/19 - Patriots take their talents, including AB, to South Beach

Daily news and links for Friday

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Chase Winovich gets to test that ‘high motor’ in the high heat.
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  • Mike Reiss lays out the dream and the reality of why (or why not) the Patriots will go 16-0. /I’m on the dream team.
  • Phil Perry explains how the Patriots offense can attack the Dolphins with (or without) Antonio Brown.
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Game Plan: Here’s why the Patriots will have defensive coordinators up at night with Antonio Brown in the mix, at least for the time being.
  • Matt Dolloff reminds us that the Dolphins are a professional football team, and points out some players to know.
  • Andy Hart’s Patriots 6-pack Preview: There are some reasons to doubt New England’s ability to simply dispatch the Dolphins with expected ease.
  • Thomas Murphy (DiehardBostonSportsFans) Monster keys to squish the fish: ‘Spread this team out and light them up.’
  • David Albiani (FullPressCoverage) What’s happening in South Beach? Patriots set to battle Dolphins.
  • Robert Marcello (FullPressCoverage) Enemy Profile: Patriots prepare for matchup with Dolphins.
  • Doug Kyed addresses his Friday Patriots Mailbag: Do improved receiving targets alter offensive approach?
  • Andy Hart notes Chase Winovich is settling into life as a Patriot.
  • Matt Vautour gives us a Matt LaCosse update on his injured ankle and notes he’s trying to improve and get healthier at the same time.
  • Chris Grenham highlights a Nick Underhill (The Athletic) story detailing how Tom Brady avoids “swamp ass”: Sweaty Patriots centers during humid games.
  • Michael Hurley mentions in the midst of the AB madness, Tom Brady offers a reminder of what makes him Tom Brady.
  • Phil Perry highlights Stephon Gilmore on Antonio Brown: ‘competitive, smart, can do it all’.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) Deion Branch is positive that Antonio Brown won’t be a distraction for Patriots.
  • Doug Kyed NFL Rumors: ‘No indication’ Antonio Brown will definitely be disciplined.
  • Andy Hart hears from Corey Dillon who doesn’t deserve to be remembered as any sort of Patriots reclamation project. /True.
  • Evan Lazar and Alex Barth Foxborough Report: Are the Dolphins really as bad as they looked last week? (7.34 min. video)


  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Patriots are planning for Antonio Brown to play.
  • Edward Sutelan (Sporting News) Patriots vs. Dolphins and lessons from the biggest road favorites in NFL history.
  • Manish Mehta (NY Daily News) What if Bill Belichick is wrong about Demaryius Thomas?
  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: Mike Zimmer and the Vikings may deserve more hype this season than last; Mailbag.
  • Alaa Abdeldaiem (SI) Morning Huddle: Buccaneers’ defense stands tall in grind-it-out victory over Panthers.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) Your Week 2 matchup guide: The Saints get their chance at revenge.
  • Michael Colangelo (TouchdownWire) 5 things from Week 1 that could carry over into Week 2. 5. The Patriots defense.
  • Barry Werner (TouchdownWire) 11 bold predictions for Week 2 of the NFL season. 8. Dolphins won’t allow 59 points.
  • Joel Corry (CBS Sports) Agent’s Take: Dak Prescott’s contract leverage and what it means for a potential new Cowboys deal; More.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) That Dolphins fire sale you’re expecting? It already happened, and there’s really not much left to trade.
  • Gil Brandt ( Top deep threats of 2019. No. 2 Antonio Brown.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Rob Gronkowski “probably had like 20 concussions”.
  • Barry Werner (TouchdownWire) Bill Belichick’s Patriots have made trades with each of the other 31 NFL teams. /31-click slideshow warning.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Has NFL quietly nudged bar for replay review of pass interference higher?
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) After Panthers lose pass interference challenge, we still don’t know what new rule is.
  • Judy Battista ( New era dawns: Inside NFL command center on opening night.
  • MMQB Staff (SI) Week 2 NFL picks. Patriots win across the board.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) PFT’s Week Two picks. Florio: Pats 45-14; MDS: Pats 27-10.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( NFL Week 2 game picks. Pats 34-17. “Even if Belichick saying that the Dolphins have so many ‘great players,’ that they ‘can’t get them all in the game at the same time’ feels like laying it on thick, there’s a paranoid part of Belichick that probably believes it.”



  • Michael McCann (SI) Should the NFL place Antonio Brown on the commissioner’s exempt list? /Good read.
  • Justin Leger reveals why the Antonio Brown allegations weren’t brought to Patriots’ attention. /But F&M said it was because the Pats either did know but lied about not knowing, or didn’t ask because they didn’t want to know.
  • Jeremy Fowler (ESPN) Sources: Pats unaware AB involved in civil matter. Antonio Brown and Britney Taylor reps were in confidential talks for months; Pats unaware unless that confidentiality breached.
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) Lack of Antonio Brown criminal probe limits NFL and heightens league’s need to interview accuser.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Antonio Brown rejects the haters: ‘In a time of crisis, all I ask is love, dedication and focus’.
  • WEEI reports Antonio Brown goes on Instagram live from TB12 Sports Therapy Center.
  • Sheilla Dingus (AdvocacyForFairnessInSports) NFL settles with insurers; dodges discovery bullet again.