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New England Patriots links 9/26/19 - Defense will need to keep Bills QB Josh Allen from going mobile

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New York Jets v New England Patriots
Dont’a Hightower and Stephon Gilmore doing their jobs in Week 3
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  • Evan Lazar points out that while Sony Michel is only averaging 2.4 yards per rush this season, Tom Brady is shredding teams with play-action.
  • Matt Cassel details what a week of Bill Belichick’s meticulous game planning looks like.
  • Matt Dolloff wonders if the Patriots defense has solved the mobile quarterback problem.
  • Zack Cox says new practice squad TE Jason Vander Laan was also the most prolific running QB in the history of college football, and may have been brought in to help the team prep for Buffalo’s Josh Allen.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Bills Week 4 key matchups: Who has the razor’s edge?
  • Adam London relays NFL analyst Michael Robinson on how the Bills can beat the Patriots in Week 4. “First of all, you got to have explosive plays from broken plays.”
  • David Furtado (LastWordOnSports) Bold Predictions: Patriots vs Bills. 1. The Patriots defense pitches a shutout.
  • Lance Reynolds (PatriotsWire) 6 things Patriots fans should know about the Bills. 1. Josh Allen is proving his worth.
  • Robert Marcello (FullPressCoverage) Patriots enemy profile: Buffalo Bills.
  • Nick Goss highlights a stat that shows the Patriots O-line has protected Tom Brady very well despite injuries.
  • Tom E. Curran notes Tom Brady raves about Josh Gordon’s mental toughness and more.
  • Nick O’Malley reports James White admits it was ‘weird’ watching the Patriots on TV instead of playing, but he had a good excuse: the birth of his son.
  • Jim Hackett diagnoses Stephen Gostkowski with a case of the yips.
  • Andy Hart notes Jake Bailey is grateful for Matthew Slater at gunner, allowing him be aggressive with his punts.
  • Phil Perry notes Bill Belichick defended Sony Michel, saying he needs help up front ‘to get started’.
  • Mike Reiss writes that while first-year ILB coach Jerod Mayo has taken a leading role on the defensive staff, there’s still no question Bill Belichick is ultimately in charge of the NFL’s No. 1-ranked unit.
  • Matt Dolloff looks at who’s NOT playing to see how well the Patriots defense is playing.
  • Zack Cox explains why Tom Brady puts Phillip Dorsett in the same class as Julian Edelman and James White.
  • CBS Boston mentions how Tom Brady loves to silence the Buffalo crowd: “I think it’s always gratifying when you go in there and by the end of the game you look up, and there are only Patriots fans left”.
  • Mike Reiss notes Tom Brady’s limited practice load seems to be part of the “roster management” that Bill Belichick referenced in regard to the team signing free-agent QB Cody Kessler on Wednesday.
  • Nick O’Malley recaps an article from ‘The Athletic’ on what scouts said about Tom Brady as an NFL Draft prospect 20 years ago.
  • Matt Vautour catches up with Jakobi Meyers who is building on his preseason scolding and success, while working on building trust with Tom Brady and ‘everybody.’
  • Mac Cerullo notes Bill Belichick definitely gives days off for the team’s expectant fathers. ’According to his players, even Belichick understands there are some moments in life that are bigger than football.’
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Marcus Cannon upgraded; Tom Brady, Julian Edelman limited at Patriots practice.
  • Zack Cox Practice Notes: Julian Edelman, Dont’a Hightower present after leaving Jets game.
  • Doug Kyed tells us when the Patriots will wear their alternate ‘color rush’ jerseys in 2019, beginning with the Thursday night game vs. the NY Giants on October 10.
  • Zack Cox reports Nate Ebner recruited Tom Brady to salute the US Rugby Team ahead of the World Cup.
  • Doug Kyed and Matt Chatham discuss Julian Edelman’s injury and what to expect for this weekend. (1.09 min. video)