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New England Patriots links 9/04/19 - Help me wand-a: Belichick, ‘no magic wand’ to make up practice time

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  • Matt Dolloff’s Patriots-Steelers Primer: What you should know about Pittsburgh before the 2019 season opener.
  • Karen Guregian writes how the Steelers are trying to change their fate vs. Tom Brady at Gillette Stadium.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots 2019 opponents: First impressions of the Steelers.
  • Nick Goss reports Mike Tomlin says he’s ‘not overly concerned’ about more headset issues vs. Patriots. /Puh-leeze.
  • Evan Lazar posts his Patriots Season Preview: How will the offense evolve without Rob Gronkowski?
  • Mike Reiss discusses how the ‘adaptable’ Patriots will reshape their attack without Gronk.
  • Phil Perry spotlights the developing chemistry Tom Brady continues to build with his receivers: “Not many of the guys have been out there that long. I have, obviously, a lot of experience with Julian. I have a lot of experience with Phil. I have some experience with Josh, very limited with Demaryius, N’Keal, and Jakobi and Gunner.”
  • CBS Boston finds Jakobi Meyers with a message to doubters in an Instagram post.
  • Phil Perry highlights a blunt Bill Belichick on the receivers: Can’t ‘wave a wand’ to make up for lost time.
  • Evan Lazar relays his conversation with Chase Winovich on balancing aggressiveness with playing within the structure of the defense.
  • Zack Cox finds only nine DBs currently on NFL rosters stand 6-foot-3 or taller and New England has two of them: S Obi Melinfonwu and CB Joejuan Williams.
  • Nick Goss NFL rumors: Patriots work out seven players before Week 1 vs. Steelers.
  • Ryan Hannable says the Patriots reportedly worked out 7 players yesterday, including 2nd-round pick Su’a Cravens.
  • Ryan Hannable mentions how Troy Brown contributed in a big way as a WRs coach in the offseason and it looks like he will remain on staff and have a role with the team in the regular season too.
  • Andrew Lykins (BelieveInBostonSports) Troy Brown’s classroom: His teachings can impact the wide receivers.
  • Andy Hart notes safeties coach Steve Belichick is more concerned about his craft than his last name.
  • Joel A. Erickson (IndyStar) Insider: Why Jacoby Brissett’s new deal makes sense for him and the Colts.
  • Ryan Hannable got to preview America’s Game before tonight’s premier, revealing how the Patriots used outside noise as motivation on their way to Super Bowl LIII.
  • Ryan Hannable also watched Do Your Job III, with the Bill Belichick-Josh McDaniels relationship a heavy focus.
  • 98.5 Sports Hub reports Rob Gronkowski says he would need a month of training to come out of retirement.
  • Matt Vautour reports on a Rob Gronkowski corn maze: Patriots retired tight end to be honored by West End Creamery in Whitinsville, MA.
  • Entitled Town podcast: Dave Brown & Mike Irons with guest Mike Petraglia talk Patriots and more. (77 min.)
  • Boston Blitz podcast: Steven Thompson & Chris Blackey talk Patriots injuries and CBD with Dr. Jessica Flynn. (68 min.) /Segment with Dr. Flynn was great.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and guest Thomas Murphy explaining why he’s a doubting [Demaryius] Thomas and previewing the Steelers (34 min.)
  • One Patriots Place podcast: Steve Balestrieri and Thomas Murphy are joined by Mark Schofield to preview the Patriots season opener. (85 min.)


  • E. Jay Zarett (Sporting News) Patriots feel Demaryius Thomas can ‘make a solid contribution’ this season, Bill Belichick says.
  • Cameron Filipe (FootballZebras) Week 1 referee assignments: Steelers at Patriots: Clete Blakeman.
  • Michael McKnight (SI) Much ado about JuJu.
  • Mike Freeman (Bleacher Report) 10-Point Stance: NFL insiders’ takes on every team before kickoff. NFC scout on Patriots: “...when we look back at the Patriots’ season, we’re gonna say, “This time, that defense won the Super Bowl for them, not Tom Brady.”
  • NFL Staff (Bleacher Report) Expert consensus 2019 regular-season NFL predictions.
  • Charley Casserly ( Evaluating rookie QBs: Daniel Jones, Ryan Finley start strong. Stidham earns a B grade.
  • Jenna West (SI) Report: Rams to sign QB Jared Goff to four-year, $134 million extension.
  • Alaa Abdeldaiem and Scooby Axson (SI) Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys agree to six-year, $90 million contract extension.
  • Paul Lukas (SI) Uni watch: NFL uniform preview 2019.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) NFL Week 1: Suspended players for opener (and beyond).
  • The Shop: Uninterrupted (HBO) Gronk on stopping football and partying. (1 min. video)
  • Andrew Brandt (SI) Business of Football: Perspective on the business decisions around Andrew Luck’s retirement from the NFL.
  • Russell S. Baxter (Fansided) 2019 NFL power rankings: Patriots back on top…again.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sport) NFL Power Rankings: With Andrew Luck retired, who are the preseason MVP favorites?