Daily News and Links for 8/25/14
Saturday Press Conference Transcript: Bill Belichick.
Why we play: Julian Edelman. (2.09 min. video)
Path to the NFL: Chandler Jones. (2.11 min. video)
Doug Kyed sees the Tommy Kelly cut as a show of faith in the young defenders.
Christopher Price offers five thoughts on the Patriots' most recent releases.
Karen Guregian asks three former QBs what is the most important trait a QB needs to be successful in the NFL.
Tim Benz warns fans that we need a reality check about our expectations for this year's team. /WTF?!?
Mike Reiss shakes up the RBs in his newest 53-man roster projection: Vereen, White, Bolden & Gray are in - Ridley out, Finch on practice squad.
Mark Farinella takes a stab at projecting the final 53-man roster. Roy Finch in at RB, Jonas Gray out.
Nick O'Malley posts his third projection of the 53-man roster, with an assumption that Belichick is going young and appears set to run more 3-4 this year.
Mark Daniels says Belichick is not ready to name anyone as the starter at center or right guard.
Mike Lowe details the strengths and flaws of the RBs who are in contention to start in the regular season.
Glen Farley tells us 2nd year LB Steve Beauharnais hopes his team-leading 19 tackles, an interception and 61-yard return this preseason will be enough to earn a roster spot.
Glen Farely notes Bill Belichick says 6th-round draft pick DL Zach Moore is adjusting to the leap from Division 2 college ball to the NFL.
Tom E. Curran talks up DT Jerel Worthy and his big upside.
Lee Schechter reports Bill Belichick now has his focus on the Giants and on the roster.
Mark Farinella shares his Hots & Nots from Friday night: Patriots' third-down conversion rating was 67%.
Chad Finn answers his weekly Mailbag: Wondering whether it's time for Wes Welker to walk away -- while he still can.
Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Julian Edelman's switch from QB to WR (and PR and DB) wins praise from Bill Belichick; Belichick admitted he took too long to challenge Shane Vereen's 2nd TD; Rob Ninkovich took turns as long snapper Friday night, just in case.
Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Pats release Tommy Kelly, Will Smith and James Anderson in advance of Tuesday's roster cut-down day; Vince Wilfork got some good push along the interior of the line against the Panthers; Ryan Mallett may be one of the QBs available for the Rams now that Sam Bradford is out for the year; Rookie DE Zach Moore has been trying to make the leap from Division 2 Concordia St. Paul, and has made a positive impression on Belichick so far.
Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Report: Patriots release Tommy Kelly and Will Smith.
Inside Slant (Yahoo! Sports) Team Report: New England Patriots - Belichick and Patriots get ready for tough cuts.
Will Leitch (Sports on Earth) Football set to rule our lives again.
Peter King (The MMQB) MMQB: Why the NFL's best team won't win the Super Bowl. /A Patriots-free edition.
Mike Tanier (Sports on Earth) Mandatory Monday: On the rise. FB/LB Taylor McCuller mentioned for Patriots.
John Clayton (ESPN) Mailbag: Plenty of concerns in top-heavy AFC.
Will Brinson (CBS Sports) Sorting the Sunday Pile (Preseason Edition!): The biggest stories from the NFL week that was.
Mike Tanier (Sports on Earth) Move extra points to the one, and coaches will go for two.
Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Why note remove eligibility limits for the practice squad?
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