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– As part of his weekly mailbag, Mike Reiss touches on how an improved Patriots defense will ultimately help Tom Brady and the offense. This was my biggest complaint with the Patriots defense in the recent past, and a point I felt was often overlooked. I understand the defenses have traditionally given up less points than yards, which is important, but forcing the offense to continually drive long fields makes their chances for success (touchdowns) more difficult. With a more potent defense, this offense could explode.
– The Patriots have been the most stable and successful franchise the past decade plus, which is remarkable given the salary cap era in which the teams currently operate.
– Former Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams discussed his recent visit with the Patriots. If he is healthy and has some juice left in the tank it could be a good move for both parties.
– Pete Prisco lists his top 25 breakout players for 2014 and a certain Patriots linebacker makes the list.
– Tom Brady is among a group of NFL players who were also selected in the MLB draft.
– Well that is one way to get into the record books as an offensive lineman.