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Dave Brown is a freelance correspondent who covers the New England Patriots for the Concord Monitor.

Projecting the Patriots 53-man roster
9/3/2016 1:26:38 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Here’s a quick look at my projected 53-man roster as we wait for the real thing, which the Patriots are required to submit at 4 p.m.
 
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Why six of these Patriots are going home today: Predicting roster cuts
8/30/2016 12:23:52 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — As the final hours tick away before the NFL’s first preseason cut-down deadline, six men are about to become former Patriots.
 
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Brady returns to practice with thumbs intact
8/24/2016 9:25:47 AM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — After six days of secrecy and speculation, Tom Brady turned up at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday with all of his thumbs attached. Some of his teammates are not quite as lucky as the Patriots are now scrambling to deal with a handful of significant injuries.
 
Ever since Brady missed an anticipated start in last Thursday’s preseason victory over th...
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How the Patriots are hiding a talented team
8/20/2016 12:01:11 PM

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MARTELLUS BENNETT'S LEGACY OF DISAPPOINTMENT
8/16/2016 9:43:49 PM

Cp_rJAXW8AAa0in-(1).jpg(Dave Brown Photo) The empty podium where Martellus Bennett was schedu...
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PATS WON'T HAVE MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM IF THEY WANT THIRD QB FOR SEPTEMBER
8/15/2016 6:53:59 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — While it’s unlikely the Patriots will be looking to add a third-string quarterback during Tom Brady’s suspension, the market for back-up passers is dire if the need should arise.
 
By all appearances, rookie Jacoby Brissett has had...
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COULD TOM BRADY MAKE PATRIOTS ROSTER UNDER CURRENT NFL RULES?
8/15/2016 3:38:24 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Would a rookie Tom Brady make the Patriots roster in the present-day NFL?
 
The question has little to do with Brady’s skill set and work ethic. Those are assets in a league that now favors passing more than ever. Rather, the issue is whether a five-year-old rule change has made it difficult for teams to give under-the-radar passers a chance to...
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UNH WR HARRIS CHASING SPOT ON SAINTS ROSTER
8/13/2016 9:22:19 AM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Lined up wide right one on one against Patriots cornerback Darryl Roberts, Saints wide receiver R.J. Harris made a move and got free.
 
The former University of New Hampshire standout had more than a step on the man trying to defend him. In front of friends and supporters visiting from Durham, Harris ran unchecked into the Patriots end zone. Wide ope...
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TIME TO WONDER IF CHANDLER JONES TRADE WILL HURT PATRIOTS SUPER BOWL CHANCES
8/12/2016 2:39:54 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Now applying the perfect wisdom of hindsight, it appears the short-term success of the Chandler Jones trade rests on the performance of a rookie left guard.
 
The returns from that blockbuster trade are beginning to trickle away as rookie wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell suffered a dislocated elbow in Thursday night’s preseason victory over the S...
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HOW THE PATS WOUND UP WITH A VASTLY OVERPAID OFFENSIVE LINE
8/8/2016 1:42:36 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Budget wizards can parse the spreadsheets any way they want, but one conclusion is clear: The Patriots offensive line is vastly overpaid.
 
New England has committed more than 20 percent of its salary cap space (about $30 million) to this position group. Only six teams have given more space to their offensive lines this year, and it seems highly unli...
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BRADY SHOWS FIRE IN SCRIMMAGE, PREFERS NOT TO DISCUSS DECISION ON SUSPENSION 
8/5/2016 5:46:54 PM

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Fresh off a stunning performance in an intra-squad scrimmage Friday, Tom Brady finally addressed his decision to accept a four-game suspension...
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DE CHRIS LONG AMONG MANY MYSTERIES IN PATS CAMP
8/4/2016 6:59:17 PM
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Among the many great mysteries of the 2016 Patriots is defensive end Chris Long.
 
Long, the nominal replacement for Chandler Jones, is a four-time Pro Bowler who has missed 14 games over the last two seasons, producing only four sacks in that time. Just as it is impossible to know what the Patriots will get from the likes of Danny Amendola, Julian E...
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