Last night’s win over the Giants finishes a 3-1 exhibition start for the Patriots as they get set to make their final roster cuts this weekend. Â There’s a lot going on this morning, so here’s a look at today’s top stories:
Jonathan Kraft disputes Rolling Stone’s Aaron Hernandez story – Mark Daniels - Daniels has comments from Kraft, who addressed the Rolling Stone article and refuted some of the things mentioned that he said were inaccurate.
Ryan Mallett, Tim Tebow make most of preseason finale – Mark Daniels – Daniels looks at the performances of both quarterbacks during last night’s win over the Giants.
Tim Tebowâ€™s mixed results – Jeff Howe – Howe writes, “the reads were too slow, and the throws lacked crispness,” but feels that Belichick will probably have a difficult time making the call to keep Tebow in one direction or another this weekend.
Notebook: Josh Boyce toe-tally in step – Jeff Howe – Howe files his notebook this morning, and writes that, “Rookie wide receiver Josh Boyce displayed his potential when heâ€™s got 10 working toes.”
Michael Buchanan impressive in Patriots’ preseason finale - Jeff Pini – Pini has a good article on the defensive end, who went out and put together a strong final audition last night.
In preseason finale, Tim Tebow rallies Patriots – Shalise Manza Young – Manza Young writes that fans who stuck around until the end last night were treated to a quite a finish last night against the Giants.
ON FOOTBALL: Was Thursday night’s game Tim Tebow’s final NFL ride? – Ben Volin – Â Volin has a good read this morning on the final moments of last night’s game and wonders if last night’s touchdown pass at the end of the game will be Tebow’s final NFL throw.
Patriots work out two quarterbacks – Zuri Berry – Berry writes that the Patriots worked out six players including two quarterbacks and two interior offensive lineman, and wonders what the QB audition means for Tebow’s future.
Patriots stock report: Marquice Cole, Logan Ryan make strong case in preseason finale – Erik Frenz – Frenz has Â agood reasd this morning on Cole an Ryan, Â who both had strong performances Thursday night.
What We Learned: With Preseason Done, Patriots Eager For Start of Real Thing - Christopher Price – Price has his usual read this morning and it’s entertaining as always, including the fact that he feels if they were handing it out Tim Tebow and Quentin Sims would win ‘Best Couple’ after every meaningful pass he threw this preseason went to Sims.
Tim Tebow: ‘I think I Showed Some Improvement’ - Mike Petraglia – Petraglia writes that after his best performance of the preseason, it would appear more likely that he will be on the roster.
Michael Buchanan, Jake Bequette May Have Saved Spots on Patriots Roster After Shining in Final Preseason Game – Doug Kyed -Â Kyed writes that, “It was obvious from watching their play that both players were fighting for their lives. What wasnâ€™t obvious was where these players had been all summer in both training camp and preseason.”
Stock watch: Michael Buchanan, Ryan Mallett flying high after win over Giants – Nick Underhill – Underhill has a look at several players who saw their stock rise after their play last night.
LeGarrette Blount awaits his fate with roster cutdowns coming this weekend – Nick Underhill – Underhill has a good read on Blount, who is hoping he put together enough on tape to give him a shot at sticking around.
Patriots wide receiver Josh Boyce ‘getting better every day’ - Rich Garven – Garven has an article on the rookie receiver and writes that after missing minicamp in June with a foot injury, which led to a slow start in training camp, he’s been steadily closing the gap and ended the preseason strong last night.