News Blitz 1/3: Time for the Patriots to peak

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The Patriots don’t know who they’ll be playing in the divisional round action on Jan. 13 at Gillette Stadium. As such, practice this week is about Bill Belichick finding areas for improvement throughout his roster as it heads into the postseason.

The Boston Herald says Rob Gronkowski is trying to turn the clock back to peak in the postseason. Once a struggling unit, the Herald says the Patriots run defense has turned the corner heading into January action. The Herald notebook has Belichick expressing his “great admiration” for retiring Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. The Herald notes that the NFL head-coaching carousel – including Josh McDaniels and Brian Flores reportedly interviewing for open jobs this week – could leave the Patriots in a tough spot.

The Providence Journal observes that the improvement on the New England run defense coincided with Danny Shelton returning to action after a couple weeks on the bench. The ProJo notes that plenty of teams covet McDaniels and Flores.

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