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News Blitz 7/6: 63 days and counting ...

There are 63 days remaining until the start of the 2017 season and ESPNBoston.com is ready. The site offers some fun facts, noting Tom Brady's record number of playoffs touchdown passes is … you guessed it … 63.

The questions surrounding the AFC East keep coming at ESPN.com. Since there's not much suspense with regard to the favorite to win the division, most of the inquiries have dealt with the other three teams outside of New England.

Today's question wonders if the Bills Tyrod Taylor will be Buffalo's starting quarterback in 2017.

ESPN.com believes the 2014 draft class could reshape the contract landscape in the NFL. While the Patriots draft picks won't be part of the equation per se, there is a member of the 2014 class who will look to get paid very soon in Malcolm Butler.

The Attleboro Sun Chronicle says the Patriots are smack dab in the middle of their "dreaded down time." Josh McDaniels is using some of his down time to drive the pace car at an upcoming NASCAR event. Tom Brady and his receivers are already hard at work in Montana.

WEEI.com is up to No. 14 on its list of the 20 most important Patriots. Today's player is Trey Flowers.

Bleacher Report says old friend Darrelle Revis is still working out in hopes of landing with an NFL team this summer.

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