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New England Patriots links 5/16/19 - Jamie Collins latest boomerang Patriot to make his return

Daily news and links for Thursday

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Jamie Collins and Patrick Chung combine to tackle Le’Veon Bell in Oct. 2016
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  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) History repeating: Collins agrees to rejoin Patriots.
  • Tom E. Curran points out that while the defense has gotten a whole lot better since Jamie Collins was shipped out, bringing him back may be a win-win scenario for both sides.
  • Jim Hackett thinks the Patriots defense looks stacked and could even be better than last year’s Super Bowl winning unit. /No one’s crying for the bend-but-don’t-break system.
  • Kevin Duffy believes this time around, Jamie Collins may be looking at a specialized role, adding that he certainly possesses the athletic ability to excel with multiple assignments.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots are bringing back Jamie Collins… a surprise move that ‘should be tempered against the reasons why he was traded in the first place.’
  • Andrew Callahan reviews the film to see what Jamie Collins can bring to the Patriots in his return.
  • Evan Lazar explains why he believes Jamie Collins will need a new approach in his return to New England.
  • Ryan Hannable offers his take on how Jamie Collins’ second stint will be different than his first.
  • Doug Kyed makes the case that any Jamie Collins-Patrick Chung reclamation comparisons are flawed.
  • Alex Barth calls the Jamie Collins signing a classic Bill Belichick move and reminds us that he’s far from guaranteed a spot in the final 53.
  • Nick Goss notes Dont’a Hightower was pretty pumped to hear about Collins’ return.
  • Doug Kyed resets the Patriots roster at Cornerback: Tough decisions looming at this position.
  • Andrew Callahan jumps into the Patriots 53-man roster projections with Demaryius Thomas on PUP, Nate Ebner a surprise cut (surpassed by Terrence Brooks) and yet another undrafted rookie making it in.
  • Adam London highlights Tom Brady’s Instagram video showing his next goal, after reaching a long-awaited milestone with 1,000 career rushing yards in 2018: TB2K. /Pretty funny.
  • Michael Hurley recaps the Jets-Adam Gase-Le’Veon Bell situation: Bell sat out for an entire season because he did not feel as though the Steelers properly valued his contributions on the field. Bell is now playing for a head coach who, according to reports, does not think he’s worth the money he’s being paid. That may not provide Bell with the warm fuzzies he was looking for as a free agent.
  • Darren Hartwell does the math: Adam Gase is now the AFC East’s 20th GM since Belichick joined the Patriots.


  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: Who wants to take on the chaos and be the next GM of the New York Jets? MMQB Mailbag.
  • Kevin Patra ( Kyle Rudolph won’t take pay cut: ‘Too young for that’.
  • Chart (OverTheCap) Positional spending. /Football Perspective (@fbgchase) Tweets “There are only 6 teams in the NFL who are using over $12M in 2019 salary cap space to the running back position. They include three of the worst franchises in the NFL, a media darling, and the two Super Bowl teams.” Interesting.
  • Gil Brandt ( Best NFL offseasons of 2019. Patriots don’t make this list.
  • Dan Parr ( Top 25 NFL rookies in best position for Year 1 success. No. 21: N’Keal Harry in the ‘Don’t sleep on ‘em’ category.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) How should NFL teams build around the $30 million quarterback?
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL’s official draft account on Twitter clamors for a lottery.
  • Albert Breer, Jenny Vrentas, Conor Orr (SI) MMQB Podcast: What would the NFL draft look like with a lottery? (40 min. audio)


  • Alex Reimer’s Media Column: With tapes ruled improper, hysterical coverage of Robert Kraft case now looks downright foolish. /Patriots Derangement Syndrome is real.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Jets tumbling in a downward spiral after firing GM Mike Maccagnan.
  • Judy Battista ( Mike Maccagnan’s firing brings ‘Same Old Jets’ moniker to focus.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) The Jets gave their GM just enough power to get himself fired: New York relieved Mike Maccagnan of his duties Wednesday after an apparent power struggle with new head coach Adam Gase.
  • NY Post: New York Jets headlines and stories. /For your reading enjoyment and amusement.
  • NY Daily News: New York Jets headlines and stories. /Same as above.