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New England Patriots links 5/24/19 - Welcome to OTAs, the season of “I know it’s only practice, but...”

Daily news and links for Friday

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Danny Etling takes the field for OTAs
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  • Kevin Duffy tells us what to know about Thursday’s OTA, first media viewing since January: Rookie receiver N’Keal Harry is making a solid first impression. Harry’s contested back-shoulder TD catch was one of the top plays of the day; More.
  • Tom E. Curran shares his OTA session observations: TE Matt LaCosse looked like a very natural hands catcher; In the 11-on-11 session — which is the contact equivalent of tossing it around on the side yard at a Memorial Day BBQ — Ben Watson made a nice catch in traffic on a throw from Danny Etling; More.
  • Evan Lazar offers ten observations from Patriots OTAs: Joe Thuney plays left tackle; Joejuan Williams, Chase Winovich round out solid showing from top rookies; More.
  • Ryan Hannable gives his us his impressions of yesterday’s OTA session: N’Keal Harry stands out; J.C. Jackson and rookie Joejuan Williams were the DB standouts; More.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Return of the Patriots rookie eyeball test: 2019 Edition.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Tweets of note from Patriots 2019 OTA #1: Absentee list, who’s playing where, etc...
  • Ryan Hannable emphasizes while Tom Brady’s absence from OTAs stands out, he concedes that the end game makes it worth it.
  • Karen Guregian gives us her impressions of QB Jarrett Stidham after a first look at Tom Brady’s possible successor, and says ‘he certainly had his moments, both good and bad...’
  • Doug Kyed reports Jarrett Stidham was imperfect, as expected, in his first NFL practice open to reporters, adding that Stidham was 6-of-13 with an INT in team drills.
  • Kevin Duffy says there was a lot to like from rookie N’Keal Harry’s performance at yesterday’s OTA: He moves well for his size, and he clearly has a knack for winning in “jump ball” scenarios.
  • Nick Goss points out how Rookie N’Keal Harry is following Julian Edelman’s lead: “I’ve seen myself improve on route-running already within the first three days, so I’m just going to keep listening to him and keep that same approach and that same mindset coming into practice every day.”
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots Training Camp Battles: Duke Dawson vs Jonathan Jones.
  • Doug Kyed identifies the mystery offensive player donning No. 72 as converted defender, rookie WR Gunner Olszewski out of Bemidji State.
  • Ryan Hannable lists the Patriots OTA jersey numbers, including Jamie Collins wearing No. 8.
  • Mac Cerullo writes that after Jamie Collins and the Patriots didn’t part on good terms, he’s taking a ‘strictly business approach’ in his return. “It’s football at the end of the day, and it’s business,” Collins said. “I come in here and handle my business just like anywhere else I go.”
  • Mark Daniels reports Jamie Collins says he learned a lot after being traded to the Browns. He now comes back to the place where it started with a business-like focus that he hopes will serve him well.
  • Mike Reiss talks about how Ben Watson targeted two of his former teams - Pats and Saints - when having second thoughts about his retirement.
  • Tom Keegan finds Ben Watson not afraid to speak his mind.
  • Doug Kyed relays Dontrelle Inman’s simple reason for signing with the Pats: “I like winning. It’s one of those things like being part of a winning organization, you want to try to help the team win.”
  • Evan Lazar takes an initial swing at a 53-Man roster projection: Patriots have challenging cuts ahead of them.
  • Doug Kyed addresses his Patriots Mailbag: Who will emerge as New England’s top TE option?
  • Jim Hackett attempts to rank Tom Brady’s all-time best receivers and finds it’s not as simple as it sounds.
  • Adam London NFL Rumors: Patriots among six teams interested in Gerald McCoy.
  • Darren Hartwell NFL Rumors: Patriots in consideration to host 2022 NFL Draft in Boston.
  • Nick Goss mentions how several players and coaches showed their support for the Bruins by wearing B’s hats at practice.
  • Michael Hurley suggests that with his new contract, Julian Edelman can become the second-most important player from the Patriots Dynasty.
  • CBS Boston notes Julian Edelman gives a shoutout to Boston as ‘the best sports city in the world.’
  • Foxboro Report: Reunion season in Foxboro with Watson, Collins, & Bolden. (6.12 min. video)
  • Patriots All-22 Podcast: Evan Lazar and Adam Kirkjian discuss Patriots OTAs, Edelman extension; More. (48 min.)