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New England Patriots links 7/29/19 - Training Camp updates: Defense looking feisty, having fun

Daily news and links for Monday

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J.C. Jackson running through position drills
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  • Tom E. Curran provides a Patriots Training Camp Primer, Day 5: Tonight’s session at Gillette.
  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Joe Judge, NFL’s only special-teams/WR coach, locked in on details; Belichick’s development of coaches; O-line depth gets early test; A word on Brady’s contract; Berrios gets Gronk’s locker; More. /Worth a read.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Possible reasons for strange start to Pats’ training camp; Nick Caserio’s press conference; The longer Isaiah Wynn isn’t a full participant in practice, the less likely he’s ready to start Week 1 against the Steelers; The WR position is wide open; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes: Jarrett Stidham making strides at QB in the Patriots system; JaWhaun Bentley poised to return to a meaningful role in 2019; More.
  • Phil Perry sends us another Postcard from Camp, Day 4: Bennett looks good in first practice; Dan Skipper got a look at first-team left tackle; It was a good day of work for Berrios; More.
  • Doug Kyed’s observations from Sunday’s practice: Maurice Harris’ excellent offseason continues; With Julian Edelman out, Harris has been the team’s best receiver; More.
  • Andrew Callahan’s Day 4 observations: Defense dominates the goal line, Tom Brady rebounds and more.
  • Evan Lazar’s Camp Notebook, Day 4: After a short session on Saturday, the Patriots ramped things up on Sunday with their most competitive practice of the week.
  • Zack Cox shares his Camp Notes for Day 4: Dontrelle Inman absent - also, Inman has yet to catch a pass in 11-on-11 drills; David Andrews and Isaiah Wynn remain limited; More.
  • Trevor Hass gives us 6 notes and observations from Day 4: Tom Brady and Maurice Harris hooked up for a touchdown; There’s no shortage of height at tackle; More.
  • Andy Hart’s camp observations, Day 4: Michael Bennett debuts, Celtics stop by, More.
  • Nick Friar mentions the Celtics’ Brad Stevens and Jayson Tatum were guests at Pats camp yesterday, with Tatum offering praise of Tom Brady.
  • Zack Cox hears Tom Brady speaking with Willie McGinest as he explained the process of replacing a player as talented and integral as Rob Gronkowski.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Early Training Camp Takeaways: Find out who’s standing out in early practice sessions. Hint: Maurice Harris and Obi Melifonwu included.
  • Ryan Hannable tells us N’Keal Harry is learning a great deal from Troy Brown and Tom Brady.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Sony Michel says his knee feels good, after an offseason scope and missing the first two days of camp.
  • Jacob Camenker notes Phillip Dorsett says he is impressed with ‘detail-oriented’ Joe Judge.
  • Doug Kyed sees WR Jakobi Meyers smart approach to becomoe the one of 11 undrafted rookies to make the Patriots 53-man roster. Meyers saw time with Brady and the first-team offense on Sunday.
  • Mac Cerullo calls attention to how Bill Belichick earned the trust of the game’s toughest personalities, including Michael Bennett.
  • Mike Reiss reports Michael Bennett arrived at camp and practiced Sunday, after an excused absence. Bennett appreciated Bill Belichick respecting him ‘as a human being’ says it’s now easier because of that, to do what is asked of him on the field.
  • Mike Petraglia tells us to get ready for a wild ride with Michael Bennett. ‘The 33-year old offers the Patriots a veteran who has seen just about everything NFL trench warfare has to offer.’
  • Andy Hart notes Michael Bennett called it “exciting” to get on the field in New England for the “special opportunity” of training camp with the Patriots, and laughed off rumors that his absence might be a retirement.
  • Jacob Camenker relays Jamie Collins’ answer to what made him return to New England: ‘Everything’.
  • Phil Perry spotlights new safety Terrence Brooks, making an early impression in his first Patriots camp.
  • Zack Cox notes J.C. Jackson isn’t an undrafted rookie anymore, but he’s not taking anything for granted entering year two and his upward trajectory has continued this summer.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots roster projection 3.0: Training camp edition.
  • Nick O’Malley thumbnails 15 free agents who are still available and wonders if the Patriots could pull off another late signing.
  • Nick O’Malley notes Rodney Harrison explains what it meant when Bill Belichick took a chance on him, didn’t listen to the noise, and believed he could still play.
  • Nick O’Malley highlights Rodney Harrison on his Patriots HOF induction: ‘I would not be here wearing this jacket’ without late mentor Junior Seau.
  • Ryan Hannable reports that Randy Moss and Rodney Harrison were among a number of ex-Patriots taking in the action Saturday morning.
  • Adam London posts the clip (from @NBCSCameraGuys) of Tom Brady throwing a 50-yard bomb to Randy Moss on the sideline Saturday.
  • Mike Reiss recounts Ty Law’s 47-yard Super Bowl pick-six as the defining play in his Hall of Fame career.
  • Foxboro Report: Alex Barth, Evan Lazar and Mike Petraglia offer their Day 4 observations. (5.48 min. video)


  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick gives Tom Brady an earful.
  • Skyler Carlin (ClutchPoints) Lance Kendricks says it was a ‘no-brainer’ to join Patriots.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Odell and Baker are clicking—but they know they haven’t won anything yet.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA: Cam Newton puts away cape, feeling ‘like a rookie’ after surgery.
  • NFL Nation and Pro Football Focus (ESPN) Picking the top bounce-back candidates for all 32 NFL teams. Patriots: Jamie Collins.
  • Chris Roling (Bleacher Report) The best undrafted free agent in every 2019 NFL training camp. Patriots: WR Jakobi Meyers.
  • Bucky Brooks ( Scout’s Notebook: Aaron Rodgers is overrated: Why he’s not a top-five quarterback.
  • Charley Casserly ( One key storyline for all 32 teams heading into 2019 NFL season. Patriots: Will Tom Brady and Co. still be the team to beat in the AFC?
  • Gallery ( Top 100 Players of 2019: Nos. 100-31.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Monday’s CBA session is postponed.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) The CBA makes it easier to hold out than to show up and leave.