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New England Patriots links 7/30/19 - Update: Rodney in, Pats off, projections out; Rookies up and down

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Chase Winovich, flanked by veterans Michael Bennett and Lawrence Guy
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  • Phil Perry puts out his 53-man roster projection, basing this list more on camp performances and reps received of players involved, than positional ‘needs’: Going light at tight end.
  • WEEI offers their latest 53-man roster projection after five training camp practices.
  • Mac Cerullo puts together a quick projection of how the final 53-man roster will look: Dawson, Roberts on the bubble through first week of camp.
  • Andrew Callahan makes his 53-man roster projection: Pats load up on pass rushers, cut longtime veteran.
  • Andy Hart shares his camp observations, Day 5: Practice took place on the ‘soccer field’ inside Gillette Stadium; Dontrelle Inman absent again; Patrick Chung shed the red no-contact jersey; Terrence Brooks continued to get high-end reps in the top secondary, lined up next to Devin McCourty; More.
  • Evan Lazar’s Pats camp notebook, Day Five: Light work during in-stadium non-padded practice; Patriots going back to a 3-4 defense? More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Training camp Day 5 observations: Danny Etling was acting as the QB for the scout team while Chung was taking snaps as the scout team RB. In his stead, Obi Melifonwu saw many of Chung’s normal reps, lining up as a deep safety; More.
  • Matt Dolloff shares his training camp Day 5 recap: Dan Skipper continued to get time with the starters at left tackle; Dave Andrews looks all the way back from whatever held him out for the start of camp; More.
  • Andrew Callahan on Monday’s camp: O-line receives a needed boost, N’Keal Harry’s drop and more Day 5 observations.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Instant observations from day 5 of Patriots camp: A few rookie mistakes under the bright lights. Receiver N’Keal Harry dropped a deep pass from Brady, even though the defense wasn’t going full speed.
  • Doug Kyed picks out his five biggest takeaways from the Pats first block of training camp (NFL teams can only practice five straight days): It’s early, but Maurice Harris looks like he’ll be a Week 1 starter; Pencil in Dan Skipper at left tackle; More.
  • Andy Hart gives us 5 takeaways from 5 days of Patriots camp. 1. N’Keal Harry has a lot of work to do.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Taking stock of the first week of Patriots training camp: Health still a concern in some areas; More.
  • Andrew Callahan observes that while Julian Edelman sits out, Maurice Harris has rapidly emerged as New England’s best available wideout.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Damien Harris appears ready to take on Patriots’ power back role.
  • Sean T. McGuire wonders if the Patriots could be transitioning to a 3-4 defense right in front of our eyes.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Marcus Cannon contract: Patriots create $3M in cap space.
  • NBC Sports Boston passes along a report that Joe Thuney is talking contract extension with the Patriots.
  • Ryan Hannable finds Jarrett Stidham has had four training camp sessions as a QB in the NFL, and they’ve gone like you’d expect for a rookie -- up-and-down.
  • Andy Hart mentions how all-business Chase Winovich has been bringing a high motor and low profile to camp.
  • Sean T. McGuire reports Julian Edelman told Phillip Dorsett to take it upon himself and to lead until he recovers from his broken thumb.
  • Evan Lazar writes the Patriots are riding a 15-year streak of an undrafted rookie free agent making the initial 53-man roster - a streak that’s becoming a recruiting tool for Bill Belichick.
  • Zack Cox notes Bill Belichick offers a bit of insight on the Patriots’ ‘very competitive’ tight end battle.
  • Ryan Hannanble highlights Bill Belichick’s interview with Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller, touching on Danny Etling’s position change, N’Keal Harry, and More.
  • Patrick Morgan (MusketFire) Bill Belichick confirms he’ll be more involved with defense.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Patriots’ Joe Judge seems to be masterfully managing a massive workload.
  • Matt Dolloff notes Stephon Gilmore lands at No. 22 in NFL’s top 100 players list. “Gilmore may end up being the highest-ranked CB on the list, finishing ahead of the Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey (No. 27) and the CardinalsPatrick Peterson (No. 46), among others.”
  • Matt Dolloff reports that J.J. Dielman becomes third Patriots offensive lineman to retire in 2019.
  • Zack Cox takes a look inside Tom Brady’s practice routine.
  • Foxboro Report: Sierra Goodwill, Evan Lazar and Mike Petraglia discuss Isaiah Wynn’s limited participation at practice and the capability of his backups. (6.18 min. video)
  • Nick Goss notes Rodney Harrison thanked many people in his speech Monday, including a special, passionate shout out to Bill Belichick.
  • Tom E. Curran (written before Rodney’s speech) spotlights how proud Patriot Harrison helped forge the team’s lasting culture.
  • Nick O’Malley spotlights Bill Belichick on how Rodney Harrison belongs in Canton, would’ve had 75 sacks if he blitzed him more.
  • Sean T. McGuire Patriots Notebook: John Hannah lauds late teammate Gray at team’s Hall of Fame induction; More.
  • CBS Boston wishes a happy 3-year anniversary to one of the worst sports takes of all time: Max Kellerman infamously declaring that Tom Brady was going to “fall off a cliff” and “be a bum in short order.”
  • Off Day podcast: Andy Hart and Ryan Hannable discuss if there are legitimate concerns with N’Keal Harry? (35.26 min.)



  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Court orders testimony of Roger Goodell in Rams-Saints lawsuit.
  • Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) Tyreek Hill’s ‘boxing’ explanation was incredible nonsense, as was NFL’s decision not to discipline.