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New England Patriots links 8/14/19 - WR Competition: More complex than it seems, how deep is it really?

Daily news and links for Wednesday

NFL: New England Patriots-Training Camp
Maurice Harris pulls in a pass at camp. Did you know Harris is Chargers’ WR Keenan Allen’s cousin?
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  • Mike Reiss reports the Patriots have ended the Danny Etling experiment, waiving the QB-WR to make room for TE Eric Saubert.
  • Evan Lazar puts the focus on ten Patriots storylines to monitor in Tennessee. 1. How much Isaiah Wynn will we see?
  • Ryan Hannable picks out five things to watch for during Pats-Titans joint practices. 2. Can any tight ends step up? /Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?
  • Ryan Hannable examines the complex wide receiver competition in Foxborough where all options appear on the table. /Interesting points to consider.
  • Tom E. Curran points out Phillip Dorsett’s advantage in the wideout battle: His big brain.
  • Doug Kyed shares his Tuesday camp observations: ‘Someone alert Lane Johnson - Rookies hosed down in fun drill; Edge defender Shilique Calhoun keeps taking first-team reps; More.
  • Phil Perry sends another Postcard from Camp: TE Eric Saubert was thrust into action; He caught passes from Brian Hoyer (down the seam) and Tom Brady (in the corner of the end zone during a red-zone period). He also was out there briefly with Jarrett Stidham.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Instant observations from Day 13 of camp: The Danny Etling experiment is over; Sony Michel continues to be the top RB on the depth chart; More.
  • Nick Kelly Patriots Notebook: Patriots release Danny Etling, according to report; N’Keal Harry injury ‘minor’; Splashy ending to camp; Newly acquired TE Eric Saubert thrown right in; More.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Five keys to a Patriots Super Bowl repeat: 2. Improve the red zone offense.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Report: N’Keal Harry’s injury is ‘very minor’ despite missing practices.
  • CBS Boston reports TE Matt LaCosse is dealing with a sprained ankle; good news considering how serious it appeared to be.
  • Doug Kyed writes ‘football is pretty simple if you listen to DE Michael Bennett describe the game. It’s just about beating the guy in front of you. And he’s right.’
  • Nick Goss relays Michael Bennett on why he loves playing with Dont’a Hightower.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Michael Bennett shares what he has come to love about Tom Brady.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) What we know about Jerod Mayo’s role as Patriots defensive play-caller.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) What they’re saying: Patriots Duke Dawson losing confidence?
  • Marcus Kwesi O’Mard discovers how Julian Edelman’s brutal trash-talk shaped the careers of Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan.
  • NESN posts a quick clip of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick goofing around at practice.
  • Michael Hurley mentions Tom Brady taking a minor dig at the NFL for their rule on helmets, when he posted this quote about it on Instagram: “I think they just didn’t like the way the old helmet was working up in New England”.
  • Mike D’Abate (Megaphone) Locked-On Patriots podcast: Tight ends, corners and wideouts, with guest Steve Balestrieri. (24 min.)
  • Russ Goldman (PatsFans) Patriots Fourth and Two podcast: Patriots preseason begins; Pats-Titans preview; More. (67 min.)


  • Geoff Schwartz (SB Nation) What NFL teams are REALLY doing in the first 2 weeks of the preseason: Why the preseason is mostly lies.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Morning Huddle: Dak Prescott isn’t asking for too much from the Cowboys.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray are testing the limits of the offensive revolution: Will hiring an Air Raid–focused head coach and drafting a 5-foot-10 QB pay off?
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) History says Patrick Mahomes should regress in 2019. History has never seen anyone like Patrick Mahomes. /We shall see...
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Does Andrew Luck have a durability problem?
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Jim Irsay: Andrew Luck has bone injury.
  • Jeremy Bergman ( Colts GM: Andrew Luck’s calf injury is high-ankle issue. /Now it’s getting ridiculous.
  • Andy Benoit (SI) Team Previews: Cowboys should be stout on defense, But Dak Prescott could disrupt the flow.