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New England Patriots links 8/21/19 - 2019 Roster building: Tight end on shaky ground

Daily news and links for Wednesday

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NFL: New England Patriots-Training Camp
TE Ryan Izzo at camp
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  • Andrew Callahan says the third preseason game is the final tune-up for starters and key backups before the season opener, and most are expected to play Thursday night vs. the Panthers.
  • Daniel Barletta (LastWordOnSports) Patriots preseason Week Three: What to watch for. 1. Will Tom Brady play?
  • Matt Dolloff turns the spotlight on the tight end position, the Patriots’ biggest unanswered question.
  • Mac Cerullo calls attention to Isaiah Wynn’s positivity and relentless optimism, and how that outlook helped him after his injury and during his time away from football.
  • Doug Kyed points out that Demaryius Thomas’ activation further crowds the receiver depth chart.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Demaryius Thomas, Josh Gordon and the Patriots wide receivers.
  • Evan Lazar digs deep into the film to see whether the Patriots can get anything out of former All-Pro receiver Demaryius Thomas now that he’s off PUP.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Slow your roll on the Patriots WRs… There’s a long way to go.
  • Doug Kyed admits to reacting too severely to the Patriots shallow WR depth in Nashville, and now believes they have one of the NFL’s best and deepest WR corps.
  • Zack Cox mentions how Josh Gordon’s Patriots support system has changed post-suspension, especially with Jack Easterby now in Houston.
  • Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) Possible roster move the Patriots could make at quarterback.
  • Nick O’Malley revisits his roster bubble watch: Is there a chance QB Brian Hoyer gets cut? /Belichick: ‘What’s a roster bubble?’
  • Jerry Thornton (Barstool Sports) Gronk isn’t that skinny after all. In fact, he looks in playing shape. Be afraid, NFL. Be very afraid.
  • Andrew Callahan talks about the harsh NFL reality after the team makes its first major cut, with players calling it ‘the worst part of camp’.
  • Alex Barth and Evan Lazar issue their latest Patriots 53-man roster projections.
  • Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry debate which QB they’d prefer as Tom Brady’s heir apparent, Jimmy Garoppolo or Jarrett Stidham.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights WEEI guests Robert and Jonathan Kraft on looking forward to the upcoming banner night at Gillette Stadium.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights WEEI guest Adam Schefter with the latest on Josh Gordon and Tom Brady’s contract situation.
  • Logan Mullen relays Adam Schefter suggesting 2019 could be Tom Brady’s last season in New England, after citing his ‘contract issue’, house for sale, and ‘just reading signs’. /Hm... how about listening to what TB12 actually says.
  • Logan Mullen notes Adam Schefter says it’s not totally clear when Josh Gordon will be good to go. Key quote: “I don’t know much more than anybody else...” /Alrighty then.
  • NESN says Patriots fans will love the new ‘Madden NFL 20’ update featuring Tom Brady.
  • Nick Goss reports former WR Malcolm Mitchell releases an emotional short film on his post-NFL life.
  • NBC Boston crew discuss if Brady should play in the third preseason game vs. the Panthers. (1.19 min. video)
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) NFL Fan Therapy returns: NFL phone therapy – A tale of two teams. (2.56 min. video) /Pretty good.
  • Locked-On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and guest Thomas Murphy - appreciating Ryan Allen, Bailey Era begins. (28 min.)
  • Russ Goldman (PatsFans) Patriots Fourth and Two podcast: Steve and Derek discuss the last preseason game and recent roster moves. (66 min.)



  • Nick O’Malley passes along a report that retired ex-Patriots RB Shane Vereen lands his first post-NFL gig, joining Fox Sports as part of their college football game broadcasts.