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New England Patriots links 8/23/19 - Patriots 10, Panthers 3: Shout-out to the shut-down defense

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Carolina Panthers v New England Patriots
Byron Coward chases down Panthers backup QB Will Grier
Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images



  • Ryan Hannable points out how the Pats defense found new ways to impress: First, only allowing two first downs and 29 total yards in the first half, and second, rotating through a number of players showcasing how deep and talented the unit will become. 13 total defensive players have recorded sacks so far.
  • Mike Petraglia sees glimpses of the potential of the Patriots shutdown defense, which could be the best of the Bill Belichick era.
  • Tom E. Curran gives us his 10 takeaways: Jarrett Stidham may have locked up the backup QB job; Jake Bailey needs to fine tune his holder duties; More.
  • Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned from the Patriots’ 10-3 win: Brady’s back, that’s your quarterback; Patriots starting defense dominates; More.
  • Ryan Hannable recaps Patriots-Panthers with 10 quick observations: Defense continues its dominance; More.
  • Mike Petraglia lists the highlights from last night: Tom Brady makes his preseason debut; Sony Michel shines; Gunner Olzslewski shows burst; More.
  • Nick O’Malley shares 10 takeaways from Pats-Panthers: Panthers didn’t cross midfield; You know who else looks good? Sony Michel; More.
  • Dave D’Onofrio offers five takeaways from Pats-Panthers: 1. Brady in sync with Dorsett, but not Meyers; Loaded rotations in the front seven; More.
  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) Cooling the Cats: Patriots top Panthers 10-3 in preseason tilt.
  • Nick O’Malley notes that for Tom Brady, running for yards when defenses make it available to him is something he’s actively trying to keep as part of his game; he also knows that it must drive opposing coaches nuts.
  • Mac Cerullo talks about Jarrett Stidham taking the No. 2 QB reps behind Tom Brady.
  • Doug Kyed relays Bill Belichick on his decision to play Stidham over Hoyer. “Yeah, we do what we think is best for the team, take a look at everybody. Brian’s played a lot of football.”
  • Matt Vautour focuses on Jarrett Stidham, who replaced Tom Brady in the 2nd quarter and played the remainder of the game. “There’s a ton of things I can do better.”
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Jarrett Stidham should be New England’s backup quarterback.
  • Ty Anderson wonders if this is the end for backup QB Brian Hoyer.
  • Matt Dolloff calls attention to Phillip Dorsett showing why he still belongs in the crowded receiver conversation.
  • Mark Daniels finds Phillip Dorsett entering Tom Brady’s circle of trust.
  • Zack Cox notes Jakobi Meyers was frustrated at his shaky first half, vowing to ‘pick up my game so I don’t have any more 0-for-3 performances,’ and admits he was thinking ‘Man, I’m really getting yelled at by Tom Brady,’
  • Michael Hurley says the Jakobi Meyers-Tom Brady hype-train got derailed last night with three missed connections, but Brady wasn’t worried and sees it as part of the learning process.
  • Andy Hart reports on rookie WR Jakobi Meyers’ struggles in his first action with Tom Brady.
  • Mac Cerullo recaps Ryan Izzo’s performance last night as the tight end had his best game as a professional and bolsters his case for a roster spot.
  • Matt Dolloff thinks Ryan Izzo looks like a potential starting tight end.
  • Chris Grenham spotlights D-II product Gunner Olszewski making a good preseason impression for the Patriots.
  • Michael Hurley finds that Tom Brady’s hat was the most exciting part of the Patriots preseason win.
  • Matt Dolloff reports core special-teamer Brandon King was carted off with a serious-looking leg injury last night.
  • Chris Grenham brings up how the injuries cast a shadow over the Patriots’ third preseason win.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots roster projection 4.0. Brian Hoyer out.
  • Doug Kyed reports Eric Reid denies his late hit on Ben Watson was related to an earlier Twitter beef. /still a dirty hit.
  • Nick Goss notes Eric Reid anticipates a fine for his late hit on Ben Watson, “We’ll see what the league decides to do with it...” /Reid has history of dirty hits but league will prob do nothing beyond a fine.
  • Doug Kyed picks his winners and losers from a flag-heavy preseason Week 3. Winner: WR Phillip Dorsett.
  • Phil Perry tells us which players Popped and Dropped: Michael Bennett flashes pass-rush prowess in his preseason debut.
  • Michael Hurley picks his Four Ups, Four Downs from the preseason win over the Panthers.
  • Andrew Callahan picks out the Best and Worst performances from Thursday. Best: Defense, Dorsett, Develin.
  • Andy Hart gives us his Thumbs up, Thumbs down from Thursday night’s win. Dorsett, defense shine.
  • Nick O’Malley issues his Patriots rookie report card: Jarrett Stidham bounces between ‘Great play!’ and ‘Oh no!’
  • Zack Cox notes Duron Harmon pledges support for Patrick Chung, saying the cocaine charge hasn’t altered his status as one of the team’s most prominent leaders.
  • Mike Reiss suggests Terrence Brooks could be a key piece in the Patriots’ Patrick Chung contingency plans.
  • Andrew Lykins (BelieveInBostonSports) Troy Brown’s classroom.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: New England continues to show explosive pass-rush potential.
  • Michael McMahon NFL Rumors: Patriots do not have Trent Williams ‘on their radar’.