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New England Patriots links 10/15/20 - Pats O-line amazing, DT depth depleted

Daily news and links for Thursday

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Practice squad DL Nick Thurman
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  • Evan Lazar details how the Patriots are flooding the field with defensive backs, making dime the new base.
  • Doug Kyed lays out how the Patriots’ offensive line has been nothing short of amazing this season.
  • Mike Reiss reports Cam Newton set to rejoin the team today; Stephon Gilmore also on the cusp of a return, according to a source, but he would have to clear a final hurdle to come off the COVID-19 reserve list.
  • Andrew Callahan talks about the Patriots slowly revving up to play the Broncos on Sunday, after three straight off days. Bryan Cowart and Bill Murray on the COVID-19 reserve list test the Pats depth at DT.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Broncos Week 6 key matchups, Who has the razor’s edge? Patriots RBs vs Broncos front seven – Razor’s Edge New England. More.
  • Logan Mullen NFL Rumors: ‘A lot of confidence’ Stephon Gilmore will play In Patriots-Broncos.
  • Zack Cox relays Adrian Phillips saying he’s glad Bill Belichick won’t ‘sell out’ his players for wins.
  • Dakota Randall passes along a report suggesting Bill Belichick has been doing a lot of research and isn’t messing around with COVID-19.
  • Conor Roche notes players are giving glowing remarks on Bill Belichick’s handling of COVID-19 situation
  • Zack Cox suggests Melvin Gordon could be suspended for Patriots-Broncos after his DUI; Gordon leads the Broncos in rushing yards this season.
  • NBC Sports Boston wonders if Melvin Gordon’s legal issues will prevent him from playing Sunday. “Everything’s open right now,” Vic Fangio told reporters Wednesday, “We hope to have a decision made by (Thursday) or the next day.”
  • Zack Cox reports the Patriots added two linemen to the projected Injury Report.
  • Christopher Price tries to figure out where this season will rank among the craziest in franchise history.
  • Alex Barth wonders if Le’Veon Bell can be the next great Patriots reclamation project.
  • Alexandra Francisco NFL Rumors: Jets tried shopping Le’Veon Bell to Patriots before release.
  • Matt Cassel explains why signing Le’Veon Bell is a bad idea for Patriots.
  • Chad Finn entertains the question of whether the Patriots should sign Le’Veon Bell.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Stars, studs and duds for the Patriots after first quarter of 2020 season.
  • Staff (LastWordOnSports) Are the Patriots better without Tom Brady?
  • Matt Vautour notes the NFL canceling the Pro Bowl gives the league an easy path to adding an overflow week for COVID-19 postponements.
  • Michael Hurley makes his Week 6 picks: Disastrous Jets’ dysfunction providing a nice sense of normalcy in otherwise upside-down season. Pats over Broncos.
  • Matt Vautour gives us the MassLive Week 6 NFL picks and point spreads for every game. Five of five pick the Pats.


  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Cam Newton activated from COVID-19 list.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Drew Lock a full participant in Broncos practice.
  • Chris Bumbaca (USA Today) Broncos RB Melvin Gordon cited for DUI, speeding in Denver.
  • Dan Bernstein (Sporting News) How Melvin Gordon’s DUI charge, Phillip Lindsay’s injury return changes Broncos’ backfield.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL Insider Notes: Dak Prescott’s injury won’t affect Cowboys much in NFC East, Eagles have TE problem and more.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Mailbag: What big changes can we expect for the New York Jets? Plus, how much should we make of the Browns’ and Panthers’ starts, what does the future hold for Matthew Stafford and Anthony Lynn, the top 10 wide receivers, the Cowboys with Andy Dalton and more.
  • Cody Benjamin (CBS Sports) Week 6 NFL QB Power Rankings. Cam Newton 17th. “Cam is no superstar at this point in his career, and his prolonged COVID-related absence has not exactly instilled trust in New England’s offensive plans moving forward...” /Wut?
  • David Carr ( Offensive player rankings, Week 6: Five players who are better than stats suggest. No Pats.
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) NFL trade deadline offers: 13 proposals for players who could get dealt in 2020. Bengals trade John Ross to Patriots for 2021 sixth-round pick.
  • Billy Heyen (Sporting News) Schedule changes for Week 6: Why Chiefs vs. Bills isn’t on ‘Thursday Night Football.’
  • Jarrett Bell (USA Today) Officially, it’s clear the NFL ‘fix’ is working with fewer flags and more points.
  • Cameron Filipe (Football Zebras) Week 6 referee assignments. Pats-Broncos: Scott Novak.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) NFL announces a ‘reimagined’ Pro Bowl this season, which means the game itself is canceled.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) NFL Week 6 picks. Patriots 31-17.