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New England Patriots links 11/05/20 - Unleash Uche! Promising rookie LB could take on bigger role

Daily news and links for Thursday

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LB Josh Uche
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  • Zack Cox says the excuse bucket is empty and the Patriots will have to snap their losing streak this week.
  • Karen Guregian points out the Patriots need to shake their first-quarter blues: Offensively they have yet to score a single point in the opening quarter.
  • Andy Hart gives us his Pats Stats Check-In: CB J.C. Jackson is a turnover machine!
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) It’s clear Josh Uche should have been playing a role on Pats defense a lot sooner.
  • Doug Kyed suggests the Patriots should spend the rest of the season evaluating Jarrett Stidham, but only if Cam Newton does not improve, and/or if the team is completely out of the playoff hunt.
  • Ryan Queen (LastWordOnSports) Looking past Cam Newton: Patriots 2021 quarterback options.
  • Matt Vautour looks ahead to the Patriots QB situation in 2021: Jimmy Garoppolo among many who could start for New England next year.
  • Trevor Hass tells us 5 things to know about new Pats WR Isaiah Ford, who has a chance to emerge as a key contributor right away.
  • Zack Cox finds Isaiah Ford eager for a ‘fresh start’ after his trade from the Dolphins, ‘I’m excited to get to work!’
  • Alexandra Francisco notes new Pats receiver Isaiah Ford perhaps could have made it to the NBA.
  • Phil Perry says the Patriots still have an opportunity to add some low-cost fliers.
  • Logan Mullen notes Bill Belichick jokes about needing to add more players named ‘Isaiah’.
  • Mac Cerullo says the Patriots paying for recent missteps. “For two decades Bill Belichick successfully balanced short-term competitiveness with long-term sustainability, consistently stocking the roster with talent and depth while managing the salary cap, building up draft capital and then maximizing those assets. But over the past few years that balance has fallen out of whack. ...How did this happen? The simplest explanation is the Patriots went all in on Tom Brady’s final years and are now paying the price. By leaning more heavily on higher priced veterans the Patriots limited their ability to reshape the roster, a fact that Belichick is even willing to admit on the record.”
  • Andrew Callahan explores why the Patriots’ draft misses are driving their downfall.
  • Adam London highlights WEEI guest Matt Light on his theory about Bill Belichick prioritizing upcoming seasons when, theoretically, the league could be operating more traditionally. “No one is going to look back on the 2020 season and compare it to anything other than, it was a joke. It was ridiculous.”
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) Bill Belichick says Patriots are preserving cap space for 2021 offseason. /I’m all for it.
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) Bill Belichick needs to talk less about 2021 season.
  • Bill Burt warns against comparing a potential 2021 turnaround to the Pats’ 2001 turnaround. “Not so easy.”
  • Hayden Byrd relays ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky explaining why the ‘the dynasty is over’ for the Patriots. “The next three or four years are going to look very, very different in New England.”
  • Ryan Hannable passes along a report that the Patriots tried to add WR Dante Pettis, but he is now a Giant.
  • Adam London NFL Rumors: How Stephon Gilmore felt about trade chatter.
  • Justin Leger makes the case that recent Belichick drafts help explain lack of depth and talent.
  • Thomas Carannante (MusketFire) 3 recent first-round draft picks Bill Belichick definitely wish he could do over.
  • Sean T. McGuire updates the NFL Hot Seat Rankings: Could a bad game from Cam Newton put his job on the line?
  • CBS Boston notes former Patriot Logan Ryan credits a Giants trainer for saving his wife’s life. /Wow.
  • Michael Hurley makes his Week 9 NFL picks. Pats over Jets. “The Jets have been outscored by 144 points this season. That is, obviously, worst in the NFL. The second-worst team? That would be the Cowboys, who have been outscored by … 81 points this year. The Jets are more than 75 percent worse than the second-worst team. Third-worst? Jaguars, at minus-66. The Giants (minus-54) and Texans (minus-51) round out the bottom five. The Jets aren’t even in the same stratosphere of the rest of the league’s bums.”


  • Albert Breer (SI) NFL Mailbag: Should the Browns or Packers Have Made Moves at the Trade Deadline? Plus, will the 49ers, Lions or Jets make major moves this offseason? Why didn’t Stephon Gilmore get traded? And more.
  • Cynthia Frelund ( 2020 NFL trade deadline grades for five notable moves. Isaiah Ford: “The former Virginia Tech star could fill a big need at the right price for New England. Meanwhile, Miami needed to make room on their roster for a running back.” Pats: B+, Dolphins: C.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) Biggest Week 9 injury questions for all 32 NFL teams. Patriots: DT is a big trouble spot.
  • Staff (ESPN) Inside the scars of five legendary NFL QBs: An NFL era is ending, as the careers of five elder statesmen are winding down. These are the scars they’ve added along the way. /Interesting graphics.
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) Could the 49ers move on from Jimmy Garoppolo?
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) NFL Week 9 picks. Patriots (-7) over Jets. The biggest indictment of the 2020 Patriots might be that they’re only laying a touchdown against one of the worst teams in modern NFL history.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) NFL Week 9 picks: Patriots squeak out win over Jets, 23-21.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 9 picks and odds. Patriots over Jets 27-17.