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New England Patriots links 11/06/20 - Second-half bounce: Pats can get back on track vs. Jets

Daily news and links for Friday

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  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Game Plan: Pats must evaluate current quarterback situation by seasons end.
  • Thomas Murphy (DiehardBostonSportsFans) Monster Keys to Pats Jets: Get up fast and get up early.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Jets Week 9 key matchups: Who has the razor’s edge? Patriots RBs vs Jets front seven: Razor’s edge New England.
  • Luke Ervin (PatsBuzz) Patriots vs. Jets: Five things to watch. 1. Chase Winovich’s playing time.
  • Doug Kyed’s Friday Patriots Mailbag: Will Sony Michel maintain any role in return to roster?
  • Doug Kyed picks out eight potential building blocks for the future on 53-man roster: The Patriots still have hope for the future on their 2020 roster.
  • Isiah Houde (PatriotsWire) Bill Belichick says converted DE Rashod Berry could ‘definitely’ fill in at TE.
  • Tom E. Curran rehashes Bill Belichick’s Brady-succession failure as only part of Pats’ problems. /Not a fair analysis of the situation in my opinion.
  • Andy Hart explores the idea of trading Bill Belichick for the apparently unforgivable sin of his team being half-way through a down year after two decades of dominance.
  • Phil Perry explains why a Jimmy G. offseason reunion simply doesn’t make sense.
  • Zack Cox thumbnails seven QB prospects Patriots fans should be watching this season.
  • Zack Cox notes Adam Gase points out one of Patriots defense’s biggest issues: Gase knows how valuable Dont’a Hightower was to the Patriots.
  • Zack Cox says the Patriots listed 17 players, including both TEs, on their longest injury report of the season.
  • Zack Cox notes Jakobi Meyers said he used to watch tape of veteran receiver Donte Moncrief, when he switched positions from QB to WR.
  • Logan Mullen relays Devin McCourty responding to a question about Bill Belichick’s gripes about the Patriots cap situation. “It doesn’t matter. ... I’m not into all of that other stuff.”
  • Sean T. McGuire notes Chase Winovich offers a hilarious comparison to the Pats’ bounce-back mindset. ‘... It’s just like eating an elephant’.
  • Terri Bey (EdgeRules) My observations of the 2020-21 NFL season at the halfway mark. The good, the bad and the UGLY.
  • Ryan Hannable relays a report from Daniel Kaplan (The Athletic) of Bill Belichick subpoenaed in lawsuit involving former assistant Bret Bielema.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Miguel Benzan (PatsCap) joins Mike D’Abate to discuss Belichick’s cap management, New England’s 2021 cap outlook, and Miguel ‘sets the record’ straight on the various ‘salary cap myths’ circulating throughout Patriots Nation. (50 min.)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and John Butchko (Locked On Jets) preview Patriots-Jets on Monday Night Football. (32 min.)
  • Patriots Talk podcast: Tom Curran, Phil Perry and Matt Cassel preview Patriots-Jets, debate whether Sam Darnold would be a good fit in New England, and how the Pats’ problems can all be traced to planning. (45 min.)
  • The Gridiron and Beyond podcast: Bob Socci talks with Michael Hurley about the Pats season to date, future plans at QB and their past two decades of excellence. (39 min.)
  • Patriots Podcast: Matt Dolloff and Alex Barth discuss why most of the Pats’ remaining schedule is winnable. (30 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Friday Game Plan: Nick Saban explains why Tua Tagovailoa is prepared to succeed in the NFL; Plus, which teams would take Trevor Lawrence, how the 2021 salary cap affected the 2020 trade deadline, power rankings and more.
  • Cody Benjamin (CBS Sports) Ten bold predictions for second half of 2020 NFL season. 7. Cam lasts only one more game as Pats QB.
  • Jared Dubin (CBS Sports) 2020 NFL season predictions: Updating our Super Bowl, playoff teams and standings predictions at midseason.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Stephon Gilmore out of practice Thursday.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Adam Gase finds Bill Belichick funny, when he’s away from football.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) Will Tom Brady or Drew Brees finish as the NFL’s all-time passing touchdown king?
  • Gil Brandt ( Six players being asked to do too much in 2020.
  • Charley Casserly ( Scouting reports on 11 NFL players who could be set for bigger roles in Week 9.
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) Sources: NFL drops another hammer on Raiders for latest COVID-19 violations, fining franchise $500K and Gruden $150K.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL, NFLPA investigate 49ers, Kendrick Bourne for protocol violations.
  • Staff (ESPN) Sources: NFL fines Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Tomlin over masks.
  • Mike Rosenstein ( ‘Significant’ layoffs at ESPN coming as soon as Thursday.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) Your NFL Week 9 Matchup Guide: Tom Brady vs. Drew Brees is a battle for the record books. Pats-Jets: “An awful game with awful teams. ... This game is torture for the fans who root for these teams, but for those tuning in without a stake in the game, it’s less about the football and more about watching a long, dark reign dwindle.” /Nah, the Jets’ abysmal record won’t be dwindling any time soon.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL Week 9 2020 picks. Florio: Pats 28-17; MDS: Pats 24-20.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( NFL Week 9 game picks. Patriots 20-11.


  • Ethan Greenberg (NewYorkJets) 3 Matchups to Watch: Cam Newton leads the charge on the ground for New England; CB Stephon Gilmore could miss second straight game.
  • Bob Wischusen (NewYorkJets) Point of View: 3 Jets observations leading up to Monday Night Football against the Patriots. 1. The importance of the season’s second half.
  • Brian Costello (NY Post) Trevor Lawrence dream comes with one big Jets reality check. “It won’t matter if Lawrence is a blend of John Elway and Peyton Manning if he has an offensive line that cannot protect him or wide receivers who can’t get open or tight ends who can’t catch.”
  • Ethan Greenberg (NewYorkJets) GM Joe Douglas praises Jets’ young players.
  • Brian Costello (NY Post) GM Joe Douglas takes ‘fair share’ of blame for Jets mess.
  • Mike Vaccaro (NY Post) It’s on Joe Douglas to clean up this Jets catastrophe.
  • Darryl Slater ( NFL Week 9 hot seat rankings: Who gets fired next? Jets’ Adam Gase?
  • Joe Giglio ( NFL Week 9 predictions. Pats-Jets: Come up with all the conspiracy theories you want on Bill Belichick, tanking and resetting for the 2021 season. I’ve never seen any coach detest losing more. Belichick won’t lose to Adam Gase. Patriots win.