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New England Patriots links 12/22/20 - CB Conundrum: Should Pats pay or trade Stephon Gilmore?

Patriots daily news & links for Tuesday

New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams
Stephon Gilmore makes a tackle
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TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Michael Hurley serves up some still-warm leftover Patriots thoughts: Cam Newton not working out is a bummer.
  • Jerry Thornton shares his knee-jerk reactions to Week 15: Pats-Dolphins: There’s just so much blame to go around, you almost can’t go wrong no matter who you choose to pin it on.
  • Zack Cox offers his final Pats-Fins thoughts with a look at N’Keal Harry’s incompletion, putting Jakobi Meyers’ production in context, and more.
  • Evan Lazar’s Advanced Stats Report: How big of a problem is Cam Newton’s accuracy?
  • Doug Kyed points out Cam Newton has 250,000 reasons to want to start the final two games, and wonders if his contract incentives will affect the Patriots decision at QB.
  • Doug Kyed thinks Cam Newton’s latest statement to the fans on Instagram certainly hints at a return to the Patriots.
  • Zack Cox explores whether the Patriots should start Jarrett Stidham over Cam Newton with their playoff hopes gone.
  • Matt Cassel makes a strong case the Patriots should start Jarrett Stidham in their last two games.
  • Doug Kyed wonders how much we will see of Jarrett Stidham in the next two weeks.
  • Darren Hartwell is curious if Cam Newton will return to the Patriots, play elsewhere next season or not play at all.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Bill Belichick leaves the door open for Jarrett Stidham to possibly see extended reps last 2 weeks.
  • Doug Kyed reports the Patriots will either have to pay Stephon Gilmore in the offseason or trade him. “In a best-case scenario, the Patriots will keep Gilmore and Jackson (they have cap space). But they should make a priority to hold onto at least one of the talented cornerbacks.”
  • Ryan Hannable wonders if J.C. Jackson is the next Malcolm Butler.
  • Doug Kyed examines Sony Michel’s performance in Sunday’s loss showing he still has value in the Pats’ RB group.
  • Zack Cox passes along a report that Stephon Gilmore has a torn quad and will need surgery, but he avoided a worst-case scenario.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights WEEI guest Cam Newton on how it took until after Week 5 to realize playing in New England is “different” and explain what he meant by saying “We still got guys that just don’t get it.”
  • Ryan Hannable highlights WEEI guest James White: Jarrett Stidham will be great whenever he gets chance to play.
  • Scott McLaughlin highlights WEEI guest Boomer Esiason on if he thinks Bill Belichick can build the Patriots back into Super Bowl contenders: “I do. I think that these things can turn around relatively quickly if he gets the right guy behind center...”
  • Phil Perry issues his Week 15 Patriots Report Card: Defensive line gets trampled in loss to Miami.
  • Zack Cox NFL Rumors: Patriots QBs Coach Jedd Fisch interviews for Arizona job.

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Conor Orr (SI) The Patriots missed the playoffs, so is this a blip on the radar or the end of the run?
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: Why the Panthers dismissed GM Marty Hurney and how they’ll reorganize; Plus, what the Jets would do with the second pick, how Russell Wilson impacted the Eagles’ Jalen Hurts selection, Matt Nagy talks winning and losing, Cam Newton’s future; More.
  • Kevin Boilard (CBS Sports) NFL Week 15 numbers to know: Seahawks, Bears seeing dramatic transformations on opposite sides of the ball
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) Five potential NFL landing spots for Carson Wentz if he leaves Eagles. Pats included.
  • Conor Orr (SI) 2021 NFL Pro Bowl rosters: Snubs, highlights and observations. “I can promise you this: I will never take a Pro Bowl for granted again.” /Not having it this year doesn’t change it into a good product for viewers.
  • Ryan Young (Yahoo! Sports) Robert Tonyan, Calvin Ridley among this seasons’ biggest Pro Bowl snubs.
  • Nick Shook (NFL.com) 2021 Pro Bowl snubs: 10 players who deserved honor.
  • Jim Reineking (USA Today) Chiefs, Packers, Ravens and Seahawks lead league with most selections for virtual 2021 Pro Bowl.
  • Adam Schein (NFL.com) Ranking NFL teams most likely to win Super Bowl LV.
  • Jim Reineking (USA Today) 2021 NFL draft first-round order: Jaguars move into No. 1 spot. Pats 15th.
  • Ron Cook (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) No positives in Steelers’ embarrassing loss to Bengals.
  • Joe Starkey (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) If you’re not worried about Ben Roethlisberger now, you’re not watching.
  • Jimmy Traina (SI) Dear Fox, more Aqib Talib in the booth, please.