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Adam Butler
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  • Evan Lazar’s Advanced Stats Report: Patriots’ pass rush led by Adam Butler silences Herbert, Chargers: The Patriots’ pass-rush tallied 25 quarterback disruptions in the win over the Chargers.
  • Alex Barth gives us the snap counts: Sunday was the first time this season the Patriots did not have an active DNP, with all active players receiving relatively significant playing time.
  • Doug Kyed gives us his Patriots-Chargers takeaways: The Pats put together their most complete performance of the season Sunday in their 45-0 shutout victory.
  • Michael Hurley serves up some still-warm leftover Patriots thoughts: Bill Belichick made a bold decision on 4th-and-2, and Cam Newton absorbed a significant level of punishment to reward him for his faith.
  • Jerry Thornton gives us his knee-jerk reactions to Pats-Chargers: My guess is this was Belichick’s favorite kind of win...His starting quarterback threw for 69 yards in a 45-0 win. That’s the equivalent of pitching a perfect game without a fastball. And it had to make the old defensive coordinator/special teams coach’s heart grown three sizes that day.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Five thoughts on the Patriots win over the Chargers: An unorthodox win is still a win.
  • Doug Kyed believes the Patriots found a winning pass-rush combination with Adam Butler’s return.
  • Doug Kyed notes Josh Uche is becoming a problem for opposing offenses.
  • Chris Mason reports per Bill Belilchick that Josh Uche has ‘taken some communication roles over defensively.
  • Zack Cox explains why the team felt Sunday’s win was almost like a ‘home game’.
  • CBS Boston reports the Patriots are staying on the road, practicing at UCLA this week: ‘The house that Slater built.’
  • CBS Boston notes Bill Belichick hopes for some more team bonding during the Patriots’ time in Los Angeles.
  • Phil Perry issues his Patriots Report Card: The Gun Show and another tortured young quarterback.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Week 13 Report Card: But after eleven games of clawing and scratching and one step forward and two steps backward, the Patriots put it all together on Sunday. And they showed that when they execute the way they did against the Chargers, they are a pretty good football team.
  • Andrew Callahan grades the Week 13 Patriots: How the Pats pulled off their best win of the season.
  • Matt Vautour says Stephon Gilmore is facing the Rams for the first time since his iconic moment in Super Bowl LIII.
  • Zack Cox calls the special teams play from Justin Bethel and Cody Davis ‘more impressive’ than the touchdowns.
  • Mike Reiss says the players know it will take airtight 2001-type complementary football to give themselves the best chance to make the playoffs. And just like 19 years ago, it’s special teams helping to lead the way.
  • Michael Hurley points out how the Patriots can take some massive strides in the AFC playoff race.
  • Dakota Randall hears Cam Newton add two player nicknames to his ever-growing list: ‘Uncle Phil’ and ‘Little Mike.’
  • Matthew Geagan notes N’Keal Harry says he is ignoring the outside noise; Confidence is growing every week.
  • Tom E. Curran explores the arguments for and against Bill Belichick as a legit Coach of the Year candidate.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Injury Report: J.C. Jackson (hip, knee) among 14 limited after Chargers game.
  • Doug Kyed notes Bill Belichick said he hopes to keep working with recently cut WR Isaiah Ford; The Pats could sign Ford to their practice squad.
  • Matt Vautour notes David Andrews is being smart not scared of COVID-19 amid growing outbreak.
  • Adam London notes Pro Football Focus predicts Joe Thuney will sign a four-year, $57 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals in 2021 free agency.
  • Zack Cox NFL Rumors: Patriots hosting veteran WR Devin Smith and rookie DB Dayan Lake for workouts.
  • Dakota Randall NFL Rumors: Josh McDaniels generating ‘buzz’ as head coaching candidate.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike and Murph discuss the Patriots dismantling of the Chargers, the evolution of the offense, the prowess of their defense, and what makes their special teams, EXTRA special. (45 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: Diagramming the Raiders’ game-winning TD pass to Henry Ruggs; Plus, why some coaches on the hot seat may last to the end of the year; Saints keep winning with backup QBs; How expensive Carson Wentz is to move; NFL’s new rules for coach interviews; More.
  • NFL Research ( Week 13 NFL overreactions: Watch out for the Patriots!
  • Seth Galina (Pro Football Focus) Bill Belichick was up to his old tricks in stifling Justin Herbert and the Chargers’ offense. “Belichick lets his opponents work themselves into a lather during the week of practice trying to counter the all-out blitzes they think he’s going to send their way because his buddy Brian Flores found success with them a few weeks earlier. ...The Chargers probably spent the whole week making sure Herbert was comfortable with all these concepts. Belichick spent the whole week doing other things.”
  • Peter Botte (NY Post) The Patriots are not going away quietly.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Cam Newton, J.C. Jackson would have been limited if Patriots practiced Monday.
  • Adam Schein ( NFL Week 13 winners and losers: Loser: Anthony Lynn. “The Chargers entered Sunday’s game against the Patriots with the better roster, records be damned. But instead of fighting to defend their home field and maintain a semblance of pride, the Bolts rolled over and played dead.”
  • Anthony Treash (Pro Football Focus) NFL Week 13: PFF Team of the Week, key takeaways, player awards and more. /Not a single Patriot mentioned, sheesh.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) NFL Playoff Picture: AFC & NFC standings after Week 13 (before Tuesday)
  • Zach Braziller (NY Post) Gregg Williams’ Jets blunder joins list of all-time coaching brain farts. On Monday, Gregg Williams was fired as the Jets’ defensive coordinator.
  • Greg Joyce (NY Post) Frank Bush, Jets’ Gregg Williams replacement, has strong Adam Gase ties