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New England Patriots links 5/11/20 - Taking stock of the post-Tom Brady roster & monster 2020 schedule

Daily news and links for Monday

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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Patriots efforts extend beyond the field during pandemic; Thuney’s value now tied to insurance at center; Winovich on the mend; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news; Schedule and season thoughts.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Patriots’ Jake Bailey shows appreciation for nurses with visit to Mass General Hospital.
  • Karen Guregian breaks down the Patriots’ post-Tom Brady roster: Do the Patriots still have areas of weakness with a monster schedule ahead?
  • Jim Hackett defines what success for the 2020 Patriots season will look like, and it goes beyond wins and losses.
  • Zack Cox notes Richard Seymour was announced as the newest member of the New England Patriots Hall of Fame, beating out Bill Parcells and Mike Vrabel.
  • Andy Hart relays analyst Bucky Brooks on Jarrett Stidham: “Given Belichick’s reputation and Stidham’s natural talents, it would be foolish to dismiss the Patriots’ chances of succeeding with an inexperienced young quarterback who wasn’t hailed as the next big thing when he entered the league,”
  • Dakota Randall NFL Rumors: How Patriots really felt about Jarrett Stidham after his rookie season.
  • Karen Guregian explains why Anfernee Jennings was destined to be a Patriot.
  • Rob Bradford shares the details on Marqise Lee’s deal with the Patriots, who appear to have gotten former second-round pick on a reasonable rate.
  • Deyscha Smith rounds up what 21 NFL experts are saying about the Pats’ schedule: “The Patriots are in for a ride.”
  • Mark Morse (PatsFans) Quick thoughts on the Patriots schedule. Everyone wants to see the demise of the Patriots.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Takeaways from the Patriots schedule release: Somewhat favorable start...
  • Mike Reiss notes the NFL says the scheduling quirk splitting Patriots’, Buccaneers’ game times was ‘coincidental’.
  • Rob Bradford is hearing that the Rams are irritated with how their schedule is shaking out leading up to their Dec. 10 against the Patriots.
  • CBS Boston highlights Matt Light talking with Steve Burton about Tom Brady’s departure and Jarrett Stidham taking over in New England.
  • Tom Keegan looks at the early betting line: Patriots underdogs seven times in 2020.
  • Mike Masala (PatriotsWire) This look at Bill Belichick’s scouting tree is incredible testament to his success as a GM
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) How Logan Ryan, Duron Harmon ‘finessed’ the Patriots ahead of 2013 NFL Draft
  • Nick Stevens acknowledges the fifth anniversary of Troy Vincent’s Deflategate punishment with a look back on the greatest sports farces of the last decade.
  • Mike Reiss recalls the Monday Night Football Classic: Tom Brady’s dramatic return, and tells us how to watch.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) NFL Fan Therapy – Pats fans getting anxious about 2020.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Tanya Ray Fox discuss Pats’ cross-divisional opponents, their chances for another AFC East division crown, and ‘the tank’. (40 min.)
  • Patriots Fourth and Two Podcast: Russ Goldman, Steve Balestrieri and Derek Havens discuss the Patriots schedule. (72 min.)



  • Andrew Bucholtz (Awful Announcing) Monday Night Football will have a new booth in 2020, with Joe Tessitore and Booger McFarland moving to other ESPN roles.
  • Jenna Ciccotelli links to comedian Frank Caliendo impersonating Bill Belichick, short-sleeve hoodie and all.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady headlines sports figures seeking justice from William Barr for Ahmaud Arbery.
  • Grant Gordon ( Rivers, Brady will start ‘20 season making history.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Bruce Arians: Tom Brady was adamant about Gronk wanting to come to Bucs.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Presidential debates conflict with two Thursday night games.