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New England Patriots links 5/26/20 - Belichick reshaping defense with RPO-busters

Daily news and links for Tuesday

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Safety Kyle Dugger
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  • Karen Guregian sees Bill Belichick rebuilding the Patriots defense with the NFL’s new offenses in mind, by assembling a group of RPO-busters.
  • Mike Reiss says New England’s running backs are among NFL’s deepest groups, if not the best, which could ease the transition to a more balanced scheme. Two intriguing storylines that could elevate this group to elite status.
  • CBS Boston sees the Patriots trying to turn Joejuan Williams into ‘Jack-of-all-trades’ in the secondary.
  • Sean T. McGuire highlights Mike Giardi on the specific ways N’Keal Harry is looking to improve. 1. Improve functional mobility; Get quicker.
  • Michael Hurley wouldn’t be surprised if Brian Hoyer started over Jarrett Stidham. “HoyerMania, baby. Feel the the excitement.”
  • Brian Cass (NFLAnalysis) Jarrett Stidham simply isn’t ready to be a franchise quarterback.
  • Luke Ervin (PatsBuzz) Which undrafted free agent will make the final roster?
  • Zack Cox notes DT Bill Murray will enter training camp as one of the strongest candidates to crack the Patriots’ 53-man roster. “Why? Three reasons: talent, competition and contract value.”
  • Doug Kyed gives us some De’Jon Harris takeaways: Harris physically looks like a safety, but doesn’t play like one.
  • CBS Boston’s Steve Burton asked Mike Reiss to list the five most important Patriots for the 2020 season.
  • Max McAuliffe (SI Patriots) 3 Most underrated players on Patriots roster. 1. S Adrian Phillips.
  • Sean T. McGuire hears Mike Giardi weigh in on what the Patriots offense could look like in 2020.
  • Katie Feehan (LastWordOnSports) AFC East in 2020 will be most competitive this season.
  • Ryan Hannable tells us Pats FB Dan Vitale spent Memorial Day completing the #murphchallenge: A one mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats and another one mile run all while wearing a 20-pound vest. /Yeesh... only a 20-lb vest?
  • Ryan Hannable relays producer Gotham Chopra on what Tom Brady’s documentary “Man in the Arena” will be like.
  • Andy Hart meanwhile, feels the need to document why he has “absolutely no interest” in it and will not watch.
  • Ryan Hannable notes NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent admitted the NFL “failed miserably” last year with pass interference. /Falls into the “No sh*t, Sherlock” category.