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New England Patriots links 6/18/20 - Big hole at linebacker is big opportunity for Ja’Whaun Bentley

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Ja’whaun Bentley with close friend, Lombardi
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  • Karen Guregian calls this a pivotal season for third-year linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley. “The hope is, the 2018 fifth-round pick out of Purdue will pick up where he left off as a rookie.”
  • Andy Hart says the offseason exodus of veteran linebacker talent has left a big hole on the Patriots defense and a big opportunity for Ja’Whaun Bentley.
  • Sean T. McGuire highlights how Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins and Elandon Roberts, who all left in free agency, helped Ja’Whaun Bentley.
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) Why Dont’a Hightower will be MVP for ‘year of change’ 2020 season.
  • Evan Lazar’s Film Review: QB Jarrett Stidham, Jedd Fisch, and the Shanahan influence in New England.
  • Andy Hart resets the roster at cornerback: New England may have the best cornerback depth chart in the NFL heading into 2020 and not just due to the presence of Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore.
  • Ryan Hannable explains why trading Joe Thuney wouldn’t make sense for Patriots.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) Ranking the 21 best running backs the Patriots will face in 2020.
  • Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) Can the Patriots take home their 7th Lombardi in February? /Yes!
  • Sravan Gannavarapu (LastWordOnSports) Patriots easiest games in 2020.
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) Bill Belichick will present at USA Today Sports Awards.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Chase Winovich slides into the North End Firehouse. /I like this guy more and more.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Thomas Murphy evaluate the many challenges that the Pats’ coaches expect to face in 2020. (47 min.)
  • Patriots Beat podcast: Mike Petraglia and Evan Lazar discuss if Cam Newton or Colin Kaepernick could be a fit at QB for the Patriots (38 min.)

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