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New England Patriots links 6/29/20 - Cam and camera-gate: Pats add Cam Newton, get jobbed of 3rd-rounder

Daily news and links for Monday

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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: 21 members of Patriots organization gather for TV special about humanity, social justice and defeating racism; Yodny Cajuste update; Keys for Patriots OL; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Sunday News, AFC East notes: Brady singled out for workouts (sigh); More.
  • Karen Guregian details how Bill Belichick played all the cards right to land former NFL MVP Cam Newton.
  • Michael Hurley points out the Cam Newton signing just made the Patriots season a whole lot more exciting.
  • Evan Lazar explains why he sees the Cam Newton signing as a clear threat to Jarrett Stidham as the Patriots starter.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots signing of Newton more about Hoyer than Stidham.
  • Mike Reiss believes the Patriots can’t lose with this incentive-laden deal for Cam Newton.
  • Tom E. Curran suggests Cam Newton and the Patriots may be a marriage of convenience, saying the addition of Cam Newton doesn’t hurt, but the starting job isn’t a guarantee.
  • Doug Kyed analyzes how Cam Newton fits with the Pats, and why the late late timing of the signing is curious. “Perhaps it became obvious to Newton that a better offer wasn’t coming and New England was his best chance at a starting role.”
  • DJ Bean warns not to read too much into the Cam Newton signing, saying it makes all the sense in the world and is not an indictment of Jarrett Stidham.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Patriots sign QB Cam Newton, setting the stage for an interesting camp.
  • Michael Hurley notes Richard Sherman finds it “disgusting” that Cam Newton signed with the Patriots on an incentive-laden deal that can earn him a maximum of $7.5 million, because no other team wanted him.
  • Luke Ervin (PatsBuzz) Why Adrian Phillips was the Patriots best free agent signing.
  • Andrew Callahan tells us how intriguing coach Jedd Fisch went from the O.J. Simpson trial to Bill Belichick’s staff.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) NFL finally penalize Patriots over 2019 film crew incident.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights WEEI guest Adam Schefter: If the Patriots didn’t have a prior history, they might not have been penalized for videotaping incident. /Is it fair for Pats to get re-punished for EVERY incident, each time there is ANY incident, no matter how small?
  • Zack Cox notes the Patriots’ “senior club officials” will have to undergo reeducation camp, described as “training on league operation and game policies,” as part of their punishment for filming the Bengals’ sideline.
  • Michael Hurley reports the Patriots also will not be allowed to have its own film crew shoot road games in 2020, as part of the punishment.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate is joined by attorney and sports law expert Daniel Lust to discuss possible NFL legal and fiscal challenges during this pandemic and more. (41 min.)
  • Patriots Fourth and Two podcast: Russ Goldman, Steve Balestrieri and Derek Havens talk about Jarrett Stidham as a duel threat QB for the Patriots, and more. (38 min.)


  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Patriots sign Cam Newton.
  • Conor Orr (SI) How could the rest of the NFL let Bill Belichick get Cam Newton? Signing Cam Newton wasn’t another nefarious move by the Patriots, it was just common sense. /Nefarious? Give it a rest, man.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( Patriots provide perfect landing spot for Cam Newton.
  • Rodger Sherman (The Ringer) The Patriots have Cam Newton. The rest of the NFL let it happen.
  • Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! News) Cam Newton’s signing is enough to block out noise of Patriots being punished for Bengals taping incident.
  • Kevin Patra ( Norv Turner told Belichick that Cam Newton would be great fit.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Cam Newton lays foundation for huge 2021 payday.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Patriots first team to add and lose an MVP in same offseason.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Betting odds give Newton good chance at Comeback Player of the Year.
  • Around the NFL ( Players react to Cam Newton joining Patriots, Bill Belichick.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Newton to New England; Team docs discuss Covid-19; More.
  • Joe Brown (ProFootballTalk) Guest FMIA: Joe Browne looks back At AFL-NFL merger, 50 years later.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Most draft picks remain unsigned as teams wait for facilities to open.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Patriots fined $1.1 million and lose third-round pick for taping Bengals.
  • Jack Baer (Yahoo! Sports) Report: Patriots lose third-round draft pick, $1M in fines for filming Bengals coaching staff. “Even though the prospect of the Patriots actively cheating this way seemed questionable — the Bengals were 1-12 at the time — the NFL clearly didn’t cut the team much slack given its history”