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New England Patriots links 6/30/20 - Fresh options, new tools for Josh McDaniels’ offense

Daily news and links for Tuesday

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  • Andrew Callahan explains how the Patriots offense can and should change around Cam Newton.
  • Evan Lazar asserts there’s no QB competition in New England if Cam Newton is healthy.
  • Luke Ervin (PatsBuzz) Initial Thoughts: Cam Newton signs with the Patriots. “Should we really have been surprised by this signing? No. The Bill Belichick era has brought two consistent things: winning and signing low-risk high-reward veterans to incentive-heavy deals.”
  • Christopher Price gives us 5 takeaways from the Cam Newton signing. 1. This is a lightning-bolt move.
  • Mark Daniels thinks the Patriots find a win-win move with signing Cam Newton. “When you’re rebuilding your quarterback depth chart, the smartest play is to create competition.”
  • Matt Dolloff sees in Cam Newton a motivated man who looks like he’s ready to prove some people wrong.
  • Matt Dolloff notes Cam Newton reportedly wasn’t guaranteed the starting job with the Patriots.
  • Tom Keegan says there’s no need to bench Jarrett Stidham just yet.
  • Katie McInerney tells Patriots fans what they should know about Cam Newton.
  • The Boston Herald offers a look at pre-Patriot Cam Newton through the years.
  • Rob Bradford hears from Jason and Devin McCourty on their “Double Coverage” podcast, explaining why newly-acquired QB Cam Newton is going to fit in just fine with the Patriots.
  • Phil Perry believes if Cam Newton is healthy and can recapture his 2018 form, the Patriots should win the AFC East.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights WEEI guest Sam Monson (Pro Football Focus) on why he has his doubts about Cam Newton fitting in with Patriots
  • CBS Boston reports the Patriots odds to win AFC East, Super Bowl improve slightly after signing Cam Newton.
  • Logan Mullen NFL Rumors: How execs around league reacted to Cam Newton-Patriots news.
  • Ryan Hannable can’t figure out what exactly the Patriots are trying to do in 2020 and blames the ‘mixed messages’ sent by the team this offseason. /I dunno... build a winning team, maybe?
  • Mike Reiss answers questions on the significance of the ‘precedent-setting’ punishment handed down to the Patriots for their filming violation.
  • Michael Hurley nails it with five reasons why the Patriots’ penalty for the Bengals video incident is completely ridiculous. /Amen, brother.
  • Ty Anderson mentions how the NFL basically punishes the Patriots for the league’s inability to link the footage from the Bengals filming incident, directly to Bill Belichick or to any team employee.
  • Nicole Yang highlights Jacoby Brissett on the McCourty twins “Double Coverage” podcast, on getting drafted, and then traded by the Patriots.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Zac Blackerby (Locked On Auburn) discuss the Cam Newton signing, and what it potentially means for Jarrett Stidham; Plus, the Pats punishment for film-gate. (42 min.)