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New England Patriots links 6/04/20 - Belichick has to love this roster: Strong D, versatile, no-name

Daily news and links for Thursday

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Safety, hybrid LB, and Pro Bowl special-teamer Adrian Phillips returns an interception
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  • Ryan Hannable explains why he thinks the 2020 Patriots are Bill Belichick’s kind of team. ‘Take a look at the roster, — no big stars, but a collection of solid football players with versatility being a theme.’
  • Mike Reiss offers a position-by-position breakdown for the defense and special teams: The success of the unit depends on if the young defenders step up.
  • Evan Lazar evaluates the cornerback position, noting the Pats defense had one of the most dominant seasons in coverage of the last decade in 2019, headlined by a shutdown group of cornerbacks.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Stephon Gilmore back working towards another strong season in 2020.
  • Evan Lazar resets the roster at safety: The Patriots are tied for a league-high with nine safeties on their roster as they incorporate more safety-heavy packages into their defense.
  • Zack Cox previews the running backs to see what Sony Michel and Damien Harris must prove in 2020.
  • Andy Hart examines the running back position: Is RB Sony Michel THE guy or just a guy?
  • Sean T. McGuire mentions one specific way Jakobi Meyers wants to improve entering 2020.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Predicting the Patriots’ 2020 starters, with a few surprises at the skill positions.
  • Doug Kyed discusses which ‘hidden’ Patriot has the best chance to heavily contribute next season?
  • Andrew Callahan thumbnails 7 under-the-radar Patriots who could break out when training camp starts.
  • Doug Kyed explains why the Patriots weren’t ‘watching their spending’ in this uncertain offseason.
  • Michael Hurley pokes some serious fun at Manish Mehta (NY Daily News) for tweeting “The worst kept secret in Foxborough: Bill Belichick would love to coach Sam Darnold to keep the Patriots dynasty going.” /Lolz...
  • Hayden Bird highlights Adam Vinatieri on why Tom Brady left the Patriots.
  • Dakota Randall notes Malcom Butler reveals what Tom Brady told him after his Super Bowl interception. ‘You finally caught one that counts.’ Because I used to pick him off in training camp, somewhat, and that was my first interception.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Jay Soderberg discuss the Pats’ chances of contending in 2020 and the health and stability of New England’s offensive line. (32 min.)