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  • Trevor Sikkema (TheDraftNetwork) What must happen for Patriots to win the Super Bowl.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Cam Newton will need an extra-special season to make his full $7.5 million.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Cam Newton begins studying the Patriots’ “calculus”-like playbook.
  • Kevin Patra (NFL.com) Cam Newton to be first Patriots player to wear No. 1 since 1987.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) Deal or no deal? Will any of the franchise-tagged NFL stars get a deal? Joe Thuney in the “You’re Plan A and we don’t have a Plan B” category. Verdict: Unlikely.
  • Jordan Dajani (CBS Sports) Cam Newton continues Patriots workout tour, practices routes with 2019 first-round pick N’Keal Harry. /Hm... Yet another QB-teammate workout story without any mention of how it violates suggested NFL-NFLPA protocol against player workouts. Almost as if the media bashing is meant only for Tom Brady.
  • Bryan DeArdo (CBS Sports) Every NFL team’s best player who is not enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, yet. Patriots: Richard Seymour.
  • Josh Edwards (CBS Sports) Jamal Adams trade request latest signal that NFL players are more empowered than ever. How did NFL free agency evolve into its current shape?
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) The NFL and players are on a collision course over safety and money. They have weeks to avert disaster.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Testing protocol is still being developed.
  • Rob Maaddi (AP) When the NFL preseason begins, teams will have to follow these rules
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Masks will be required for sideline personnel, but not players or coaches.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) NFLPA to NFL: Tell us why four preseason games is problematic, but two isn’t.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFLPA reminds players that drug testing resumes when training camp opens.
  • Kevin Seifert (ESPN) NFL bans jersey exchanges due to coronavirus. /Nah, that’s due to idiocy.
  • Doug Farrar (TouchdownWire) Players react quickly to NFL’s new (and ridiculous) COVID safety protocols.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Post-game contact will be limited in 2020.

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