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New England Patriots links 7/03/20 - Behind veterans Chung and DMac, Pats stay safe at Safety

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Denver Broncos versus the New England Patriots
Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung team up on a tackle
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  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: How the coronavirus is affecting free agents who can’t sign their contracts. Plus, MVP candidates, the Patriots’ offense with Cam Newton, a short preseason and the Washington team name.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Cam Newton: This is about respect, not money.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL needs to provide more details about latest Patriots penalties.
  • Mike DeCourcy (Sporting News) NFL’s gentle punishment of latest Patriots scandal feels like it’s meant to be a joke. /”Gentle”? Article quotes WEEI’s Ken Laird, LOL.
  • First Take (ESPN) Damien Woody says people have it wrong about what Bill Belichick wants from players. (1.28 min. video)
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) 2020 NFL Preview: Dolphins’ total rebuild could come along fast, depending on Tua Tagovailoa.
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) Is this Sam Darnold’s last chance? A progress report on the Jets QB and what to expect in 2020.
  • Chase Goodbread ( Pipelines to the Pros: Wide receivers. LSU is leading the WR-U title chase — and thanks to Ed Orgeron’s wide-open offense and top-level recruiting, the pipeline to the NFL appears endless.


  • Dan Graziano (ESPN) NFL players could be fined for breaking coronavirus-related protocols, source says. “Reckless” = eating out at restaurants or using ride shares. /Where’s the NFLPA? Players get fined for too much stupid sh*t already.
  • Ryan Hannable tells us what players were told on NFLPA conference call Thursday regarding coronavirus protocols.
  • Lauren Campbell reports Gov. Charlie Baker hesitant to say if fans will be allowed at games in MA. /Waiting for that ‘extra incentive’ from the league to persuade him.
  • Tadd Haislop (Sporting News) Tom Brady is not doing what he’s asked, but does the NFL care?
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Report: NFL to alter schedule to give every team one home preseason game.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFLPA may want no preseason at all.
  • Mike Jones (USA Today) NFL will play black national anthem before each Week 1 game.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Report: NFL may require fans to sign a COVID-19 waiver.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Current NY guidelines preclude fans, and tailgating.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Pandemic will likely push teams toward cashless transactions.