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New England Patriots links 7/31/20 - Brian Lewerke returns and more

Daily news and links for Friday.

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  • Henry McKenna (Patriots Wire) believes that the Patriots do not expect any more players to opt-out of the 2020 season.
  • Henry McKenna (Patriots Wire) shares who Stephon Gilmore believes the best player in the NFL is.
  • Sean T. McGuire (NESN) loves Stephon Gilmore’s reaction to his selection as one of the league’s ten best players.
  • WPRI looks at how the secondary might fare in 2020.
  • Reid Goldsmith (ClutchPoints) examines the Patriots’ retired numbers.
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) lists some players who can now step into starting roles due to the recent opt-outs.
  • Sierra Goodwill and Evan Lazar (CLNS) discuss the New England running back situation. (VIDEO)
  • Phil Perry (NBC Sports Boston) argues that the math just does not work for the Patriots to sign Jadeveon Clowney.


  • Samit Sarkar (Polygon) on the new football video game in the works from 2K Sports.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo) asks: If the Bills can’t knock off the Patriots in the AFC East this season, then when?
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo) defends the selection of Lamar Jackson as the league’s best player.
  • Mark Schofield (Touchdown Wire) has pre-training camp Power Rankings. What does that clown know anyway?
  • Carter Donnick (The Draft Network) examines the best quarterbacks in the league.
  • Alexis Mansanarez (The Draft Network) makes the case for the Seahawks letting Russell Wilson cook.
  • Mark Schofield (Touchdown Wire) looks at some key draft matchups lost with COVID-19 cancellations.
  • Lindsey Thiry (ESPN) Chargers make bold statement by signing Joey Bosa to a record extension.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) How will the NFL contact trace in a contact sport?
  • Kaelen Jones (The Ringer) posits that Clyde Edwards-Helaire can be the focal back for the Chiefs.