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New England Patriots links 8/10/20 - Let the QB camp competition begin: Oh, it’s ON, baby!

Daily news and links for Monday

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“Jarrett Stidham “excited” about Cam Newton? Yeah, right...
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  • Andrew Callahan gives us his Patriots training camp 2020 predictions, position battles and breakout players.
  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Cam Newton welcomed by ‘Hoyster’ and ‘Stiddy’ in Patriots’ QB workouts; Since the Patriots began testing two weeks ago, they haven’t placed anyone on the reserve/COVID-19 list; Impact of no fans; Kraft’s influence in the NFL; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots News: Camp is all about adapting; Free agent visits; Salary cap PSA; More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Why Friday was such a big day for Jarrett Stidham; Cam Newton gave a great first impression; More.
  • Matt Dolloff says the message is clear: The Patriots quarterbacks are in a competition.
  • Karen Guregian says Cam Newton’s crash course learning the Patriots playbook can’t fail, and Josh McDaniels is confident he’ll get it done.
  • Mike Reiss notes Cam Newton still finding it ‘surreal’ that he’s the top candidate to fill the void created by Tom Brady’s free-agency departure.
  • Karen Guregian took her question of whether Bill Belichick will change his ways and coddle Cam Newton to some former players. The responses were interesting, but all agreed ‘absolutely not’.
  • Evan Lazar reports Josh McDaniels spoke to the media for the first time this season, reiterating that the Pats will still have the same playbook with Cam Newton or Jarrett Stidham as they had with Tom Brady. “It’s not changing your system, It’s adapting” to new QB.”
  • Tom E. Curran explains that for Josh McDaniels, adapting the offense means tapping into Cam Newton’s superpower.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights Josh McDaniels offering his first impressions of Cam Newton: ‘He’s a very coachable guy’
  • Phil Perry has the update on how Cam Newton will mesh with Bill Belichick. For now, according to Newton, everything is going swimmingly. /Don’t worry tho, the media is ready to pounce if the whole thing implodes.
  • Phil Perry finds Jarrett Stidham not backing down from competing with Cam Newton around: ‘I’m definitely ready.’
  • Devon Clements (SI-Patriots) Patriots QB Jarrett Stidham ‘extremely excited’ to compete for starting job.
  • Sean T. McGure isn’t quite buying that Jarrett Stidham was ‘excited’ over the Cam Newton signing.
  • Ryan Hannable relays RBs coach Ivan Fears with praise for Damien Harris. “He’s a real good runner. He’s done a hell of a job improving his all-around game.”
  • Zack Cox suggests it’s time to start buying Damien Harris stock after Ivan Fears indicated the 2019 third-round draft pick could be on the brink of a sophomore breakout.
  • Sean T. McGuire notes Patriots assistant Mick Lombardi sounds optimistic about the work put in by the WR group that includes plenty of potential and unproven depth.
  • Evan Lazar reports the Patriots acquired CB Michael Jackson in a trade with the Lions. “But he’ll have an uphill battle to make the roster with Stephon Gilmore, JC Jackson, Jason McCourty, and 2019 second-round pick Joejuan Williams in the mix at outside cornerback.”
  • Doug Kyed tells us what the Patriots are getting in CB Michael Jackson, besides ‘King of Pop’ jokes on Twitter.
  • Zack Cox NFL Rumors: Patriots host TE, DT for free agent visits.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Julian Edelman releases new hype video as training camp gets underway.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Best of social media: Sights and sounds from the first week of training camp.
  • Zack Cox details how Troy Brown plans to help the team from his unique coaching position.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Notes: Belichick brothers adjusting to new roles in New England.