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New England Patriots links 8/19/20 - Belichick floats trial platoon; QBs get equal reps at camp

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New England Patriots Training Camp
Brian Hoyer and Cam Newton at camp
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  • Mike Reiss wonders if Bill Belichick would go the unconventional route and consider a quarterback platoon. “Perhaps it’s QB1a and QB1b.” /Interesting thought.
  • Karen Guregian also picked up on Bill Belichick not shooting down the QB platoon option, when the subject came up during his video conference this morning.
  • Ryan Hannable assesses Cam Newton’s first full-padded practices, and how his energy has already rubbed off on his teammates.
  • Karen Guregian sees the wide receivers group as incredibly thin and could use a boost from N’Keal Harry.
  • Katie McInerney notes a slimmed-down N’Keal Harry hopes his extra footwork training will pay off in Year 2.
  • Chris Mason notes Mohamed Sanu has his eyes on a bounce back 2020, staying focused on ‘stacking each day’.
  • Doug Kyed writes Jakobi Meyers is well aware ‘there’s only one Julian Edelman, but he’s continuing to learn from the best.
  • Nick O’Malley catches up with Jakob Johnson, now the frontrunner for the FB spot. With ‘mentor’ James Develin retired, Johnson is ‘just trying to uphold the standard’ for the Pats.
  • Zack Cox takes a look at what the Patriots can expect from two-way UDFA Rashod Berry.
  • Rob Bradford explains why the Patriots are trying out a college tight end on defense
  • Andrew Callahan focuses on Kyle Dugger making a strong first impression on the Patriots defense.
  • Chris Mason reports N’Keal Harry was among eight absent this morning. Harry showed no obvious injury and spoke to the media after practice on Tuesday.
  • Karen Guregian shares some observations from Tuesday’s spirited practice: Jarrett Stidham throws 3 INTs, Cam Newton improves; More.
  • Chris Mason offers 10 camp observations: Cam Newton flashes live arm, Jarrett Stidham throws three interceptions, Brian Hoyer’s deep ball impresses
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Camp Notebook: Dugger, Asiasi, and Harris off to great starts at Pats camp. ‘The Patriots turned up the heat a little more in day two of padded practice with an hour and 45-minute session.’
  • Tom E. Curran’s Patriots training camp: Bill Belichick cranks up intensity on Day 2 in pads.
  • Andrew Callahan Patriots notebook: RB Damien Harris working to prove he can play, maybe even start.
  • Zack Cox Training Camp Notes: How QBs split reps In second padded practice.
  • Tom E. Curran’s Patriots training camp: Jarrett Stidham spreads it around a little too much on Day 2.
  • Ryan Hannable Tuesday’s camp observations: Cam Newton up, Jarrett Stidham down.


  • Patrik Walker (CBS Sports) NFL’s 10 biggest questions that won’t get answered in August due to no preseason games. 3. Will Cam Newton need more time to acclimate? 4. How much can rookies contribute in New England?
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) 2020 NFL team record projections 2.0: Can Cam Newton push Patriots into playoffs? Patriots: 9-7: “...Throw in a first-place schedule that includes the AFC West and NFC West, and decent chance the Pats miss postseason for the first time since 2008.”
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Patriots QB battle: Cam Newton impresses in full-padded practice, Jarrett Stidham throws three interceptions.
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Damien Harris impressing early at Patriots training camp, could emerge at running back in wide open backfield
  • Ali Bhanpuri ( Five NFL free agent-team fits: Jadeveon Clowney to Patriots?
  • Inside Training Camp Live ( Newton shows off dance moves at Patriots camp. (3.37 min. video)
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) 2020 NFL Preview: A breakout candidate for every AFC team.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) NFC West Preview: The NFL’s best division. “The 49ers are the favorites, but the Rams are poised to rebound, the Seahawks have restocked and the Cardinals are on the rise.”
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Brian Flores: “Some good, some bad” from Tua Tagovailoa.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL’s COVID-19 reserve list shrinks to 12.
  • Kevin Seifert (ESPN) NFL, NFLPA agree to tweak COVID-19 testing protocols.
  • Alex Prewitt (SI) High-risk players and the pressures of the pandemic season.