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New England Patriots links 8/20/20 - From Kyle Dugger to Devin Ross: Taking stock of the standouts

Daily news and links for Thursday

New England Patriots Training Camp
Kyle Dugger at training camp
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  • Doug Kyed gives us his Patriots 2020 Outlook: Growing pains inevitable based on early camp returns. ‘The Patriots are exchanging experience for uncertainty’, and we may see a ‘sloppier product coming out of the gate’.
  • Doug Kyed’s Wednesday Training Camp Notes: Top Pick Kyle Dugger torments quarterbacks; QB winner: Stidham by a small margin; Lots more.
  • Evan Lazar’s Camp Notebook: Platooning QBs, Dugger & Gunner’s strong starts, OL updates; Practice in shells after two days of full pads; More. “The hope internally is that either Newton or Stidham will run away with the starting job, and Belichick said, eventually, someone will take starter reps in practice instead of the even distribution we’ve seen so far.”
  • Chris Mason shares 10 training camp observations from Wednesday: Kyle Dugger shines as defense stands tall.
  • Doug Kyed puts the focus on WR Devin Ross, one of the biggest longshots on the roster entering training camp, and how he’s now viewed as a surprise standout.
  • Tom E. Curran points out how WR Devin Ross is doing everything he can to come out from under the radar.
  • Alex Barth sees Devin Ross handling training camp with an ideal mindset.
  • Chris Mason notes WR Gunner Olszewski ‘has a dog mentality,’ catches his first pass of training camp on Stephon Gilmore.
  • Alex Barth explains how Jermaine Eluemunor is ready for increased role in 2020.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Surprise standouts during the Patriots first two days of padded practices.
  • Bob Socci’s Camp Notebook: Coaching stands out on Wednesday. /Good examples of some teaching moments.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Belichick’s comments fuel dual QB platooning scenario.
  • Phil Perry takes a closer look at Cam Newton vs. Jarrett Stidham, noting how their different styles make this fight fascinating.
  • Phil Perry spotlights how Rookie Kyle Dugger already is a disruptive force.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Damien Harris: Incoming breakout or unjustified training camp hype? /I’ll go with ‘incoming breakout’ for $500, Alex.
  • Alex Barth talks about how Jakob Johnson’s pro season in Germany prepared him for life beyond the NFL.
  • Ryan Queen (LastWordOnSports) Patriots roster bubble: Sony Michel.
  • Nick O’Malley says the Patriots ‘Boogeymen’ are gone, but these cornerbacks are a ‘scary sight’ for opponents.
  • Zack Cox passes along a rumor that the Patriots hosted veteran free agent DT Xavier Williams for a tryout yesterday. With Beau Allen absent, the team is eyeing D-line help.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate un-Locks the mailbag to address listener questions surrounding training camp. (40 min.)
  • Patriots Talk podcast: Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss which players are “popping” and “dropping” so far in practice. (31.50 min.)
  • Patriots Fourth And Two podcast: Training camp review with special guest Evan Lazar. (53.49 min.)


  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) DT Xavier Williams works out for Patriots.
  • Jake Nichols (NFL Analysis Network) 3 numbers to expect from Patriots QB Cam Newton in 2020.
  • Inside Training Camp Live ( Mike Giardi: ‘Mixed bag’ for Patriots QBs during Wednesday’s practice. (1.03 min. video)
  • Jenny Vrentas (SI) Who will be the NFL’s next dynasty? With the Tom Brady era over in Foxboro, a look at which franchises could dominate the next decade.
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) Dak Prescott, Cam Newton and the NFL players and coaches who have the most to gain and lose in 2020.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Mailbag: The three landing spots that make sense for Jadeveon Clowney. Plus, Tua’s Rookie of the Year chances, four keys for the pandemic season, and more.
  • Dan Hanzus ( NFL power rankings. Patriots rank 15th.
  • Tim Daniels (Bleacher Report) Bill Belichick would ‘consider’ playing multiple QBs despite signing Cam Newton.
  • Kevin Clark (The Ringer) Why we hype the wrong NFL teams.
  • Brad Gagnon (Bleacher Report) Ranking the top 25 NFL teams of the past 25 years.
  • Jonathan Jones (CBS Sports) 2020 NFL gameday protocols: What to know about travel, who’s allowed on the field and more details.
  • Nick Shook ( Cheerleaders, mascots, sideline reporters prohibited from field in 2020.
  • Tim Daniels (Bleacher Report) Report: NFL considering policy enabling fan sound to be heard in stadiums.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL, NFLPA adjust testing protocols to account for past positive tests.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Commissioner will use outside advisory committee for COVID-19 decisions.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL doesn’t rule out a postseason bubble. /Really? Another 4 months of this?