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New England Patriots links 8/21/20 - Defense stands out in Patriots QB competition

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  • Luke Ervin (PatsBuzz) Biggest reasons to be optimistic about the Patriots in 2020: The youth movement; More!
  • CBS Boston passes along a report that QB Jarrett Stidham suffered a leg injury and will likely miss practice time. /That’s rough. As Belichick always says, roster decisions tend to make themselves.
  • Andrew Callahan looks at the Patriots’ pass rush, ready to reload again. /Good read.
  • Andy Hart writes how Bill Belichick is calmly guiding his team through the ‘rough,’ uncharted waters of summer.
  • Phil Perry sends another Postcard from Camp: Cam Newton made the most of his increased opportunities; A strong performance by the defense; More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Thursday training camp observations: Julian Edelman, other WRs being unavailable not helping QBs.
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Camp Notebook: Cam Newton Finding a rhythm in best day of camp; Third full pads practice; WR/CB one-on-ones; TE Dalton Keene’s blocking will be useful for the rushing attack; More.
  • Andrew Callahan’s Patriots Notebook: Jake Bailey looking like Pats’ secret weapon yet again; More.
  • Alex Barth reports the Patriots DNPs at practice have now reached double digits. With the addition of D’Angelo Ross on Friday, a camp-high 10 players sat out Friday’s session.
  • Phil Perry with the Cam Newton vs. Jarrett Stidham update: Newton separates himself with uptick in workload
  • Mark Daniels points out how Brian Hoyer brings out the best in the Patriots QB competition, helping Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham - players who might take his job.
  • Sean T. McGuire highlights Brian Hoyer on the potential QB platoon idea. “like coach Belichick says he’s always going to do what’s best for the team and I have a lot of trust in him and the coaching staff.” Plus, he already dealt with that concept in Cleveland with Johnny Manziel.
  • Mike Reiss notes Julian Edelman’s comments about the QB competition, and the difference with Cam Newton, reflect how Newton has quickly established himself as a tone-setter in New England.
  • Zack Cox notes Julian Edelman raves about Cam Newton, calls him ‘extremely dynamic’.
  • Mark Daniels talks tight ends, noting Ryan Izzo is now the veteran in the room and trying to be more vocal in leading a very-young position group.
  • Ryan Hannable relays Matthew Slater explaining his unique practice plan.
  • Alex Barth notes Bill Belichick had big praise for Gunner Olszewski Friday morning, as the second-year receiver continues to impress early on in camp.
  • Darren Hartwell hears from Brandon Copeland on what sets the Patriots defense apart from NFL opponents.
  • Tom E. Curran finds that the 2020 draft picks are far outshining recent classes.
  • Doug Kyed addresses his Friday Patriots Mailbag: Which wide receivers make 2020 53-man roster? More.
  • Zack Cox passes along a report that the Patriots hosted Marine-turned-TE Paul Quessenberry for a tryout.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights Bill Belichick as he explains the different perspective his sons Stephen and Brian bring to the coaching staff.
  • CBS Boston reports Bill Belichick wishes Ron Rivera a speedy recovery in his battle with cancer.
  • CBS Boston notes Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito says she is ‘willing to look at’ the possibility that Patriots fans will return to Gillette Stadium in 2020, ‘but there a whole lot of factors that will go into that decision.’ /Plenty of palms to be greased first.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Bill Riccette (Locked On Panthers) discuss the QB competition and Cam Newton’s bid to be the next signal caller in New England. (47 min.)
  • The Gridiron & Beyond podcast: Bob Socci talks to Mike Dussault of about the last week and a half of training camp; More. (34 min.)