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New England Patriots links 8/25/20 - Roster battles intensifying this week

Daily news and links for Tuesday

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TEAM TALK

  • Patriots re-sign K Nick Folk; Sign DL Michael Barnett.
  • Mike Dussault’s Unfiltered Notebook 8/24: Rookies trying to catch on; Devin Asiasi on Julian Edelman’s leadership: “Definitely a great leader, a guy who goes out there and leads by example. Works hard each and every day.”; More.
  • Paul Perillo’s Training camp blogservations 8/24: Harry making progress; The heat was back in Foxborough; Cam Newton continues to take the lead reps, but his performance on Monday wasn’t as sharp as we’ve seen; More.
  • Camp-Cast 8/24: Day 11 Recap, Competition at kicker, Offense inconsistent; More. (6.43 min. video)
  • Training Camp Today: Ramping up the intensity at a competitive padded practice. (4.08 min. video)

LOCAL LINKS

  • Zack Cox relays Bill Belichick on why this is ‘big week’ for the Pats in camp, with roster battles intensifying.
  • Alex Barth reports how the stakes increase as week two of Patriots training camp begins.
  • Tom E. Curran shares a few storylines he’s tracking this week from Foxboro. 1. The Cam Curve: Through six practices, Cam Newton has been outstanding.
  • Ryan Hannable hears Bill Belichick with praise for Cam Newton while reiterating there is a QB competition.
  • Doug Kyed points out how the Patriots’ glaring vulnerability at wide receiver in camp, after the team didn’t address their WR need this offseason.
  • Luke Ervin (PatsBuzz) Assessing the current state of the Patriots’ wide receiver group. Who are the practice squad candidates, who’s capable of stealing a roster spot, and who needs to step up?
  • Phil Perry sends another Postcard from Camp: Cam Newton, N’Keal Harry connection shows signs of life in red zone; Nick Folk made his triumphant return; Annual slip-and-slide fumble-recovery drill; Lots more.
  • Doug Kyed’s Monday Training Camp Notes: N’Keal Harry delivers needed standout performance; More.
  • Chris Mason offers 10 Patriots observations: N’Keal Harry, Chase Winovich shine in fieriest training camp session of the summer. 2. Winovich wreaks havoc.
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Camp Notebook: Huge day’s for N’Keal Harry and the Pats pass rush; More. “Pass-rushers led by Chase Winovich, Josh Uche, Deatrich Wise, and Adam Butler put heavy pressure on the Pats quarterbacks and tallied multiple sacks. Plus, Lawrence Guy and Bryon Cowart were controlling run periods as well.”
  • Alex Barth’s training camp recap: N’Keal Harry shines, injury bug hits; More. “It appeared as though the Patriots had some trouble holding onto the ball late in practice. Cam Newton was sent for a lap after he put the ball on the ground during a scramble, with Gunner Olszewski getting sent around the field a few minutes later for the same thing.”
  • Ryan Hannable shares his Monday training camp observations: Defense wins day in spirited session; More.
  • Karen Guregian Monday training camp: WR N’Keal Harry shines even though defense rules the day.
  • Phil Perry projects the 53-man roster after the first week of practice.
  • Tom E. Curran mentions how Jarrett Stidham injury shines a light on Tom Brady’s impressive durability.
  • Adam London notes NFL analyst Lance Zierlein is tabbing 23-year-old Devin Asiasi as the Patriots’ “pivotal rookie” in 2020. Asiasi has a chance to be an impact player from Day 1.
  • Zack Cox sees Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene leading the Patriots’ youth movement at tight end: With little experience, the third-round draft picks could play key roles.
  • Ryan Hannable says Damien Harris’ development has been one of the biggest surprises for the offense this summer.
  • Doug Kyed talks about how LB Josh Uche has been a training camp standout and could be a surprise contributor.
  • Zack Cox picks ten risers and seven fallers from the first seven days of training camp.
  • Ryan Hannable assures us that Stephon Gilmore has not been holding out; He missed the last few practices because of a COVID-related matter. /Holding out? Which clowns suggested he was holding out?
  • Zack Cox highlights Bill Belichick on the “Rich Eisen Show,” on what NFL rule he’d change if he could. It would be the pass interference rules, and how he wishes the NFL and college football would follow the same rulebook, for a ‘clean transition’ and ‘from the standpoint of consistency’.
  • Mike Reiss notes that Patriots players say Bill Belichick’s sons have earned respect through hard work and passion for the Patriots’ program.
  • Ryan Hannable passes along a report that the Patriots hosted 3 interior linemen for visits yesterday.

NATIONAL NEWS

EXTRACURRICULAR

  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) NFL saw zero positive COVID-19 tests for players from Aug. 12-20.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) NFL sees lab error as “learning opportunity.”
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Roger Goodell reiterates support for players who protest during the national anthem.