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New England Patriots links 8/27/20 - Camp has slower, ‘clean-up’ session; Zebras on the field today

Daily news and links for Thursday

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  • Mike Dussault’s Unfiltered Notebook 8/26: Simon stepping up, Newton’s playbook catch-up; More.
  • Paul Perillo’s training camp blogservations: Offense still finding its way; Sony Michel was another positive development for the offense; Derek Rivers’ solid work thus far in camp; More.
  • Video Conference transcript: Bill Belichick.
  • Video Conferences: Cam Newton (16.42 min. video) - Stephon Gilmore (5.47 min. video)
  • Training Camp Today: Patriots continue to take form. (4.09 min. video)
  • Camp-Cast 8/26: Day 13 Recap, Michel Returns; The team was back in just shells after two days in a row in full pads. RB Sony Michel returned to practice. Secondary continues to prove they are the biggest strength of the team with several interceptions; More. (8.29 min.)


  • Mike Reiss tweets a photo of referees present at this morning’s practice.
  • Phil Perry sends another Postcard from Camp: The Patriots defense should remain among the league’s best. But the offensive hit rate in the two-minute drill (in 34 hurry-up snaps over the last three practices, Newton has gone 10-for-22 with a pick and he’s been sacked five times) will have to be cleaned up before Week 1. More.
  • Doug Kyed’s Practice notes: It was an ugly day overall for quarterbacks not named Stidham; Sony Michel, Stephon Gilmore shine; Keene received more work than usual with Asiasi limited. Keene still is going through some growing pains. He was targeted three times. One pass was picked off, one was broken up and one fell incomplete. More.
  • Chris Mason shares 10 observations from camp: Cam Newton and QBs struggle with accuracy, team delivers sloppiest session to date; More.
  • Evan Lazar’s Camp Notebook: Sony Michel returns, Derek Rivers’s strong camp, Cam update; A nearly two-hour practice in shorts and shells at a much slower pace on Wednesday; More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Wednesday camp observations: Newton bounces back after interception; Stidham still not getting the same number of reps as Newton - probably more because of his hip than anything; Team worked worked on angle tackling and some of the reps had defensive players with the ball in their hands; A heavy special teams day; More.
  • Mike Reiss cleans out the practice notebook: A football ‘clean-up session’ focusing on the finer points in the game, with Belichick clearly setting the tone - sending the punt return unit on laps for errors, firing footballs at ball carriers, More.
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) A look at the Patriots’ quarterback stats through 9 practices.
  • Chris Mason projects the Patriots 53-man roster: Devin Ross makes the team as surprise wide receiver
  • Mike Reiss notes Cam Newton isn’t feeling like the starting QB and admits there is still much to be learned, get better at and become comfortable with before he can measure up.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights Cam Newton explaining the ‘vibe’ he’s brought to the Patriots.
  • Tom E. Curran describes the Patriots living with the ups and downs of the N’Keal Harry experience.
  • Doug Kyed mentions how Gunner Olszewski’s improvement has caught Stephon Gilmore’s eye
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots camp battles: Sony Michel vs. Damien Harris.
  • Mike Reiss remembers how Ivan Fears laid it out last year, ‘Damien Harris had a bright future despite being inactive. His time would come’. That time is now. Harris has excelled in camp and has a clear path to the starting job after waiting his turn as a rookie behind healthy veterans.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Stephon Gilmore clarified his absence was due to a personal reason, and not at all related to his contract; Now ‘back happy.’
  • Zack Cox wonders if this is finally Derek Rivers’ year to contribute, and notes Bill Belichick seems to think so.
  • Zack Cox passes along the report that the Patriots hosted four WRs for free agent tryouts.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate opens the Patriots mid-week mailbag, addressing which positional grouping has performed best so far, Jarrett Stidham’s future, kicking competition and more. (42 min.)
  • NESN Patriots podcast: Doug Kyed and Zack Cox recap another week of Patriots training camp (23.15 min.)


  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Cam Newton: So much I need to get better at.
  • Staff (ESPN) Best of Wednesday at training camps: No-look FitzMagic, catch competitions and dogs at practice.
  • Gary Davenport (Bleacher Report) NFL’s biggest winners and losers from early 2020 training camps. Winner: Damien Harris’ odds of a starting role.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Mailbag: Which under-the-radar rookies will make the biggest impact this year; Plus, expectations for Daniel Jones, only some stadiums having fans, what’s next for Earl Thomas and more.
  • Martin Rogers (Fox Sports) Guessing Game: Welcome to guesswork season in the NFL, the window of time in this upturned year when we know we want pro football to begin again, but don’t have any real idea of what to expect when it does.
  • Timo Riske (Pro Football Focus) Ranking all 32 backup quarterbacks going into the 2020 NFL season. Jarrett Stidham 19th.
  • Nick Shook ( Top 3 NFL wide receivers by route. Julian Edelman No. 3 Out route.
  • Anthony Teash (Pro Football Focus) 10 NFL rookies who could surprise in 2020. No Pats.
  • Roundtable ( Players set to break out. No Pats.
  • Ben Linsey (Pro Football Focus) The NFL’s best pass-rushers by technique heading into the 2020 season. No Pats.
  • Doug Farrar (TouchdownWire) 14 NFL assistant coaches who should be head coaches in the near future. Stephen Belichick included.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) NFL teams combating coronavirus in high-tech (and low-tech) ways