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New England Patriots links 8/28/20 - Glass half full: Is the defense that good or the offense that bad?

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A good day at camp for DB D’Angelo Ross means a bad day for the QBs
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  • Luke Ervin (PatsBuzz) Patriots 53-man roster projection 3.0: Because there are no preseason games this year, the next week of practice will be critical to a player’s chance to make the final roster. The scheduled cut day is 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 5.
  • Tom E. Curran details what stood out from training camp on a rainy Thursday: With officials on the field for the first time during camp, there was extensive 11-on-11 work and the defense got the better of the offense throughout. Cam Newton is still taking the heavy reps with the Patriots starters while Jarrett Stidham was next up followed by Brian Hoyer. None of them looked good and the defense reveled with every win. More.
  • Doug Kyed’s Patriots Practice Notes: Offense struggles as defensive backs dominate; QB stats; INTs; The Patriots’ defense was disruptive. Deatrich Wise batted a pass and was in the backfield for a couple of would-be sacks; Kicker Nick Folk was 5-of-5 on field goals from around 45 yards out.The ball is coming off of Folk’s foot much better in training camp practices. More.
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Camp Notebook: Cam Newton struggles as defense dominates; The first and second-team defense held quarterback Cam Newton to 13 completions on 28 pass attempts with an interception in a dominant effort by the Patriots defense across the board. More.
  • Andrew Callahan writes how Cam Newton and the starting offense were crushed in a modified scrimmage. “It was full-speed. It was padded. It was heated and competitive for more than an hour. Thursday’s practice was the most illuminating session of the summer yet. And boy, does the Patriots offense have work to do.”
  • Ryan Hannable’s training camp observations: Defense dominates offense in controlled scrimmage; Players who stood out most on defense were Terrence Brooks, Deatrich Wise and D’Angelo Ross. More.
  • Chris Mason’s 10 training camp takeaways: Damien Harris hype train bursts out of the station, N’Keal Harry struggles; More.
  • Andy Hart shares his camp takeaways so far: TE and WR remain major questions; Good D or bad O? More.
  • Doug Kyed gives us the attendance update from yesterday’s practice: Josh Uche and Caash Malui were both newly absent from the full-pads session.
  • Ryan Hannable passes along a report that WR Jakobi Meyers has a shoulder injury, causing him to be limited.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots notebook: QB Jarrett Stidham says he just has to ‘roll with the punches.’
  • Alex Barth points out how Cam Newton opens a breakout door for James White and the Patriots running backs.
  • Andy Hart highlights Boomer Esiason on how he thinks Cam Newton still very much faces an uphill battle to win the starting job.
  • Doug Kyed talks about how Jarrett Stidham is handling the ongoing quarterback competition.
  • Alex Barth says Mohamed Sanu is learning the ‘why’s of the Patriots offense. “I get to understand why I’m doing something, not just doing something just because I’m told to do it,”
  • Zack Cox finds training camp is a dream come true for rookie TE and Mass native Jake Burt.
  • Andy Hart talks kicker battle, and Nick Folk working to ‘get ready for the Miami’ opener
  • Adam London highlights why Nate Burleson views the Patriots as AFC East favorites in 2020.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate is joined by Dr. Jessica Flynn of Lahey Medical to discuss the challenges when it comes to COVID 19 safety and maintaining the overall strength and conditioning of the players. (37 min.)
  • NESN Patriots podcast: Doug Kyed, and Zack Cox recap another week of Patriots training camp: Newton in the lead, kicker battle, WR issues; More. (23.15 min.)


  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Jarrett Stidham: You can’t control everything, I’m just trying to get better.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: Inside the Dolphins’ preparation to have fans at Hard Rock Stadium; Plus, where does the NFL’s social justice movement go from here; More.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) 13 days to football.
  • Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports) Ranking rookie running backs by who’ll make biggest 2020 impact.
  • Maurice Jones-Drew ( New All-Pros for 2020 NFL season. No Pats.
  • Tadd Haislop (Sporting News) When are NFL roster cuts in 2020? Deadline date, rules, practice squad salary & more to know.
  • Staff (ESPN) Best of Thursday training camps: Some teams practiced while others did not as ‘football takes a back burner’.
  • Anthony Treash (Pro Football Focus) 2020 NFL Training Camp: Buying or selling the latest training camp buzz. Selling: There’s still a Patriots QB competition.
  • Ben Linsey (Pro Football Focus) Ranking every division in the NFL ahead of the 2020 season. 7th AFC East.
  • Brad Spielberger (Pro Football Focus) Introducing PFF Contract Projections: A new way to look at NFL contracts.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) NFL’s COVID-19 list down to one player.
  • Kaelen Jones (The Ringer) How ‘Madden’ has produced a generation of smarter football fans.


  • Bryan DeArdo (CBS Sports) NFL, NFLPA issue joint statement on social injustice.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Lawyers for former Washington employees ask Roger Goodell for independent investigation.
  • Dan Graziano (ESPN) Could NFL players boycott games? Why they want team owners to take action — now. /Go ahead, boycott yourselves. Those who need their jobs don’t have that luxury.