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New England Patriots links 8/03/20 - No fans, no Brady, no problem? Pats training camp [finally] begins

Daily news and links for Monday

New England Patriots Training Camp
Training Camp’s past: Fans wave “Happy Birthday Brady” signs on Aug. 3rd
Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images


  • Mike Dussault’s Patriots Notebook: Patriots captains in their first appearance with the media, touch on a wide range of topics.
  • Erik Scalavino highlights David Andrews who says he is healthy enough to play and eager for the 2020 season
  • Video Conference transcript: Bill Belichick.



  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: How training camp amid COVID-19 makes player evaluation and roster building harder; Opt outs; More.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA: After two early playoff exits, Lamar Jackson enters 2020 on a mission: ‘I’m tired of going home’; More.
  • Bucky Brooks ( Scout’s Notebook: Pats contenders despite attrition; Jamal Adams perfect for Seahawks.
  • Joel Corry (CBS Sports) Agent’s Take: Consequences of a lower 2021 salary cap, including the three teams who’ll be hurt most.
  • Jonathan Jones (CBS Sports) NFL insider notes: Opt-out considerations for coaches, why character concerns loom larger amid COVID-19, more.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) Why NFL’s player development model could be transformed by one persistent longtime agent
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) Replacing Tom Brady may be the easy part for the Patriots.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Happy 43rd birthday, Tom Brady. /I should celebrating Brady’s birthday as I do every year, sitting thigh-to-thigh with sweating Pats fans on searing-hot bleachers at training camp.
  • Adam Schein ( NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2020: Re-ranking the top 10.
  • Jeremy Bergman ( NFL’s ‘Top 100 Players of 2020’: Five things the voters got wrong.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Negotiations continue on revised CBA.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Teams worry that opt-out privilege isn’t being used in good faith.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) NFL to urge teams to alter travel schedules for less time away from home.
  • Jay Rigdon (Awful Announcing) ESPN’s Monday Night Football booth reportedly Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick (unless college football is canceled).