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New England Patriots links 8/31/20 - Buh-bye training camp; Hellooo Week 1 prep

Daily news and links for Monday

New England Patriots Practice
Is this the smile of the Patriots starting QB for 2020?
Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images




  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Patriots notebook: Running back battle between Sony Michel and Damien Harris starting to take center stage.
  • Jeff Benedict (NY Post) The seriousness of Tom Brady’s 2018 playoff thumb injury revealed in ‘The Dynasty.’
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick on naming a QB: When we’re ready to do it, we’ll do it.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: How Tom Brady is already getting the most out of his teammates in Tampa; Plus, how football took a back seat to social justice issues this week, Yannick Ngakoue’s move to Minnesota, recapping Albert’s camp trip and much more.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA: The NFL’s surprise team in ‘19 doesn’t plan to be one-hit wonder; The Ryan Tannehill story; More.
  • Staff (ESPN) Best of Sunday at NFL training camps.
  • Around the NFL ( Sunday’s NFL training camp injury and roster news.
  • R.J. White (CBS Sports) 2020 NFL win total odds, picks: Staff predictions.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) NFL Power Rankings: Ranking all 32 quarterbacks. Cam Newton 17th.
  • Cody Benjamin (CBS Sports) Ranking all 32 NFL teams by training camp performance. Patriots 13th.
  • Cody Benjamin (CBS Sports) Top 2020 pass rushers: Ranking all 32 starting edge rusher duos, from worst to first. Patriots 30th.
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) 20 big weaknesses for 2020: Ranking the Achilles’ heels. Patriots No. 2, Achilles’ heel: RT.
  • Cameron Filipe (FootballZebras) NFL hires 5 new officials to fill opt-out vacancies.
  • Ben Austro (FootballZebras) 2 officials successfully appeal offseason dismissal.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Players may display names of victims of systemic racism on their helmet padding. The names will come from an approved list.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Two more players went on COVID-19 list.


  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Cowboys wearing unmarked jerseys in televised practice. /Maybe Jerry Jones didn’t get the 2016 memo. [see below]
  • [From June, 2016] Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) NFL forces Patriots to wear numbered jerseys at practice.