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New England Patriots links 8/07/20 - Adrian Phillips keeps Pats’ safety position safe in 2020

Daily news and links for Friday

Los Angeles Chargers v Kansas City Chiefs
Adrian Phillips returns an interception against the Chiefs
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  • Doug Kyed believes Bill Belichick’s willingness to think outside of the box and experiment with new ideas will give the Patriots an advantage this season.
  • Kyle Suta (PatsBuzz) Film Breakdown: Why Ja’Whaun Bentley and Adrian Phillips are ideal replacements for key opt-outs. “Over the past three seasons, Phillips has played just about everywhere for the Chargers.” /Worth a read.
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots training camp preview: Cornerbacks. “New England’s shutdown pass defense starts with playing the second-most snaps in man coverage in 2019, which is only possible if you have skilled corners that are up to the task.”
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots Roster Projection 3.0: Following opt-outs, which players stand the best chance of making the 53-man opening day roster?
  • Doug Kyed empties his Friday Patriots Mailbag: Biggest reason Why Pats should carry over cap space
  • Ryan Hannable notes the Patriots lead the league in opt-outs, but explains why Thursday’s deadline doesn’t really matter.
  • Zack Cox looks at which Patriots opponents were hit hardest by player opt-outs
  • Michael Hurley says it doesn’t sound like Bill Belichick gave much thought to opting out of the 2020 season.
  • Alex Barth highlights Bill Belichick speaking for the first time since the team began full-squad workouts and discussing how he and his team are adapting to the new world.
  • Doug Kyed says Patriots fans will have to wait a little longer for an update on Cam Newton’s progress.
  • Phil Perry suggests that if the Patriots save cap space, then plenty of big free agents could be available in 2021.
  • Mike Masala (PatriotsWire) 5 Patriots extension candidates with all of their newfound cap space.
  • Tom E. Curran’s NFL Power Rankings: Where do Patriots stack up after opt-outs? Pats 17th. /Yeesh.
  • Nick Goss notes Willie McGinest expects Cam Newton to be the Patriots’ starting QB in Week 1
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Thomas Murphy discuss LB Ja’Whaun Bentley’s potential, moving Joe Thuney to the right side of the OL, and who will be the next ‘next man up’ in Foxboro. (40 min.)



  • Eric Edholm (Yahoo! Sports) Reche Caldwell shooting death mystery: Friend recalls FaceTime chat moments before slaying and family seeks justice.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Bankruptcy judge approves XFL sale to group led by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.