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New England Patriots links 9/10/20 - Who’s in game-shape condition? We’ll find out Sunday together

Daily news and links for Thursday

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New England Patriots Training Camp
Julian Edelman runs a drill at camp
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  • Matt Dolloff’s Patriots-Dolphins Preview: Finally, mercifully, the Patriots are back - and so is the unpredictable roller coaster of their annual matchups with the Miami Dolphins.
  • Zack Cox relays Josh McDaniels on why the Patriots’ depth could be tested on Sunday. “We don’t have a player on our roster right now that has played a 70-play game.”
  • Andy Hart shares what Bill Belichick had to say on Week 1 playing time: “We’re definitely going to keep an eye on that as a coaching staff. You can’t simulate game and football condition. You can run as many sprints as you want, but getting out there, hitting, the physical part of the game, there is a lot of unknown there.”
  • Alex Barth notes that when Ryan Fitzpatrick takes the field, he’ll be starting his 13th career game against the Bill Belichick-led Patriots. Only Peyton Manning (20) has made more. “Familiarity can be a dangerous thing in the NFL.”
  • Matt Vautour hears from Kyle Van Noy on Cam Newton: The Dolphins will ‘have our hands full’ Sunday.
  • Evan Lazar examines the potentially significant roles for the 2020 rookie class, noting the Patriots aren’t usually a team that relies heavily on rookies, but this year figures to be an exception to the rule.
  • Chris Mason writes it’s been over a year since David Andrews strapped on shoulder pads for a football game, and he admits he’s been getting chills thinking about his return.
  • Zack Cox and Doug Kyed give us 20 Patriots predictions for 2020. 1. Bill Belichick wins Coach of the Year. /Is he even eligible?
  • Nicole Yang shares 53 facts about the 53 players on the Patriots’ roster. RB J.J. Taylor: As an undrafted rookie out of Arizona, he extends Bill Belichick’s 16-season streak of having an undrafted rookie make the 53-man roster. /Sweet!
  • Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry make their bold predictions for the Patriots’ 2020 season. 1. The Patriots will run more than 525 times this year.
  • Andy Hart and Ryan Hannable debate whether it’s more likely the team goes 11-5 or 5-11.
  • Karen Guregian explains why she thinks Josh McDaniels should enjoy a bit of an advantage, and have defenses guessing, especially Week 1 against Miami.
  • Mark Daniels talks about how rookie RB J.J. Taylor impressed his coaches this offseason.
  • Karen Guregian wonders, with Tom Brady gone, who is the 2020 face of the franchise?
  • Sean T. McGuire highlights Albert Breer on how Jalen Ramsey’s five-year, $105 M contract extension impacts Stephon Gilmore.
  • NBC Sports Boston notes Aqib Talib reveals why he turned down Bill Belichick’s offer to rejoin Patriots. “I was halfway out the door...” “I kinda start going through that schedule. I seen (George) Kittle, (Travis) Kelce, (Darren) Waller. I looked at this (expletive) schedule and thought, ‘can I even strap these damn tight ends?’,” Talib said. ”I said, ‘Ah (expletive), it’s over with.’
  • Christopher Price looks at Bill Belichick’s chances of breaking Don Shula’s NFL record for wins.
  • Adam London highlights PFT guest Peter King on the biggest question for Cam Newton — is he going to be the dual-threat quarterback that made him such an incredible player three, four, five years ago?
  • Dakota Randall provides an excerpt from Jeff Benedict’s new book “The Dynasty” on the story from 2003 of Bill Belichick telling ESPN’sTom Jackson to F--- off. /Justified, I may add.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Belichick’s expletive at Tom Jackson Remains one of the funnier moments in Patriots history
  • Zack Cox Patriots Practice Notes: Reserve lineman Yodny Cajuste was the lone absence.
  • Zack Cox has the latest Patriots Injury Report: Julian Edelman limited with a knee injury.
  • Ken Laird continues to create cauldrons of crap with his latest conundrum: Who does America hate more now, Belichick or Brady? Laird’s personal ‘hate haystack’ grows against Brady.
  • Tom Curran explains why the Patriots offense will be a roller coaster to watch in 2020. (1 min. video)
  • MassLive writers make their NFL Week 1 picks: The biggest upset? Football actually happening in 2020. All five pick Pats to win.