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New England Patriots links 9/03/20 - Sanu-no more: Rebooting the receiver roster

Daily news and links for Thursday

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New England Patriots Training Camp
Will Byrd be the word at WR for the Pats?
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  • Mike Reiss discusses the compelling WR decisions facing the Pats, wondering if New England will opt for a big, physical group similar to what Cam Newton had success with in Carolina, or put an emphasis on more speed?
  • Doug Kyed lays out how Mohamed Sanu’s release completely alters the wide receiver picture. /At least they have the offseason training camp 10 days before their season opener to figure it all out.
  • Evan Lazar tells us what Sanu’s departure means for the WR position in New England.
  • Tom E. Curran was for the Mohamed Sanu trade before he was against it, noting Sanu’s release highlights the team’s struggles to bring in good WRs. /Interesting read.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots WR depth chart without Mohamed Sanu. The most interesting battle on the Patriots wide receiver depth chart is figuring out who starts opposite Edelman
  • Sean T. McGuire highlights Bill Belichick from yesterday, explaining what are the most important factors he wants to see from wide receivers. “In the end, it’s about production and performance...”
  • Alex Barth explores some trade targets for the Pats at wide receiver.
  • Sean T. McGuire takes a look back at the Patriots’ worst trades after Mohamed Sanu’s release. /Nothing like a big bowl of gut-punch flakes for breakfast, amirite?
  • Sean T. McGuire relays Mohamed Sanu’s reaction to being released. “(Belichick) told me it wasn’t going to work out, which I respect. I personally think it was a money thing. I still want to play where I’m valued.”
  • McGarvin Lamarre (PatsBuzz) Film Breakdown: Could Dalton Keene play a role similar to that of Aaron Hernandez? /Good read.
  • Zack Cox notes the Patriots are confident Cam Newton can still be a dangerous running threat.
  • Phil Perry writes how September will be critical to the Patriots shaping their Cam Newton-led offense.
  • Matt Dolloff reports Damien Harris could miss the season opener with a hand injury. [Insert crying-face emoji here]
  • Doug Kyed reports the Patriots haven’t decided on their starting right tackle and so far aren’t handing it to Jermaine Eluemunor.
  • Doug Kyed says Paul Quessenberry is converting to fullback, and explains what the Patriots value in unorthodox fullback candidates.
  • Tom E. Curran looks at how the lack of contact will affect Cam Newton and the Patriots once the season starts.
  • Ryan Hannable updates his 53-man roster projection, with Edelman, Harry, Byrd, Olszewski, Ross and Slater manning the WR postion.
  • Evan Lazar takes a stab at projecting the roster: Edelman, Harry, Byrd, Olszewski, Ross and Thomas in at WR. /I have my eye on undrafted rookie Jeff Thomas too.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Bill Belichick hints Julian Edelman won’t be returning many punts this season.
  • Doug Kyed suggests the Texans have some players on the roster bubble who could help the Patriots.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Titans sign Stephen Gostkowski.
  • CBS Boston passes along a report that Jason McCourty, Ja’Whaun Bentley and Lawrence Guy were named Patriots captains for the first time.
  • CBS Boston notes Ivan Fears believes Troy Brown will be a great coach: ‘The man is incredible’
  • Logan Mullen reports the CBS broadcast crew for Week 1 Patriots-Dolphins at Gillette Stadium will be Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson.