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New England Patriots links 9/07/20 - Breaking down the roster: Heavy dose of O-line, light on LBs

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New England Patriots Practice
David Andrews and Joe Thuney at camp
Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images


  • Mike Dussault gives us five takeaways on the initial 53-man roster. 1. Young weapons; 2. New-look front seven; More.
  • Mike Dussault analyzes the initial 16-man practice squad, with waiting reinforcements at some critical spots.
  • Mike Dussault’s Unfiltered Notebook 9/6: Intensity rises as roster takes shape.


  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Patriots hope to preserve Julian Edelman with less-is-more approach; Cam’s captaincy; Stidham’s slide; Sanu follow-up; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news: Initial 53-man roster formed; Belichick’s philosophy on building the practice squad in 2020; Hope for more football to return? More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: A few noticeable differences between Cam Newton, Tom Brady beyond playing style; N’Keal Harry is one of the most intriguing players on the roster; More.
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) Gunner Olszewski, Damien Harris absent from Patriots practice ahead of Week 1.
  • Luke Ervin (PatsBuzz) Grading each Patriots’ position group following initial roster cuts.
  • Doug Kyed offers his take on the “surprisingly shallow” 53-man roster, position-by-position, noting the only surprise cut was both kickers.
  • Evan Lazar examines the initial 53-man roster and practice squad. The Pats have ten offensive linemen on the roster and only two traditional off-ball linebackers; Belichick went with experience and talent at the expense of depth at certain spots.
  • Andrew Callahan breaks down the initial 2020 roster: Pats load up on O-line, skimp on linebackers.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) 8 takeaways from the Patriots’ initial 53-man roster. 1. It seems Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham are headed in opposite trajectories.
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) The 5 biggest surprises from the initial 53-man roster. 1. Mohamed Sanu.
  • Karen Guregian isn’t buying what Cam Newton is selling, that the offense is onto something, Cam Newton talks a good game. He can make chicken bleep sound like chicken salad.”
  • Ryan Hannble highlights WEEI guest Cam Newton discussing a number of topics; Says “every type of stereotype that I had about coach Belichick changed the day I talked to him.”
  • Doug Kyed thumbnails the players he believes who are primed for breakouts in 2020, including Chase Winovich, N’Keal Harry and Ja’Whaun Bentley.
  • Doug Kyed tells us how N’Keal Harry has worked to ensure a second-year leap. The Patriots need production from their 2019 first-round pick this year.
  • Matt Vautour notes N’Keal Harry is eager to make the most of his clean slate after a lost rookie season.
  • Zack Cox explains why Sony Michel will play a key role as the regular season begins, even if he eventually loses his top-dog status to Damien Harris.
  • Mark Daniels catches up with Derek Rivers, who says he’s taking nothing for granted.
  • Doug Kyed wonders if Sunday’s practice attendance hints at who’s heading to Injured Reserve: The Patriots will likely place a player on IR to make room for a kicker.
  • Matt Dolloff explains how in a COVID-wracked offseason, Bill Belichick is the NFL’s biggest matchup nightmare.
  • Tom E. Curran previews what the Patriots competition in the AFC East looks like.
  • Ryan Hannable says it’s OK to criticize Bill Belichick for drafting kicker Justin Rohrwasser in the fifth round because three rookie kickers drafted after Rohrwasser are starting with their teams. /2020 Hindsight.
  • Mark Daniels Patriots Journal: Harry healthy and raring to go; More.
  • Zack Cox NFL Rumors: Patriots sign Division III receiver Mason Kinsey to fill their final practice squad spot.
  • Dakota Randall NFL Rumors: Why some Patriots players were fine with Tom Brady leaving.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate breaks down the Foxborough 53: The Cam Newton Era begins. (39 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: How Lamar Jackson is becoming a better quarterback ... while staying the same guy; Plus, how Dwayne Haskins and Mitchell Trubisky won their respective QB jobs, comparing Deshaun Watson’s contract to Patrick Mahomes’s, why Leonard Fournette is out of Jacksonville; More.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA: Roger Goodell is ready for a Covid season. Are you ready for a Bucs-Ravens Super Bowl in Tampa? Plus, the 2020 awards; On the greatness of the Patriots, Aaron Donald and Von Miller; More.
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) Tom Brady and Gronk aren’t only ones having fun after Patriots breakup. Take a look at Bill Belichick and Cam Newton.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Cam Newton: Patriots are a “match made in heaven for me.”
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Sony Michel in “best position possible” for Week One.
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Patriots notebook: Player reactions to Cam Newton being named starter and captain in New England.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Patriots sign both kickers back to their practice squad.
  • R.J. White (CBS Sports) 2020 NFL roster cuts: Our 32 takeaways include odd moves for Cowboys and Raiders, kicker questions; More.
  • Lorenzo Reyes (USA Today) The one glaring weakness for each of these 9 Super Bowl contenders. Patriots: Depth on a roster that has massive holes due to departures and opt-outs due to COVID; Right tackle Marcus Cannon might leave the biggest hole. And at receiver, aside from veteran slot receiver Julian Edelman, New England doesn’t have a pass catcher with any proven experience.
  • Staff (ESPN) 2020 NFL depth charts for all 32 teams.
  • Jordan Dajani (CBS Sports) Post-NFL roster cut deadline waiver claims: Here’s a look at all 17 (In a normal year there are roughly 50).
  • R.J. White (CBS Sports) NFL Week 1 odds, picks: staffers to pick their favorite best bet for Week 1.
  • Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (USA Today) NFL coach hot seat rankings: Matt Patricia, Adam Gase already on notice ahead of Week 1.
  • Hal Habib (Palm Beach Post) Miami Dolphins obtain versatile offensive threat Lynn Bowden Jr. from Raiders.
  • Barry Wilner (AP) NFL, union finalize coronavirus protocols for regular season.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) With no preseason, officials using new science to improve.