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New England Patriots links 1/08/21 - Pats defense made the run game great again... for opponents

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Baltimore Ravens v New England Patriots
Chase Winovich has room to improve defending the run
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  • Jim McBride evaluates where things stand with the Patriots roster, position by position, entering the offseason.
  • Andrew Callahan lays out how everything went wrong for the Patriots defense in 2020. In a pass-happy league, the Patriots somehow made rushing efficient for their opponents.
  • Evan Lazar explores what kind of offense do the Patriots want to run in the post-Brady era.
  • Andrew Callahan issues his final Patriots report card for the season. Defensive line: C- Practice-squad players and street free agents shuffled in and out over the second half of the season. That’s about all you need to know about the Pats’ defensive front.
  • Lauren Campbell notes that even before the Patriots’ season came to an end, rumors swirled about getting Jimmy Garoppolo back in New England.
  • Doug Kyed mentions the Deshaun Watson trade rumors and if the Patriots are built to acquire him.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) The asking price for Deshaun Watson would be prohibitive for the Pats to pursue.
  • Jack Long (MusketFire) 3 QBs New England can draft in 2021 first round.
  • Jim Hackett makes the case that Nick Caserio’s departure allows for a much-needed fresh set of eyeballs.
  • Doug Kyed reports Nick Caserio took time to thank the Patriots after officially being named the Texans’ GM.
  • Thomas Carannante (MusketFire) This Deshaun Watson conspiracy theory could explain Nick Caserio’s departure.
  • Doug Kyed NFL Rumors: Patriots assistant director of player personnel Dave Ziegler will interview for the Denver Broncos’ GM vacancy on Saturday.
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) Tom Brady opens up on postseason differences between Tampa Bay and NE.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Zac Blackerby (Locked On Auburn) discuss the performance of QBs Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham in 2020, and what it means for each of their futures in Foxboro. (42 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: NFL executives overwhelmingly pick Aaron Rodgers for MVP; More award picks; Plus, how much head coaches are worth, no concerns about a game in Washington this weekend, power rankings; More
  • Bucky Brooks ( Scouts Notebook: Grading the playoff coach-QB combos; a look at Justin Fields.
  • Bill Heyen (Sporting News) NFL playoff bracket, explained: How byes, seeding will work in expanded 2021 format.
  • Jamison Hensley (ESPN) Lamar Jackson’s titanic hurdle: Capturing that elusive playoff win for the Ravens.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Titans activate Stephen Gostkowski for his 29th career postseason game.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Ranking the available coaching jobs.
  • Jimmy Traina (SI) Final regular-season ratings drop shouldn’t worry NFL one bit.
  • Staff (The Ringer) The NFL Wild-Card Round entrance survey: The players to watch, coaches with the most to prove, and possible upsets in this weekend’s playoff games.
  • NFL Experts (ESPN) Predictions: Wild-card weekend upsets, QBs under pressure and Cam’s 2021 landing spot.
  • Jarrett Bell (USA Today) Fourteen teams are in the NFL playoffs this season: Burning questions facing each team.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( NFL Super Wild-Card Weekend game picks: Bills over Colts; Rams edge Seahawks.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) PFT’s 2020 NFL wild card playoff picks.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) Sports staff NFL wild-card picks.
  • Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (USA Today) NFL mock draft 2021: Justin Fields, Zach Wilson among five QBs in first-round projection.