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New England Patriots links 10/13/21 - Ivan Fears: Only way to change fumbling reputation is during play

Daily news and links for Wednesday

New England Patriots v Houston Texans
Damien Harris securing the football
Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images



  • Zack Cox offers his Patriots snap count analysis: Jamie Collins made a big impact in cameo.
  • Evan Lazar’s Notebook: Even with 4/5ths missing, the Patriots O-Line wasn’t half bad.
  • Dakota Randall says the Patriots are brutally thin at cornerback and the team’s struggles in Houston underscored the risk of the Stephon Gilmore trade.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Ivan Fears was upfront about his unit’s fumbling issues to start the season: That’s our reputation now.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) Patriots RB coach Ivan Fears confident Rhamondre Stevenson will ‘turn it loose’.
  • Dakota Randall highlights RB coach Ivan Fears unfiltered thoughts on Damien Harris’ fumble woes.
  • Andy Hart notes that some of the numbers for the Patriots defense through five games are pretty impressive. But the unit, expected to be a strength for New England, hasn’t been consistent enough. Inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo has faith better days are ahead.
  • Ryan Hannable relays Josh McDaniels discussing how he coaches Mac Jones, especially in games.
  • Dakota Randall notes Steve Belichick finally offers some thoughts on his face becoming a meme.
  • Alex Barth reports the Patriots hosted veteran safety Sean Davis for a free agent workout.
  • Dakota Randall brings up Chris Gasper’s so-called “informed speculation” suggesting that Belichick wants to trade Mac Jones for Deshaun Watson so he could catch Don Shula’s win record sooner rather than later. /Sounds exactly like something Belichick would let slip to someone who would let it slip to Gasper, doesn’t it?
  • A Clare Perspective podcast: Clare Cooper and guest Nick Stevens discuss that Bucs game just a little bit, the Texans game a lot more and of course tight ends. (35 min.)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike and Murph break down the Pats victory in Houston.


  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Josh McDaniels: We’re getting closer to finding our offensive identity.
  • Grant Gordon ( Ravens QB Lamar Jackson, Buccaneers QB Tom Brady lead Players of the Week. Nick Folk named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
  • Mike Tannenbaum (ESPN) NFL quarterback rankings 2021: How all 32 teams’ QBs stack up and weekly big takeaways. Mac Jones 19th.
  • Cody Benjamin (CBS Sports) NFL Week 6 QB Power Rankings. Mac Jones 23rd: His pick was bad against the Texans, but he was sharp otherwise. The future is bright, even if the Patriots’ present isn’t nearly as promising [-3].
  • David Carr ( Offensive Player Rankings, Week 6: Five QBs under 30 I’d want to build a franchise around. No Pats.
  • David Fleming (ESPN) The agony of the feet: Why turf toe is such a dreaded injury in the NFL.
  • Staff ( Three German cities in discussions to stage NFL regular-season games.