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New England Patriots links 10/06/21 - Wynn & Onwenu, Gilmore, Collins, and moving on to Houston

Daily news and links for Wednesday

Super Bowl LIII - New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams
Paging Trent Brown. Will Trent Brown please report to the front line?
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  • Mike Reiss reports the Patriots are releasing CB Stephon Gilmore; Source telling Adam Schefter that contract talks fell through.
  • Evan Lazar finds the Pats’ release of CB Stephon Gilmore made easier by the team’s defensive performance vs. the Bucs on Sunday.
  • Matthew Geagan says Stephon Gilmore’s reported release from the Patriots was all about the money. /Ya think?
  • Ryan Hannable tries to make sense of the Stephon Gilmore release.
  • Zack Cox passes along some Stephon Gilmore rumors: Could he join Tom Brady in Tampa Bay?
  • Dakota Randall shares some Pats players’ initial reactions to Stephon Gilmore’s release.
  • Zack Cox explains how the Patriots will handle having two starting offensive linemen, Mike Onwenu and Isaiah Wynn, placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Patriots place Isaiah Wynn, Michael Onwenu on COVID-19/Reserve: How will the Pats fill the potential void on the left side of their already-struggling offensive line?
  • Karen Guregian notes defensive coach Brian Belichick says substitution issues plaguing Patriots are ‘unacceptable.’
  • Luke Ervin (PatsBuzz) 10 Things we’ve learned about the 2021 Patriots through 4 games. 1: Going with Mac Jones as the starter was the right call.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Notebook: Free agent workouts, Meyers is the master of misdirection and More.
  • CBS Boston points out Mac Jones is the top-graded rookie quarterback by Pro Football Focus through four weeks.
  • Khari Thompson talks about what it means that Mac Jones looked like the better QB in his “duel” with Brady on Sunday. /Good synopsis of where he’s at.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Mac Jones explains what he puts into his all-important ‘improvement journal’.
  • Karen Guregian notes Josh McDaniels doesn’t want Mac Jones throwing 40 or 50 times every game.
  • Mike Reiss notes the Patriots and free-agent LB Jamie Collins are working toward a deal that will bring back Collins for a third stint with the team, a source told ESPN’s Field Yates.
  • Zack Cox offers four thoughts on Jamie Collins’ impending return to the defense. 1. New England’s linebacking corps has not been as deep as most expected heading into the season. Edge rusher Matt Judon has been fantastic, but Kyle Van Noy, Josh Uche and Ja’Whaun Bentley all have missed games due to injury and the Patriots seem to be managing Dont’a Hightower’s workload as he returns from his 2020 opt-out.
  • John Andersen finds Nick Caserio still attempting to clean up Bill O’Brien’s mess.
  • Karen Guregian highlights Tom Brady revealing a bit more on his private session with Bill Belichick.
  • CBS Boston notes Tom Brady explains why he and Bill Belichick didn’t meet in person when he left the Patriots in 2019: “We’d known each other for 20-plus years and when I left here, we just didn’t have a chance — he was out of town — to meet. When I went down to Tampa it was Covid. I was thinking about my season and so was he,” Brady told King. “It was just, we’ve known each other for a long time, and we didn’t have a chance to talk, and tonight we did, and it was great.”
  • CBS Boston shares some of the sound from Tom Brady mic’d up from last Sunday.
  • Dakota Randall shares a Tom Brady Instagram post with a simple message to Bill Belichick. “Appreciate you coach”. /So far it hasn’t been ‘liked’ by GillyLock.