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New England Patriots links 10/07/21 - Gilmore trade shows Pats’ confidence in secondary

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New England Patriots v New York Jets
J.C. Jackson and Jalen Mills celebrate an INT
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  • Karen Guregian writes how the Patriots need Mac Jones to be a difference-maker.
  • Karen Guregian notes Mac Jones said Stephon Gilmore would often approach him in the locker room with different pointers. Gilmore is a noted film rat, so he’d watch tape of the quarterback and then come back with suggestions for Jones.
  • Phil Perry notes Bill Belichick is confident in his secondary even without Gilmore.
  • Zack Cox takes a look at whether the Pats’ current cornerbacks can succeed without Stephon Gilmore.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Around the Corner: Patriots depth at CB will continue to be tested sans Gilmore.
  • Evan Lazar suggests that after trading Stephon Gilmore, the Patriots should pay CB J.C. Jackson.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) The Stephon Gilmore trade sets up contract standoff with J.C. Jackson. /I believe these are called ‘negotiations’.
  • Matt Cassel offers his perspective of how the Pats’ locker room will deal with trading a guy like Gilmore.
  • Alex Iafrato gives us her Texans vs. Patriots opponent overview: Can rookie QB Davis Mills and Houston bounce back Week 5 against New England?
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Jamie Collins officially returns to the Patriots.
  • Zack Cox explains how Jamie CoIlins is already making his presence felt in his return.
  • Zack Cox updates the injury report: Why four O-line starters missed practice.
  • Mike Reiss breaks down why the Pats released Stephon Gilmore: New England’s cap constraints likely contributed to his departure.
  • Tom E. Curran agrees it’s a big deal that Stephon Gilmore is gone, but says it’s understandable and not worthy of outrage.
  • Ryan Hannable adds Stephon Gilmore to the list of major assets the Patriots mismanaged.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) The Patriots clearly mishandled what has become an ugly breakup with Stephon Gilmore.
  • Matt Dolloff shares the details that have emerged about Stephon Gilmore’s sudden departure from the Pats. A Catch-22: Gilmore didn’t want to play without a new contract but the Pats weren’t bout to pay Gilmore what he wanted without seeing him on the field first.
  • Andrew Callahan looks at how the Patriots lost Stephon Gilmore for a sixth-round pick.
  • Zack Cox NFL Rumors: Stephon Gilmore won’t demand new contract with Panthers.
  • Alex Barth reports the Patriots filled out the practice squad by adding defensive back Elijah Benton.
  • Ryan Hannable calls Bill O’Brien’s Houston tenure a warning to the post-Bill Belichick Patriots.
  • Chad Finn looks to Lawyer Milloy as the most surprising personnel move Bill Belichick has made.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Mic’d Up sights and sounds from Tom Brady’s return to Foxboro.
  • Michael Hurley says everybody’s laughing at Urban Meyer, and makes his Week 5 picks. Patriots at Houston: For as good as the Patriots looked on Sunday night, they may be without … most of their offensive line for this one? Maybe they’ll get them back. If so, take the Patriots. If not, get ready for a 13-6 game that literally zero people will enjoy.


  • Albert Breer (SI) The Patriots stared hm down, but Stephon Gilmore didn’t blink: A look at how the star corner used New England’s it’s-only-business M.O. to get paid, then get traded. /So dramatic. Gilmore didn’t ‘get paid’ yet.
  • Ben Solak (The Ringer) The Patriots lost Stephon Gilmore for a pittance, but they’ll be fine.
  • Jordan Dajani (CBS Sports) Stephon Gilmore trade grades: Panthers boost secondary, land Patriots star for late-round draft pick. Patriots: D+, Panthers: A.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) Stephon Gilmore trade winners, losers: Bad news for Bill Belichick, Tom Brady. Winner: J.C. Jackson, Patriots defense; Loser: Tom Brady, Bill Belichick.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Mailbag: What should Shad Khan do about Urban Meyer? Plus, five coordinators putting themselves in position for their first head-coaching interviews, Wentz’s progress, Giants culture and more.
  • Nora Princiotti (The Ringer) The redshirt rookie QB season is a fantasy that few teams can afford.
  • Seth Walder (ESPN) 2021 NFL analytics survey: Most and least analytically inclined teams, future GM candidates, more.
  • Daniel Jeremiah ( NFL rookie rankings at Q1 of 2021 season: Mac Jones only QB in top 10.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( NFL QB Index, Week 5. Mac Jones 25th.
  • James Jackson (ESPN) NFL rookie QB tracker: These first-year signal-callers made their own respective strides in Week 4. Mac Jones included.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) NFL Week 5 picks. Patriots win 20-13.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 5 picks. Patriots win 23-13.