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New England Patriots links 11/10/21 - Cleanup on aisle 9; Moving on to Cleveland

Daily news and links for Wednesday

New England Patriots v Carolina Panthers
Kendrick Bourne, Hunter Henry celebrate a TD
Photo by Lance King/Getty Images



  • Mike Reiss writes how three decades since his stint as Browns coach, Bill Belichick is still evolving. Those who know him best say his ability to adapt to the times helped him build his New England legacy.
  • Chad Finn sees Bill Belichick silencing his critics as New England rights the ship. We know what a winning Bill Belichick team looks like. And this one is looking the part.
  • Bill Speros goes all death star in his latest column: Bill Belichick channels the force in ‘Empire Strikes Back’ season.
  • Evan Lazar assesses Mac Jones halfway through his rookie season.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Josh McDaniels offers a reminder to keep perspective when it comes to Mac Jones
  • Mike Kadlick mentions Bill Belichick making his way into the Coach of the Year conversation.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) This statistical chart shows Mac Jones is far ahead of NFL’s other rookie QBs.
  • Kevin Tame Jr. (PatriotMaven) Patriots Week 9 report card: How did each positional group perform against the Carolina Panthers in Week Nine?
  • Zack Cox plots a potential path to a division title for the Pats.
  • Andrew Callahan points out how Dont’a Hightower is playing better than you realize.
  • Adam London relays Damien Harris explaining to Kyle Van Noy why he used to “hate” the Patriots when he was younger.
  • Dakota Randall gives us an injury update on Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson.
  • Ryan Hannable notes the Patriots hosted three defensive players for workouts: LB Nathan Gerry, DB Tae Hayes and DE Carlo Kemp.
  • Dakota Randall passes along a report the Pats are ‘fully in’ on Odell Beckham Jr., believe they have a good shot.
  • John Anderson warns if you thought the Panthers’ defense was good, get ready for the Browns.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Health concerns in both Browns, Patriots backfields could have significant impact on Sunday’s game.
  • Dakota Randall reports Nick Chubb is among four Browns with COVID-19 ahead Sunday’s matchup with the Patriots. All four players are vaccinated.
  • Nick Goss notes the Pats activated Jarrett Stidham off PUP to the 53-man roster among a flurry of roster moves.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Joe Cardona named 2021 NFL Salute To Service Award nominee.
  • Michael Hurley goes inside the Patriots organization like no one else, discovers assistant coaches having lots of fun with a fart machine. /Substance behind the story, or just hot air? You decide.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Best of social media: Week 9 Patriots vs Panthers.
  • One Patriots Place podcast: Steve, Murph and Clare break down the Panthers game and look at whether the Patriots and OBJ is a fit. (65 min.)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike and Murph break down the Pats big win in Week Nine. (37 min.)


  • NFL Nation (ESPN) 2021 NFL midseason report: What we’ve learned, questions and record projections for all 32 teams.
  • David Carr ( NFL offensive player rankings, Week 10: Tom Brady No. 1 at midseason. No Pats.
  • Mike Tannenbaum (ESPN) NFL quarterback rankings 2021: How all 32 teams’ QBs stack up and weekly big takeaways. Mac Jones 15th. [-2]
  • Dante Koplowitz-Fleming ( Overreactions at halfway point of 2021 NFL season: Mac Jones — NOT Ja’Marr Chase — will win Offensive Rookie of the Year
  • Analysts ( 2021 NFL season award predictions at the midpoint. No Pats.
  • Tim Kelly (AudacySports) 2021 NFL Week 10 announcer assignments. Patriots-Browns: Ian Eagle and Charles Davis.
  • Cameron Filipe (Football Zebras) Week 10 referee assignments. Browns at Patriots: John Hussey.
  • Patrik Walker (CBS Sports) NFL coach hot seat rankings entering Week 10. No Pats. /Insert eye-roll emoji here.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) Here are the projected postseason chances for all 32 teams heading into Week 10. Pats: Wild card 2. According to SportsLine, the Patriots have a 51.7% of making the playoffs, which makes them one of two wild card contenders — along with the Steelers — that are being given above a 50% chance.