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New England Patriots links 11/03/21 - Patriots feeling groove-y; Ride with their roster

Daily news and links for Wednesday

New England Patriots Vs. Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium
Devin McCourty celebrates after forcing an incomplete pass
Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images



  • Dave D’Onofrio says the Patriots are trade deadline losers — unless Belichick’s confidence pays off. The coach appears to believe in this group. That message should be hammered home inside the building this week.
  • Karen Guregian saw several spots the Pats could have beefed up on the roster, namely cornerback, but ultimately the team punted at the trade deadline.
  • Mike Reiss shares his thoughts on why the Pats stood pat at the trade deadline: Cap space, not much on the market, veterans already on the roster, Pats already made 4 trades since the preseason.
  • Matt Dolloff says New England will rely on the depth charts they already have in-house, with potential to possibly add free agents off the street if an urgent need arises.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Trade-off: Time to talk Pats’ playoffs-prospectus with trade deadline now in the past.
  • Andrew Callahan’s Patriots-Chargers film review: Belichick’s defense finds winning formula in season-saving win.
  • Andy Hart’s Pats stats analysis after 8 weeks: Damien Harris is a top-10 NFL running back.
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) Devin McCourty thinks Patriots are finding their blueprint for success.
  • Evan Lazar’s Notebook: Patriots’ Mac Jones was plenty good enough even without his best stuff.
  • Mike D’Abate (Patriot Maven) Notebook: Ekuale reverts, Phillips has a ‘day of firsts,’ Nick Folk plays ‘Connect Four’ for the third time this season; More.
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) Here are the 5 highest-graded Patriots on PFF.
  • CBS Boston takes a quick look at how the AFC looks at the moment, as we approach the halfway point.
  • Karen Guregian reports Josh McDaniels owns up to poor play calling on the goal line against the Chargers.
  • Nick O’Malley relays Josh McDaniels explaining why it took so long to fix the O-line by moving Mike Onwenu to RT.
  • Zack Cox notes Josh McDaniels agrees with everyone who watched Sunday’s Patriots game: He shouldn’t have passed so much near the Chargers’ goal line.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike and Murph break down the Pats big win in Week Eight. (37 min.)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Clare Cooper talk tight ends and trades. (49 min.)
  • Patriots Talk podcast: Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss how standing pat at the trade deadline sends a message. (33 min.)


  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Adrian Phillips named AFC defensive player of the week.
  • Cody Benjamin (CBS Sports) One thing we learned about each team in Week 8. Patriots: Their resilience is real. The vets could’ve easily thrown in the towel early, with a rookie QB under center and a defense in transition. But they’ve now walloped the Jets and stunned the Chargers in crunch time in successive weeks.
  • Jordan Dajani (CBS Sports) 2021 NFL trade deadline winners and losers: Deshaun Watson stays put and loses, while Chiefs, Rams improve.
  • Conor Orr (SI) NFL trade deadline grades: Melvin Ingram, Von Miller, More.
  • Cameron Filipe (Football Zebras) Week 9 referee assignments. Patriots at Panthers: Clete Blakeman.
  • Myles Simmons (ProFootballTalk) Panthers signing QB Josh Love to practice squad.
  • Sarah Barshop (ESPN) Dolphins decide against trading for Texans QB Deshaun Watson before deadline.
  • Preview (ESPN) ‘Man in the Arena’: Tom Brady’ sneak peek: Brady recounts draft night. (48 sec. video)
  • Alex Patterson (ConductDetrimental) Missouri Governor Parsons would welcome an NFL expansion team.