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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

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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.