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New England Patriots links 5/17/21 - Depth charts project Cam Newton at QB; Rookies meet at minicamp

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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Bill Belichick, Patriots in unfamiliar spot with limited prime-time exposure; Cam Newton has his own potential homecoming storyline of note; Rookie check-in; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes: A quick look at the Patriots roster; Gilmore was the subject of several trade rumors, but along with Jackson and Jones gives the Patriots one of the best CB trios in the league; More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Transitioning to Mac Jones from Cam Newton during season may be tough task for Patriots; While it seems very unlikely to actually happen, what if Stidham performs better than Newton or Jones during training camp?
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Patriots news and NFL notes: 5 Things to know for Monday. 2. Players continue to downplay the need for offseason practices and training but... while there were slightly fewer concussions last season (142 compared to 145 the previous year), ... knee injuries went up a considerable amount in 2020, with ACL and MCL tears both climbing up significantly.
  • Karen Guregian’s NFL Notes: Patriots forge strong Wolverine connection: Like Alabama, Michigan has Belichick’s respect.
  • Karen Guregian writes Robert Kraft talks about his quarterbacks, past and present and says he is glad he doesn’t have to rule on the current QB competition.
  • Conor Roche highlights what the NFL insiders are saying about the Patriots QB situation ahead of OTAs: Will Cam Newton or Mac Jones be the Patriots’ Week 1 starter?
  • Nick Stevens notes Patriots rookie minicamp was closed to reporters, with just some team-approved photos being released. Next media availability at OTAs on May 27.
  • Doug Kyed gives us his Cameron McGrone takeaways: McGrone isn’t a traditional Patriots linebacker, but he’ll bring a different element to the positional group.
  • Zack Cox tells us what the Patriots will be getting in versatile safety Joshuah Bledsoe: Primarily a slot defender over the last two seasons (421 of his 667 snaps in 2020), Bledsoe was tasked with manning up some of the top receivers in this year’s draft class.
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Mailbag: Where’s the best spot for Mac Jones to take over at QB?
  • Clare Cooper (PatsPropaganda) Opponent-crushing Patriots for 2021?
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) 3 best quarterbacks team will face in 2021.
  • Ryan Hannable thinks it would be great if the Patriots could have multiple joint practices this summer. /Me too.
  • Hayden Bird relays former GM Mike Tannenbaum on why a Julio Jones trade makes sense for the Patriots.
  • CBS Boston notes Robert Kraft is excited for Tom Brady’s return to Foxboro: ‘I love him.’
  • Noah Green (MusketFire) Ranking Tom Brady’s return among hyped Foxborough matchups.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Tom Brady returns to Foxboro Oct 3rd – An emotional Fitzy responds.
  • Jordan Cohn mentions the ‘Dark Side of Football’ series will feature episodes on Bill Belichick, the Raiders; the league problem with painkillers and more.


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Get to know Nick Sirianni … and his ways of getting to know the Eagles; Plus, union president J.C. Tretter discusses the offseason work fight, John Fox talks about the time Tim Tebow played tight end and more.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA: Schedule No. 102,844 and the nuttiness around NFL’s annual slate.
  • Bucky Brooks ( Scouts Notebook: Tim Tebow outrage is over the top; plus, thoughts on Teddy Bridgewater’s gripe and DK Metcalf’s run.
  • The NFL Draft Bible (SI) Updated depth chart for the AFC East conference.
  • Ben Linsey (PFF) Projecting starting lineups for all 32 NFL teams following the 2021 NFL Draft.
  • Ben Rolfe (ProFootballNetwork) Patriots depth chart: Can Cam Newton hold off Mac Jones?
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Three spots where Mac Jones could leap Cam Newton as New England’s starter.
  • Mike Chiari (Bleacher Report) ESPN: Belichick ‘bullish’ on Cam Newton; Likely to start until Mac Jones ‘undeniable.’
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Patriots LB Ja’Whaun Bentley switching from No. 51 to No. 8
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) Predicting 2021 NFL division winners: Here’s a look at all eight, with confidence level for each. AFC East: Buffalo Bills.
  • Kevin Patra ( NFL scheduled Bucs-Pats in Week 4 to ensure focus is on Tom Brady’s return.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) As Phase Two of offseason program begins, how many players will show up?
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Return of the PFT Mailbag: Will Mac Jones start in any games this season?
  • Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports) Marquee rookies who need a ‘redshirt’ year to sharpen their skills or add strength.