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New England Patriots links 10/18/21 - Brian Hoyer returns. Why?

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  • Mike Reiss thinks the signing of Brian Hoyer provides backup quarterback insurance as a potential starting competition unfolds ahead of him.
  • Doug Kyed lays out how the Brian Hoyer signing affects the rest of the Patriots’ QB battles. Hoyer and Stidham will slug it out.
  • Matt Dolloff suggests the Brian Hoyer re-signing could be an indication that Mac Jones is more likely to spend his rookie season learning under Hoyer, with Newton entrenched as the starter.
  • Khari Thompson throws out some thoughts on what the Brian Hoyer signing means: Hoyer could be the primary backup, at least at first.
  • Chris Mason thinks it’d be a shock if Belichick keeps four quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, so Hoyer will likely be competing with Stidham for a roster spot.
  • Ryan Hannable says it’s easy to explain why Patriots brought back Brian Hoyer. The veteran knows the Patriots offense better than probably anyone in the league; Jones has a ton of learning to do and Hoyer certainly can help with that process.
  • Doug Kyed gives us his takeaways on William Sherman: Undersized for a tackle but lacks experience at guard
  • Clare Cooper (FullPressCoverage) So many choices! So few spots! The Patriots roster and whoever will they choose?!
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) Do Pats really have ‘worst WR unit’ in NFL?
  • Chris Mason talks about the Pats’ latest signings: Veteran guard Alex Redmond and center James Ferentz.
  • Zack Cox notes Jalen Mills reveals he will wear jersey No. 2, so the Pats will have at least two single-digit defenders this season.
  • Khari Thompson notes new Pats’ pass rusher Matthew Judon takes swipe at Tom Brady, says he’s excited to play with ‘Super Cam’ Newton in Bleacher Report AMA.
  • Ricky Doyle NFL Rumors: Details about Patriots’ 2020 locker room conversations: Tom Brady reportedly was a popular topic in Foxboro last season.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights Richard Deitsch (The Athletic) detailing the process NBC went through to land the Patriots-Buccaneers game.
  • Alex Barth reports local sports venues react to lifted COVID restrictions, announce plans for full capacity
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike and Murph discuss the importance of offseason workouts, and the hype surrounding them. (41 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: What the NFLPA Should Have Learned From Michael Jordan’s Old Contracts (Really); Plus, the Broncos’ historic hire, tough news for Ryquell Armstead, a new team for Ryan Kerrigan and more.
  • Jake Rill (Bleacher Report) Predicting Patriots’ key stat leaders for 2021 NFL season.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) 2021 NFL playoff predictions: Five teams from 2020 postseason that will miss out and five that will join party. Patriots return.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Patriots get only three primetime games for 2021.
  • PFF ( Top 5 most improved teams of 2021. (4.31 min. video) No. 2 Patriots.
  • Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports) Ranking the 2021 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates: Top 11 features four QBs, one slight favorite. No Pats.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) The trend of unhappy quarterbacks trying to force trades could continue.
  • NFL Research ( All-paid team of tomorrow: Projecting next big NFL contracts.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Dan Campbell: I would love to have a pet lion at practice. /I can’t look away from this guy, lolz.
  • Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) Why is there so much vitriol over Tim Tebow’s potential Jaguars camp invite?