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NFL: New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
Josh Uche sacks Tua Tagovailoa
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  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Patriots news and NFL notes, 5 things to know. 1) Raise your hand if you had forgotten all about Brian Hoyer up until Monday night.
  • Phil Perry explains why Brian Hoyer’s addition should benefit Mac Jones.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) What does Hoyer’s return mean for Stidham, or the Patriots future?
  • Ryan Hannable tries to figure out what exactly is going on with Jarrett Stidham.
  • Evan Lazar breaks down what the Brian Hoyer signing means for the Patriots QB situation, Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham. (4.32 min. video)
  • Zack Cox gives us his WR Tre Nixon takeaways: New England waited until the seventh round to draft a wide receiver and could wind up being a steal.
  • Alex Barth mentions how a less restrictive offseason is opening things up for the Patriots’ second-year players.
  • Matt Dolloff reports the team recently released a video from rookie minicamp with a quick glimpse of Mac Jones in Patriots gear actually throwing a football. /It’s not much, but it’s all we got.
  • Mike Reiss notes that on Draft Day 2, ESPN’s Draft Predictor assessed that there was a less than 1% chance that Oklahoma OLB Ronnie Perkins would be available at pick 96 late in the third round.
  • Doug Kyed notes LB Josh Uche is switching to No. 55 this offseason, and he appreciates the history and “old-school” style that comes with that number in New England.
  • Chris Mason relays Josh Uche: ‘Gangster’ Patriots teams from early Super Bowl wins offer plenty to learn from.
  • Hayden bird highlights Josh Uche recalling how he faced “tough kid” Mac Jones during a college matchup: “Got a couple of pressures. Unfortunately, didn’t get a sack. He got over on me with that one. But I got a couple of pressures on him. That was fun. It was cool to see him.”
  • Zack Cox talks about how even in retirement, Patrick Chung continues to guide the next generation of Patriots defenders, sharing valuable advice with Kyle Dugger and Josh Uche.
  • Sean T. McGuire believes Kyle Dugger gaining comfort with the defense is a promising sign. ‘I’m seeing things a little slower and a little easier.’
  • Andrew Callahan writes how Kyle Dugger is drawing on Patrick Chung and Rodney Harrison to make Year 2 leap.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Patriots LB Matthew Judon on Tom Brady: “Tom Brady is the toughest just because he intentionally grounds the ball every time. Every time I’m about to get a sack on him, he throws the ball away.”
  • Adam London notes Matt Judon says he’s most excited to play with “Super Cam Newton” this season.
  • Andrew Callahan discovers that according to Josh Uche, Dont’a Hightower is attending offseason meetings.
  • Nick Stevens finds that early spreads for 2021 Patriots games indicate Vegas doesn’t have high hopes for the team.
  • CBS Boston finds the Patriots are home underdogs four times this season.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Steve Balestrieri discuss Hoyer’s return, New England’s plans to hold joint practices during training camp and they try to predict the Patriots’ possible record in 2021.
  • One Patriots Place podcast: Steve, Murph and Clare start breaking down the position groups & battles heading into camp: Defensive line. (49 min.)
  • Patriots Talk podcast: Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry talk debate how the signing of Brian Hoyer will impact the New England Patriots’ QB depth chart and Robert Kraft’s comments regarding Bill Belichick’s salary. (34 min. video)


  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) AFC East burning questions: Here are the major questions for each team heading into the 2021 season. Patriots: Can Bill Belichick bounce back?
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Josh Uche learning from Patriots history ahead of second NFL season.
  • Eric Edholm (Yahoo! Sports) Patriots re-sign Brian Hoyer, so who will win New England’s QB3 job?
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Patriots waive OL Najee Toran.
  • Eric Eager (PFF) From poor to elite, how NFL teams transition from one state to the next, and what it means for team building.
  • Anthony Treash (PFF) Wide Receiver rankings: The 32 best WRs entering the 2021 NFL season. No Pats, lolz.
  • Ben Linsey (PFF) Tight End rankings: The 32 best TEs entering 2021. 10. Hunter Henry; 12. Jonnu Smith.
  • Sam Monson (PFF) Running Back rankings: The 32 best RBs entering the 2021 NFL season. No. 29 James White: One of the best receiving backs in the game, White trails only Christian McCaffrey and Austin Ekeler in PFF receiving grade over the past two seasons. White has 51 receiving first downs over that same period, with fewer targets than any of the three players ahead of him on that list.
  • Staff (PFF) 2021 NFL Season Preview Guide: All of PFF’s offseason preview content in one place.
  • Kevin Patra ( Rob Gronkowski ready for ‘epic’ return to New England to face Patriots in Week 4.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Chiefs open as favorites in 16 of 17 games.
  • Analysts Debate ( Which QB drafted No. 1 overall will win most games in 2021? None picked Cam Newton.
  • Adam Schein ( The Schein Nine: 2021 NFL MVP dark horses. No Pats.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) NFL Power Rankings 2021 plus the most improved offseason teams and players who benefited from the draft. Patriots 19th. Pats player who benefited most from the draft: Isaiah Wynn.
  • Chris Cwik (Yahoo! Sports) Tom Brady working on unscripted series with Fox.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Broncos hire Roman Phifer as senior personnel executive. “Phifer has three Super Bowl rings from his time with the Patriots. In 15 seasons, he appeared in 212 regular-season games.”
  • Jay Rigdon (Awful Announcing) CBS considering implementing “addressable”, targeted commercials this fall.