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New England Patriots links 6/11/21 - OTAs observations roundup: Offense bounces back; More

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NFL: New England Patriots OTA
WR Kendrick Bourne participates in drills
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  • Evan Lazar’s OTA Observations: Jarrett Stidham leads QBs; Mac Jones going through natural rookie progression; Dont’a Hightower returns; Jalen Mills’ versatility stands out; More.
  • Tom E. Curran shares his observations from Thursday’s practice at Gillette Stadium, including how the QB competition is shaping up.
  • Doug Kyed shares his Patriots OTAs Notes: Who was there, what they did, how QBs looked with Cam Newton out of practice; More.
  • Andy Hart’s Patriots OTAs notebook: No Cam Newton, Brian Hoyer shines and Hunter Henry hobbled. “One of the more interesting new drills noted during the workout was for the defensive backs/cornerbacks. The players worked on their backpedals and turning their hips while holding onto a towel with both hands that was wrapped around their necks.”
  • Andrew Callahan tells us what happened at OTAs: Passing game goes long; Kendrick Bourne’s fingertip catch; Devin Asiasi delivered the best play of the day by a tight end, beating Kyle Dugger deep for what would have been a touchdown in 11-on-11s; More.
  • Alex Barth opens his Thursday OTA notebook: Brian Hoyer’s turn to shine, Dont’a Hightower returns; More.
  • Matt Dolloff posts some video clips from OTAs: Mac Jones to Hunter Henry, and more.
  • Tom Shaw-Mellors (PatsPropaganda) Patriots Tweets of note – OTAs edition – Week 3.
  • Justin Leger talks about Hunter Henry’s injury scare at OTAs.
  • Zack Cox says the Patriots dodged a bullet with Hunter Henry at OTAs. Henry sat out most of Thursday’s practice after what appeared to be an ankle/foot injury after a matchup with safety Adrian Colbert early in 11-on-11 drills.
  • Doug Kyed notes Patriots wide receiver Tre Nixon has caught on quickly and found a study buddy in Mac Jones.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights Mac Jones explaining the two bucket approach he’s taking as a rookie.
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) Mac Jones shares nickname given to him by Cam Newton: ‘Mac & cheese’.
  • Karen Guregian hears from rookie RB Rhamondre Stevenson how he loves LeGarrette Blount but thinks the comparisons are premature
  • Zack Cox continues his positional review series with a look at the three biggest questions facing the safeties. 1. Who starts at strong safety?
  • Doug Kyed addresses his Patriots Mailbag: Could young WR Isaiah Zuber be a surprise roster candidate?
  • Zack Cox NFL Rumors: Patriots, Giants planning joint practices at Gillette Stadium, despite the preseason game being played at MetLife Stadium.
  • Andrew Callahan relays Bill Belichick: No NFL team has educated players more on COVID-19 vaccine than Patriots.
  • NBC Sports Boston gives us the latest updates on AFC East jersey number changes.
  • Sam Panayotovich mentions how the public can’t stop betting QB Mac Jones will start Week 1.
  • A Clare Perspective podcast: Clare ‘clazzyclare’ Cooper goes solo and answers questions submitted by listeners on all things Patriots. (28.25 min.)
  • Patriots Talk podcast: Tom Curran breaks down what he saw from Thursday’s practice. Also, Frank Edelman joins to discuss his expectations for the Patriots this season, and what led to Julian’s decision to retire. (30 min.)
  • Next Pats podcast: Phil Perry talks with Jamar Cain, Oklahoma OLB/DE coach, about what Pats fans can expect from 3rd-round pick Ronnie Perkins and his ‘alpha mentality’. (26 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) GamePlan: How vaccine hesitancy among players is affecting NFL teams; Plus, Coach of the Year favorites, more on the NFL’s expansion to German and thoughts about advice prospects receive.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( The Debrief: What matters — and what doesn’t — from this week’s OTAs, minicamps.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL insider notes: Sorting out Saints QB battle, plus Chandler Jones holdout and how to get players vaccinated.
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Under-the-radar players who could be ‘21 stars for each AFC team. Pats: RB J.J. Taylor.
  • Patrik Walker (CBS Sports) Potential 2021 breakout player for each NFC team: Randy Gregory headlines list of under-the-radar talent.
  • Gil Brandt ( Eight biggest remaining roster concerns for the 2021 season.
  • Staff ( NFL announces 2021 preseason schedule dates, times.
  • Mike Jones (USA Today) NFLPA will continue to provide COVID-19 vaccination info, but players responsible for decisions.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk0 Russell Wilson insists he never requested trade and “is here to win it all.”
  • Jacob Camenker (Sporting News) Why Tom Brady’s knee injury could be a problem for NFL, Buccaneers.
  • Nora Princiotti (The Ringer) Where have all the cutouts gone? /345 Park Avenue, Goodell’s new sources for ‘what the fans have told me’.