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New England Patriots links 6/18/21 - Josh Uche all-in on all-important second-year leap

Daily news and links for Friday

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Josh Uche
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TEAM TALK

  • Patriots sign offensive lineman R.J. Prince; release kicker Roberto Aguayo and long snapper Wes Farnsworth.
  • Mike Dussault gives us five key takeaways from Patriots minicamp: Tight ends key the offense; Defense is loaded with options; Kicker competition; More.
  • Patriots Unfiltered 6/17: Minicamp recap, evaluating the QBs, More. (2 hours)

LOCAL LINKS

  • Steve Atkinson (BelieveInBostonSports) Takeaways from Patriots minicamp: Cam Newton is QB1; Hunter Henry will be the go-to tight end; More.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Final takeaways from minicamp: While Gilmore is away, it’s next man up; Judon making an impact; More.
  • Mark Daniels offers five takeaways from the Pats’ late spring minicamp at Gillette: Mac Jones has talent, but don’t bury Cam Newton just yet; Jakobi Meyers looks legit; More.
  • Alex Barth shares what his five biggest takeaways from the spring practices are: Josh Uche and Jakobi Meyers making their second-year and third-year jumps; More.
  • Andrew Callahan tells us what he learned from Patriots minicamp and OTAs: Mac Jones is already pushing Cam Newton; Josh Uche is tracking for a breakout; More.
  • Khari Thompson looks at what the offseason workouts told us about Mac Jones’s 2021 outlook.
  • Zack Cox picks the biggest winners and losers from Patriots minicamp as summer break begins.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Patriots news and NFL notes, 5 things to know: One player who has stood out during these sessions is linebacker Josh Uche, who apparently has been spending a lot of time honing his skills heading into this season; More.
  • Matt Dolloff notes LB Josh Uche seems poised to make a second-year jump, plans to stay focused with film study. Check out who he’s been studying on YouTube.
  • Nicole Yang reports Patriots LB Josh Uche was among a select group of players invited to Von Miller’s fifth annual pass rush summit in Las Vegas. Uche received high-level instruction from Miller as well as pass rushing coach Chuck Smith and Super Bowl 50 champion DeMarcus Ware.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Ronnie Perkins hopes to spark Pats pass rush. Perkins has high hopes for the season.
  • Kevin Tame Jr. (FullPressCoverage) Bill Belichick acknowledges Damien Harris is off to a really good start. /Hoping this is a big year for him.
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) 3 position battles that could have surprising endings. 3. Isaiah Zuber vs N’Keal Harry.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) Ian Rapoport explains why Patriots didn’t trade up for Mac Jones in NFL draft. /um... because they didn’t have to?
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots roster projection 2.0: How many recent draft picks make the cut?
  • Phil Perry projects the Patriots 53-man roster entering the summer. Which veterans might be on the outside looking in come September?
  • Alex Barth attempts a ‘way too early’ Patriots roster projection before the summer break.
  • Doug Kyed’s Friday Patriots Mailbag: Why preseason games will dictate QB competition.
  • Danny Jaillet (Patriots Wire) Tom Brady shares hilarious video for Madden 22 cover announcement.
  • Alex Barth has a few thoughts on the EA Sports cover and initial trailer for Madden 22.
  • Sam Panayotovich breaks down the entire AFC East division from a betting standpoint.
  • A Clare Perspective podcast: Clare Cooper is joined by Phil Perry to chat a bit about past Patriots, the O and D lines and of course, mini camp. (35 min.)
  • NESN Patriots podcast: Doug Kyed and Zack Cox take a deep dive into minicamp, discuss the QB contest between Cam Newton and Mac Jones; offseason acquisitions and depth at LB. (37 min.)

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Albert Breer (SI) GamePlan: How the Chargers’ coaches are developing Justin Herbert for the long term; Plus, wrapping up our award favorites series, thoughts on minicamp holdouts and more.
  • Staff (ESPN) NFL mandatory minicamps 2021: League heads into summer hiatus.
  • Cody Benjamin (CBS Sports) Ranking the top 10 NFL offseasons by team. Pats don’t even rate the honorable mentions. /’Eesh.
  • Jordan Dajani (CBS Sports) Ranking NFL’s top 10 tight ends for 2021. 9. Hunter Henry.
  • Bryan DeArdo (CBS Sports) Every NFL team’s biggest do-over: Russell Wilson’s Super Bowl pick headlines all-time list. Patriots: yadda, yadda, yadda.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) Bill Belichick ducks Tom Brady-related question about whether he congratulated QB for winning Super Bowl LV. /”ducks” lolz.
  • Joe Lucia (Awful Announcing) Vaccinated NFL media members will be allowed to interview players in person. /Do they need to provide proof of other vaccinations? (i.e. Measles, Mumps, Polio, Diptheria, Hep A & B, etc...or does no one care?)
  • Ian Casselberry (Awful Announcing) Robert Griffin III drawing interest from ESPN and Fox, with both networks bidding for his services.
  • Andrew Bucholtz (Awful Announcing) The Athletic will not be bought by The New York Times, with those companies ending acquisition talks. /Good.