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New England Patriots links 6/21/21 - 5 Weeks ‘til training camp: ‘Speculation season’ kicks off!

Daily news and links for Monday

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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Stage is set for Patriots QB competition between Cam Newton, Mac Jones; Stephon Gilmore’s statement; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news: OTAs, minicamp is about Belichick teaching; More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: How will Patriots handle Cam Newton-Mac Jones competition this summer?
  • Karen Guregian serves up some leftover thoughts from the Patriots offseason: So who’s going to start at QB?
  • Andy Hart suggests the Patriots starting QB job should be Mac Jones’ to lose at this point.
  • Hal Bent (FullPressCoverage) Patriots pre-training camp positional overview: Quarterback.
  • Mike D’Abate explains why James White’s return could be the key to an offensive resurgence.
  • Adam London highlights ESPN’s ‘surprise standout’ from Patriots minicamp: Josh Uche.
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Mailbag: Mac Jones is a better scheme fit in the Pats’ offense than Cam Newton; More.
  • Andrew Callahan highlights former Patriots O-line coach Dante Scarnecchia explaining what the team wants out of minicamp. “One is how well does the guy take coaching? How well he listens. How well he really applies what you’re trying to get taught.”
  • Ryan Hannable suggests five free agents the Patriots could still add before training camp.
  • Conor Roche says that despite his minicamp holdout, both Mike Reiss and Jeremy Fowler believe Stephon Gilmore’s situation with the Patriots won’t become ‘acrimonious.’
  • Jerry Thornton has been told Stephon Gilmore is on a flight to Boston. “I can’t confirm he’s coming to sign an extension with the Patriots, but I AM reporting he’s signing an extension with the Patriots.”
  • Tom E. Curran unveiled his Top 50 Patriots of the Bill Belichick era in 2015, but after three more trips to the Super Bowl, that list needs some updating.
  • Tom E. Curran reconsiders the top 50 Patriots under Bill Belichick, and specifically, the Willie McGinest vs. Dont’a Hightower debate. “One of the hardest things about trying to stack players on the list [is] how much weight to put on high-leverage plays in the biggest moments.”
  • Anastasios Kilimos (GuyBostonSports) Why the Patriots missed a golden opportunity with Julio Jones.
  • Andy Hart is hoping Bill Belichick takes a cue from Brad Stevens’ first Celtics move.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Best of social media: The Patriots celebrate Father’s Day.
  • Jaron May reports the Patriots Hall of Fame is set to reopen with a brand new Julian Edelman exhibit.
  • Khari Thompson reports Kyle Van Noy is one of several athletes helping the Boston gaming club XSET bring more diversity and inclusion to gaming.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Miguel Benzan about Stephon Gilmore, Patriots finances and Miguel sets the record straight on various Pats cap myths. (50 min.)
  • Boston Sports Blitz podcast: Chris Blacky and Steven Thompson talk Patriots with Clare Cooper. (45 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Sean McVay on turnover, expectations and fighting burnout; Plus, how the NFL and NFLPA arrived at new COVID-19 protocols, a look at the 2022 draft, QBs up for more deals and more.
  • Will Leitch (ProFootballTalk) Guest FMIA: How lucky we are to have sports again.
  • Bucky Brooks ( Scout’s Notebook: Ranking the top 5 lockdown corners; plus, what Odell Beckham Jr.’s return means for Browns.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Devin McCourty: Mac Jones is used to being a leader.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Trent Brown working out in New England during time off, hoping for repeat of 2018. /You and me both, brother.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) Ranking NFL’s seven new head coaches in 2021 by ownership, front office, roster and recent history.
  • Photo Essay ( Celebrating Father’s Day: The fathers and sons of the NFL. Includes Bill and Stephen Belichick. /(cough) you forgot younger son Brian, the Patriots safeties coach (cough).
  • Rich Cimini (ESPN) Call them Gang Green: New York Jets prepare for a season like no other.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Fans will not have to be vaccinated to attend Bills games.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejects first application for Washington Football Team trademark. /Seriously, WFT?
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Rusty Hardin: NFL has yet to interview Deshaun Watson. /Seriously, NFL?
  • Rob Maaddi (AP Pro32) NFL holding its inaugural General Manager forum next week.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Looming launch of NIL rights has some NFL agents mobilizing.