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New England Patriots links 6/04/21 - Cam reincarnated, Mac earns respect, LeGarrette Blount 2.0, WRs, MORE!

Daily news and links for Friday

New England Patriots Training Camp
Cam Newton, Josh McDaniels
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  • Mike Reiss reports Josh McDaniels has already noticed a difference in Cam Newton’s second year with the Patriots. “He has a different grasp of the offense, a different understanding of the terminology. Now we’re working on refining the precision, the details.”
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Here’s what Josh McDaniels expects Cam Newton to improve ahead of training camp. 1. Newton will need to be a more accurate passer.
  • Nick O’Malley notes Bill Belichick said Mac Jones has ‘earned a lot of respect’ for work ethic while learning Patriots’ system
  • Doug Kyed analyzes the wide receiver position during Phase 3 of the offseason program: Is Jakobi Meyers being overlooked at receiver?
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) Patriots WR coach discusses the difficulties of replacing Julian Edelman.
  • Doug Kyed reports Patriots RB coach Ivan Fears compared rookie Rhamondre Stevenson to LeGarrette Blount and also praised second-year pro J.J. Taylor. /That’s a pretty sweet comparison.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) Patriots RB coach Ivan Fears hints at potential retirement after 2021 season. /Wut??
  • Alex Barth wonders if the Patriots will ‘redshirt’ Rhamondre Stevenson in 2021.
  • Nick O’Malley relays co-offensive line coach Carmen Bricillo on how he reacted to David Andrews’ return. “When coach [Bill Belichick] sent out a text message to myself and Cole [Popovich], when that was coming down the line, I kind of gave a fist-bump in the middle of the night. My wife asked what the heck was wrong with me.”
  • Zack Cox hears from Jerod Mayo on how he’s in “we’ll see” mode with Dont’a Hightower’s physical condition after a year away from football.
  • Doug Kyed notes Christian Barmore is making a strong first impression at OTAs, according to DL coach DeMarcus Covington.
  • CBS Boston tells us that a large number of missing players have joined the team for OTAs.
  • Phil Perry talks about the rookie wage scale following the 2011 CBA and says the money spent at QB, gives the Pats leeway to splurge on Julio Jones.
  • Chris Mason’s Patriots notebook: Mac Jones impression from Josh McDaniels, Dont’a Hightower update, Bill Belichick’s future; More.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Daily Patriots news and NFL notes: 5 Things to know. 1) So far, it sounds like Cam Newton is off to a good start compared to where he obviously was at this time last year.
  • Doug Kyed addresses his Friday Patriots Mailbag: Will Kyle Dugger see his role increase in second season?
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Mailbag: is Mac Jones really pushing Cam Newton already for the starting job?
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots 53-man roster projection.
  • Clare Cooper (PatsPropaganda) Bye bye Burkhead! “Anyone feel like Nick Caserio is picking off Patriots like candy?”
  • Mike Reiss catches up with former Patriot Chris Hogan at Gillette Stadium, happy to relive some ‘glory days’ in a quick Q&A.. /Good for him making the Cannon’s roster. We’ll always have 2016 — and that ‘17 Steelers game (Hehe).
  • Dakota Randall passes along a report from Greg Bedard that indicated New England isn’t actively pursuing a trade for Julio Jones. “As far as I know, my latest intel on this that the Patriots are not in the ballgame right now where the Falcons are talking as far as compensation. They’re asking a lot.” /Eh, who knows how connected Bedard is.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) NFL Rumors: Julio Jones landing spots.
  • Michael Hurley mentions Tom Brady roasting himself yet again for his fourth-down gaffe in Chicago.