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New England Patriots links 7/01/21 - State of the RBs: Damien Harris fit to carry the load

Daily news and links for Thursday

NFL: New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers
Damien Harris carries the ball
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  • Andy Hart kicks off his position-by-position analysis of the Pats’ rebuilt roster with a look at the running backs: Is Damien Harris ready to be Patriots’ 1,000-yard workhorse?
  • Mark Morse (PatsFans) Patriots position by position analysis: Running back. This will be a running team! The Patriots have a strong offensive line and a running back corps to match.
  • Mark Morse (PatsFans) Patriots position by position analysis: Offensive Line. The Patriots could have one of the most dominating Offensive Lines in the entire League.
  • Arnav Sharma (PatriotMaven) Revisiting Josh Uche’s rookie season and looking ahead: The second year edge-rusher/linebacker is primed to make an impact for the Patriots.
  • Hayden Bird mentions Cam Newton posted a video of an offseason workout with Jakobi Meyers and Jonnu Smith.
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) Mac Jones attending Red Sox-Yankees proves he’s already right at home.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Patriots announce dates for the start of 2021 training camp.
  • Kyle Grondin (GuyBostonSports) 4 Patriots players who could have a breakout season in 2021.
  • Tom Westerholm talks about ESPN ranking on the Patriots by ranking their roster 18th in the NFL, expressing concerns about receivers, ninth in the AFC and second in the division.
  • Dakota Randall feels the re-tooled Patriots are listed too low on ESPN’s latest roster rankings.
  • Sean T. McGuire looks at where the Patriots’ 2021 opponents land on ESPN’s NFL roster rankings.
  • Tim Kelly gives us the top 32 NFL quarterbacks for 2021 season, ranked. Cam Newton 24th.
  • Tom E. Curran continues his Top 50 Patriots under Belichick series with Nos. 21-30.
  • Mike Cole finds the Pats are getting no betting love while the public is all over Tom Brady and the Bucs.


  • Conor Orr (SI) Mailbag: How many Super Bowls Would Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady have on each other’s teams; Plus, the Jaguars’ odds, Trey Lance’s ceiling, the best concerts and hot wings, and more.
  • Joel Corry (CBS Sports) Agent’s Take: Why Aaron Rodgers opting out of 2021 season could be a nuclear play for the disgruntled QB.
  • Brad Gagnon (Bleacher Report) The best-value contract on every NFL roster entering 2021 season. Patriots: RT Mike Onwenu.
  • Gil Brandt ( 2021 NFL season: Ranking top 10 traded players poised to have biggest impact. No. 9 Trent Brown.
  • Doug Farrar (TouchdownWire) The NFL’s top 11 offensive tackles. No Pats.
  • Maurice Jones-Drew ( Ranking all 32 RB1s heading into 2021. Damien Harris 29th.
  • Adam Rank ( State of the 2021 Ravens: It’s time for Lamar Jackson and Co. to hit Super Bowl Sunday.
  • Get Up (ESPN) Rob Ninkovich sees the Patriots’ pro-style system being a better fit for Mac Jones than Cam Newton. (1.12 min. video)