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NFL: New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers
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  • Ian Glendon (FullPressCoverage) Important dates ahead for the New England Patriots.
  • Matt Dolloff’s Patriots 2021 position preview: Tight ends expected to drive the offense.
  • Matt Dolloff previews the Patriots offensive line, which should once again be a major strength.
  • Mark Morse (PatsFans) Patriots roster analysis, Part 6: Defensive Tackles. “The Patriots have a large (pun) group of tackles in camp. Eleven to be exact. I would think this gets whittled down to 4 or 5 for the 53 man final cuts.”
  • Kevin Tame Jr. (FullPressCoverage) All the way up: Can Jakobi Meyers be the Patriots next star slot receiver?
  • Bobby Thompson (FullPressCoverage) Why newly signed WR Nelson Agholor will help improve the offense.
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) Should Golden Tate rumors intrigue fans ahead of camp?
  • Mike Luciano (MusketFire) 3 WRs who should take N’Keal Harry’s roster spot: Devin Smith, Tre Nixon, Marvin Hall.
  • Phil Perry thinks second-year J.J. Taylor fits the Patriots versatile running back mold the team has loved through the years, complete with bruisers and shifty, pass catchers.
  • Ryan Hannable continues his ‘Patriots questions’ series: Will Mac Jones start this season?
  • Sean T. McGuire looks at some contract comparisons that might make sense for Stephon Gilmore.
  • Nick Caruso (BostonSportsWave) 12 reasons why the Patriots will win 12 games in 2021.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Brotherly love: Patriots to hold joint practice sessions with Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Chris Mason takes a look at how the five other Patriots holdouts under Bill Belichick were resolved.
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) What’s the limit on Stephon Gilmore’s contract number?
  • Mike Masala (PatriotsWire) Patriots DT Byron Cowart had a funny thought on what Tom Brady’s return to Gillette Stadium will be like: “We ain’t welcoming him back. We just [have to] play him. There ain’t going to be no damn ceremony for him or nothing like that.”
  • CBS Boston posts Tom Brady’s video of him throwing passes to three kids running routes as former teammates “Welker” “Edelman” and “Amendola”. /Every story posting this calls it a roast or a dig at his former teammates. We used to pretend to be players as kids, so I don’t get that “he’s roasting them” vibe at all.
  • Michael Hurley explains, former Patriot Cassius Marsh just wanted to eat some lunch.
  • Alex Barth finds that Patriots’ fans are way more in Cassius Marsh’s head than he is in theirs.
  • Darren Hartwell writes, “We’d imagine you need more than 19 total tackles in nine games with New England to be an all-time Patriots villain, but Marsh knows he’ll make headlines by bashing his former employer, so don’t be surprised if you hear more from him in the future.”
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike and Murph discuss the prowess of Kyle Dugger and Adrian Phillips, the additions of Joshuah Bledsoe and Adrian Colbert, the importance of Devin McCourty, and more. (40 min.)
  • One Patriots Place podcast: Murph, Steve and Clare chat with the Pulpit’s Pat Lane (Woot!). (69 min.)
  • Patriots Beat podcast: Evan Lazar and Alex Barth preview the Patriots defense. (67 min.)


  • Ben Linsey (PFF) Three players to build around for all 32 NFL teams entering the 2021 season. Patriots: CB J.C. Jackson, G Michael Onwenu, QB Mac Jones.
  • Sam Monson (PFF) Running Back Rankings: The 32 best RBs entering the 2021 NFL season. 29. James White.
  • Bruce Gradkowski (PFF) Quarterback Rankings: All 32 starters ahead of the 2021 NFL season. 27. Cam Newton.
  • Adam Schein ( Ranking the eight NFL divisions by quarterback: West is best, East is least.
  • Jeff Kerr (CBS Sports) Ranking NFL’s top 10 quarterback/coach duos in 2021. No Pats.
  • Jordan Dajani (CBS Sports) NFL all 30 and over offensive teams. No Pats.
  • Doug Farrar and Mark Schofield (TouchdownWire) The 101 best players in the NFL today.
  • Eric Edholm (Yahoo! Sports) Eight players have already played a 17-game NFL season. One is Jerry Rice. And the others... /Eh, the Patriots have already been playing longer seasons than any other team.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Eight NFL teams have 85 percent of players vaccinated.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Monday’s ruling could spark a settlement of the St. Louis relocation case.