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New England Patriots links 7/19/21 - Let the bubble battles begin: Who’s in, who’s out, who gets popped?

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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: 1. Gilmore resolution? Perhaps adding easily-earned incentives to his contract would fall in line with New England’s approach of finding common ground; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news: Training camp primer – Tight ends.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Besides QB, Patriots still have plenty of positional battles to watch this summer.
  • Karen Guregian has 10 questions ahead of training camp: No. 10: How will the Stephon Gilmore holdout end? “It should end with a resolution that will keep Gilmore in Foxboro at least for 2021 and perhaps beyond.”
  • Matt Dolloff continues his Patriots 2021 position preview: Wide receiver is upgraded, but is it good enough? Do they even need a No. 1?
  • Danny Jaillet and Mike Masala (PatriotsWire) Patriots’ 2021 training camp preview: QB Jarrett StidhamWR Kendrick Bourne.
  • Steve Atkinson (BelieveInBostonSports) Patriots Training Camp: Tim McKone gives his takes on what to expect.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Patriots Training Camp: Three players to watch on the Offensive Line and at Safety.
  • Evan Lazar counts down his ten most important Patriots in 2021: No. 3 Devin McCourty.
  • Tom Westerholm highlights Gunner Olszewski, who is impressed with Mac Jones: “I see why we took him. Those aren’t the decisions I make, but I think it was a good one.”
  • Alex Barth reports on Gunner Olszewski getting in a full day of NASCAR at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
  • Ryan Hannble explores which new Patriots free agent signing will have the biggest impact.
  • Karen Guregian offers her pre-camp NFL power rankings. Patriots 14th: Will they still be a sub-.500 team? Or was 2020 an aberration? The $160 million in guaranteed money spent in free agency should help determine which way the Patriots are headed. That, and who ultimately plays quarterback, because their defense is scary good.
  • Sean T. McGuire notes the Pats essentially had their roster graded by ESPN throughout the past two weeks, and New England had just four players rank on ESPN’s top 10 players at each position.
  • Michael Hurley says Tom Brady is rarely if ever talked about as being a tough guy, but points out his history of playing through injury is kind of incredible.
  • Conor Roche suggests some possible solutions to the Stephon Gilmore problem as training camp looms
  • Ryan Hannable notes the Patriots and Stephon Gilmore reportedly haven’t made progress on any extension/raise.
  • Adam London NFL Rumors: Here’s when N’Keal Harry could be traded. “if a trade is to go down, it probably won’t be until later in August.”
  • Jerry Thornton puts together a ranking of the Patriots players hated most by Pats fans.
  • Alex Reimer makes his own list of the five most-hated Patriots of the Belichick era.


  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) 2021 NFL Preview: Patriots, Bill Belichick get aggressive after watching Tom Brady win it all elsewhere.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Robert Saleh is looking forward to seeing the Jets battle adversity: Plus, the impact of new NIL rules, remembering Alex Gibbs, franchise tag analysis and top training camp stories.
  • Mike Tirico (ProFootballTalk) Guest FMIA: Life at the Tokyo Olympics, Drew Brees’ new chapter, 2021 NFL storylines.
  • Cody Benjamin (CBS Sports) 2021 NFL training camp: Aaron Rodgers, Melvin Gordon headline nine surprise summer trade candidates. Stephon Gilmore included.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Teams aren’t required to provide extra locker room space to visiting teams this year.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) As rosters shrink, will vaccination rates rise or fall?
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL, NFLPA working on method for identifying vaccinated players at practices, during games. /Think I remember reading a book on this back in Jr. High...
  • Sam Amico (Outkick) David Chao, M.D.: Tom Brady is not super human, but this was his third MCL surgery.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) Why Tom Brady’s big injury from 2020 could lead to a major punishment from the NFL for the Buccaneers.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Drew Brees apparently won’t be coming out of retirement this 2021 season.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) NFL does not plan to make pre-1982 sacks official.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Packers lost $38.8 million in fiscal year 2020.