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New England Patriots links 8/13/21 - It’s alive! Tight end action returns to Pats’ offense in 22-13 win

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NFL: Washington Football Team at New England Patriots
TE Jonnu Smith runs after the catch
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  • Bob George (PatsFans) A new era begins for the Patriots. ‘Perhaps the best takeaway from this game was that Jones never really made a bad throw all night long.’
  • Andrew Callahan writes how the Pats ran two different offenses for Cam Newton and Mac Jones vs Washington.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Stevenson, Jones stand out as Patriots defeat Washington 22-13.
  • Luke Ervin (PatsBuzz) Five biggest takeaways from New England’s preseason opener. 1. The quarterback competition remains too close to call.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Five things we learned following the Patriots win over Washington Thursday night. 2) As good as Jones looked, one storyline that sort of stands out is the fact that he’s got a lot of the intangibles to overtake Cam Newton as the starter, but he still didn’t quite do enough to create significant separation.
  • Ryan Hannable shares 10 quick thoughts from Patriots’ preseason opener, as Mac Jones passes first big test.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) 8 takeaways from the Patriots’ surprisingly exciting win over Washington in preseason. 1. Cam Newton had one messy and one solid drive. Mac Jones was efficient, even if he was unspectacular.
  • Zack Cox shares his Patriots Notes: How the Pats tested Mac Jones in his preseason debut; More.
  • Ty Anderson recaps Pats-WFT, with gifs.
  • Mike Reiss offers an assessment of Mac Jones’ performance in his preseason debut, nothing the rookie sought advice from Cam Newton before taking the field.
  • Phil Perry finds how the Patriots’ “Operation attempt to overload the rookie” continues for Mac Jones, clearly, as it has through training camp: The Patriots have handed Jones heaping portions of quarterbacking responsibilities over the course of the summer. He’s handled it. And on Thursday night, for the most part, he handled everything thrown his way once again.
  • Zack Cox believes the Patriots’ QB competition passed an important milestone Thursday night and assesses how Mac Jones and Cam Newton both fared.
  • Michael Hurley gives us the lowdown on what Cam Newton and Mac Jones did in the first of three preseason games this summer.
  • Evan Lazar analyzes Mac Jones’s five best throws from his preseason debut (with gifs).
  • Alex Barth’s Patriots QB Watch: Mac Jones looks the part in preseason opener.
  • Mark Daniels weighs in with his take on how Cam Newton and Mac Jones fared last night vs. WFT.
  • Andy Hart talks about Mac Jones impressive first impression in his debut
  • Nick Goss notes Mac Jones gets a loud ovation from Patriots fans in his preseason debut.
  • Karen Guregian highlights Cam Newton on Mac Jones: ‘He’s just going to keep getting better.
  • Evan Lazar breaks down rookie RB Rhamondre Stevenson’s 91-yard touchdown run. One of the game’s highlights.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Rhamondre Stevenson was a star Thursday night, but considers if he’ll have role with the Patriots this year.
  • Michael Hurley spotlights the one play from last night that should have fans most excited, with video clip. “On a first-and-10 near midfield, Cam Newton threw to Jonnu Smith, who was crossing over the middle from right to left. Smith caught the ball near the line of scrimmage... Smith ran toward the left sideline before cutting up the field and navigating the field like a punt returner. ...”
  • Lauren Campbell reports Patriots fans already love Quinn Nordin after his first preseason field goal.
  • Ty Anderson notes Bill Belichick pumps the brakes on a potential kicker controversy.
  • Justin Leger offers his post-game Patriots overreactions: Did Jones show enough to jump Cam?
  • Zack Cox picks his studs and duds from the preseason-opening win.
  • Michael Hurley picks his four ups, four downs from Thursday’s preseason win against Washington.
  • Darren Hartwell gives us the Patriots rookie numbers for 2021.
  • Evan Lazar saw safety Kyle Dugger showing signs of improvement in coverage, noting there’s still room to improve
  • Lauren Campbell notes Cam Newton is not fretting Mac Jones’ workload advantage last night.
  • Lauren Campbell relays what James White learned about Rhamondre Stevenson after last night, “I was hoping he didn’t get caught.”
  • CBS Boston notes Matt Judon shakes off an early injury scare.
  • Alex Barth wonders how many Patriots roster spots are truly up for grabs.
  • Andrew Callahan shares players’ reactions to the first attended home game in 586 days: ‘I just loved having Pats fans out there.’
  • Bill Belichick has classic Bill Belichick answer for not challenging Jakobi Meyers incomplete pass: “Yeah, didn’t feel like challenging it.”
  • CBS Boston’s Stephon Gilmore update: Gilmore may sit out for rest of training camp, entire preseason.