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New England Patriots links 8/02/21 - Pads come on as Pats hit Week 2

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NFL: JUL 31 New England Patriots Training Camp
Tre Nixon makes a catch
Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images



  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: It is still early in training camp, but Mac Jones is earning teammates’ respect; Stephon Gilmore’s desire to have his contract addressed by the team remains in the same spot it was at the start of training camp — no resolution; Damien Harris as RB1; When Patriots players retreat to the conditioning hill at the end of practice, outside linebacker Matt Judon has been running with the WRs; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, training camp notebook: Newton told the media, “ever since I’ve been here, it’s been a quarterback competition,” he said. “That, in essence, is the Patriot Way,”
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Is Cam Newton really Patriots’ starting quarterback? Josh Uche seems primed for a big year in his second NFL season; The wide receiver position is wide open; More.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Patriots and 2021-22 NFL key dates.
  • Evan Lazar observes how the Patriots’ improved offense is already looking the part in training camp.
  • Ryan Hannable offers 10 thoughts on training camp heading into Week 2: The pads will come on, which will make the competition heat up and evaluations become easier.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) What to expect when you’re expecting a quarterback competition in Week Two of Patriots training camp: Is it Cam’s job to lose, or is Mac on track for the upset?
  • Ian Glendon (FullPressCoverage) Patriots announce second week of training camp practice.
  • Mike Reiss reports Bill Belichick reiterates that Cam Newton is New England’s starting QB, but will evaluate the ‘whole situation.’
  • Tom E. Curran’s biggest takeaway from Saturday’s practice was what BIll Belichick said prior to practice, that choosing a starting QB will be ‘hard decision.’
  • Ryan Hannable points out how Cam Newton is different this season compared to last season.
  • Dakota Randall relays Brian Hoyer offering insight into his tutelage of Mac Jones, and It sounds like he just can’t get Mac Jones to leave him alone. (And that’s a good thing, by the way.)
  • Mike Masala (PatriotsWire) Cam Newton gives great insight into his relationship with Mac Jones.
  • Ryan Hannable passes along a report that Jarrett Stidham reportedly has successful back surgery, but it’s not season-ending. He’s “going to miss a good chunk of time.”
  • Karen Guregian explains why the Patriots need Matt Judon to bring the heat.
  • Mike Reiss talks about how Jonnu Smith is feeding off the energy with his new team.
  • Andrew Lykins (FullPressCoverage) Super utility player: Patriots safety Jalen Mills.
  • Andrew Callahan takes us inside Patriots OT Trent Brown’s workouts with former All-Pro OT Willie Anderson to find redemption.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Patriots DT Davon Godchaux explains joining Patriots in free agency: ‘Of course coach Belichick’.
  • Logan Mullen hears Sony Michel explain his belief that his injury troubles have made him a better player.
  • Logan Mullen notes Gunner Olszewski was one of the top punt returners in the NFL last season and he’s not taking his foot off the gas.
  • Karen Guregian tells the story of Tre Nixon learning why Ernie Adams made him team’s final pick.
  • Logan Mullen finds rookie Ronnie Perkins is getting acclimated to NFL life, and he’s been doing a lot of watching of veteran players.
  • Ryan Hannable notes JC Jackson won’t answer if he wants to stay in New England long term.
  • Karen Guregian the 25 most important members of the Patriots organization, from QB Mac Jones to scouting consultant Eliot Wolf.
  • Phil Perry says Cam Newton and Mac Jones both ran into issues on Day 4 of camp; More.
  • Andrew Callahan recaps Patriots training camp Day 4: Mac Jones rebounds with perfect final period in strong practice; More.
  • Evan Lazar’s Notebook: Defense controls Day Four. Sloppy day for Patriots offense, Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor had their moments today, but the operation wasn’t sharp overall; N’Keal Harry is making progress, but route breaks remain an issue; DL Davon Godchaux shows up in the passing game; More.
  • Andy Hart’s training camp observations, Day 4: Slipping and sliding in the sunshine; Tre Nixon was proud to say he went 2-for-2 in his attempts to recover the wet ball in slippery, muddy conditions; Special teams veteran Brandon King was on the field and took part in practice for the first time after opening camp on PUP; LB Kyle Van Noy continues to practice in a red, non-contact jersey; More.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Saturday in the Park, Training camp observations for Day Four: Patriots continue to work in the red zone, Cam Newton and Mac Jones trade snaps, and the receivers and defensive backs standout as week one of training camp draws to a close.
  • Arnav Sharma (PatriotMaven) Patriots training camp Day 4 superlatives. Best offensive player: Jonnu Smith.
  • Zack Cox reports a total of 10 players were absent on Day 4 of camp.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Best of social media: Sights and sounds from Day 3 and 4 of training camp.
  • Ian Glendon (FullPressCoverage) Notes from Week One of Patriots training camp: What we learned over four days.
  • Murph (E2GSports) Tracy Sormanti, Patriots’ Director of Cheerleading, to enter Hall of Fame.


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: LaFleur, Rodgers and Gutekunst: The Packers embark on a beautiful mystery; Plus, how Indy is dealing with the Wentz injury, Dalton/Fields taking on a Smith/Mahomes feel, frustration in Minnesota, Chubb’s new deal, why Xavien Howard is upset, and more.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA: NFL training camp tour begins with hugs In L.A., ‘Some balls’ in San Francisco and a mystery in Las Vegas; More.
  • Joel Corry (CBS Sports) Agent’s Take: Why holding out during training camp is no longer a bargaining tool for today’s NFL stars.
  • Jake Trotter (ESPN) 2021 NFL offseason: Everything you missed, including the Aaron Rodgers saga, Dak Prescott’s deal, big trades and new rules.
  • Analysts (PFF) NFL Power Rankings for the 2021 NFL season. Patriots 16th: Super Bowl win probability: 1%; Highest-graded player: RG Shaq Mason (85.4)
  • Tim Kelly (Audacy Sports) NFL power rankings. Patriots 15th.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick: Cam Newton’s our starter, but everyone has to reestablish their positions.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Cam Newton works to speed up his decision making in the New England offense.
  • Jason la Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL insider notes: Here’s why Buffalo might be Super Bowl bound and more from Bills training camp.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Bills want new stadium to be completely funded by taxpayer money.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Report: Austin is a possible destination, real or threatened, for Bills.
  • Report (AP) NFL allowing some unvaccinated players to unmask at practice.