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New England Patriots links 8/23/21 - Week 2 review; What to watch for in Week 3 as roster cuts loom

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NFL: AUG 19 Preseason - Patriots at Eagles
WR Kristian Wilkerson looks over his shoulder
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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Success of Patriots QBs Cam Newton, Mac Jones reflects well on Josh McDaniels; Josh Uche left Thursday’s game after six plays and it’s unclear what sidelined him, though my understanding is it does not involve long-term ramifications; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes: Camp competition continues; Matt Judon was everywhere. He had a strip-sack, a QB hit, and a play when he drew a holding penalty and still pressured Joe Flacco; More.
  • Karen Guregian’s Sunday NFL Notes: For the Patriots, is a QB platoon out of the question? “While I’m usually a fan of outside-the-box thinking and innovation, I’m not sure this scenario would work in New England;” More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Patriots have a few players who could be traded ahead of regular season; More.
  • Ian Glendon (FullPressCoverage) Patriots week ahead: Joint practices, Giants, and cutdowns.
  • Conor Roche previews the position battles to watch going into the final week of the preseason.
  • Andrew Callahan breaks down the Pats-Eagles film: Cam Newton and Mac Jones overshadow dominant run game, quiet D-line concerns.
  • Evan Lazar shares some thoughts on all 34 players on the Patriots offense this summer, to determine who the legit contributors are.
  • Evan Lazar posts a thought on every defensive player who participated in Pats training camp so far this summer.
  • Evan Lazar’s Advanced Stats Report: Patriots QBs Cam Newton, Mac Jones light up the Eagles backups; More.
  • Zack Cox gives us his snap count takeaways: Cam Newton takes all first-team reps.
  • Mark Morse (PatsFans) 15 Observations from the Patriots 2nd Preseason game vs Eagles. 1) Who was the best Offensive Lineman for the Patriots last night? How about Yodny Cajuste! He played a flawless Left Tackle and had the highest rating for the OL by Pro Football Focus (PFF). In 22 snaps he didn’t allow a single pressure.
  • Matthew Geagan spotlights how the Pats running backs are running wild and breaking ankles this preseason.
  • CBS Boston thumbnails the players who helped their roster stock against the Eagles and a few who didn’t.
  • Alex Barth updates his bubble watch to see which Patriots stepped up in Week 2 of the preseason.
  • Clare Cooper (PatsPropaganda) The night of crazy catches as the Patriots go down to Philly!
  • smorganroth (South Florida Tribune) Mac vs. Cam: The NFL’s most intriguing guessing game.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) PFF’s glowing review of Mac Jones lands him as the top performer vs. Eagles.
  • Mike D’Abate talks about how the Cam Newton-Jakobi Meyers connection could be ‘the beginning of a beautiful Patriots friendship.’
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Patriots WR Jakobi Meyers says Mac Jones is meeting expectations.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Chase Winovich went out of his way to say he’s bought in to Bill Belichick’s methods
  • Andrew Callahan spotlights how LB Matt Judon is making an instant impact on teammates and coaches.
  • Logan Mullen highlights Bill Belichick’s honest take on Quin Nordin amid the Patriots’ kicker battle: “We’re all obviously working for more consistency and especially when you have a three-man operation there with a snapper, a holder and a kicker, then there’s an element of that. We’ll keep working through it and see where it goes.”
  • Alex Barth finds that Josh McDaniels hasn’t ‘really worried’ about the quarterback competition.
  • Karen Guregian finds plenty to smile about when it comes to the Patriots’ run game; RB coach Ivan Fears pumps up Rhamondre Stevenson
  • Andrew Lykins (FullPressCoverage) Should J.J. Taylor be the fifth running back?
  • Phil Perry revisits his 53-man roster projection after the Pats’ blowout in Philly.
  • Luke Ervin (PatsBuzz) Patriots 53-man roster projection 1.0. The final roster cutdown day is August 31st at 4 p.m.
  • Conor Roche tells us ESPN ranks the Patriots’ roster 18th in the NFL, with the TE and CB units as their highest-ranked position groups.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Patriots Notebook: N’Keal Harry injury update, Webster gets a workout and More.
  • Lauren Campbell NFL Rumors: N’Keal Harry has no structural damage, deemed week to week.
  • Ian Rapoport breaks down the significance of N’Keal Harry’s injury, saying it ‘likely will affect any potential plans to trade Harry, if that was in the cards.’
  • Dan Mennella (Audacy Sports) Patriots team plane carrying relief supplies to Haiti after earthquake.
  • Jenna Ciccotelli reports Floyd Reese, longtime NFL executive and former Patriots advisor, dies at 73.

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