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New England Patriots links 8/24/21 - Will Mac Jones’ window open the door to start?

Daily news and links for Tuesday

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  • Mike Reiss talks about Cam Newton remaining away from the Patriots until Thursday, due to a “misunderstanding” on COVID-19 tests “conducted away from NFL facilities.”
  • Evan Lazar’s Camp Notebook: How Mac Jones looked at with Cam Newton out; 2. Veteran K Nick Folk returns in an inconsistent practice; 3. TE Jonnu Smith returns to practice with zero limitations; More.
  • Andrew Callahan recaps yesterday’s camp: Mac Jones takes over in Cam Newton’s absence, has three-day window to build his case, struggles against top defense.
  • Zack Cox shares his observations from Monday: Tight end Jonnu Smith was a full participant after sitting out last week with an ankle injury; Hunter Henry, who’s working his way back from a shoulder injury, split off from the main practice field after warmups; More.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Patriots training camp impressions: Jones, Uche, Bourne, Folk returns, and more.
  • Alex Barth’s training camp notebook, Day 16: Working without Cam Newton; Situational football; Yodny Cajuste remains in the conversation; More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s training camp observations: Mac Jones has inconsistent day; Kendrick Bourne had the catch of the day from Jones, also with Jackson in coverage. It came on a dig route and the receiver made a great diving play in two-minute work; More.
  • Matt Dolloff looks at how the Patriots’ other receivers performed in practice without N’Keal Harry.
  • Chris Smith (PatsFans) What’s going on with the New England Patriots?
  • Karen Guregian thinks the Patriots could see a silver lining to Cam Newton’s absence, provides possibility for Mac Jones to build a stronger case.’
  • Tom E. Curran isn’t accepting any excuses, believes Cam Newton’s COVID protocol setback was entirely preventable.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Here’s how Cam Newton accidentally violated the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols.
  • CBS Boston suggests the Patriots are ‘falling on the sword’ for Cam Newton because of Belichick’s legacy of making sure his team understands the rules.
  • Zack Cox notes Cam Newton’s extended absence from Patriots practice this week will put pressure on others — namely rookie QB Mac Jones — to step up.
  • Karen Guregian writes ‘Mac Jones says he isn’t thinking about being the starting QB right now’ but he also says ‘I’m ready to play any role I need to play.’
  • Bill Burt calls the Cam vs. Mac debate all but over for the Pats.
  • Mike Reiss hears from Chase Winovich how he’s working to solidify his role in the Patriots’ loaded linebacker room.
  • Adam Myers (FullPressCoverage) Patriots 53-man roster projection. J.J. Taylor in, Brandon Bolden out; More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s 53-man roster projection, version 3.0. Four TEs, 1 FB make the team; More.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Patriots 53-man roster projection: 3 QBs is a necessity; and what to do with N’Keal Harry?
  • CBS Boston notes Mac Jones, Jakobi Meyers and Matthew Judon were all graded the best at their position in preseason, according to Pro Football Focus.
  • Jake Levin reports PFF tabs Matt Judon as the NFL’s top edge rusher in preseason to date.
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) Rhamondre Stevenson has come a long way since his failed physical at the start of training camp.
  • Sean T. McGuire finds Damien Harris is among those who think highly of the running back group in New England.
  • Sean T. McGuire highlights J.J. Taylor on what he’s most proud of amid his second training camp and how he’s looking to lock down a roster spot.
  • Zack Cox hears from Bill Belichick on why Trent Brown is now a ‘much more valuable player’ for the team.
  • Zack Cox notes that with just one week left in preseason, Stephon Gilmore has yet to take the field. Belichick: ‘When he’s ready, he’s ready.’
  • CBS Boston mentions the lighter side of Bill Belichick comes through when a reporter’s dog crashes his press conference.