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New England Patriots links 8/30/21 - Taylor-made: RB’s nifty moves help Pats wiggle past Giants 22-20

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  • Tom E. Curran identifies some loose ends the Patriots must tie up before Week 1.
  • Evan Lazar gives us ten things we learned from the Patriots’ Preseason finale. 1. QB Mac Jones: The good and the learning curve.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Patriots wrap 2021 preseason with a 22-20 victory over Giants: Cam is looking like QB1; J.J. Taylor was provided with increased opportunities to showcase his talents; Kicking competition; More. /Oops, had this attributed wrong earlier. Fixed now.
  • Ty Anderson recaps the Patriots finishing their preseason with a win over the Giants.
  • Zack Cox analyzes how Cam Newton and Mac Jones performed in the preseason finale.
  • Mike Reiss notes Bill Belichick and the Patriots still have ‘decisions to make’ after preseason finale, including who will start at quarterback.
  • Zack Cox says Bill Belichick is not ready to name the Patriots starting QB after preseason.
  • Karen Guregian feels that the evidence points to Cam Newton being the Patriots Week 1 starter, even if Belichick won’t say so.
  • Alex Barth updates his Patriots QB watch after their final auditions before the regular season.
  • Phil Perry’s QB Report: Patriots continue to use Cam Newton as top QB, but Mac Jones continues to impress.
  • Sean T. McGuire notes Christian Barmore earns rave review from Matthew Judon.
  • Justin Leger’s Patriots overreactions: Did Mac show enough to start Week 1?
  • Karen Guregian picks out five Patriots who boosted their roster stock in Sunday’s preseason finale.
  • Michael Hurley tells us Rhamondre Stevenson finished the preseason as the NFL’s leader in rushing yards, TDs.
  • Zack Cox picks his Patriots’ studs and duds from the win over the Giants in the final preseason game.
  • CBS Boston highlights the ups and downs from Sunday night: Mac throws a TD, J.J. Taylor runs wild and more.
  • Matt Dolloff picks his Patriots ups and downs to see whose stock rose (or fell) in the preseason finale.
  • CBS Boston highlights some bubble guys who helped their cause in last night’s win over Giants
  • Karen Guregian takes a final crack at the Patriots 53-man roster.
  • Luke Ervin (PatsBuzz) New England Patriots 53-man roster projection 2.0.
  • Phil Perry updates his 53-man roster projection ahead of final cuts tomorrow.
  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Dante Scarnecchia sees “better command” from Newton and considers the rookie Jones wise beyond his years; One reason Newton has been optimistic about his chances for a productive season is his health; Stephon Gilmore’s availability; More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Stephon Gilmore’s situation with Patriots close to becoming big issue; 2. While Mac Jones may look like the better player on the field and has the most potential, everything we’ve seen and heard from Bill Belichick indicates Cam Newton will be the Week 1 starter; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes: Shaun Wade; Newton-Jones debate resembling political theater; Sony Michel trade opens the door for Stevenson and Taylor; More.
  • Ryan Hannable addresses the three biggest questions with the Patriots following training camp. 1. Who will be the starting quarterback?
  • Tom Giles assesses Mac Jones’ place among Offensive Rookie of the Year favorites.
  • Murph (E2GSports) Jaguars move Gardner Minshew to Eagles in exchange for a conditional pick.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) Julian Edelman reveals hilarious nickname Randy Moss had for him: Edel-nut.
  • Sean T. McGuire reports Scott Zolak apologized for his recent comments relating to Cam Newton.
  • Logan Mullen NFL Rumors: Is Bill Belichick indirectly holding up a Deshaun Watson trade?


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Why you’re hearing more Deshaun Watson trade rumors Now; Plus, Nick Sirianni and Robert Saleh on being first-year coaches, a look at the 2022 draft’s QBs and much more.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA: Baltimore is built to last, but reality hits hard after Injury; Camp snapshots after one month on road.
  • Sam Monson (PFF) NFL Preseason Week 3 game recap: New England Patriots 22, New York Giants 20.
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Patriots at Giants preseason finale: New England’s defense gives Daniel Jones fits early in win.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) NFL preseason winners, losers: Who helped themselves the most in final tune-ups?
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Will Patriots start Cam Newton or Mac Jones in season opener?
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Ranking preseason rookie QBs in the final week of the preseason. Mac Jones 3rd.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) NFL roster moves: Final 53-man player projections for all 32 teams.
  • Cody Benjamin & Kevin Steimle (CBS Sports) NFL preseason Week 3 takeaways.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Texans playing “chicken” with possible trade of Deshaun Watson, who is hoping for a trade.
  • Armando Salguero (OutKick) NFL would love to institute COVID vaccine mandate for players.