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New England Patriots links 8/31/21 - Chopped: NFL edition - Which Patriots are on the chopping block?

Daily news and links for Tuesday

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  • Andrew Callahan updates his Patriots roster cut tracker: Rookie wideout Tre Nixon, DL Bill Murray among initial cuts Monday night. Both are prime candidates to return on the team’s practice squad; Stephon Gilmore could also activated off the Physically Unable to Perform list or stay there and miss the first six games.
  • Zack Cox spotlights the biggest questions facing each position group on cutdown day: Quarterback isn’t the only question for the Patriots.
  • Zack CoxNFL Rumors: Patriots trade for O-Lineman ahead of roster cutdown. Yasir Durant played last season with the Chiefs.
  • Chad Finn looks at if the Patriots will make a surprise cut or trade.
  • Khari Thompson identifies 5 notable Patriots on the bubble heading into roster cuts.
  • Chad Finn gives us eight thoughts on the post-preseason state of the Patriots. 2. But the bigger takeaway should be this: The Patriots have their QB of the future in Jones. There should be no doubt about this. Jones is the fastest-learning rookie the Patriots have had at quarterback since that skinny kid picked with the 199th selection in the 2000 draft.
  • Karen Guregian reports the Patriots have to decide whether to keep Stephon Gilmore on the PUP list, or end their contract stalemate.
  • Evan Lazar’s Advanced Stats Report: Mac Jones finishes as PFF’s second-highest graded passer in preseason.
  • Michael Hurley analyzes how Mac Jones’ preseason stats compare to Trevor Lawrence, rest of first-round QB class.
  • Tom E. Curran says Mac Jones earned the Pats’ starting QB job and explores whether or not he’ll get it.
  • CBS Boston notes Rodney Harrison says it’s a ‘no-brainer’ for Bill Belichick to start Mac Jones for the Patriots.
  • Evan Lazar puts together his final 53-man roster projection: Tough vet cuts to save roster spots.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Patriots 53-man roster projection, episode III.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Patriots’ 53-man roster projection: Surprising shifts at WR, CB and DE, including trades.
  • Tom Shaw-Mellors (PatsPropaganda) Patriots roster projection 2.0.
  • Dakota Randall passes along a report that New England is dangling multiple defensive players in trade talks ahead of roster cutdowns.
  • Khari Thompson identifies five notable Patriots on the bubble heading into roster cuts.
  • Sean T. McGuire notes Adrian Colbert thanks the Patriots after being released amid roster cutdown.
  • Zac Cox NFL Rumors: Patriots waive Tre Nixon, Ernie Adams’ final draft pick ahead of roster cutdown day.
  • Kevin Tame (PatriotMaven) Bill Belichick’s impression of Chase Winovich: ‘Way better than it was three weeks ago’: As talented as Chase Winovich is, he played late into the 4th quarter of the third preseason game.
  • Murph (E2GSports) New England Patriots showing off their Asiasi. /Hee hee.
  • Kevin Stone (NEFootballJournal) Strong showing from Asiasi could help take pressure off Pats receivers.
  • Zack Cox shows some stats that show how impressive the Patriots’ young RBs Rhamondre Stevenson and J.J. Taylor were in preseason.
  • Kevin Stone (NEFootballJournal) Matthew Judon proving he was worth his big contract before the regular season even begins.
  • Jerry Thornton shares some random observations from Patriots-Giants: “now that we’ve reached the end of the absolute best, most compelling offseason in Patriots history, we can honestly say that Mac Jones beat Cam Newton in just about ever battle of The Palindrome War, but it looks like he lost the war itself.”
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) 11 takeaways from the Pats’ win over the Giants, with the QB decision looming large.
  • Clare Cooper (PatsPropaganda) Preseason closes as the Patriots head to the Big Apple and take a bite!
  • Anastasios Kilimos (GuyBostonSports) Quick-snap reactions to Patriots preseason Week 3 victory over Giants.
  • Mike Luciano (MusketFire) Pass rush dominating Giants is exactly what fans needed to see.
  • Dakota Randall finds Kenny Britt apparently still salty about being cut by the Patriots in 2018.
  • Marcus Kwesi O’Mard finds that Mac Jones already has his first shoe deal.


  • Around the NFL ( NFL player cuts tracker: Team-by-team roster moves.
  • Mark Schofield (TouchdownWire) Studying Mac Jones against the New York Giants.
  • Jacob Camenker (Sporting News) NFL practice squad salaries: Minimum salary, rules & more to know for 2021.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: Kyle Shanahan has experience toggling between two offenses.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) What’s more important in NFL quarterback development: Nature or nurture?
  • Joe Fortenbaugh (ESPN) News, notes and trends from NFL preseason Week 3.
  • Chad Reuter ( 2021 NFL preseason Week 3 rookie grades.
  • Staff (ESPN) Predicting the top 100 players for the 2021 season and why they’ll be among the league’s best. No. 26 Stephon Gilmore.
  • Cynthia Frelund ( 2021 NFL season: Projecting win share leaders on offense, defense. No Pats.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) NFL power rankings. Patriots 18th (^1): The Patriots’ quarterback decision of Cam Newton vs. Mac Jones has little bearing on how they will try to manufacture wins in 2021. They are still strong defensively and will grind out games with a deep versatile, backfield, while also using a lot of double-tight end sets. That will likely get the Patriots back to the middle of the pack and just short of a wild-card berth.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Report: Malcolm Butler considering retirement.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) Deshaun Watson trade winds swirl as NFL kickoff nears, but here’s why it’s all just hot air.
  • Jay Rigdon (Awful Announcing) Maria Taylor and Drew Brees will join NBC’s Football Night In America.
  • Jay Rigdon (Awful Announcing) Peyton and Eli Manning alternate Monday Night Football broadcast won’t have a third host after all, despite people like Adam Schefter hoping for the gig.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL, NFLPA agree to weekly COVID testing for vaccinated players and staff.