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New England Patriots links 8/04/21 - Emphasis on run-stuffing defense after 2020 turkey

Daily news and links for Wednesday

NFL: New England Patriots Minicamp
Deatrich Wise Jr.
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  • Evan Lazar’s Camp Notebook: Cam Newton, Matt Judon big winners as pads go on at a jam-packed two-hour practice session on day six: The first one-on-one periods between offensive and defensive lines and receivers and defensive backs with players in full pads. Plus, high-intensity 11-on-11s in the running game. /Good read.
  • Khari Thompson’s training camp Day 6 takeaways: Cam Newton, defensive line shine, Mac Jones struggled in first padded practice.
  • Ryan Hannable shares his training camp observations, Day 6: Newton had another nice connection with Jonnu Smith for a touchdown in 11-on-11 work. It was a nice grab by the tight end, as he was able to get both feet in bounds.
  • Zack Cox’ training camp observations, Day 6: QB report; Player of the day: edge rusher Matt Judon: a force in both 1-on-1s and 11-on-11s. Early in the latter, he worked his way into in the backfield almost immediately, forcing a Newton spike. The high-priced free agent is going to be a problem for opposing tackles this season. Second-year pro Josh Uche also dominated in 1-on-1s, and Barmore was impressive before his injury.
  • Andrew Callahan recaps Tuesday’s training camp: Run game rolls, Mac Jones loses ground in QB competition. Player of the day: DT Christian Barmore.
  • Alex Barth’s Patriots training camp notebook: Full pads on Day 6. On the offensive side of the ball, guard Shaq Mason was the team’s top performer. The 27-year-old was rarely moved off his spot, and seemed to have a counter for both power and finesse moves being thrown his way.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Puttin’ on the pads: Patriots training camp observations for Day six.
  • Phil Perry’s QB report: Newton posts best practice of camp while Mac Jones scuffles.
  • Matt Dolloff’s Patriots QB Watch: Cam Newton earns his ‘starter’ label in first padded practice
  • Tom E. Curran spotlights two young defensive players that shone on Tuesday: Josh Uche and Christian Barmore, plus more highlights from Tuesday.
  • CBS Boston recaps the first padded practice: N’Keal Harry, Cam Newton among Patriots who stood out.
  • Karen Guregian says the first padded glimpse of this Cam Newton-led offense offers hope.
  • Andrew Callahan hears from DE Deatrich Wise on how the new Pats O-line is one of the best he’s seen.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Versatility is the key attribute for Patriots DE Deatrich Wise, Jr.
  • Karen Guregian hears from the Pats veterans on how rebuilding the run defense is ‘paramount’ to the team’s season hopes.
  • Zack Cox talks about the Patriots placing a ‘big emphasis’ on fixing the run defense after fielding arguably the NFL’s worst in 2020.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights Michael Onwenu discussing his rookie season: There was a lot I messed up on.
  • Sean T. McGuire highlights how Michael Onwenu feels about the chemistry among the offensive line. “Last year I was working from position to position, so I mean whether I was at right guard or right tackle, I was still working with the same guys, but it’s just about working the same fits and getting to know how everyone like fits up their techniques and working off of that so we can work together.”
  • Zack Cox notes rookie Ronnie Perkins felt ‘honored’ by getting attention from Tedy Bruschi.
  • Zack Cox points to under-the-radar WR Kristian Wilkerson as a player to watch this preseason.
  • Mark Morse (PatsFans) Patriots pre-season 53 man roster projection.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Best of Social Media: Sights and sounds from Day 6 of training camp.
  • Tom Shaw-Mellors (PatsPropaganda) Patriots Tweets of note – Training Camp 8/03.
  • Patriots Talk podcast: What has Cam done to be anointed the starter? (30 min.)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Steve Balestrieri discuss the prowess and health of newcomers DL Henry Anderson and LB Raekwon McMillan. Plus insight on why padded practices begin the real evaluation period. (33 min.)