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New England Patriots links 9/15/21 - Running back roulette: Harris at lead back, Taylor-Stevenson switch?

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Miami Dolphins Vs. New England Patriots At Gillette Stadium
Rookie RB Rhamondre Stevenson in Week 1
Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images



  • John Anderson writes about Mac Jones facing off against Zack Wilson this week, emphasizing why structure matters in the NFL. “Every QB in the NFL is a system QB. Every. Single. One.”
  • Evan Lazar’s Film Room: Mac Jones is the real deal in NFL debut. /Great read, as usual.
  • Andrew Callahan’s Patriots film review: Bill Belichick’s remade defense shows potential; a major concern vs Miami.
  • Zack Cox wonders if the Pats should consider a backfield change after rookie RB Rhamondre Stevenson’s rough debut, making two glaring errors during Sunday’s game.
  • Ryan Hannable suggests the Patriots might switch things up at running back. Damien Harris likely will remain in his lead-back role. J.J. Taylor, a healthy inactive in Week 1, could take Rhamondre Stevenson’s spot vs. the Jets.
  • Zack Cox relays Ivan Fears expecting a resurgent season from James White. “I think last year, we couldn’t take advantage of him. New scheme. Young. The way we were doing things. New quarterback. This guy (Jones) has the chance to take advantage of James. It’ll be a good thing for James. Utilize the things that he does well.”
  • Dakota Randall tells us Mac Jones earns PFF ‘Rookie of the Week,’ scores a high grade in his debut.
  • Phil Perry addresses how Mac Jones proved he can be a quality problem-solver in the NFL.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Quick Release: Patriots Mac Jones in solid company after rookie start.
  • Karen Guregian highlights Josh McDaniels on Mac Jones: ‘He wants to win at everything he’s doing.’
  • Zack Cox talks about how Nelson Agholor is helping Steve Belichick be a better coach.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Week 1 Report Card In 17-16 Loss to Miami. Running backs: C. ‘ball security was an issue for [Rhamondre Stevenson] in college, so it will be an area to watch’. /Generous grade.
  • Bob George (PatsFans) NFL News & Notes: Week 1. Unbalanced schedule: ‘in December, when some team has nine home games and a contender has eight home games, you may see a lot of fans (and perhaps team execs) crying foul.’ More.
  • Darren Hartwell’s Week 2 rookie QB power rankings: No. 1: Mac Jones jumps after strong debut.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Patriots power rankings roundup heading into Week Two.
  • Alexi Iafrato previews the New York Jets and how they stack up to the Patriots ahead of their Week 2 matchup. (2 min. video)
  • Dakota Randall posts a new mic’d-up video that reveals what Kyle Van Noy told Mac Jones after the quarterback’s first touchdown pass.
  • Alex Barth reports the Patriots hosted four free agents in Foxborough for workouts, at running back, linemen and defensive back.
  • Matt Dolloff points out the Saints have a COVID outbreak and some key injuries with Patriots game approaching.
  • A Clare Perspective podcast: Clare Cooper is joined by Mike Giardi to discuss the ins and outs of the recent Patriots-Dolphins game, as well as a few other hot topics! (31 min.)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Steve Balestrieri evaluate the performances of the Pats on defense and offense from Week One. (39 min.)