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New England Patriots links 9/16/21 - Jets week: Good time for Mac to let it fly

Daily news and links for Thursday

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Mac Jones and Nelson Agholor share their first touchdown ball
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  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots-Jets Week 2 Key Matchups: Who has the razor’s edge? Patriots RBs vs. Jets front seven. Razor’s edge New York.
  • Karen Guregian writes “Mac Jones doesn’t need to be a dink-and-dunk artist all year long. In fact, this is the perfect week to loosen the reins and have the Patriots rookie quarterback let it fly a little more on Sunday.”
  • Ryan Hannable believes New England needs to get a better performance out of its defense than it did in Week 1.
  • Keith Pearson The Bet Box, Week 2: ”Sunday showed just how thin the margin of error is for the Pats ... The good news, the Jets still aren’t good and got banged up in Carolina with left tackle Mekhi Becton expected to miss at least a month”. Patriots win 23-14.
  • Matt Cassell explains how Mac Jones is in a great situation with the Patriots, whose weekly approach helps set their young players up for success.
  • John Andersen insists Mac Jones won’t recreate his Week 1 performance again this season.
  • Phil Perry knows Mac Jones can take a hit, but says he took too many in his debut.
  • Andrew Callahan reports the Patriots defense being wary of Jets QB Zach Wilson’s arm talent: ‘He’s looking to launch that thing.’
  • Chris Smith (PatsFans) How are the Pats looking going into the NFL season?
  • Matt Dolloff Patriots Notebook: Hunter Henry didn’t commit any of the Patriots’ four fumbles or five offensive penalties on Sunday. But he took accountability for the Patriots’ numerous miscues in Sunday’s loss, which did include a few missed blocks on his part up front.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Practice Notes: Two starters absent as Jets preparation begins. Trent Brown (calf injury) and Kyle Van Noy (unclear) were not spotted.
  • Zack Cox thumbnails four potential Trent Brown replacements if he misses Week 2.
  • Sean T. McGuire notes the Jets will be without their best offensive lineman on Sunday but Bill Belichick believes the Jets are fine up front.
  • Andrew Callahan reports Mac Jones calls for more urgency after starting Jets prep Sunday night. /Don’t forget discipline and ball security!
  • Adam London relays Devin McCourty on the types of challenges New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson can present to the Patriots defense.
  • Evan Lazar sees James White looking like his usual self after a difficult 2020 season.
  • Sean T. McGuuire highlights Jakobi Meyers and how he is ready to get back on the field to face the New York Jets in Week 2.
  • Zack Cox notes Mac Jones likes to take a day to process each game before moving on to the next. But after his first Patriots loss, he couldn’t resist immediately sneaking a quick peek at the Jets.
  • CBS Boston notes David Andrews is impressed with Mac Jones, says the offensive line needs to do a better job protecting the quarterback.
  • Dakota Randall notes Mac Jones explains his wink at Elandon Roberts last Sunday: ‘It was just kind of fun and games’
  • Andrew Lykins (FullPressCoverage) Why did the Patriots drop the opener to Miami?
  • Michael Hurley highlights Julian Edelman on “Inside the NFL” impersonating Bill Belichick and explaining how the coach likely addressed the team after the loss.
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) Ty Law makes a case for the Patriots to give Stephon Gilmore new deal.
  • One Patriots Place podcast: Steve, Murph, and Clare are joined by Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald as they discuss the ins and outs of the first Patriots game of the season. (61 min.)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Clare Cooper discuss the abilities of Mac Jones, the team’s offensive and defensive areas of improvement and…of course…’tight-endage.’


  • Corey Seeley (The Draft Scout) Tuesday Morning Football: NFL Week 1. 1) Mac Jones looked the part in his first NFL game. The Patriots historically start the season slow, and this year is no exception. Of course, they have kinks to iron out on both sides of the ball. But Mac demonstrated an ability to make enough plays for his team to win. And I expect the Patriots to win a lot of games this season because of him.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Mailbag: Is Saquon Barkley’s production a concern? Plus, we answer questions on Urban Meyer rumors, Zach Wilson’s first game, Taylor Heinicke, Russell Wilson’s big game, the Browns’ defense and the first $30 million defensive player.
  • Ben Solak (The Ringer) Is regression coming for Josh Allen and the Bills?
  • Nora Princiotti (The Ringer) Week 1 NFL Panic Meter: How worried should the Packers be?
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) Aaron Rodgers among aging QBs who struggled in Week 1: Examining who Father Time has caught up to.
  • James Jackson (ESPN) Rookie QB Tracker: How did these rookie signal-callers fare in their NFL debuts?
  • Cody Benjamin (CBS Sports) Week 2 NFL QB Power Rankings: Mac Jones 18th.
  • Staff (ESPN) Say what? The best quotes overheard in Week 1 of the NFL season.
  • Ryan Young (Yahoo! Sports) Raiders reportedly file complaint with NFL over alleged ‘dirty hits’ on WR Hunter Renfrow in win over Ravens.
  • Dan Mennella (Audacy Sports) ESPN gets called out again, this time for not linking back to Tom Brady’s podcast.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) NFL Week 2 picks: Chiefs steamroll Ravens on Sunday night, Bengals shock Bears in Chicago to move to 2-0. Patriots win 24-16.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) NFL Week 2 odds, picks: Eagles stay hot and stun 49ers, Bills get back on track in Miami. Patriots win 24-16.