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New England Patriots links 9/22/21 - Cleanup on aisle 2; Moving on to the Saints

Daily news and links for Wednesday

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  • Evan Lazar’s Film Review: Mac Jones leaves too many big plays on the field vs. Jets.
  • Evan Lazar’s Film Notes: Breaking Down the issues on the offensive line.
  • Luke Ervin (PatsBuzz) Patriots’ evaluation through two games: Biggest positives, concerns, and questions.
  • Tom E. Curran lays out how the Pats have plenty to work on despite their rout of the Jets.
  • Matt Dolloff spotlights the Patriots’ mixed results protecting Mac Jones against the Jets.
  • Steve Atkinson (BelieveInBostonSports) Takeaways from the Patriots win over the Jets: Red zone offense needs work.
  • Michael Hurley serves up some leftover Patriots thoughts: James White is still James White, and Bill Belichick and Mac Jones surely appreciate it.
  • Jerry Thornton shares his knee-jerk reactions to Pats-Jets: There is only one thing Bill Belichick likes better than a 19-point victory on the road against a division opponent. And that is a 19-point victory on the road over a division opponent when his team could’ve done better. When they could’ve played it better, coached it better, done better in all three phases.
  • Mark Morse (PatsFans) 15 Observations from the Pats’ game 2 victory against the Jets. 1. The story of the game was the 4 Interceptions by Zach Wilson. 3. The Patriots Defensive Line is a concern after two games. More.
  • Dakota Randall says the Jets game should have you worried about the offense, but not too worried.
  • Clare Cooper (FullPressCoverage) A Clare Perspective: The year of Jakobi Meyers.
  • Clare Cooper (PatsPropaganda) Mac Jones – The New England Patriots quarterback. “It’s not all sunshine and rainbows” but he’s the real deal.
  • Matt Vautour highlights Josh McDaniels on how he trusts Mac Jones to throw deep and be ‘aggressive when it’s time to be aggressive.’
  • Nick O’Malley notes Jerod Mayo says he’s looking forward to facing Tom Brady in Week 4: ‘You always want to coach against the best.’
  • Michael Hurley highlights special teams coach Cam Achord explaining everything you never knew about kicking.
  • Tony Massarotti explains the biggest difference between Mac Jones and Zach Wilson. ‘Here’s the point: can Bill Belichick alone make Jones into a great quarterback? No. But as was the case with Brady, they can at least give him the chance to reach his full potential. Wilson, meanwhile, seems destined for failure unless somebody in New York can figure out how to put him in any position to succeed.’
  • Michael Hurley feels we need to have an earnest conversation about Tom Brady, and how insane he still is. At 44.
  • Nick O’Malley updates us on how former Patriots are doing after Week 2.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Notebook: Patriots sign Folk, Jackson to practice squad and More.
  • Zack Cox notes the Patriots hosted a quarterback and five other free agents for workouts.
  • Bob George (PatsFans) Week 2 news and notes: Some guys deserve national exposure, including broadcaster Kevin Harlan.
  • Dakota Randall tells us how the Mic’d-Up Patriots sideline sounded during Damien Harris TD run.
  • Dakota Randall posts a clip of Mic’d-Up Mac Jones making weird sounds before Patriots-Jets. Hey, whatever you gotta do to fire yourself up
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Only the beginning: Julian Edelman earns halftime honors from the Patriots.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Elite Eatz with Kyle Van Noy, The Banks Fish House featuring Jonnu Smith.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Steve Balestrieri break down the Patriots performance against the Jets and take a quick first look at the Saints. (40 min.)


  • Jordan Dajani (CBS Sports) NFL Week 3 bold predictions. No Pats.
  • Jenny Vrentas (SI) 7 Things to know after Week 2: The moment things changed for the record-setting Bucs; Plus, Packers get their get-right game, an underrated star in Foxboro, New York’s Autumn of Despair, the wrong way to break in a rookie QB, and more.
  • Grant Gordon ( Week 2 NFL Players of the Week.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) When is a rookie quarterback really ready in the NFL?
  • Mark Schofield (TouchdownWire) QB Camp: Derek Carr, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers among passers who shined in Week 2.
  • James Jackson (ESPN) NFL Rookie QB Tracker: How the most notable rookie signal-callers fared in Week 2.
  • Doug Farrar (TouchdownWire) Secret Superstars: The NFL’s best underrated players in Week 2. Damien Harris included.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL insider notes: Which of the seven 0-2 teams still have life? And who among the unbeatens could drop off?
  • James Dator (SB Nation) The best and worst NFL team at each record.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady likely to break NFL passing yardage record in Week Four in New England.
  • Tory Barron (ESPN) J.J. Watt channels Ted Lasso and Lamar Jackson’s big night: What you might have missed in NFL Week 2.
  • Tory Barron (ESPN) ‘I’m not a sulker’: The best quotes overheard in Week 2 of the NFL season.
  • Jenna Lemoncelli (NY Post) Ty Law responds to Peyton Manning’s bugged locker claim with ‘shower’ mocking. “You know what’s even stranger about that comment is that I agree with Peyton: He is extremely right that it’s very strange to see seven guys in the shower talking about football,” Law said on “The Greg Hill Show” Tuesday. “But you know what, he might’ve thought that because we were in his head a little bit.”
  • Mollie Walker (NY Post) Peyton Manning has his eyes set on next NFL move.