Patriots-Buccaneers report cards: Mac Jones sets 40-year-old mark for rookie QBs
There was a stretch in the second half where Jones could do no wrong. By the end of the game, Jones had completed passes to nine different receivers, showing a new level of mastery of this offense. Not only did he catch eight passes for 70 yards (both team highs), he also completed two passes for 45 yards. Hunter Henry continues to chug along as an effective option in the passing game, catching four passes for 32 yards. Grade: FDefensive LineThis wasn’t the Patriots’ best day in rush defense or pass rush overall from this group.mlive.com
66 players opt out of NFL season due to coronavirus pandemic
A total of 66 players have opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to the coronavirus pandemic, nearly half of them linemen. Players with a medical opt out will receive a $350,000 stipend, whole those voluntarily opting out receive $150,000 as an advance against future salaries. No team has come close to New England in losing players for the upcoming season, which begins Sept. 10 with Houston at Super Bowl champion Kansas City. Those are not easy decisions to make as a player, especially when you love the game," said Broncos safety Justin Simmons, who will play this season. And Ive had a lot of difficult conversations with my wife and, yeah, its not ever going to be easy.