The NFL's announcing of the 2020 schedule was the big news on Thursday as the Patriots found out they'd be appearing in prime time on five occasions. That was just one of the observations made as most of the local media took the opportunity to break down the slate.
ESPN.com believes the start will be a difficult early test for Jarrett Stidham. The Boston Globe breaks down the schedule as well. The Boston Herald is bracing for a possible Week 1 showdown between Stidham and Tua Tagovailoa. NBC Sports Boston provides some initial thoughts on the Patriots road ahead. They believe there a couple of key stretches that could define Stidham. Despite the fact that there are only 16 games, The Athletic manages to manufacture 21 thoughts about the schedule. Boston Sports Journal believes the schedule is tough but balanced. WEEI.com offers some predictions for 2020.
Bill Belichick made an appearance on the NFL Network's schedule special and expressed confidence in the four quarterbacks currently on the roster.
The Boston Globe reports that the Patriots have signed four of their rookie draft picks.
The Boston Herald believes it's time to vote Bill Parcells into the Patriots Hall of Fame.