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New England Patriots Links 4/24/14 - Patriots Exercise 2015 Option on Nate Solder's Contract

Daily News and Links for 4/24/14

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  • Jeff Howe comes up with 16 observations on the Patriots' 2014 schedule: Pats will have five primetime games as initially planned.
  • Mike Reiss makes his game-by-game predictions for 2014 and owns up to his off-predictions from last year.
  • Erik Frenz posts five initial takeaways from the NFL schedule release: Brady-Manning XVI is the game everyone's waiting to see.
  • Tom E. Curran breaks it all down: Patriots got no breaks from the schedule-maker this season.
  • Mike Reiss breaks down the schedule: Back-to-back road games against the Packers and Chargers looks like a tough draw.
  • Mike Reiss follows up with some additional thoughts on the Patriots' schedule: Brandon Browner will return in time to face some of the tougher matchups.
  • Christopher Price lists five incredibly early thoughts on the schedule: Pats have four regular-season games outside of the Eastern Time Zone.
  • Mark Farinella weighs in on the schedule: Patriots will begin the season on the road against Miami and Minnesota.
  • Nick Underhill points out that Denver will have a few extra days to prepare for New England coming off a Thursday night game.
  • Jim Donaldson notes that four of the six games the Pats play against teams that made the playoffs last year are on the road (KC, Indy, Packers and Chargers.)
  • Christopher Price says that when it comes to the best games of 2014, revenge will be a running theme.
  • Bill Speros offers the first 2014 NFL Power Rankings as he breaks down and ranks each game in the Patriots schedule: 136 days until Week 1 kickoff.
  • Doug Kyed notes the Week 10 Bye will provide a respite for the Patriots during a tough stretch of schedule.
  • Erik Frenz offers his game-by-game predictions, info and analysis on the Patriots' 2014 schedule.
  • Jeff Howe reports Devin McCourty and Nate Solder participated in a Play 60 event at Hanscom Air Force Base, which was special to them as each grew up with military in their immediate families.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Rob Gronkowski looked like his 'typical jovial self' while moving around at a Play 60 event yesterday, geared toward kids of military families; Gronk didn't speak to the media but McCourty and Solder said they were happy to see him healthy enough to enjoy the event; Gronkowski has been at the facility for the start of workouts, but not participating in a full workload; More.
  • Mike Reiss serves up some worthy leftovers from the weekly Patriots mailbag.
  • Karen Guregian highlights draft prospects who could land with the Patriots at No. 29: TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (Iowa).
  • WEEI profiles potential Patriots in this year's draft: DE Kareem Martin (North Carolina), RB Terrance West (Towson) and OLB Michael Sam (Missouri).
  • Tom E. Curran checks out prospects the Patriots may consider in the first round: DE Kony Ealy (Missouri).
  • Mike Reiss begins highlighting prospects in rounds 2-7 by position who might fit for the Patriots: Cornerback and Running back.
  • Doug Kyed presents his latest Mock Draft. Pats pick OLB Kyle Van Noy (BYU).