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New England Patriots Links 5/06/15 - Nate Solder: Focus is on AFC East's Ferocious Defensive Fronts

Daily news and links for 5/06/15

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  • Jeff Howe notes Nate Solder wants to remain with the Patriots for as long as possible, but for now is focused on preparing for the AFC East's ferocious defensive fronts.
  • Mike Reiss reports Patriots O-linemen entered "Phase 2" this week -- both in the offseason program and their familiarity with OL coach Dave DeGuglielmo.
  • Mike Reiss notes Jabaal Sheard said it didn't take him long to pick up the vibe around his new team.
  • Jerry Thornton looks at whether the Patriots should sign La'el Collins.
  • Miguel Benzan examines the salary cap ramifications of La'el Collins possibly signing with the Patriots.
  • Mike Reiss closes the Patriots' book on cornerback Alfonzo Dennard.
  • CSNNE guest Steve Palazzolo talks about what stood out to him from the Patriots draft. (3.46 min. video)
  • Mike Reiss posts the finalized dates and times for the Patriots' preseason schedule.
  • Mike Reiss answers his weekly Patriots Mailbag: Focusing on the ones that got away.
  • Mike Reiss compares where the Patriots land in various power rankings.
  • Nick Stevens (aka Fitzy) travels to Chicago to experience the Draft's fan experience: Part 1 (3.51 min. video) and Part 2 (3.09 min. video)
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Alfonzo Dennard was released yesterday; Dennard showed flashes of potential with a physical style, but he peaked as a rookie and struggled with consistency; DE Jabaas Sheard tried to integrate himself to the area since he was signed with a 2-year $11M contract, "You become what you put in..."; Former Michigan QB Devin Gardner will convert to WR with the Pats.