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New England Patriots Links 2/29/16 - How Valuable is Jimmy Garoppolo?

Daily news and links for 2/29/16

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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts from the Patriots and around the NFL: Dave Ziegler rises to pro personnel director with the Patriots.
  • Christopher Price Sunday NFL Notes: Will not having a first-round pick alter the Patriots' offseason team-building approach?
  • Ben Volin Sunday Football Notes: With ex-Patriots as GMs, these teams are trying to emulate the Belichick Way.
  • Karen Guregian finds that rival executives and experts express their belief that the Patriots will overcome the loss of their No. 1 pick. /Bill Polian downplaying the loss with empty kisses thrown to Belichick doesn't change the truth.
  • Jeff Howe wants the Patriots to look into how high a draft pick the Patriots might get, by trading Jimmy Garoppolo.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Monday daily Patriots rundown: Until deflategate is resolved, Garoppolo isn't going anywhere.
  • Karen Guregian says shame on the Patriots if they don't pick the better player in the draft this year, and instead take a lower-graded player who fits a need.
  • Tom E. Curran notes that if Danny Amendola doesn’t want to redo his deal, the Patriots will need to answer whether it might be time to move on from him.
  • Mike Reiss looks at where things stand between the Patriots and DT Akiem Hicks.
  • Miguel Benzan (PatsFans) Chris Jones, Logan Ryan, and Duron Harmon now due to earn $1.671 million in cash this year.
  • Karen Guregian shares a few things picked up from the Combine: A Belichickian draft.
  • Ryan Hannable tells us ten things we learned at the Combine: 1. Overall, the combine lacked the buzz it's had in recent years.
  • Bob Socci speaks with several league executives on how they can draft for both talent and need.
  • Mark Daniels notes the analysts agree on what the Patriots' draft needs are, if not on their number one priority.
  • Jeff Howe Combine Notebook: DE Bosa will be life of any party.
  • Jeff Howe notes the Patriots don't need to seek out cornerbacks or safeties early in this draft.
  • Ryan Hannable profiles three potential Patriots cornerbacks at the Combine.
  • Jeff Howe sees plenty of linebackers who can help the Patriots, and fill the depth chart behind Hightower and Collins.
  • Henry McKenna presents 15 targets for the Patriots in free agency.
  • Mike Reiss reports that Frantzy Jourdain, the scout whose recommendation helped the Patriots sign Malcolm Butler, will not be returning with the team next season.
  • CBS Boston finds Malcolm Butler court side for Isaiah Thomas' incredible pass on Thursday night, but the C's point guard doesn't think even the Super Bowl XLIX hero would have been able intercept his highlight reel dime.



  • 98.5 Sports Hub guest Sports attorney Daniel Wallach discusses what to expect from this week's deflategate appeal.
  • Brandon Schlager (Sporting News) Deflategate returns: Everything to know about NFL's upcoming appeal.