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New England Patriots Links 3/14/16 - Patriots Still Searching For Back-Up Tight End

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Daily news and links for 3/14/16

TEs Michael Williams (above) and A.J. Derby are currently the depth at TE
TEs Michael Williams (above) and A.J. Derby are currently the depth at TE
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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts from the Patriots and around the NFL: OL Tre' Jackson recovering from knee scope.
  • Christopher Price Sunday NFL Notes: Chiefs, Patriots now share common ground when it comes to Roger Goodell.
  • Ben Volin Sunday Football Notes: Breaking down the whirlwind of NFL free agency — so far.
  • Karen Guregian NFL Roundup: Patriots locked up Nate Ebner for two years.
  • Mike Reiss reports Nate Ebner agrees to a two-year contract with New England.
  • Mike Reiss reports Chris Long will visit the Patriots today, even though they are seemingly loaded already at defensive end.
  • Mark Daniels reports the Patriots are on list of visits for LB James Laurinaitis.
  • Mike Reiss believes economics and an eye on the future were key factors in determining how much the Patriots offered Akiem Hicks in free agency.
  • Jeff Howe believes Chris Hogan is the type of wide receiver the Patriots need.
  • Phil Perry notes the Patriots came into the new league year needing an outside-the-numbers receiver. They'll get that and more with Chris Hogan.
  • Mike Reiss gives us a Chris Hogan breakdown, noting that from a Patriots historical standpoint, the receiver he most closely resembles is David Givens.
  • Tom E. Curran notes Chris Hogan wasn’t the perfect answer at WR, but, at this point, he’ll more than do.
  • Karen Guregian spoke with Chris Hogan's former coaches who agree he is a perfect match for Bill Belichick.
  • Matt Dolloff passes along 16 quotes from Chris Hogan and his Buffalo teammates & coaches to prove he is just the kind of receiver the Patriots look for.
  • Karen Guregian rates free agency to gauge how the Patriots and the AFC elite did in the frantic first few days.
  • Sam Galanis notes NFL analytics experts break down the Seahawks' infamous pass in Super Bowl XLIX.
  • Ryan Hannable posts the link to the just released NFL Films video showing the Patriots receiving their Super Bowl XLIX rings with never-before-seen footage.