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New England Patriots Links 5/06/16 - Patriots Give Special Teams Special Attention in 2016 Draft

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Daily news and links for 5/06/16

No one wants to see this happen again...
No one wants to see this happen again...
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  • Matt Dolloff offers an explanation as to why the Patriots put a premium in the NFL Draft on players who can return punts and kicks.
  • Jeff Howe shares some stories from Gilman School coach Biff Poggi on Cyrus Jones' unforgettable impact. /Another good read.
  • Cyrus Geller (MusketFire) Patriots' CB Cyrus Jones complete college highlights.
  • Christopher Price looks at the top 5 positional battles looming for the Patriots this offseason: 1. Outside wide receiver.
  • Jeff Kane (ESPNNH) Is Jacoby Brissett the heir apparent to Tom Brady? Or another quarterback bust for Bill Belichick?
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots LS Joe Cardona out for the 2016 season?
  • Cody Lachance (AllThreePhases) 2016 Patriots draft recap. Who would they have drafted at #29, who should they have drafted but didn't, ...more.
  • Doug Kyed posts his Kamu Grugier-Hill scouting report: Patriots defender brings elite athleticism.
  • Phil Perry puts Rob Gronkowski's contract in context after tight ends around the league haul in big money on a per-year basis.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Tom Brady and Julian Edelman celebrate "Cinco de Mayo".
  • Mike Giardi thinks Malcom Brown and Shaq Mason both have a chance to be studs with the Patriots. (2.48 min. video)
  • Zac Cox notes Patriots-Seahawks will be New England's priciest 2016 ticket.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: Ignoring running back need in draft was surprising.
  • Mike Reiss looks back at the Patriots' previous top-pick introductions.
  • Jeff Howe, Chris Mason Patriots Notebook: Pats sign six of their nine draft picks; Three-day rookie camp begins today at Gillette; Cyrus Jones will unveil his jersey in annual ceremony as the team's top pick alongside Robert and Jonathan Kraft; More.
  • It Is What It Is Podcast: Chris Price, Mike Petraglia talk coaching staff changes, wrap up draft. (10.05 min. audio)



  • Michael Hurley lays out why there is reason to believe this fascinating, unique deflategate case could end up being the exception to the rule of the Second Circuit not rehearing cases en banc.
  • Ryan Hannable updates the story about the lawsuit asking the federal court to dismiss the Patriots fans' case over the lost deflategate pick.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL makes another major P.R. hire.
  • Joe Pompeo (Politico) NFL hires ex-Murdoch aide Natalie Ravitz.
  • Allison Grande (Law360) NFL player says right to privacy at stake In ESPN Tweet row.
  • Tom E. Curran approaches the question of how coach Don Shula will be remembered in New England. Not very fondly.