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Elandon Roberts trries to slow Devonta Freeman
Elandon Roberts trries to slow Devonta Freeman
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  • Kevin Duffy breaks down the Patriots roster: Ranking position groups from weakest (linebacker) to strongest (quarterback).
  • Mark Daniels examines the defensive tackle position for the Patriots: Re-signing Alan Branch should be a priority.
  • Matt Dolloff evaluates the situation with pending free agent Alan Branch and how the Patriots could re-sign him.
  • Zack Cox previews the roster by position: Offensive line looks solid heading into 2017.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots free agent profiles: Michael Floyd - Chris Long.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) A brief history of Patriots free agents who left.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: Why limiting Rob Gronkowski in 2017 isn't crazy.
  • Nik DeCosta-Klipa finds that even Aaron Rodgers thinks Tom Brady is the GOAT, although both QBs are in the mutual admiration society.
  • CBS Boston notes Julian Edelman responds to Tom Brady’s ‘Suspects’ Board with ‘Good Will Hunting’ clip.
  • Hayden Bird notes Tom Brady responds to David Beckham's concern after his ski-jump crash.
  • Zack Cox NFL Rumors: Bill Belichick wants to coach at least five more years, outlast Tom Brady.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Skip Bayless on Bill Belichick: 'I don’t think he’s a great coach.'
  • Ryan Hannable comments on a 'so bad it's worth sharing' Skip Bayless take that he doesn't 'think Bill Belichick is a great coach.'
  • Ron Borges writes that when you hear the powerful voice of Dr. Bennet Omalu speak, as he did last night at Boston College, you understand why the NFL wanted it stilled.


  • Eric Galko (The Comeback) NFL Scouting Combine: 10 questions and answers to get you prepared for the event.
  • Jonathan Jones (SI) The longest 40 Yards: How a short sprint became the combine's marquee event.
  • Kristopher Knox (Bleacher Report) Best and worst moves New England Patriots can make this offseason.
  • Cari Champion (ESPN) Gronk doesn't think Goodell can come back to Foxboro soon. (3.33 min. video)
  • Michael Lombardi (The Ringer) The four rules of NFL free agency.
  • Joel Corry (CBS Sports) Agent's Take: The teams with the most money to burn in NFL free agency.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) Quarterback value can't be assessed in a vacuum: Why Jimmy Garoppolo could start a bidding war and Tony Romo won't.
  • Poll (ESPN) Vote: What's the best trade in NFL history?
  • Joe Soriano (Fox Sports) New England Patriots: Would Eddie Lacy Make Sense?
  • Colin J. Liotta (PatriotsWire) The Patriots' 3 best trades of the Bill Belichick era.
  • Report (AP) Tom Brady: The Movie? Fans divided and foes say they’ll pass.
  • Colleen Kratofil (People Magazine) Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady join the 2017 Met Gala Hosting Committee as Co-Chairs.
  • Staff (USA Today) NFL pre-free agency buzz.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Mike Pereira: Putting a chip in the football wouldn’t help with spotting.
  • Michael Tunison (Sports on Earth) The NFL's expansion to Trappist-1.
  • Tom Pelissero (USA Today) NFL pondering greater presence in Mexico City.
  • Chris Burke (SI) 2017 NFL draft rankings: Top prospects by position.
  • Chris Burke (SI) NFL Big Board 4.0: Ranking the top 50 prospects ahead of the combine.
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) 2017 NFL Mock Draft. Pats pick Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey.
  • Lance Zierlein ( NFL mock draft 2.0. Pats pick Western Kentucky OT Forrest Lamp.