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New England Patriots links 3/27/17 - NFL annual league meeting taking place in Phoenix

Daily news and links for 3/27/17

Bill Belichick's reaction to opponents' rule proposals directed against the Patriots
Bill Belichick's reaction to opponents' rule proposals directed against the Patriots
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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: The NFL annual meeting will weigh a rule that would spot the football at the 20-yard line, instead of the 25, when kickoffs go through the uprights.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots News & AFC East Notes: Building depth still easily comes before the Draft.
  • Ryan Hannable Sunday 7: If Malcolm Butler wants to be traded, he better sign tender soon.
  • Phil Perry gives us five things to look for from the NFL annual meetings this week: What does the rest of the league think when it sees the way the Patriots have attacked this offseason?
  • Jeff Howe NFL meetings: No Belichick, but plenty on the table for Patriots; Robret Kraft plans to meet with reporters this afternoon; More.
  • Karen Guregian NFL Notes: Bill Belichick sitting pretty heading to owners meetings.
  • Ryan Hannable says that even without Bill Belichick speaking, the NFL league meetings still offer intrigue for Patriots fans.
  • Darren Hartwell notes Bill Belichick's reported reason for missing the media session at the owners meeting will surprise no one: "Scouting conflict."
  • Mark Daniels reviews the proposed rule changes on the docket this week.
  • Matt Dolloff says smart coaches know how to use the rulebook to their advantage but sometimes you have to draw the line. That's about to happen to Chip Kelly.
  • Michael Hurley brings up one significant aspect of a Jimmy Garoppolo trade that nobody's addressing. "What if Bill Belichick doesn’t really like the top of this year’s draft?"
  • Kevin Duffy looks at what happens if Malcolm Butler does not sign his tender by the NFL Draft
  • Mike Reiss notes the Patriots certainly have noticed Danny Amendola's clutch play in big games and are likely to find a way to bring him back again in 2017.
  • Phil Perry reviews the film on Rex Burkhead and believes the Patriots locked up a versatile runner.
  • Doug Kyed talks about how Dwayne Allen will fit in with the Patriots' numerous offensive weapons.
  • Ben Volin explains why he thinks Stephon Gilmore should work out well with the Patriots.
  • CBS Boston notes Albert Breer says the biggest question with Revis isn't if he still has it, it's 'does he still want it?'
  • Mike Reiss notes Rob Gronkowski shared his thoughts on Twitter last night: 'Can't wait to compete again and play ball.'
  • CBS Boston reports Bill Belichick's Pro Day tour continued on Friday, with the Patriots head coach in Michigan.
  • Mike Reiss notes Bill Belichick, a longtime friend of Diamondbacks analyst Tony La Russa, made his annual visit to Arizona's spring training.
  • John O'Callaghan (PatriotsWire) 5 draft targets for Patriots' top pick in 2017 draft.
  • Kevin Duffy notes Ohio State LB Raekwon McMillan had this to say on meeting Bill Belichick: "When you first meet him, you're scared."
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Draft profile: Alabama LB Ryan Anderson.
  • Mike Reiss suggests for those considering a trip to Mexico City to watch the Patriots play the Raiders: Clear your calendar for mid-November.
  • John Waller shares an Instagram photo posted by Chris Hogan of his newborn twins home from the hospital.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Michael Strahan's reaction to sacking Tom Brady is strangely hilarious.