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New England Patriots links 4/20/17 - 2017 NFL Draft: Patriots on the edge

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Daily news and links for 4/20/17

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  • Mike Reiss spotlights the Patriots decisiveness that stands out to him, after the flurry of activity on Tuesday.
  • Zack Cox details James White's new contract ($12M base, $4.69M guaranteed. $15M is the max) which highlights the Patriots' surprising running back trend.
  • Ryan Hannable sees signs from the Patriots' draft preparations that suggest Malcolm Butler will be traded.
  • Evan Lazar points out how the Patriots have a knack for finding the right undrafted players.
  • Mike Reiss describes how Malcolm Mitchell said he got choked up when President Donald Trump singled him out for his poise in Super Bowl LI.
  • Jacoby Brissett (Instagram) "Dear Big O..."
  • Bill Speros offers his take on Rob Gronkowski lightening up the mood on a gray day as the Patriots were honored by President Trump at the White House yesterday.
  • Mike Reiss notes Tom Brady didn't make the trip for family reasons but 34 other players were honored at the White House.
  • Hayden Bird notes fellow "wolf pack" members Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett left room in their picture to photoshop missing Tom Brady into their White House photo.
  • Steve Buckley was disappointed Bill Belichick wanted the White House visit to be about the players who were there, and didn't make players available to the media who had played with Aaron Hernandez.
  • Jeff Howe posts the transcript of yesterday's White House ceremony.
  • Kevin Dillon finds the New England Patriots Twitter account defended the President after the NY Times mocked the photo.  Update: Colin Campbell issues apology, correction.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Devin McCourty used his newborn daughter to convince Dont'a Hightower to return to Patriots.
  • Phil Perry profiles prototypical Patriots: Defensive ends.
  • Mike Reiss focuses on positions of need to ID players in the draft who could help the Patriots in the third round and beyond: Cornerbacks.
  • Doug Kyed profiles some cornerbacks who fit the Patriots' typical draft standards at the position.
  • Kevin Dillon uses his ESPN Insider access to tell us Mel Kiper Jr.'s picks for the Pats in the 3rd-round: Auburn DE Carl Lawson at No. 72, and Alabama OLB Ryan Anderson at No. 96.

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