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New England Patriots links 5/04/17 - Good faith showing by Malcolm Butler is good sign for secondary

Daily news and links for 5/04/17

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Malcolm Butler and Eric Rowe celebrate an interception
Malcolm Butler and Eric Rowe celebrate an interception
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  • Mike Reiss says that by showing up at the team's voluntary offseason program this week, Malcolm Butler is all in, which means the 2017 Patriots have one of the best 1-2 cornerback duos in Bill Belichick's tenure.
  • Ben Volin sees it as a good sign for the team that Malcolm Butler is participating in the football portion of the offseason program going on at Gillette.
  • Phil Perry notes Malcolm Butler could've stayed at home or could've continued to make it clear that he wasn't happy with his contract situation. Instead he showed up.
  • Zack Cox speaks to Patrick Chung, who is glad to have Malcolm Butler back and reveals he loves the competitiveness of the Red Sox-Orioles beef.
  • Tom E. Curran thinks it is a great sign for the Patriots that Malcolm Butler showed up to voluntary workouts.(2.29 min. video)
  • Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry wonder if this will be the best secondary in Patriots history. (1.22 min. video)
  • Steve Balestrieri explains why the defensive end unit will have a different feel to it this year, especially after adding so much versatility.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Athletics comparisons for all 4 of Patriots' picks.
  • Doug Kyed reviews the film of LB Harvey Langi and explains why the Patriots made him the highest paid undrafted free agent.
  • Zack Cox reviews the film on undrafted WR Austin Carr: Intriguing slot option for the Patriots.
  • Bob Socci's Notebook: After silly season ends, draft picks will be judged when real season begins.
  • Karen Guregian notes Jimmy Garoppolo has been a regular at lending a hand at the AccessSportAmerica football skills clinic through the years, benefiting high school students with disabilities.
  • Jim McBride catches up with Jimmy Garoppolo, who only reveals he 'had a great offseason' after being subject to endless trade speculation.
  • Jeff Howe reports on how Derek Rivers caught Bill Belichick’s attention more than a year ago.
  • Mike Reiss tells us about kicker Josh Gable, who got an invitation to minicamp and hopes to show the Patriots that his trick shots kicks translate to the NFL.
  • Ben Volin takes a look at the Patriots top competition in the AFC.
  • Stephen Knox (All22) Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady to attend star studded Kentucky Derby party.