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New England Patriots links 5/05/17 - Welcome, rookies! You're now on to the coaching staff

Daily news and links for 5/05/17

Dante Scarnecchia
Dante Scarnecchia
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  • Jeff Howe writes a solid piece on the rookies being introduced to the local media as well as to their new lives as professionals, including a hands-on lesson from Deatrich Wise on getting caught in traffic.
  • Mark Daniels reports the Patriots welcomed their 2017 rookie class - all four of them, instead of just the traditional first pick - to Gillette Stadium yesterday.
  • Ryan Hannable analyzes this year's unusual draft for the Patriots, noting that with the risks, the team is relying on their great coaching staff to turn them into starters.
  • Nick O'Malley gives us 10 plays (with gifs) that show how Derek Rivers can make an impact.
  • Kevin Duffy tells us how Derek Rivers went from barely recruited in high school to Youngstown State to the New England Patriots.
  • Phil Perry notes Derek Rivers admits he's "going to be starstruck" when he meets Tom Brady.
  • Ryan Hannable finds rookie DE Derek Rivers is already focused on helping the team get another Super Bowl.
  • Hector Longo (All22) Patriots rookie Derek Rivers inherits Chandler Jones number, expectations.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) 5 Patriots whose roster spots are in jeopardy after 2017 NFL Draft.
  • Mike Reiss mentions the Patriots potentially going the Nate Ebner rubgy route again, bringing Aussie Brock Davies in for a look.
  • Mike Reiss spotlights the athleticism and multi-sport skills on display Wednesday night, as five Patriots players visited Westwood High School for an "all-star" basketball game.
  • Doug Kyed Patriots Mailbag: Why versatility is required out of Derek Rivers.
  • Jim McBride Patriots Notebook: Derek Rivers can't wait to get started; Robert Kraft excited about size of small draft class.
  • Mike 'Angry Giardi' gives us the real story on the Malcolm Butler situation with the Patriots . (3.23 min. video)  /Butler made unbelievable play in SB XLIV, but Pats' coaching helped too.
  • CBS Boston suggests Scott Zolak's little birdies inside Gillette Stadium indicate that the Patriots and Malcolm Butler are talking contract extension.