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New England Patriots links 2/27/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Pats attend at half-staff

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  • John Rooke’s View from Above: The long shuffle begins...three players to think about...and in a perfect world, the Patriots should grab ‘em all...
  • Patriots 2018 NFL draft status. The Patriots hold six selections in the 2018 NFL Draft, taking place from April 26 - April 28, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.


  • Doug Kyed presents his NFL Scouting Combine Primer: What to watch for as the Patriots travel to Indy.
  • Kevin Dillon gives us his 2018 NFL Combine preview: 15 New England Patriots draft prospects who could fit at QB, LB or CB.
  • Mike Reiss notes that if the Patriots are looking for a developmental QB this is the year, as there could be as many at 10 QBs taken in the first four rounds.
  • Ryan Hannable reports Chris Hogan will participate in a “business combine” put on by Athlete Transition U that provides athletes the tools they need to succeed when they retire.
  • Ryan Hannable finds Julian Edelman showing more encouraging signs of returning from his torn ACL.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Too many Cooks takes: Was first-year receiver a disappointment?
  • Mike Reiss catches Malcolm Mitchell inspiring a crowd over the weekend on how ‘reading can help overcome adversity.’
  • Herald Inside Track mentions Malcolm Mitchell is making the rounds and holding ‘reading rallies’ to promote the new version of his children’s book, “The Magician’s Hat.”
  • Ryan Hannable believes there’s reason to be concerned with no 2018 commitment from Rob Gronkowski.
  • DJ Bean reports we’ve reached a point in the world’s history where we are reading into what Rob Gronkowski’s tweets could mean.
  • CBS Boston posts a clip of Rob Gronkowski showing off his dance moves at a Rick Ross concert.
  • Zack Cox says it doesn’t sound like Dion Lewis expects to be back with the Patriots next season.
  • Doug Kyed highlights Nick Caserio at the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference, heaping high praise on Danny Amendola while discusssing slot receivers with Jackie MacMullan.
  • Stephen Sheehan (FanRagSports) Should Patriots retain Martellus Bennett?
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) Pats should focus on front seven like 2012 Draft.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Lorenzo Alexander explains the secret to James Harrison’s success with Patriots.
  • Tom E. Curran puts the safety position in focus, keeping in mind that this is one position that’s morphing as quickly as any in the NFL.
  • Alex Reimer points out how two AFC contenders have already fumbled their attempts this offseason to unseat the Patriots, and it’s not even March yet.
  • Zack Cox notes Dion Lewis believes Tom Brady can play for ‘as long as he wants to.’
  • Adam London notes Red Sox newcomer J.D. Martinez explains why he’s a big Tom Brady fan.
  • Chad Finn wonders which Boston sports team is most likely to win the next championship.
  • Nicole Yang notes Tom Brady Sr. was heard defending Bill Belichick’s decision to bench Malcolm Butler.
  • Phil Perry and Tom E. Curran Quick Slants Podcast. (38.50 min.) Dane Brugler of joins the podcast do discuss the Patriots options at the draft.



  • Omar Kelly (Sun-Sentinel) Ex-Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin checks into mental health facility after disturbing post on Instagram, source says.
  • Ken Belson (NY Times) Roger Goodell expected to demand millions of dollars from Jerry Jones.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL: Jones punishment isn’t a fine, it’s reimbursement for legal fees.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Commissioner doesn’t have the authority to impose a fine in excess of $500,000.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) John Elway has meeting with agent who has a client they can’t talk about yet.
  • Report (The Tylt) Is it cowardly for teams to tank on purpose?