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New England Patriots 3/21/18 - Laundry list of needs remain for Belichick, Caserio

Daily news and links for Tuesday

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  • Mike Reiss passes along a report that special-teams captain Matthew Slater is returning to the team on a two-year deal.
  • Tom E. Curran ranks the Patriots signings so far to see what impact the new additions will have.
  • Ryan Hannable ranks the areas of need for the Patriots as the offseason rolls on.
  • Phil Perry wonders if Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio’s scouting trips are giving hints as to where the Patriots are looking in the draft.
  • Mike Reiss suggests multiple avenues for the Patriots to answer the “Who’s going to replace Nate Solder?” question.
  • Kevin Duffy thinks that in letting Nate Solder leave as a free agent, the Patriots are taking a serious gamble at left tackle.
  • Mark Dunphy notes Patriots OT Tony Garcia says he’s been cleared to play after missing his rookie season due to blood clots in his lungs.
  • The Boston Globe posts two charts that detail the contracts of the Patriots’ incoming and outgoing players.
  • Kevin Dillon points out the absurdity of how according to fans and the media, the Patriots should target and get everyone.
  • Joshua Schrock notes former agent Joel Corry suggests Rob Gronkowski’s indecision could be a contract tactic, and mentions how two contracts awarded recently may have made him upset. /Hm... thought it was all about “the tension”.
  • Jeff Howe waxes poetic over the disparity between Devin and Jason McCourty’s careers, and how Jason is excited to follow his brother’s winning ways.
  • Mike Reiss hears from Jason McCourty at his introductory conference call, with memories brought up from the twins playing together in Pop Warner.
  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) Pro Day showcases southern New England’s talent on the gridiron. /Good read on some local prospects.
  • Michael Hurley points out some of the obvious problems with the proposed changes to the new NFL catch rule. /Worth a read. #CanOfWorms.
  • Alex Reimer hears from Troy Brown who believes there could be tension between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, but who doesn’t think it will drive Brady away from football.
  • Logan Mullen notes ‘Tom vs. Time’ director sheds light on Tom Brady’s relationship with Jimmy Garoppolo.
  • Nicole Yang notes Gisele Bündchen announced Wednesday that she is writing a book set to be released this fall, Lessons: My path to a meaningful life.
  • Russ Goldman (PatsFans) Patriots Fourth and Two Podcast: The recent subtractions and additions to the Patriots roster. (75 min. podcast)


  • Seth Wickersham (ESPN) Don’t tell Tom Brady luck has anything to do with his NFL success.
  • Joel Corry (CBS Sports) Agent’s Take: 10 contract-related observations after a week of free agency: Everything from Kirk Cousins’ game changer to Gronk’s grumpiness to Chase Daniel’s charmed life.
  • Analysis team (Pro Football Focus) The state of every NFL team after Week 1 of free agency.
  • Mike Freeman (Bleacher Report) 10-Point stance: Free-agent money flowing, yet Kap still waits.
  • Steve Palazzolo (Pro Football Focus) NFL’s top upgraded units through free agency. Patriots defensive line included.
  • Sam Monson (Pro Football Focus) Newly signed NFL players set to benefit from their new teams.
  • Mike Jones (USA Today) NFL free agency winners, losers: Who’s on the rise? Pats in the ‘losers’ column.
  • Peter King (SI) The 2018 NFL draft could very well feature four quarterbacks in the first five picks ... or not; MMQB Mailbag.
  • Daniel Jeremiah ( Top 10 QB prospects of past 3 NFL draft classes: Darnold No. 1.
  • Conor Orr (SI) How the NFL coaching carousel can lead to draft war room drama.
  • Dan Hanzus ( NFL Mailbag: Bills can address QB need via bold draft move.
  • Mark Maske (Washington Post) NFL sets new definition for controversial catch rule.
  • Mike Chiari (Bleacher Report) NFL competition committee plans to alter catch-rule language, replay process.
  • Jarrett Bell (USA Today) When owners vote on NFL catch rule, ‘Less is better’ in terms of language.
  • Kevin Seifert (ESPN) NFL VP Troy Vincent confirms changes to NFL catch rule. /Don’t do it!
  • Mark Maske (Washington Post) NFL owners not planning to vote on changing national anthem policy next week.
  • Elliot Harrison ( NFL Power Rankings: Vikings, Rams rising via free agency/trades. Pats No 2.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) ESPN not conceding the NFL draft to FOX without a fight.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) ESPN ranks Peyton Manning No. 3, Tom Brady No. 20 in its Top 20 athletes list. “Seriously. We’re ranking the 20 best athletes of the last 20 years, but we’re going to just pretend that postseason performances don’t matter.”
  • Ben Rohrbach (Yahoo! Sports) Former players charge NFL with obstructing billion-dollar concussion settlement.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Ex-NFL Network executive loses another job amid sexual harassment case.
  • Albert Breer (SI) NFL Mock Draft Vol. 3. Pats pick UCLA OT Kolton Miller.