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New England Patriots links 3/29/18 - Second-year Cole Croston could conceivably contend at left tackle

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  • Mike Reiss gathers some of the main things learned about the Patriots after three days at the NFL annual meetng: While some see tension, Bill Belichick feels energy.
  • Jeff Howe says that if you judge the Patriots by their actions this offseason, they appear to be operating as if Rob Gronkowski will return.
  • Karen Guregian talks about how Marquis Flowers took a dip into free agency, generated some interest, but knew all along he wanted to remain a Patriot.
  • Doug Kyed wonders if second-year Cole Croston, whom New England signed as an undrafted free agent out of Iowa last spring, could compete for the left tackle job.
  • Mike Reiss notes Robert Kraft, with his fan hat on, thinks the Patriots obviously must think about drafting a quarterback.
  • Mike Giardi profiles ex-lacrosse player and Virginia QB Kyle Lauletta as a possible heir to Tom Brady.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Draft Profile: Sam Hubbard, Edge, Ohio State.
  • Tom E. Curran is still trying to interpret how ‘the meeting’ went between Kraft, Belichick and Brady and knows that was reporters’ ‘one swing at the piñata’ for that question to be addressed.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Peter King thinks Tom Brady, Bill Belichick are ‘very close to the end’. “ more year together or maybe two.”
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) A brief history of Patriots-influenced NFL rule changes. /Bookmarked already.
  • Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) Why does the NFL competition committee hate kickoffs: Is it because the Patriots are great? /No one values special teams like Belichick.
  • Tom E. Curran takes Troy Vincent to task for being an idiot. /Good read, frustrating topic.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) How Troy Vincent, who suspended Tom Brady, may have influenced outcome of Super Bowl LII.
  • Alex Reimer details the troubling discovery that the NFL applied the new catch rule to disputable Eagles touchdowns in Super Bowl LII.
  • Ryan Hannable tells us why Bill Belichick was in the Miami Dolphins training facility yesterday.
  • Tanya Ray Fox (PatriotsWire) Bill Belichick was spotted hanging at the Dolphins training facilities.
  • Kevin Duffy explores what it would take for the Patriots to swing a trade for Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Why the Patriots and Johnny Manziel are an impossible match.
  • Alex Reimer explains why Johnny Manziel’s second chance shouldn’t start with the Patriots.
  • Tyler Sullivan (247 Sports) Report: Gronk cast in action movie with Mel Gibson.
  • Kristin LaFratta reports one of three home break-in suspects at the home of Rob Gronkowski pleads not guilty in Wrentham District Court yesterday.
  • FitzyGFY (YouTube!) Shit Pats fans say: 2018 offseason. (3.07 min. video), and The B-side with outtakes. (3.35 min. video)