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New England Patriots links 3/06/18 - Foes expecting to see top-form Brady next season

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Daily news & links for Tuesday

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TEAM TALK

  • Erik Scalavino continues his free agent forecast series with a look at the linebackers.
  • John Rooke’s View from Above: Missing football? Let it spring eternal.
  • Jeremie Smith reports Duron Harmon paid a surprise visit to Charles Taylor Elementary School in Foxborough last week to celebrate reading for Dr. Seuss’s birthday.
  • Pancakes with the Patriots: Deatrich Wise, Joe Cardona and Brian Hoyer spent their morning at Children’s Hospital serving breakfast to patients and their families. (1.32 min. video)

LOCAL LINKS

  • Karen Guregian notes that Tom Brady will be 41 when next season starts but there’s little expectation around the NFL that he will regress.
  • Ryan Hannable points out one top defensive player who has been connected to the Patriots: Alabama safety Ronnie Harrison.
  • Mark Daniels looks at the defensive tackle position: Alan Branch’s days with the Patriots appear numbered.
  • Mark Daniels catches up with Brian Hoyer, who is happy to not have to move his family again this offseason.
  • Tom E. Curran dredges up 2009, the ensuing housecleaning, and a telling quote from Urban Meyer last April revealing Belichick wants to only “coach players I like... “, and wonders if that has translated in him not tolerating any opposition from his staff as well.
  • Doug Kyed notes the 2018 NFL salary cap has been set at $177.2 million, and it means the Patriots have at least $13 million in cap space as they enter the second month of the offseason.
  • Chad Finn suggests the Patriots could use some meaningful wins this offseason to encourage some good vibes in New England. /How about fewer ‘dynasty is dead’ and ‘dysfunction’ articles?
  • Nora Princiotti talks about the increasing use of analytics in the NFL /PSI data excluded, of course.
  • NESN Patriots podcast: Recapping news from the combine.
  • Doug Kyed presents his first crack at a Patriots mock draft for every round. Pats pick Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch.

NATIONAL NEWS