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New England Patriots links 3/08/18 - Do Pats really need to find the next Brady or Garoppolo this year?

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TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Ryan Hannable asserts the Patriots don’t need the next Tom Brady or Jimmy Garoppolo - he just needs to be good.
  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) Patriots potential QB draft targets eager to accept ‘Mission: Impossible’.
  • Matt Dolloff passes along a report that Dion Lewis was disappointed with his usage in the Super Bowl and early in the season.
  • Doug Kyed addresses the rumor that if all goes according to Aqib Talib’s reported plan, he will reunite with the Patriots. Talib prefers to be released rather than traded, and he wants to sign with the Patriots.
  • Phil Perry looks at Richard Sherman and Aqib Talib to determine what the Pats should do if both are available and interested.
  • Phil Perry addresses some key questions before free agency opens: Can the Patriots protect themselves at tight end by going after Jimmy Graham?
  • Mike Reiss looks at what type of deal can Danny Amendola expect in free agency.
  • Michael Hurley explains why the Patriots shouldn’t be desperate to re-sign Nate Solder.
  • Doug Kyed reports Bill Belichick attended Alabama’s Pro Day with SEC expert Bert Bielema.
  • Doug Kyed explains how combine standout Shaquem Griffin is a fit for the Patriots.
  • Zack Cox considers some hypothetical blockbuster trades compiled by ESPN’s Mike Sando, including a deal that would send Jadeveon Clowney to New England.
  • Kevin Duffy reports the Patriots re-signed special teams standout Brandon King to a two-year contract through 2019.
  • Doug Kyed reports the Patriots freed up another roster spot, releasing the most obscure player on their Super Bowl LII 53-man roster, WR/PR Bernard Reedy.
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notes: Team cuts Martellus Bennett, saves 6.2 million in cap space.
  • CBS Boston reports Tom Brady sat next to Governor Charlie Baker to get a buzz cut for charity.
  • Kevin Dillon presents his 2018 NFL Mock Draft. Pats pick Boston College DE Harold Landry.

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Rivers McCown (Football Outsiders) Four Downs: AFC East. Each team’s biggest hole going into free agency and the most important players who may be on the market.
  • Austin Gayle (Pro Football Focus) Rob Gronkowski had the best single-game performance by a TE in 2017.
  • Kevin Seifert and Dan Graziano (ESPN) Mega-guide to NFL free agency: Players to know in every category.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: 2018 NFL free agency crop isn’t all that great. Here’s why it will be the start of league trend.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) NFL free agency preview: Impact cornerbacks among the top 25 defensive players.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) NFL free agency preview: Ranking which teams to watch in free agency, from 1-32.
  • Sam Monson (Pro Football Focus) Free agents who could use a change of scenery.
  • Nick Falato (InsideThePylon) Five edge risers from the 2018 NFL Combine.
  • Jordan Plocher (Pro Football Focus) 10 players who helped themselves at the combine.
  • Jenny Vrentas (SI) True secrets of the Combine seating chart: Where the GMs, coaches and scouts sit in Indy (and why) is almost as intriguing as the draft itself.
  • Shalise Manza Young (Yahoo! Sports) NFLPA’s Smith: Teams asking inappropriate questions of players should be banned from scouting combine.
  • Eric Eager and George Chahrouri (Pro Football Focus) Re-evaluating the NFL passer rating using big-time & turnover-worthy throws.
  • Dave Birkett (Detroit Free Press) Detroit Lions add ex-Pats DB Steve Gregory of butt fumble fame as defensive assistant. /Good for him.
  • Lance Zierlein (NFL.com) Mock draft 2.0. Pats pick Iowa CB Josh Jackson.