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New England Patriots links 4/12/18 - Will drafting a QB early fire up competitive Tom Brady?

Daily news and links for Thursday

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  • Press Release: Patriots 2018 preseason opponents announced.
  • Erik Scalavino expands on the Patriots preseason slate, noting that it’s likely there will be discussions between Washington, Philly, and New England to coordinate joint training camp practices in early August.
  • Lauren Williams helps us get to know Patriots newest TE Troy Niklas.
  • Don BanksMock Draft 3.0. Pats pick Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey and Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph.
  • From the NFL - Cordarrelle Patterson talks about being traded to the Patriots and what he will bring to his new team. (2.39 min. video)
  • From the NFL - The “Good Morning Football” crew debate if the Patriots should draft a quarterback in the 1st round. (3.56 min. video)



  • Andy Benoit (SI) Patriots draft: The case for taking a QB, and the case against it.
  • Mike Tanier (Bleacher Report) Expect the unexpected from the fully loaded Patriots in the Draft.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Patriots spending a lot of time scouting quarterback prospects.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady could miss first day of offseason program.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( The debrief: Busy Patriots, Rams still have major to-do lists this offseason.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) Three and out: New England Patriots’ 2018 NFL draft needs, prospect fits.
  • Tim McManus (ESPN) NFL announces 2018 preseason schedule; Eagles at Pats in Week 2.
  • Emily Kaplan (ESPN) Patriots, Robert Kraft express condolences for Humboldt broadcaster.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Cordarrelle Patterson campaigning for kickoffs to remain part of the game.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: NFL draft rumors start in Cleveland, where No. 1 overall pick is no sure thing; A good draft for grunt positions; More.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Yes, the regular season schedule is coming soon.
  • Dan Hanzus ( NFL Mailbag: Dak Prescott vs. Carson Wentz debate over?
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) Eric Reid’s Bengals visit reveals how hard-line NFL owners are treating protests.