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New England Patriots links 4/16/18 - Gronk’s big deal is that he wants a bigger deal

Daily news and links for Monday

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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Danny Amendola: No. 80 in New England starts with Troy Brown; More. /Interesting read.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Bill Belichick may have hinted he wants to make trade when speaking at Patriots’ pre-draft press conference.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes: Garcia and Rivers are kind of hidden draft picks of 2018.
  • Mike Reiss sifts through the multiple layers behind Rob Gronkowski not reporting for the start of spring workouts. Mike’s take: This is a “peaceful statement” related to his contract -not a major deal, but not insignificant.
  • Karen Guregian passes along an Adam Schefter report that Rob Gronkowski will not be on hand for the start of the team’s voluntary offseason program.
  • Ryan Hannable says it feels as if the Gronk drama will end with him getting a new contract.
  • Doug Kyed thinks that while Rob Gronkowski’s absence from voluntary workouts isn’t panic-inducing, it’s still something.
  • Ryan Hannable explains why he doesn’t think Tom Brady will be a regular participant in the Patriots offseason workout program.
  • Mike Reiss shares his ‘ride-along interview’ with Danny Amendola that details the reasons why he left New England for the Miami Dolphins.
  • Mike Reiss catches up with Danny Amendola, who was back in the area as the celebrity guest at the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” at Merrimack College on Friday night
  • Mark Daniels finds the Patriots in a good position to draft a quarterback.
  • Karen Guregian writes about how if the rest of AFC East isn’t worried about the Patriots need for a quarterback, they should be.
  • Doug Kyed profiles some quarterback options the Patriots could select in each round of this year’s draft.
  • Ryan Hannable gives us five takeaways from Bill Belichick’s pre-draft press conference.
  • Mike Reiss notes Bill Belichick expressed optimism on seeing what the second-year players might do this year.
  • Karen Guregian wonders if WR Dez Bryant’s release would be of interest to the Pats.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Monday Patriots Notbook: Amendola reveals 2016 injury; Gronk skips workouts; More.
  • Mike Reiss addresses his weekly Patriots Mailbag: Would the Patriots consider adding Dez Bryant? (Prob. not unless he takes a pay cut); More.
  • NESN shares a story from Martellus Bennett about Bill Belichick’s amazing game preparation.
  • Doug Kyed reports the Patriots have hired Southwest Mississippi interim head coach Sam Achord as an assistant.
  • Dakota Randall posts a photo shared by Tom Brady from Qatar and how he showed gratitude after visiting U.S. troops stationed there.
  • CBS Boston reports former Patriot center Ryan Wendell is tackling his first Boston Marathon today, running in support of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation.
  • Mark Daniels offers his thoughts on what the Patriots should do to stock up in the draft. First round: Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph and Alabama LB Rashaan Evans.