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Daily news and links for Monday

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LOCAL LINKS

  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Financial advisor Bethel Johnson flattered to ‘return’ to Patriots’ headlines; More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Deciphering which Patriots rumors should be taken seriously and which should be passed over.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Sunday news, AFC East notes: Belichick losing the locker room? Perhaps not after all; More.
  • Karen Guregian points out how opposing teams don’t seem to think the Patriots foundation is cracking.
  • Michael Hurley narrows down the thousands of reasons to not trade Gronkowski to the most significant four: No. 4 - He is Rob Gronkowski.
  • Mike Dussault (PatsPropaganda) A Gronking to forget.
  • Mike Reiss thumbnails several Patriots players who could develop and potentially play a larger role than might be currently projected: 1. Deatrich Wise Jr.
  • Doug Kyed calls attention to undrafted CB Ryan Lewis, who was on the practice squad in 2017, and says there’s reason to believe the Patriots really like him.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Monday Patriots Notebook: Mitchell already back at work; Butler confident he could have made a couple of plays; More.
  • Mike Reiss address his Patriots Mailbag: Is Johnny Manziel too risky for the Patriots? What spots should they focus on in the draft? More.
  • Ryan Hannble reports that according to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com, the Patriots met with running back Ito Smith from the University of Southern Mississippi on Wednesday.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots draft profile: Alabama safety Ronnie Harrison.
  • Kevin Duffy grades the 2018 Patriots quiet offseason.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) 5 things Patriots fans should know about Danny Shelton.
  • Ashley Jakubczyk (PatriotsWire) 5 things Patriots fans should know about Adrian Clayborn.
  • Mike Reiss notes how Tom Brady was showing his support for the Michigan Wolverines on Instagram.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Tom Brady’s personal trainer Alex Guerrero reportedly working with Broncos QB Paxton Lynch.
  • Nick O’Malley takes a look at who the latest mock drafts have the Patriots selecting in the first round: 10 of 20 experts have the Pats taking the same player, UCLA OT Kolton Miller.

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Jeff Darlington (ESPN) Sources: Rob Gronkowski ‘pretty certain’ he’ll return to Patriots despite friction with Bill Belichick.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick: Josh McDaniels is the best offensive coordinator in the NFL.
  • Peter King (SI) Monday Morning QB: On draft QBs, trade rumors and a new rule that might change football forever.
  • Andy Benoit (SI) The week’s 10 biggest stories in the NFL, and the impact of each...
  • Gary Myers (NY Daily News) Sunday Morning QB: Stories from 29 years covering the NFL for the Daily News. /Yep, there are a few Brady mentions in this.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Draft evaluation process shifting gears.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Most 2014 first-rounders still waiting for long-term deals.
  • Eric Adelson (Yahoo! Sports) Everyone seems to hate NFL’s new helmet hitting rule – and the knee-jerk reactions are wrong.
  • Tim Cowlishaw (Dallas Morning News) NFL’s quest for safety is admirable, but will new helmet rule lead to confusion and controversy?
  • Good Morning Football (NFL.com) Nate Burleson compares the Patriots team to UConn Women’s basketball team. (1.40 min. video)