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Jordan Matthews (81) gains some preseason yards vs. the Pats, Aug. 15, 2014

TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Mike Reiss shares some thought-provoking points from the Patriots Hall of Fame committee: Major logjam with Super Bowl era candidates.
  • Tom E. Curran points out the hard calls the Patriots Hall of Fame will have to make, now that the logjam of quality candidates may leave some players out.
  • Karen Guregian reports the Patriots signed possession receiver Jordan Matthews to a one-year deal yesterday.
  • Mike Reiss talks about how Jordan Matthews adds a different skill set to the WR group: ‘Matthews doesn’t possess blazing speed, but catches the ball well and will provide a big target at 6-foot-3’.
  • Doug Kyed explains how Jordan Matthews should fit into the Pats’ starting offense.
  • Michael Hurley believes the Patriots signed Jordan Matthews as a Danny Amendola replacement: ‘...a much younger player, likely at a much lower price’.
  • Kevin Duffy tells us what to know about Jordan Matthews.
  • Mark Dunphy tells us 3 things to know about new Patriots tight end Troy Niklas.
  • Kevin Duffy hears from Brandin Cooks on his feelings toward the trade and how he has ‘so much respect’ for Bill Belichick.
  • Hayden Bird offers a look at other times when Bill Belichick has traded a player for a first-round pick.
  • Zack Cox NFL rumors: Mason Rudolph works out for the Patriots ahead of the NFL draft.
  • Doug Kyed’s Patriots Mailbag: Should Baker Mayfield be trade-up candidate in draft?
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Friday Patriots Notebook: Patriots add a receiver, Cooks says Belichick was transparent on trade, More.
  • Mark Dunphy Morning sports update: Chris Long says Patriots fans are used to a ‘perpetual winning championship machine’; More.
  • Phil Perry discusses what options the Patriots have in trading their two 1st round picks? (1 min. video)
  • Michael Hurley finds Devin McCourty, Chris Long, Logan Ryan and Kyle Van Noy remembering some missed assignments on Twitter. /Might have been funny, but #TooSoon.
  • Logan Mullen relays Washington CB Josh Norman on why Tom Brady could play five more years: “They protect the QBs like none other. You can’t go back there and touch them; You freaking breathe on them, you’re getting a flag.” /Yawn.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Mock Draft 2.0, post trade edition. All eight picks.

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Conor Orr (SI) What will Bill Belichick and the Patriots do with all of their high draft picks?
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) Boom or bust: 10 years of the best, worst draft picks for every NFL team. Pats - Best: Rob Gronkowski, Worst: Dominique Easley.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) James Harrison wants to play, hopes to sign somewhere after draft.
  • Mel Kiper and Todd McShay (ESPN) What the Patriots will do with their four picks in the first 2 rounds of the NFL Draft. (1.19 min. video)
  • Move the Sticks (NFL.com) Bold predictions for the Patriots’ 2018 draft. (4.50 min. video)
  • Good Morning Football (NFL.com) Debate: Will 2018 be Tom Brady’s most challenging season? (4.06 min. video)
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Report: FOX plans Michael Strahan-hosted Thursday night pregame show.