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New England Patriots links 4/09/18 - Updating areas of need for the Patriots: Fans feeling edgy

Daily news and links for Monday

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3rd-round pick DE Derek Rivers’ rookie year was cut short with torn ACL in 2017
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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Bret Bielema’s presence with Patriots adds SEC perspective for draft; Wednesday, Tom Brady and Julian Edelman used the Field House to keep themselves sharp; More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Why Johnny Manziel has better chance of joining Patriots than Baker Mayfield.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes: Jordan Matthews signing adds size and depth to the WR roster.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Monday Patriots Notebook: Some light shed on Gronk friction with Belichick; Brady & Edelman already hard at work.
  • Karen Guregian discusses the debate over whether or not Rob Gronkowski is getting too thin.
  • Zack Cox hears Malcolm Mitchell is ‘working closely’ with Alex Gurerrero.
  • Ryan Hannable updates the Patriots areas of need as the NFL draft approaches: Linebacker, Left tackle, Edge rusher, quarterback.
  • Mike Reiss points out how history suggests Bill Belichick and the Patriots have thrived when given two first-round draft picks
  • Mark Daniels looks at how the Patriots may fill positions of need through the draft: Safety - Cornerback - Wide Receiver.
  • Kevin Dillon takes an early look at the roster bubble and wonders if Kenny Britt, Jordan Matthews or Cordarrelle Patterson could be cut.
  • DJ Bean mentions the Patriots held a workout with Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph, who is projected to go anywhere from the end of the first round to the end of the third.
  • Doug Kyed calls attention to North Carolina State RB Nyheim Hines, who has position flexibility, doesn’t fumble, can protect a quarterback, runs a quick 3-cone time and has versatility to play special teams.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Draft Profile: NC State TE Jaylen Samuels. “Hard to pigeon hole Samuels into one position.”
  • Mike Reiss addresses his Patriots Mailbag: Patriots have chips to move into top 10 if prospect catches their eye.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Jordan Matthews gushes over ‘ultimate honor’ of playing for Patriots.
  • Mark Dunphy gives us 3 things to know about new Patriots lineman Luke Bowanko.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Tom Brady, Julian Edelman logging workout is positive sign for Patriots.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Can Patriots maximize Troy Niklas’ upside?
  • Kyle Crabbs (FanRagSports) AFC East do-or-die propositions in 2018 NFL draft.
  • Melissa Zhang (PatriotsWire) Josh Norman on Tom Brady: ‘He’s going to be playing for another 4 or 5 [years]’. “Brady took 84 quarterback hits last season and was sacked 35 times over the regular season.”
  • Tanya Ray Fox (PatriotsWire) Re-grading the Patriots 2017 draft.
  • Alex Reimer talks about Colin Cowherd’s ridiculous theory that Bill Belichick is trying to sabotage Tom Brady.