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New England Patriots links 5/01/18 - Mayday! Mayday! Brady speaks, media blows it all up

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  • Mike Reiss plays the story straight: Tom Brady plans to play in 2018: ‘I want to inspire people’.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Tom Brady went pretty in-depth on his feelings this offseason, including how he feels about Bill Belichick.
  • Karen Guregian leads with the ‘Tom Brady pleads the 5th’ headline, without proper context, and edits Brady’s responses to a series of short cut-off sentences.
  • Jerry Thornton (Barstool Sports) UPDATE: Brady’s ‘Plead the 5th’ answer was completely taken out of context.
  • CBS Boston posts the entire Brady interview with Jim Gray. /The ‘plead the fifth’ comment was a joke, people.
  • Joshua Schrock phrases Tom Brady’s answer to a Bill Belichick question as a ‘cringe-worthy response’, and leaves out the full quote and the context.
  • Mike Reiss explores whether the Patriots did enough in the draft to help their defense: “The Patriots didn’t see a must-have defender to trade up for. As bad as the D looked in the Super Bowl, they don’t view it as a desperate situation.”
  • Tom E. Curran takes a close look at the results of the Patriots draft and doesn’t see it as the 9-car pileup that many fans seem to.
  • Mark Daniels write that in hindsight, the Patriots draft wasn’t all that surprising. “Of course, the Patriots took the unconventional route.
  • Michael Hurley posts a roundup of how the experts graded the Patriots’ draft, and finds the reviews overwhelmingly positive.
  • Steve Burton and Mike Reiss discuss how much of an impact will the Patriots’ first-round pics will have this season.
  • Ryan Hannable serves up 5 leftover thoughts from 2018 NFL draft, including which Patriots should be ready for roster spot battles.
  • Phil Perry gives us five takeaways from the Duke Dawson selection: He tackles well... is durable... versatile and was a coaches selection as a first-team all-conference player in the SEC.
  • Alex Reimer explains why the Patriots can afford to play the long game with Tom Brady’s heir apparent.
  • Michael Hurley looks at the 10 undrafted free agents signed by the Patriot after the draft, including two punters, two cornerbacks and a productive defensive end.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Monday Patriots Notebook: Patriots finished with an interesting group; Rams lamented lack of first-round pick.
  • Zack Cox offers a film review of Isaiah Wynn (with video clips). /Nice.
  • Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) What’s up with the Patriots signing two punters?
  • Russ Goldman (PatsFans) Patriots Fourth and Two Podcast: Patriots draft recap. (58 min.)


  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Does Tom Brady feel appreciated? “I plead the fifth”. /Florio follows Tom E. Curran, leaves out the whole quote and context.
  • Rob Goldberg (Bleacher Report) Tom Brady talks National Anthem protests, says he respects everyone’s opinion.
  • Ben Rohrbach (Yahoo! Sports) ‘Last year sucked,’ but Tom Brady says he still wants to play until his mid-40s.
  • Josh Owens (Yahoo! Sports) Tom Brady on kneeling during anthem: ‘You have to have respect for everyone’s opinions’.
  • Lindsay H. Jones (USA Today) 40 things we learned from the 2018 NFL draft. 28. It’s easy to love the Patriots’ pick of Georgia RB Sony Michel at No. 31, especially after they lost Dion Lewis in free agency.
  • Mike Jones (USA Today) Top 10 NFL story lines coming out of the draft. Patriots present: Forget prepping for life after Brady. Bill Belichick remains focused on the now.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) What the NFL draft told us about team philosophies.
  • Richard Johnson (SB Nation) The 10 biggest steals in the 2018 NFL Draft. Patriots: TE Ryan Izzo.
  • Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (USA Today) NFL draft steals. Patriots: LB Christian Sam.
  • Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (USA Today) NFL draft boom-or-bust picks: Josh Allen among riskiest players.
  • David Steele (Sporting News) Patriots leave NFL Draft without Brady’s heir apparent despite rare opportunity.
  • Mike Freeman (Bleacher Report) NFL Draft Notebook: Shaquem Griffin and the fear of the unknown.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) NFL Draft grades: Broncos, Cardinals come up aces; Bills, Seahawks flop. Patriots earn an A.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) NFL draft grades 2018: Which teams had best, worst classes? Patriots: A-.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) NFL Draft: 5 best bets for 2018 defensive rookie of the year.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) PFT Live: Which teams improved the most via the draft? (11.18 min. video)
  • Top 100 Players of 2018 ( Every player from 100-81. (Videos)
  • Andrew Bucholtz (Awful Announcing) While 2018 may be “the most-watched NFL Draft ever,” its expansion to broadcast networks was a huge part of that.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) NFL begins two days of safety meetings.