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New England Patriots links 2/13/19 - Roster rebuild: Don’t forget about the players returning from IR

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NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots
LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (51) tackles Eagles RB Jay Ajayi in preseason
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  • Tom E. Curran explains why the Patriots’ imminent reboot seems less ominous now: They not only have the draft capital and cap space to fill holes, they also have a pack of guys who “redshirted” in 2018.
  • Mike Reiss presents some of ESPN Insider Mike Sando’s free-agent predictions for the Patriots with odds on who stays and who goes.
  • Oliver Thomas (Forbes) Patriots’ extension candidates to monitor ahead of contract years.
  • Doug Kyed believes it should be considered essential to retain as many defensive players as possible from the 2018 unit, especially in light of the turnover on the coaching staff.
  • Oliver Thomas (Forbes) Patriots’ Adrian Clayborn is a veteran pass-rusher worth keeping around.
  • Andrew Callahan takes a stab at deciphering what the Patriots want in Tom Brady’s successor and how they’ll start to find him.
  • Doug Kyed considers who will be the odd-man out next season on the Patriots’ dominant starting O-line.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) New England Patriots wide receivers 2018 review.
  • Zack Cox begins taking a position-by-position look at the roster: Pats need TE help regardless of Gronk’s decision.
  • Oliver Thomas (Forbes) Months after pay cut, Dwayne Allen’s cap number is back on thin ice.
  • Doug Kyed hears from TE Stephen Anderson, who has seen life with the Patriots and life with one of other NFL’s 31 franchises, on what makes the Pats different. /Interesting.
  • Darren Hartwell highlights Devin McCourty on Bill Belichick’s obsession with detail.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Why Steelers wouldn’t even consider trading Antonio Brown to Patriots. /Kinda obvious.
  • Ryan Hannable considers whether WR Demaryius Thomas, rumored to be released by the Texans, could make sense for the Patriots. /My view? No.
  • Tom Keegan lays out a new NFL overtime rule he wants the NFL to adopt: Once the clock reaches zero, simply keep playing football under the rules of football until the score no longer is tied.
  • CBS Boston notes Tom Brady’s latest Instagram post shows he’s already shifted his focus to Super Bowl No. 7.
  • One Patriots Place Podcast (FullPressRadioNetwork) Thomas Murphy and Steve Balestrieri, joined by Mike D’Abate to discuss the Patriots and further dissect Super Bowl LIII. (68 min.)