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New England Patriots links 2/22/19 - DMac’s back! Safety depth still needs attention

Daily news and links for Friday

New England Patriots v New York Jet Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images


  • Erik Scalavino begins a position-by-position look at the roster with an eye on free agency: Specialists.
  • looks back at combine workouts from several Patriots over the years, from Tom Brady to Sony Michel. /Nice.
  • takes a look at the team’s upcoming opponents: 2019 through 2022.
  • Lauren Williams describes how politicians and people cashed in on bets they placed before the Super Bowl.
  • Patriots Unfiltered, 2/21: The NFL Scouting Combine and intriguing prospects; Whether OBJ would be a good fit; Patriots free agents and the franchise tag. (2 hours)
  • Cover 2 Podcast with Banks & Stevens: Draft preview with Matt Miller; Michael McCann on the Kaepernick settlement, the Antonio Brown saga, the upcoming CBA; More. (1 hour)



  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) Big news for Patriots, as Devin McCourty says he’ll be back for 2019 season.
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) 2019 NFL Free Agency Rankings: Trio of stud safeties headline a deep defensive back group.
  • Chris Roling (Bleacher Report) Every NFL team’s 2019 offseason to-do list. Patriots: Find starting-quality depth behind Gronk; Grooming the next Flowers; Future after Brady.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Free agency in 2018 produced no Pro Bowl starters.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Morning Huddle: When does a quarterback deserve blame for locker room issues?
  • Drew Nantais (Sporting News) When is the NFL Draft 2019? Date, time, pick order, TV channel, live stream from Nashville.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalkk) Drafting the ugliest divorces in NFL history.
  • Jason Owens (Yahoo! Sports) NFL reportedly makes combine ban compromise for violent offender that doesn’t address root of problem.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) NBA’s proposal would leave only NFL with draft waiting period.
  • Joseph M. Hanna (SportsLawInsider) NFL moves to dismiss lawsuit over controversial no-call.
  • Sean Wagner-McGough (CBS Sports) 2019 NFL mock draft. Pats trade out of the first round.