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New England Patriots links 2/25/19 - Hey, how about that NFL Scouting Combine?

Daily news and links for Monday

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Super Bowl LIII - New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams
Sony Michel prepped for the 2018 NFL Combine having no idea that one year later he would score the only touchdown in a Super Bowl.
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  • Mike Reiss writes an excellent piece on his personal blog, sharing some lessons to be learned from the 2018 Super Bowl champion Patriots.
  • Kevin Duffy takes a look at the Patriots’ top five offseason priorities. 1. Replenish young talent.
  • Ryan Hannable believes the Patriots ‘desperately’ need to add young talent. They “have done an outstanding job over the years of turning over their talent to have success year-after-year. Right now, that isn’t totally the case.” /Suddenly they don’t know how to build a team?
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news; AFC East notes: Trey Flowers should be allowed to set his own worth.
  • Ryan Hananble’s Sunday 7: Why the Patriots can afford to lose Trent Brown via free agency.
  • Bruce Allen (BostonSportsMediaWatch) Round-by-round review: Pats Draft, 2019.
  • Kevin Duffy reports New England was awarded four compensatory picks in the 2019 Draft.
  • Doug Kyed questions whether the Patriots already have their quarterback of the future.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Pro Football Focus: Rob Gronkowski barely grades out as AFC East’s best TE.
  • Evan Lazar points out how Devin McCourty in 2018 ranked 11th among safeties with an 80.5 grade from Pro Football Focus (considered a “high-quality starter”), and he did it by playing just about everywhere in the back seven.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Jason McCourty reminds everyone he’s playing in 2019 and was never comtemplating retirement.
  • Jordy McElroy (PatriotsWire) 5 safeties the Patriots should target in free agency.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots free agent targets: DE Brandon Graham.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Trey Flowers’ free agency situation will likely parallel that of Nate Solder.
  • Karen Guregian NFL Notes: Time to start taking shots at Tom Brady successor.
  • NBC Sports Boston notes Chris Hogan grades as the Patriots’ worst outside receiver, per PFF.
  • Tom E. Curran highlights the McCourty brothers on Greg Schiano’s addition to the coaching staff.
  • Nick O’Malley highlights Gisele Bundchen, speaking to a reporter at the 2019 Hollywood for Science Gala, on not pressuring Tom Brady to retire: ‘Whatever he wants to do, I’m just gonna support him’.
  • Andrew Callahan offers a roundup of 2019 NFL mock drafts: Patriots take Boston College pass rusher, wide receivers in new first-round projections.