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New England Patriots links 2/27/19 - Roster-building the Trains, Planes & Automobiles way: Whatever works

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New England Patriots v Chicago Bears
Shaq Mason deserves some love for 2018
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  • Tommy McArdle posts the new trailer for the Patriots’ Super Bowl championship video, to be released March 5th. (2 min. video) /Thought I’d start with a highlight this morning.
  • Michael Hurley grades the Patriots on offseason moves from the past three years.
  • Ryan Hannable gives us five things to watch at the NFL Combine from a Patriots perspective: 1. Which rookies are they meeting with?
  • Brent Schwartz (PatriotsWire) 5 prospects Patriots should watch closely at 2019 NFL combine.
  • Mark Daniels analyzes the roster by position, focusing on the Offensive Line: The 2018 OL was outstanding, and with Trent Brown a free agent, some question marks for 2019.
  • Andrew Callahan relays NFL Media’s lead draft analyst, Daniel Jeremiah on how he sees the Patriots as a logical fit for two QBs: Daniel Jones and Ryan Finley.
  • Justin Leger thumbnails three free-agent wide receivers who could be good fits for Pats.
  • Devon Clements (PatriotsWire) Patriots should pounce on opportunity to trade for Bengals WR John Ross.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) John Ross worth the risk for New England Patriots.
  • Phil Perry says the tight-end class in this year’s NFL Draft could be, in the words of one analyst, ‘historic’.
  • Mateo Aycardi profiles potential Patriots free agent targets: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
  • Evan Lazar gives us some defensive players to watch at the NFL Combine from a Patriots perspective.
  • Phil Perry says the Patriots have ‘a type’ of edge defender they typically go after, and wonders if they could find the next Trey Flowers in Indy.
  • Kevin Duffy notes NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah admits that ‘predicting what the Patriots are going to do is impossible.”
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) 5 players whose agents may interest Patriots during 2019 NFL Combine.
  • NESN notes Tom Brady celebrates 10th wedding anniversary with a heartfelt Instagram post.
  • Andrew Callahan attempts a Patriots 7-round mock draft, in which they add elite D-linemen and a potential Tom Brady successor.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Patriots mock draft roundup: Who experts have New England selecting heading into NFL combine.
  • Alex Reimer’s The Media Column: Coverage of Robert Kraft’s arrest exposes everyone’s biases.
  • Andrew Callahan reports Dolphins coach Brian Flores held a presser this morning, sharing advice he received upon leaving Patriots.
  • Thomas Murphy and Steve Balestrieri (FullPressCoverage) One Patriots Place Podcast: Robert Kraft; Patriots Free Agency; Guest Kevin Duffy joins the show. (1 hour)
  • Mike Petraglia Patriots Beat podcast: Evan Lazar joins live from the NFL Scouting Combine, to discuss potential targets for the Pats in the coming NFL Draft. (30 min.)


  • Staff (USA Today) NFL Combine: Workout schedule, measurements, times, TV channel, streaming info.
  • Pat Leonard (NY Daily News) NFL Combine: Potential storylines that could dominate the conversation in Indy.
  • Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports) NFL Combine 2019: The 10 prospects with the most on the line in Indianapolis.
  • Michael Renner (Pro Football Focus) 2019 NFL Draft Board – the pre-combine top 50.
  • Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (USA Today) NFL scouting combine: 9 players with something to prove.
  • Jim Reineking (USA Today) Julian Edelman, Doug Baldwin among notable current NFL players who weren’t invited to the combine.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( Trade Tsunami 2.0? NFL ripe for more wheeling and dealing.
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) Nine bold offseason predictions from Le’Veon Bell’s landing spot to Tom Brady’s new WR weapon.
  • Michael Renner (Pro Football Focus) Each NFL team’s most improved player. Patriots: Trey Flowers.
  • Mike Freeman (Bleacher Report) 10-Point Stance: NFL may look to set example in punishing Kraft. /Always a different standard for the Patriots.
  • Joel Corry (CBS Sports) Agent’s Take: Five changes that would improve the franchise and transition tag system.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) One week later, only one tag.
  • Kristopher Knox (Bleacher Report) NFL free agency 2019: Best potential bargain at every position.
  • Michael Shapiro (SI) Signed Tom Brady rookie card sells for record $400,100 at auction.
  • Emily Caron (SI) No consensus reached by competition committee on NFL replay rules, possible changes.
  • Tim Daniels (Bleacher Report) John Mara ‘skeptical’ NFL competition committee passes review on judgment calls.
  • Andrew Marchand (NY Post) ESPN and Fox facing off for Greg Olsen, who has NFL decision to make.
  • Bucky Brooks 2019 NFL mock draft 2.0. Pats pick Temple CB Rock Ya-Sin.


  • Staff (TMZ) Robert Kraft video ‘won’t be released anytime soon’ ... cops say.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Kraft video will be much more difficult for TMZ to get.
  • Jerry Thornton (Barstool Sports) A report says ‘human trafficking’ in the tug rule investigation is fake news.
  • Carlos Monarrez (Detroit Free Press) Opinion: NFL should drop hammer on Patriots owner Robert Kraft if he’s guilty.
  • Staff (NY Daily News) Robert Kraft prostitution scandal: Online sports books offers up ‘first odds on the future of the Patriots owner’.
  • Andrew Marchand (NY Post) ‘Bigger than Robert Kraft’ is Adam Schefter’s sketchiest report yet.