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New England Patriots links 4/08/19 - ‘Screw the Patriots,’ and their successful ‘pick swap’ trades

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Super Bowl LIII - New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams
Kyle Van Noy sacks Jared Goff in Super Bowl LIII
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TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Like his dad, Matthew Slater finds meaning in staying with one team; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes: Patriots huge in China; Nick Saban on advice from Belichick; More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Patriots exploring options with trading up in NFL draft; If the Patriots select a QB, it seems like it won’t be until late in the draft; More.
  • Tom E. Curran’s Sunday Notes: The truth will set Kraft free and end the Orchids Day Spa drama; More. /Also might get him banned from the NFL.
  • Kevin Duffy writes how the Patriots have dominated in ‘pick swap’ trades, taking plug-and-play veterans while surrendering little draft capital. “The biggest play of Super Bowl LIII was made by a guy the Patriots acquired for free.”
  • Evan Lazar’s best Patriots draft fits: Cornerbacks - Safeties.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots 2019 NFL draft targets: Notre Dame WR Miles Boykin.
  • Jared Villani (ClutchPoints) 3 biggest needs for the New England Patriots after free agency: 1. Pass catcher.
  • Ryan Hannable notes the Patriots have highest over/under win total in the NFL for the fourth straight season.
  • Dakota Randall passes along a Josh Rosen rumor: Cardinals still not showing ‘willingness’ to trade.
  • Rob Bradford passes along a report that the Patriots have informed the Red Sox that Robert Kraft, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick or any of the team’s coaches will not be in attendance at Fenway Park Tuesday for the Sox’ championship celebration.
  • Nicole Yang reports Rob Gronkowski makes his first public appearance in Boston since retiring, as the guest of honor for the annual Make-A-Wish Gala at the InterContinental Hotel Saturday night.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Tom Brady cheers on Ryan Shazier amid impressive recovery.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Malcolm Mitchell: Learning Patriots playbook ‘was like calculus at the highest degree.
  • Ryan Hannable notes former Chiefs CB Stevan Nelson says ”screw the Patriots, because we should’ve been in the Super Bowl.” /Boo freaking hoo.
  • Evan Lazar’s NFL draft series: Offensive line preview (1 hour audio).
  • Bob Socci and Ted Johnson post the first edition of their NFL Draft Preview Show, starting with the state of the Patriots. (44.30 min.)
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots 2019 7-round mock draft 2.0: Trying to meet team needs. Pats pick Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown at No. 32.
  • Evan Lazar offers his 7-round mock draft 2.0: Changes at the top for the Patriots. Pats pick Clemson DL Dexter Lawrence at 32.
  • Phil Perry presents his 7-round mock draft 4.0. Patriots trade No. 32 and No. 73 to Seattle, Patriots acquire No. 21 and No. 159. Pats pick Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson at No. 21.

NATIONAL NEWS

EXTRACURRICULAR

  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Don’t blame NFLPA for demise of AAF.
  • Stan Grossfield writes about NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson training for the Boston Marathon, who believes he is just as good an athlete as Tom Brady is in his respective field. “All athletes get criticized”, he says. “I mean, Tom [Brady] deals with it plenty. Is it him or is it [Bill] Belichick? Is it him or is it someone else on the team?”