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New England Patriots links 5/15/19 - Lots of locks at linebacker: Bentley, Hightower, Van Noy, King

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Super Bowl LIII - New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams
Dont’a Hightower brings down Jared Goff
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  • Kevin Duffy passes along a report that WR N’Keal Harry will sign a four-year deal worth approximately $10.1 million. The Pats will have a fifth-year option on Harry’s contract.
  • Devon Clements (FootballMaven) Who will win the battle for Tom Brady’s on-field affection in 2019?
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Josh McDaniels seems to brush off Jarrett Stidham’s college struggles.
  • Matt Dolloff looks at how the Patriots stack up at receiver and tackle after their latest roster moves.
  • Andrew Callahan thinks Ben Watson may have a leg up on his TE competition because of how well he understands the position.
  • Doug Kyed resets the Patriots post-draft roster at linebacker: Locks are Ja’Whaun Bentley, Dont’a Hightower, Brandon King, Kyle Van Noy. Bubble: Terez Hall Calvin Munson, Elandon Roberts, Christian Sam.
  • Phil Perry notes Stephen Gostkowski hopes to continue to kick off, considering the Patriots drafted 5th-round Jake Bailey who can punt and kick.
  • Nick Goss hears Stephen Gostkowski reveal why he stayed with the Patriots in free agency: “The grass might seem greener on the other side, but it’s not always that way. I kind of like the challenge of being here, the bad weather, the pressure of the big games.”
  • Nick Goss NFL rumors: Patriots, first-round pick N’Keal Harry agree to rookie contract.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Grading every one of the Patriots’ 2019 free agency signings.
  • Zack Cox notes James Develin says he couldn’t care less about being snubbed from the Pro Bowl despite having a career year.
  • NESN notes that if Josh Gordon’s Twitter account is any indication, he is in a good place. Gordon on Tuesday checked in from parts unknown with an encouraging, uplifting tweet.
  • Dave Green notes the NFL celebrated Rob Gronkowski’s birthday with an epic touchdown montage.
  • Alex Barth and Evan Lazar with The Foxboro Report: Replacing Brian Flores; More. (5.57 min. video)
  • Mike Petraglia’s Patriots Beat podcast: Evan Lazar joins to discuss the signing of WR N’Keal Harry, the ongoing Robert Kraft legal saga and much more. (42 min.)
  • Andrew Callahan New England No-Huddle podcast: Patriots 2019 roster projection; More. (1 hour)


  • Kirstie Chiappelli and Russell Varner (Sporting News) Gronk turns 30: Opta facts for TE’s milestone birthday.
  • Paul Schwartz (NY Post) Jets claim a pair of Patriots castoffs.
  • Steve Serby (NY Post) Two rookie defensive dynamos looking to make Jets contenders. “Until there is visual evidence of Brady requiring the use of a cane, or until Gisele convinces him to retire, Sam Darnold won’t be able to topple Brady by his lonesome...”
  • Experts (ESPN) NFL experts debate best and worst teams after 2019 free agency, draft.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) Ranking all 32 NFL quarterbacks, from best to worst. Tom Brady No. 3 (behind Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers.)
  • Dan Graziano (ESPN) Ranking NFL QB commitment: How married all 32 teams are to their starters. 28th: Patriots-Tom Brady.
  • Adam Schein ( Schein Nine: NFL players under most pressure in ‘19.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL should, but never will, have a draft lottery.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) Ranking NFL’s four likeliest ‘Hard Knocks’ participants by watchability.
  • Elliot Harrison ( Top 20 NFL veterans traded in the prime of their careers.
  • Jay Rigdon (Awful Announcing) ESPN will open a Las Vegas studio in 2020.