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New England Patriots links 2/10/20 - Offseason twist: Pats need serious tight end moving and shaking

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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: DE/OLB, Derek Rivers is an everyday presence at GIllette; Low franchise-tag figure for tight ends notable in New England; More. /Good read.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes: Sam Monson’s low ranking of Stephon Gilmore indicative of the ‘slow season’ and PFF’s need for clicks; In 2017, it was the Patriots who opted to go year-to-year with Brady in regards to his contract, and they are reaping what they’ve sown; More. /Another good read.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Patriots’ realistic options at QB besides Tom Brady; Looking ahead to the draft; More.
  • Tom E. Curran explains how the timing is all wrong for Tom Brady and the Patriots to get a deal done before free agency.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Tom Brady Watch: How Cowboys and Buccaneers do/don’t make sense.
  • Dakota Randall NFL Rumors: Chargers might not have interest in Tom Brady despite reports.
  • Matt Vautour’s Tom Brady Rumors 2020: Patriots’ possible replacements if their free agent QB signs elsewhere
  • Andy Hart examines the Patriots QB depth chart as the entire football world tries to figure out Tom Brady’s football future.
  • Phil Perry takes a position-by-position look at the Patriots roster: Linebackers. Where do Patriots turn if Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins depart?
  • Mac Cerullo addresses the TE position, one of the team’s biggest liabilities going into the new season: Patriots must identify long-term TE replacement for Gronk.
  • Matt Dolloff believes the time is now for the Patriots to make major moves at tight end.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Why aren’t the Patriots showing interest in Greg Olsen?
  • Evan Lazar notes Ted Karras, one of New England’s most consistent O-linemen down the stretch, is set to hit unrestricted free agency in March. Karras says his first choice is to remain with the Patriots.
  • Mike Masala (PatriotsWire) What are the expectations for Damien Harris in his sophomore season? /Maybe to play?
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Hunter Henry, New England Patriots an ideal pairing.
  • Ryan Queen (LastWordOnSports) NFL Draft: Patriots defensive line prospects.
  • Doug Kyed suggests we not rule out converted receiver Gunner Olszewski, who how has to prove himself all over again in 2020. /Forgot he was still on the team.
  • John Morgan (PatsFans) Today in Patriots history: Happy Birthday to Ty Law and Logan Ryan.
  • CBS Boston reposts Tom Brady tweaking Peyton Manning’s golf game on Twitter.
  • Logan Mullen NFL Rumors: Patriots irritated by report they’ll pay Tom Brady $30 Million-plus.
  • Hayden Bird tells us 7 things we learned from Drew Bledsoe’s ESPN ‘E:60’ episode. “You’ve been the guy since you were a sophomore in high school, and your team’s in that game, you don’t want to be watching from the sidelines.”
  • Patriots Press Pass: Sierra Goodwill and Evan Lazar discuss who the Patriots’ biggest cap casualties (3.21 min. video), and which free agents should they keep or let go? (3.40 min. video).
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) NFL Fan Therapy: Tom Brady isn’t going anywhere. (2.49 min. video)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate hosts an AFC crossover with Joe Marino (Locked On Bills) and John Butchko (Locked On Jets). (41 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: How the Chiefs’ defense turned the tide in Super Bowl LIV in three plays; Plus, Eric Weddle’s decision to call it a career, the prospect of the full-time London team and who might be on the chopping block as we enter the offseason; More.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA: QB Patrick Mahomes reflects on LIV turnaround by following dad’s advice: ‘It’s all about the next pitch’; More.
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) NFL offseason dominoes: Eight star players who could set off 144-move chaos. Brady included.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) NFL free agency top 20 players: Tom Brady, Drew Brees headline compelling 2020 group
  • Patrik Walker (BS Sports) NFL free agency 2020: Derrick Henry, Christian McCaffrey to blow the lid off of running back free-agent market.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) Titans must heed warning signs and avoid paying Derrick Henry after a career year.
  • Michael Renner (Pro Football Focus) Buyer beware on these 2020 NFL Draft prospects.
  • Eric Edholm (Yahoo! Sports) NFL draft: 10 snubs who weren’t invited to the scouting combine.
  • Josh Edwards (CBS Sports) Notable combine snubs include Utah QB Tyler Huntley, Temple WR Isaiah Wright.
  • Brad Gagnon (Bleacher Report) The perfect offseason blueprint for every NFL team in 2020.
  • Bruce Schoenfeld (ESPN) Drew Bledsoe on Brady, Barolos and life after the NFL.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) NFL may add flex scheduling to next Monday Night Football contract.
  • Conor Orr (SI) The revamped XFL off to promising start.