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New England Patriots links 2/21/20 - Depth Charge: Lawrence Guy, the ‘A’ player on the D-line

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Cleveland Browns v New England Patriots
Taking point: Lawrence Guy blocks an attempt
Photo by: 2019 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images



  • Andy Hart’s State of the Patriots: Defensive line. Lawrence Guy leads the depth chart.
  • Doug Kyed addresses his Friday Patriots Mailbag: Most unlikely WR trade candidates; The NFL is trying to rush through negotiations on their latest collective bargaining agreement, and hopefully, the players’ association slows down the process; More.
  • Andy Hart gives us his Fast Friday 5: Is Stefon Diggs the Patriots’ answer?
  • Michael Hurley has the updates from the latest episode of “As The Tom Brady Turns”: Tennessee Titans ‘the favorite right now’ in the NFL’s favorite guessing game.
  • Andy Hart passes along ESPN’s take that it’s ‘more likely than not’ Tom Brady leaves the Patriots.
  • Tony Massarotti thinks this is about Tom Brady wanting the right to decide where he plays, instead of Belichick.
  • Jenna Ciccotelli tells us 5 things to know about Tom Brady’s free agency, according to NFL experts: “Organizations don’t have to wonder if Brady has it. We know he does.”
  • Doug Kyed explains how the new CBA would affect timing restrictions of a potential Tom Brady deal.
  • Nick O’Malley NFL free agency rumors: ‘Multiple teams’ waiting on potential new CBA to make moves; how does it affect Patriots and Tom Brady?
  • Alex Barth reports Danny Shelton has hired super-agent Drew Rosenhaus to represent him ahead of free agency.
  • Doug Kyed continues his Hidden Patriots series with an eye on DE Tashawn Bower, who went undrafted out of LSU in 2017 and recently signed to a futures contract in New England.
  • Sean T. McGuire notes Pro Football Focus released a list of their top 25 free agents, including Tom Brady, Devin McCourty and Joe Thuney.
  • Alex Barth would like the league to leave the playoffs alone.
  • Matt Dolloff boils down the 17-game proposal to one simple fact: It’s another week of real games, even if they don’t count for much, and more football is better than no football.
  • John Morgan (PatsFans) Today in Pats History: Original Patriot Walt Cudzik.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Thomas Murphy discuss the latest news on the potential CBA and what it means for the Patriots. (30 min.)
  • Patriots Talk podcast: Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry debate if Patriots should go “all in” in 2020 & make one more run with Brady, or just draft wisely and hope that key contributors return to full health? (45.56 min.)



  • Jenny Vrentas (SI) NFL owners approve principal terms of new CBA, now players must vote.
  • Zack Cox highlights the top takeaways from the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement proposal.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) What happens if NFLPA rejects current proposal?
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) Houston, we have a problem? J.J. Watt voices ‘hard no’ on NFL’s labor proposal.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Union says players will get $100 million more in 2020 if they accept deal now. /They car salesmen now?
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Training camp changes under CBA proposal include fewer padded practices.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Zac Taylor wants more physical training camp as proposed CBA moves away from it.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) New deal would allow for extra offensive lineman on game day.
  • Curtis Crabtree (ProFootballTalk) Fifth-year options to be guaranteed in proposed CBA, no longer tied to draft slot.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Proposal would pay minimum-salary players at least $90,000 more in 2020.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL bumps funding rule credit to $15 million in 2020.
  • Mercury Morris (AdvocacyForFairnessInSports) The NFL owners don’t want to pay benefits. [Some things stand the test of time, and this article is one of them.]