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New England Patriots links 2/25/20 - 2020 team building begins at the combine

Daily news and links for Tuesday

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  • Mark Daniels writes how the combine is just first step in team building. “Over the last five Combines, the Providence Journal tracked 154 players who said they were interviewed by the Patriots. Of that group, the Patriots drafted just two players — Sony Michel and Tre’ Jackson. That’s 1.3%.”
  • Zack Cox gives us his NFL scouting combine primer: What you need to know about this year’s pre-draft showcase.
  • Evan Lazar spotlights ten Patriots-related things to watch during the NFL Combine. 1. Brady watch and other free agency chatter.
  • Deyscha Smith passes along a report that retired coach Dante Scarnecchia traveled to Indy and will be assisting the Patriots at the combine.
  • Christopher Mason thumbnails five potential Patriots targets to watch at the combine.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots prospects to watch at NFL combine.
  • Ryan Hannable gives us five storylines to keep an eye on. 1. Tom Brady rumors, 2. Connections to prospects.
  • Karen Guregian reports Tom Brady’s agent will meet with the Patriots in Indy. “The feeling is it might be a “starting point” for real dialogue about a contract going forward for Brady, who hits free agency March 18.”
  • Tom E. Curran assumes these two choices for Tom Brady: 1. Does he want to come back to a familiar situation where he’s been increasingly uncomfortable? Or does he want to deal with the unfamiliarity and short-term discomfort because he believes it will feel differently in the end?
  • Ryan Hannable scoffs at the latest (looking at you Tom E. Curran) Brady reports and says that if Tom Brady needs assurances of Bill Belichick’s team-building, then it might be time to move on. “That’s like a husband asking his wife to convince him after two decades of marriage that she won’t cheat.”
  • Phil Perry wonders if the Patriots will invest in a mobile quarterback after the Tom Brady era?
  • Jerry Thornton passes along a report that the Patriots are talking to the Ravens about trading for Hayden Hurst.
  • John Morgan (PatsFans) Today in Patriots history: Marv Cook and Jack Concannon.
  • Steven Viner (BostonSportsJournal) The Quest for 7 [Links 2.25.20]: Inside Brady’s camp, Patriots draft talk, Trade coming?
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate previews combine week and breaks down the latest mock draft Monday selection for the Patriots. (21 min.)