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New England Patriots links 3/02/20 - Freeze pop: No war, Brady and Belichick will try to make it happen

Daily news and links for Monday

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  • Mike Dussault offers a rundown of some notable free agency news to come out of Indy that we might have missed.
  • Highlights - Best of 2020 NFL Scouting Combine: Wide Receivers (5.54 min. video) - Quarterbacks (13.11 min video).
  • Paul Perillo and Mike Dussault debate who was the biggest (non-Edelman) Patriots combine snub.
  • Do Your Life: Stephon Gilmore. An off the field look at Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, whose training partner in the offseason might surprise you. (8.17 min. video)
  • Angelique Fiske tells us about a young Patriots fan’s project on Jason McCourty that was pretty cool.


  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Bill Belichick makes an impression on visit to Middle Tennessee; Two key unanswered questions remain with Brady, Patriots; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes: Mohamed Sanu needs ankle surgery; Combine quick-hitters for the Pats; NFL still hunting for a smoking gun, wrapping up NE/CIN fiasco; More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Patriots’ Plan B at quarterback for 2020 coming into focus; One of the best quotes from the combine; More.
  • Karen Guregian believes the Patriots must add a second-round pick in 2020 NFL Draft so they can get one of the best tight ends in this year’s class.
  • Alex Barth notes reported Patriots target Dayton TE Adam Trautman stuns scouts at the combine.
  • Andrew Callahan takes us behind the scenes of a Patriots draft interview at the NFL Combine.
  • kept a running list of NFL prospects that have met with the Patriots.
  • Zack Cox thumbnails eight under-the-radar prospects whose performances in Indianapolis piqued our interest.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) NFL Draft Profile: TCU WR Jalen Reagor.
  • Tom E. Curran reminds us that Tom Brady and the Patriots are not in a Cold War, admits media to blame for “running around lighting fires and then alternately either throwing water or gasoline on them and watching it all burn.” /Worth a read.
  • Michael Hurley tells us why teams are lining up to pay Tom Brady this offseason, despite ugly stats in 2019.
  • Phil Perry imagines what Bill Belichick’s list of pros and cons to keeping Tom Brady in a Patriots uniform in 2020 might look like.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Stop worrying about the Tom Brady free agency decision.
  • Eric Wilbur writes Tom Brady isn’t coming back to the Patriots, so why are we still playing this game like he is?
  • Tony Massarotti uses the Celtics as an example of why he thinks it would be foolish to keep Brady and forge ahead. “Simply put, if Paul Pierce had stayed, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum simply wouldn’t be here.”
  • Doug Kyed doesn’t hate the idea of the Patriots having Andy Dalton as a backup plan in case they lose Tom Brady.
  • Adam London NFL Rumors: Patriots among teams interested in Andy Dalton. /Just say no.
  • Ty Anderson passes along a report that the Patriots are ‘showing interest’ in QB Marcus Mariota.
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) Why Patriots should steer clear of Marcus Mariota. /Don’t need to tell me twice.
  • CBS Boston Tom Brady Rumor updates: Robert Kraft won’t intervene with negotiations; Two teams (Giants, Colts) out of mix.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Mike Vrabel appeared to facetime Tom Brady and Julian Edelman at a college basketball game
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Julian Edelman continues his “Stay Brady” campaign at Syracuse basketball game.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Tom Brady, Mohamed Sanu voice their support for N’Keal Harry’s 2020 season.
  • Sean T. McGuire passes along a report that Patriots special teamer Justin Bethel is recovering from offseason surgery.
  • Matt Vautour notes Julian Edelman is selling “Stay Tom 2020″ T-shirts. /Have to admit these look sweet.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) NFL Mock Draft: Post-combine edition. Pats pick LSU WR Justin Jefferson.


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: The key to the Patriots’ latest saga: Bill Belichick and Tom Brady really need to talk.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA, NFL Scouting Combine: Thirty bits of buzz from the scene in Indy.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Combine Notes: Henry Ruggs separates himself, Justin Herbert and Jalen Hurts impress, More.
  • Jonathan Jones (CBS Sports) 2020 NFL Combine: Pencil in Chase Young to Washington, plus insider notes on Dak Prescott, Joe Burrow and more.
  • Ryan Wilson (CBS Sports) Isaiah Simmons, Justin Jefferson, CJ Henderson among 10 biggest winners at combine.
  • Bryan DeArdo (CBS Sports) 2020 NFL combine results: Jonathan Taylor, Tristan Wirfs amaze as RBs and O-linemen run 40s, work out
  • Kevin Hanson (SI) 2020 NFL Draft: Scouting combine risers and fallers.
  • Chad Reuter ( 2020 NFL Scouting Combine winners/losers: C.J. Henderson zips.
  • Josh Edwards (CBS Sports) Combine QB winners and losers: Jordan Love, Cole McDonald among winners.
  • Josh Edwards (CBS Sports) 2020 NFL combine CB winners and losers: Jeff Okudah, CJ Henderson stand out.
  • Highlights ( Combine best of: Linebackers. (3.30 min. video) Defensive backs (11.23 min. video)
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady, Julian Edelman fuel free-agent frenzy at college basketball game.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick passed on Combine to scout a lesser-known prospect.
  • Michael Shapiro (SI) Cardinals to host 2020 regular season game in Mexico City.
  • Ryan Wilson Post-combine 2020 NFL Mock Draft. Pats pick Alabama safety Xavier McKinney.