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New England Patriots links 3/24/20 - Patriots pass-catchers freed from Brady-level expectations

Daily news and links for Tuesday

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Jakobi Meyers attempts to catch a pass
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  • Devin McCourty (The Players’ Tribune) A new New England. “People are going to say that because Tom’s gone, the dynasty is over. They’re already burying us...” /Good read.
  • Alex Barth looks back at Bill Belichick’s early days in New England as an indication of how he plans to build the Patriots roster without Tom Brady.
  • Doug Kyed writes that since the Patriots passing attack is no longer predicated on reading Tom Brady’s mind, that’s good news for Jakobi Meyers and any pass-catcher not named Julian Edelman or James White.
  • Tom E. Curran writes the combo of Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer is plenty good enough in the near term for the rebuilding Patriots.
  • Alex Barth says the last thing the Patriots need is a quarterback controversy, and explains why Jarrett Stidham isn’t as unrealistic of a plan as some may think.
  • Andrew Callahan recaps what we know about second-year QB Jarrett Stidham, the favorite to succeed Tom Brady: Stidham impressed during his first training camp and preseason last year.
  • Karen Guregian revisits the quarterback options for the Patriots in the 2020 draft.
  • Ryan Hannable looks at the five biggest Patriots offseason needs following a week of free agency. 1. Tight end.
  • Mike Reiss talks about the release of Stephen Gostkowski after 14 seasons, a move that helps the salary-cap-strapped team create more space, but leaves a notable void at the position.
  • Evan Lazar points out the release of Stephen Gostkowski was to clear cap space, not injury-related.
  • Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) With Gostkowski gone, who do I think the Patriots will draft?
  • CBS Boston looks at a few options for the Pats to fill Gostkowski’s kicking shoe.
  • Phil Perry searches for prototypical Patriots available in this year’s draft: Edge defender.
  • Jacob Camenker explains Patriots have the second-least cap space in the NFL mostly because they’re paying quite a few players who are no longer on the team.
  • Nick O’Malley reports the Patriots no longer have the NFL’s oldest roster: Average age dropped from 27.6 to 26.2.
  • Abigail Adams notes that the Buccaneers saw the Patriots situation was holding Tom Brady back, not the other way around.
  • Jacob Camenker NFL Rumors: After Tom Brady left, teams ‘pushed’ quarterbacks on Patriots.
  • Doug Kyed explains the Patriots offseason acquisitions may slow down while physicals have been put on hold. But “Players can still undergo a physical with a third-party doctor.”
  • Scott Edwards Jr. continues his Tom Brady’s 20 greatest moments countdown. No. 19: Pummeling Peyton Manning and the Colts in his first career start.
  • Ricky Doyle disputes the newest Belichick-Brady narrative that we could somehow make a determination who was more responsible for the Patriots dynasty. ‘Based on what figures to be a small sample size from a past-his-prime Brady and a 68-year-old Belichick guiding a watered-down Patriots roster?’ Not possible.
  • DJ Bean would love the Patriots to sign Deshaun Watson and pay him gobs of money just to make Tom Brady lose his mind.
  • Tommy White mentions the Patriots remain the favorite to win the AFC East.
  • Matt Dolloff highlights how Tom Brady took the Bucs by surprise with his knowledge and research.
  • Adam London notes Devin McCourty found out Tom Brady was leaving on Twitter, just like everyone else.
  • Jacob Camenker relays Tom Brady’s thoughtful tribute to Stephen Gostkowski.
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots mock draft 2.0: Addressing post-free agency needs.
  • CBS Boston gives us the latest Patriots 2020 mock draft roundup.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) NFL Fan Therapy: Tom’s gone. (4.52 min. video)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate talks Patriots free agency and takes a deep dive into New England’s possible strategy in the upcoming draft. (29 min.)