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New England Patriots links 3/25/20 - Patriots running out of veteran tight end options

Daily news and links for Wednesday

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Rare sighting of a Pats tight end: Ryan Izzo
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  • Mac Cerullo offers five thoughts on Brady’s first press conference as a Buccaneer: “Rather than take subtle shots or passive aggressive snipes at his former team out the door, Brady was effusive in his praise for the Patriots organization throughout the call.”
  • Mike Reiss highlights Tom Brady’s conference call, noting the new Bucs QB says his Patriots exit was ‘very emotional’.
  • Mike Petraglia hears an uncertain Tom Brady bracing for his next act with the Buccaneers.
  • Matt Dolloff talks about how in Tampa Bay, Tom Brady gets the commitment Belichick was done giving him.
  • Chad Finn mentions the strange feeling of uncertainty at quarterback for Pats fans.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Bruce Arians admits he was ‘shocked’ Tampa Bay landed Tom Brady. /Tell me about it.
  • Zack Cox gives us the latest odds on the Patriots as AFC East favorites in 2020.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) James White trade makes sense for Patriots, Buccaneers.
  • Scott Edwards Jr. continues his Tom Brady’s greatest moments countdown. No. 18: Leading comeback win in first game back from ACL tear.
  • Ken Laird once again builds a straw man and then knocks it down: Why does everyone hate Tom Brady?
  • Christopher Price notes ‘Bill Belichick does not regularly issue statements following the release of players, so the fact that he chose to do so for Stephen Gostkowski likely is a testament to the respect he has for him.’
  • Michael Hurley offers an appreciation of the under-appreciated Stephen Gostkowski.
  • Aidan Curran suspects age and injuries could have been a factor in the release of Gostkowski after 14 seasons.
  • Chad Finn asserts how Stephen Gostkowski was under-appreciated because of the shadow he played in.
  • CBS Boston notes that with TE Tyler Eifert signing with the Jaguars, the Patriots are running out of veteran tight end options.
  • Andrew Callahan finds the Patriots re-signed OLB Shilique Calhoun for a second season.
  • Andrew Callahan reports free agent WR Phillip Dorsett agrees to 1-year deal with Seattle.
  • Sean T. McGuire NFL Rumors: QB Cam Newton draws no ‘immediate interest’ from Patriots.
  • Phil Perry identifies some potential fits for the Patriots in the draft: Defensive tackle.
  • Ryan Hannable passes along the rumors that the GMs reportedly want the NFL draft pushed back from April, but the league says no. /Goodell dares virus to defy him.
  • Andy Hart passes along a report that NFL execs believe the 2020 season could be delayed.
  • Mike Reiss thinks if the Patriots follow Mel Kiper Jr.’s mock draft selection of Jordan Love in first round, it would be decisive move that breaks the Belichick mold.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots NFL draft targets: QB Jordan Love.
  • Doug Kyed presents his latest Patriots mock draft (with trades) that has them finally addressing the TE position.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Time to move on Tuesday: Patriots are on to 2020. Mike D’Abate and Steve Balestrieri discuss. (31 min.)
  • Patriots Beat podcast: Mike Petraglia talks with Mike Giardi about Tom Brady moving on to Tampa Bay as coronavirus shuts things down. (37 min.)