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New England Patriots links 4/01/20 - Possible for Pats to pull two starting TEs from this year’s draft?

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Daily news and links for Wednesday

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TE Matt LaCosse had trouble getting on the field in 2019
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  • Jeff Howe (The Athletic) Let’s update our offseason to-do list for the Patriots. 2. Acquire two starting-caliber tight ends. “The real work might have to wait for 2021 because the market was overly expensive this offseason.”
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Analyzing Patriots’ top selection in Todd McShay’s mock draft: Should defense be a focal-point?
  • Michael Hurley pleads can we as a society come together and agree to not do the ‘Belichick or Brady’ argument? /For the love of all that is holy and good...
  • Mike Reiss shares a copy of Bill Belichick’s 1991 scouting notes that still apply today, and show how he has stuck to his convictions all these years later. /Pretty cool.
  • Chris Mason points out the 9-7 Rams and 8-8 Steelers would have advanced last year with expanded playoffs.
  • Ryan Hannable hears from David Andrews on how after missing all of last season with blood clots in his lungs, he’s ready to get back on the field.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Antonio Gibson could be the Next James White for New England Patriots.
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) How Adrian Phillips fits in the Patriots defense.
  • Phil Perry has identified a host of college prospects who could be potential fits for the Patriots at cornerback.
  • CBS Boston thumbnails potential Patriots in this year’s draft: Linebackers - Tight Ends.
  • Andy Hart suggests Bill Belichick should tank in 2020 if he wants to do what’s best for the team. /Not an April Fools Day column.
  • Karen Guregian says it certainly can’t hurt to inquire if Cam Newton would be willing to come to New England on a reduced rate, in a short-term, prove-it-type deal after a couple injury-plagued campaigns. /Ugh...
  • Tom E. Curran finds that fans overwhelmingly prefer for the Patriots to go with Stidham-Hoyer in 2020.
  • Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) When has Belichick let a guy go too soon? Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Jacob Camenker reports Hall of Fame GM Gil Brandt says Bill Belichick is the best drafter of his lifetime.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) The next Belichick: Steve walks in father’s shadow, for now.
  • Darren Hartwell explains how the Dolphins’ reported run at the 2020 No. 1 pick could impact the Patriots if they pull it off.
  • Phil Perry issues his 2020 NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Patriots invest in protecting Jarrett Stidham.
  • Patriots Talk Podcast: Consensus that this New York team will be in charge of AFC East. (2.07 min.)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Thomas Murphy discuss draft strategy and the new ‘Face’ of the Patriots franchise. (31 min.)


  • Jenny Vrentas (SI) The NFL insists the 2020 season will go on as scheduled, but will it?
  • Jarrett Bell (USA Today) Efficient, widespread coronavirus testing could be key to holding 2020 season on time.
  • Mike Freeman (Bleacher Report) 10-Point Stance: Is the NFL over Jameis and Cam already?
  • John Breech (CBS Sports) Seven NFL trades that need to happen before draft.
  • Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (USA Today) How contenders can address glaring needs with top prospects.
  • Mark Schofield (TouchdownWire) Scouting breakdown: The 11 best quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL draft.
  • Mike Goodpaster (TheGruelingTruth) The top-5 offensive tackles in the 2020 NFL draft.
  • Eric Edholm (Yahoo! Sports) Top 2020 NFL draft prospects. Nos. 100-33.
  • Henry McKenna (ForTheWin) The 31 highest-paid players in NFL history.
  • Peter Schrager ( NFL mock draft 1.0. Pats pick Southern Illinois S Jeremy Chinn.
  • Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports) Two-round 2020 NFL mock draft. Pats pick LSU WR Justin Jefferson at 23.
  • Slow News Day (The Ringer) Kevin Clark and Chris Long discuss re-watching Super Bowl LI, Bill Belichick’s big offseason advantage in 2020, and hand out some ‘Tiger King’ superlatives. (7.19 min. video)