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New England Patriots links 5/01/20 - Draft reveals Belichick’s two loves: Defense and Special Teams

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NFL Combine - Day 6
Kyle Dugger at the Combine
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  • Mike Reiss breaks down the Patriots 90-man roster by position to see where it stands.
  • Andy Hart and Ryan Hannable project a very-early Patriots 53-man roster projection, including the usual UDFA.
  • .Chris Mason’s Patriots roster projection: How New England’s positional depth chart looks after the draft.
  • Michael Holley writes how Bill Belichick’s decisions in this year’s draft prove, once again, that he values defense and special teams above all. “if any coach in the league was going to ignore a historic draft class of receivers, it was going to be this one.”
  • Ricky Doyle notes Peter King was “mystified” at the Patriots decision not to draft a single wide receiver.
  • Adam London highlights ESPN Insider Seth Walder on how the Patriots made the second-best trade during the 2020 draft, dealing their first-round pick to the Chargers. Pats won that trade handily.
  • CBS Boston relays a report suggesting it was necessary for the Patriots to make their move with the 37th pick to select Kyle Dugger. /We need an outside report to verify?
  • Zack Cox notes college coach Drew Cronic expected Kyle Dugger to be a second-round draft pick. But he didn’t expect the safety to hear his called quite as early as he did.
  • Ryan Hananble hears from a teammate to explain just how good Kyle Dugger was at Lenoir-Rhyne and not just defensively.
  • Zack Cox mentions Kyle Dugger’s legendary punt-return ability.
  • Jacob Camenker tells us about how Kyle Dugger once sparked Lenoir-Rhyne with two big punt returns.
  • Evan Lazar lays out how the Patriots got draftable talents in undrafted QBs Ja’Mar Smith and Brian Lewerke
  • Doug Kyed’s Friday Patriots Mailbag: How high are Pats on Jarrett Stidham at quarterback?
  • Andy Hart’s Fast Friday 5: Andy Dalton a no-win option for Patriots
  • Darren Hartwell ranks all 16 Patriots matchups on the 2020 schedule by difficulty and intrigue.
  • Darren Hartwell looks at the pros and cons of voting Bill Parcells into the Patriots Hall of Fame.
  • Christopher Smith passes along a report that the NFL is discussing some Saturday games if the 2020 college football season is postponed.
  • Jacob Camenker points out stats show Andy Dalton is among the league’s best in this area: engineering close wins in the fourth quarter. /you mean, when he’s not throwing INTs?
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Steve Balestrieri talk Patriots undrafted free agents and the Andy Dalton rumors. (38 min.) /Mike & Steve are a couple of anti-Daltite bastards.