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New England Patriots links 2/01/21 - Monday mix: Stafford’s snub, Senior Bowl prospects, Cam returns?

Daily news and links for Monday

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TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: New England’s ample salary-cap space makes it a potential landing spot for a big name such as Deshaun Watson or Jimmy Garoppolo; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes: Getting one of these established QBs would also necessitate giving up a lot of their draft capital that they need to rebuild; More.
  • Andy Hart explains how the Patriots are learning the NFL QB lesson the hard way.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights WEEI guest Charlie Weis with insight on how Bill Belichick might approach the offseason
  • Dakota Randall says the Patriots reportedly have reservations about a Jimmy Garoppolo reunion: ‘Jimmy’s not exactly as tough as you would like.’
  • Conor Roche tells us what the Matthew Stafford trade means for the Patriots. 1. The Patriots QB search continues.
  • Doug Kyed says the Patriots stood no chance at Matthew Stafford without an albatross contract; The Patriots weren’t going to, and didn’t need to, overpay for Stafford.
  • Adam London NFL Rumors: What Patriots were willing to offer Lions for Matthew Stafford. Hint: It was never going to happen.
  • Tom E. Curran notes Matthew Stafford told the Lions they could send him anywhere but New England.
  • Adam London highlights WEEI guest Boomer Esiason on how he wasn’t surprised Matthew Stafford wasn’t interested in playing for the Patriots. “It’s not easy playing for Bill.”
  • Trevor Hass relays the experts weighing in on whether Deshaun Watson could join the Patriots.
  • Dakota Randall hears from Devin McCourty on the possibility Cam Newton is back with the Pats.
  • Phil Perry predicts the starting QBs for all 32 teams in 2021.
  • Tom E. Curran ranks the top five quarterback prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft.
  • Evan Lazar tells us ten things we learned in 2021 Senior Bowl from the Patriots perspective.
  • WEEI runs through a few players who make sense for the Patriots following Senior Bowl week.
  • Mac Cerullo offers an evaluator’s profile of Merrimac TE Pat Freiermuth and how he projects as an NFL Draft prospect: ‘He checks every single box.’
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots 2021 draft profiles: Tulsa LB Zaven Collins and Miami Edge Gregory Rousseau.
  • Zack Cox notes N’Keal Harry is large for a receiver (6-4, 225) — so large that one former college teammate couldn’t believe he played the position.
  • Adam London highlights Stephon Gilmore explaining how his game was impacted by Tom Brady.
  • Marcus Kwesi O’Mard shares some NFL Insiders’ stories from Tom Brady’s Patriots days that highlight his character
  • Michael Hurley talks about Danny Amendola expecting a tough road ahead for Bill Belichick: ‘Tom Brady is the Patriot Way.’
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) ICYMI: Martellus Bennett reflects back on Super Bowl LI Championship.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Robert Kraft, Patrick Chung join fundraising efforts for MA HS hockey player A.J. Quetta.
  • Next Pats podcast: Phil Perry talks with Emory Hunt of Football Gameplan on the talent from the smaller schools participating in the Senior Bowl, and this year’s Kyle Dugger. (24.30 min.)
  • Patriots Fourth and Two podcast: Russ Goldman, Steve Balestrieri and Derek Havens discuss the problem at quarterback for the Patriots and much more. (56 min.)

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Inside the trade negotiations that gave Matthew Stafford and Sean McVay what they wanted; Plus, Ron Rivera’s important benchmark, the Senior Bowl and getting to know Arthur Smith.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA: Spotlight shines on Tampa defense ahead of Super Bowl LV; Inside the Rams-Lions QB swap; More.
  • Greg Bishop (SI) The thing about goats and GOATs ... How much do championship-winning goats and championship-winning GOATs have in common? After talking to an expert, more than you might think.
  • Josh Dubow (AP) Brady Bunch — over 200 teammates been to Super Bowl. /How crazy is that?
  • Josh Dubow (AP) Brady, Mahomes prepare for pivotal 5th matchup.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) Super Bowl timelines for all 32 NFL teams: Who’s in mix, getting closer and years away?
  • Gregg Rosenthal (NFL.com) All-time Super Bowl QB rankings. 1. Tom Brady, 19. Patrick Mahomes.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Are we sure the Super Bowl is a good way to determine a Champion? Welcome to a world where, among other differences: One kick drifted a few feet to the left, a coin toss came up tails rather than heads, and your Super Bowl heroes are not who they were.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Nick Caserio’s comments suggest door is open for a Deshaun Watson trade.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Rams continue to collect star power—but at what cost?
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Rams are willing to build a team without first-round draft picks.
  • Michael Rosenberg (SI) Matthew Stafford is better than you think—now he gets the chance to prove it.
  • Daniel Jeremiah (NFL.com) 2021 Senior Bowl: Top 10 NFL draft winners from week of practice
  • Steven Haglund (LAFB Network) Winners from the 2021 Senior Bowl.
  • Ian Van Roy (LAFB Network) Senior Bowl facts not presented in broadcast.
  • Around the NFL (NFL.com) NFL community reacts to virtual Pro Bowl game. /Forgot this was a thing.
  • Highlights (NFL.com) Best of ‘Madden NFL 21’ Pro Bowl video clips.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Mike Pettine out in Green Bay.
  • Jorge Alonso (brobible) NFL fans mock new Eagles HC Nick Sirianni after his extremely awkward introductory press conference goes viral.