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New England Patriots links 2/16/21 - Tight end room remodel: Veteran options, draft prospects add hope

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TE Devin Asiasi celebrates a touchdown with Cam Newton
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  • Andrew Callahan lays out how the Patriots can be expected to rebuild this offseason: One bad season won’t upend the Pats’ front-office philosophy and there’s every reason to think the NFL’s premier franchise will expect to contend in 2021.
  • Andrew Callahan believes it’s unlikely the Patriots will use the franchise tag again in 2021.
  • DJ Bean analyzes the Pats QB hunt: What New England should give up for each QB on the trade market.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) ESPN’s Mike Reiss gives specific breakdown on Patriots’ process for QB search.
  • Phil Perry explores whether or not Carson Wentz is a possibility for the Patriots this offseason. A rapid decline in performance and a hefty contract make it complicated.
  • Doug Kyed thumbnails seven tight ends who could be options for New England.
  • Michael Hurley explores the possibility of the Patriots finding a veteran TE or two who may end up on the move, while we wait for Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene to take significant steps forward.
  • Nick Goss wonders if the Patriots should make a trade for Eagles tight end Zach Ertz.
  • Ryan Hannable suggests free agent pass catchers might not choose New England if their QB situation isn’t clear.
  • Ryan Hannable tells us why this could be a good offseason to be looking for veteran tight ends.
  • Jack Long (MusketFire) 3 free agent running backs Patriots should take a peek at.
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Mailbag: Will the Patriots trade Stephon Gilmore this offseason?
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) 3 sneaky moves Pats should make in free agency. 3. Sign TE Robert Tonyan Jr.
  • Nick Goss passes along a report of the Patriots meeting with Ole Miss TE Kenny Yeboah.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots 2021 draft profile: Florida WR Kadarius Toney.
  • CBS Boston notes Bill Belichick is reportedly set to add Bo Hardegree an offensive assistant coach.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Best of social media: The New England Patriots celebrate Valentines Day.
  • Mike Luciano (MusketFire) Nick Saban’s latest round of Belichick stories are amazing.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Cam Newton says he spent thousands, maybe millions of dollars on clothes he wore once.
  • Phil Perry puts on his GM hat to make every Patriot draft pick in this mock draft, starting with trading waaay up to No. 4 overall.
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) Patriots mock draft: This Alabama DL might be a reach, but his upside is tempting.
  • Patriots Talk Podcast: Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss if the Pats should give restricted free agent J.C. Jackson an extension, and more. (44 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: Suh’s Future, Washington’s front office strategy, coming TV deals; Plus, Suh on Brady’s value to the defense, Hurts’s workouts for Philly receivers, the new boss for Bears D, Watt leaves money on the table, and more.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL insider notes: Don’t expect many big spenders in free agency, plus the latest on Carson Wentz and more.
  • John Healy ( 2021 NFL franchise tag players, deadlines, rules and updates.
  • Steve Serby (NY Post) Bill Belichick must come up with answer to Tom Brady’s title.
  • Ryan Dunleavy (NY Post) Chris Hogan knows how Tom Brady got Buccaneers to buy in.
  • Cody Benjamin (CBS Sports) Cowboys’ Dak Prescott headlines 2021 free agent quarterback class with many question marks.
  • Eric Edholm (Yahoo! Sports) 2021 NFL draft: Ranking every position from strongest to weakest. Tight end: 10th.
  • Josh Edwards (CBS Sports) 2021 NFL Draft: Breaking down the top five prospects at each offensive position.
  • Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports) 2021 NFL Draft: Justin Jefferson and the impact of bias, plus other lessons from scouting hits and misses.
  • Ryan Wilson (CBS Sports) 2021 NFL Mock Draft. Pats pick Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle at 15.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Unprecedented Hall of Fame weekend will kick off with Cowboys-Steelers.
  • James Jones and Derek Carr ( What’s the Mt. Rushmore of active NFL QBs in 2021. (2.53 min. video)
  • Myles Simmons (ProFootballTalk) Matthew Stafford: I had a good relationship with Matt Patricia.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Texans still list Jamey Rootes as team president; will Jack Easterby get that job eventually? /If I’m Jamey Rootes, I’m watching my back.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) 10-year TV deals could be done “within a month.”
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Vicis launches the first position-specific helmet.
  • Ryan Young (Yahoo! Sports) 5-year-old hurt in crash involving ex-Chiefs coach Britt Reid awake from coma.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Buccaneers are “shocked and saddened” by sudden passing of Vincent Jackson.