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New England Patriots links 2/17/21 - Help Wanted: WRs — undrafted free agents, former QBs may apply

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NFL: New York Jets at New England Patriots
Jakobi Meyers stiff-arms his way up the WR depth chart
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  • Zack Cox breaks down the Patriots 2021 WR options after fielding one of the NFL’s weakest groups last season. Pats badly need an influx of talent; Here’s what needs to change.
  • Doug Kyed continues his “Hidden Patriots” series with a look at promising WR Kristian Wilkerson, who decided to sign and stay with the Patriots despite interest from other teams in 2020.
  • Logan Mullen relays ESPN Insider Dan Graziano suggesting the Patriots should “hasten the inevitable” and cut Julian Edelman, saving $3.44 million in 2021.”
  • Mike Reiss lays out how LAG (Life After Gronk) has left the tight end position a black hole in the offense for the past two years and is arguably the Pat’s biggest need this offseason outside of QB.
  • Clare Cooper (FullPressCoverage) A Clare Perspective: The future of the tight end position for the Patriots in 2021.
  • Kevin Tame Jr. (FullPressCoverage) Do all signs point to Jimmy Garoppolo reunion? Patriots need a QB and Garoppolo’s familiarity and relationship with Belichick makes him an intriguing possibility.
  • Mark Daniels says addressing the quarterback position will dominate New England’s offseason once again.
  • Ryan Hannable examines the potential of Cam Newton returning to the Patriots.
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) NFL Draft insider sheds light on potential QB plans for NE.
  • Zack Cox wonders if James White could be the next Patriots player to join Tom Brady and the Bucs.
  • Zack Cox explores whether it’s worth it for the Patriots to target newly released DT Kawaan Short.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Tag and trade on the table for Bears WR Allen Robinson?
  • Doug Kyed suggests Adam Humphries could be a cap casualty this offseason, giving the Pats a second chance at signing the slot receiver.
  • Adam Weinrib (MusketFire) 3 potential cap casualties NE can target this offseason. 3. Browns TE David Njoku.
  • Doug Kyed passes along a report the Pats met virtually with Notre Dame pass rusher Daelin Hayes, a projected sixth-round pick.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) News and notes, five things to know: Former Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich on the Pat McAfee show; Panthers ‘deeply interested’ in Deshaun Watson; More.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Steve Balestrieri discuss new QB coach Bo Hardegree, the rumored pursuit of Marcus Mariota and potential of Ohio State’s Justin Fields, Alabama’s Mac Jones and Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond. (45 min.)


  • Andrew Brandt (SI) Business of Football: Impact of Super Bowl ratings drop, what it means when Russell Wilson speaks out, why Watt was handled differently than Watson and more.
  • Brad Gagnon (Bleacher Report) The 1 free agent every NFL team must re-sign this offseason. Patriots: Joe Thuney.
  • Brad Gagnon (Bleacher Report) Ideal landing spots for Hunter Henry and the NFL’s top free agent tight ends.
  • Chris Roling (Bleacher Report) NFL players who are huge risks in 2021 free agency.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) NFL draft prospects: Big board of top 50 players overall, updated position rankings.
  • Doug Farrar (TouchdownWire) Alabama QB Mac Jones: Throwback or dinosaur? How Mac Jones’ inability to work outside the pocket is an NFL issue.
  • Staff (TMZ) Video: Cam Newton shredded roller rink dance floor on Valentine’s Day.
  • Tim Kelly ( Full 2020 first-round redraft. Pats take S Antoine Winfield Jr. at No. 23.
  • Daniel Jeremiah ( 2021 NFL mock draft 2.0. Pats pick South Carolina CB Jaycee Horn.
  • Damond Talbot (NFLDraftDiamonds) 2021 NFL mock draft 3.0. Pats pick North Dakota State QB Trey Lance at 15.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) NFL mock draft 2021. Pats pick Penn State ILB Micah Parsons at 15.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) For wannabe QB GMs who want to be more like Tom Brady, be careful what you ask for.
  • Ian Hartitz (Pro Football Focus) Every NFL season’s QB king since 2000.
  • Hallie Grossman (ESPN) In Buffalo, Bills Mafia tries (and fails) to keep it together as 2021 title dreams seem weirdly within reach.
  • Brady Henderson (ESPN) What Russell Wilson’s frustrations could mean for him, Seattle Seahawks moving forward.