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New England Patriots links 2/23/21 - Pats 2020 rookie class revisited: Hit on some, jury out on others

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Michael Onwenu was a bonafide draft hit
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  • Mike Dussault takes a look back at the Patriots 2020 rookie class and how they will project into the future.
  • Angelique Fiske talks about how Ron Burton Sr. built a ‘utopia’ of love and faith, leaving a legacy greater than football.
  • Black History Month: Andre Tippett, Devin McCourty and Matthew Slater reflect on social justice initiatives. (28.33 min. video)


  • Ryan Hannable looks at where the 2020 Patriots rookie class ranked among rest of the NFL.
  • Conor Roche tells us 10 things we learned from Cam Newton’s appearance on the ‘I Am Athlete’ podcast. Newton says ‘hell yes’ to a possible New England return, but was honest about what it’s like playing for Bill Belichick.
  • Tom E. Curran wonders if Cam’s pitch to return will persuade the Patriots.
  • Ryan Hannable explains why it could be in the Patriots’ best interest to bring back Cam Newton.
  • Sean T. McGuire relays Cam Newton on adjusting to the ‘Patriot Way’, “My work ethic was always high. It’s still high.”
  • Phil Perry considers how much sense does Ryan Fitzpatrick make for the Patriots as possibly ‘the guy to get you to the next guy’.
  • Adam London highlights Willie McGinest sharing his ‘deep, deep’ dream offseason scenario for the Patriots: Bringing Russell Wilson over in a trade.
  • Conor Roche highlights Charlie Weis giving a ringing endorsement of QB Mac Jones.
  • Dakota Randall explains why the Patriots have nothing to show for their reportedly aggressive QB pursuit: Prices for quarterbacks are justout of whack this offseason.
  • Evan Lazar and Alex Barth discuss the possibility of the Pats trading up in the draft to take North Dakota State’s Trey Lance. (10 min. video)
  • Zack Cox Patriots Draft Rumors: Pats have had ‘consistent’ contact with Mimi TE Brevin Jordan.
  • Kevin Tame Jr. (FullPressCoverage) Patriots Free Agency: Is James White as good as gone? The Patriots have depth at running back, so Bill Belichick has a decision to make.
  • Conor Roche notes David Andrews says he would ‘love to’ stay with the Pats but is keeping options open.
  • Zack Cox catches up with DT Adam Butler, weighing his options as he prepares to hit free agency for the first time.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Pro Football Focus doesn’t think any of the top 50 free agents will sign with the Patriots.
  • Tom E. Curran scouts potential salary cap casualties in the NFC for the Patriots to consider.
  • Mark Daniels examines the Patriots’ cornerbacks and doesn’t see much depth at the position.
  • CBS Boston passes along a report that the NFL is pushing closer to a 17-game regular season, starting in 2021. /Nothing says ‘player safety is the number one priority’ than adding more games.