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New England Patriots links 2/25/21 - Doubling down on trading up; Pats safe at safety; More

Daily news and links for Thursday

NFL: DEC 15 Patriots at Bengals
Patrick Chung opts back in for 2021
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TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Zack Cox believes the Patriots will be well-stocked at safety this season, with Patrick Chung expected back from his 2020 opt-out.
  • Mark Daniels notes the safety position was one of team’s few bright spots in 2020 and appears well stocked for the short term.
  • Evan Lazar reports according to a source, Patriots 2019 third-round pick Yodny Cajuste will be a full go for training camp this summer. /Let’s roll, baby!
  • Zack Cox explains how if New England is interested in acquiring Marcus Mariota, they might not need to trade for him after all.
  • Chad Finn suggests whether or not Jimmy Garoppolo winds up in New England might depend on Nick Caserio.
  • Clark Judge (FullPressCoverage) 49ers’ GM John Lynch: “no doubt” Garoppolo will be 49ers’ quarterback for 2021.
  • Doug Kyed wonders if the Patriots could sign newly released Tyrell Williams for ancillary wide receiver help.
  • Ryan Hannable relays NFL Network’s Peter Schrager explaining how Hunter Henry to the Patriots is ‘perfect fit’.
  • Ricky Doyle highlights a Football Outsiders piece for ESPN that suggested a “daring” move the Patriots could make this offseason: Trading up for a quarterback. “The Patriots have the draft capital to go get their guy; the question is, do they have the will?”
  • Mel Kiper Jr. has the Patriots uncharacteristically trading up for a QB in his latest mock draft, selecting North Dakota State QB Trey Lance. at No. 9.
  • Ricky Doyle says ex-NFL GM Mike Tannenbaum doubles down on his prediction the Patriots could trade up to draft Alabama QB Mac Jones, based on Bill Belichick’s QB ‘autopsy’.
  • Phil Perry sees plenty of viable AFC cap casualties for the Pats to consider.
  • Zack Cox notes former Patriots DE Chris Long pinpointed two free agent edge rushers the team should consider targeting: Steelers’ Bud Dupree and Bengals’ Carl Lawson.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots 2021 draft profile: Alabama LB Dylan Moses.
  • David Heim suggests five late-round slot receiver draft candidates for the Patriots, to find the next Julian Edelman.
  • Jesse Pantuosco offers 7 potential fits for free-agent deep threat Will Fuller, including the Patriots.
  • Mark Morse (PatsFans) Taking a look at franchise tag day and potential Patriots free agents.
  • Adam London highlights NFL analyst Gil Brandt who believes Joe Thuney will be in high demand this spring, possibly ending up in Cincinnati.
  • John Healy highlights Bucs’ QB coach Clyde Christensen how Tom Brady wanted to emulate what Peyton Manning did in Denver.
  • Next Pats podcast: Tom Curran and DJ Bean join the podcast to do a live mock draft of the first 20 picks. Jim Nagy, Executive Director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl, breaks down the best fits for the Patriots in the draft. (52 min.)

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Albert Breer (SI) Mailbag: What a Jeff Bezos ownership would mean to the NFL; teams moving up in the draft, fits for the top QB prospects, teams positioned to win free agency and more.
  • Around the NFL (NFL.com) 2021 NFL Draft: Pro day schedule. The pro day circuit replaces the Combine this year.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) NFL free agency 2021: Ranking the top 50 free agents, best players by position.
  • Kevin Patra (NFL.com) Marcus Mariota trade market has dried up significantly.
  • Kaelen Jones (The Ringer) Are the Broncos and Panthers serious contenders for Deshaun Watson?
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) 2021NFL Draft Guide: Penn State LB Micah Parsons - Long, athletic, and versatile off-ball linebacker.
  • Cody Benjamin (CBS Sports) Allen Robinson landing spots: 12 potential destinations for one of top 2021 free agents. Patriots included as a long shot.
  • Gil Brandt (NFL.com) 2021 NFL free agency: Seven intriguing player-team fits.
  • Chris Trapasso (CBS Sports) 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Trey Lance goes ahead of Justin Fields, no Deshaun Watson trade. Pats pick Notre Dame LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah at 15.