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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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  • 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.)


  • 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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.