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New England Patriots links 2/05/21 - Still room for N’Keal Harry? Pats need to re-work the WR position

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New England Patriots v Los Angeles Chargers
La-La land: N’Keal Harry catches a TD
Photo by Harry How/Getty Images



  • Thomas Murphy (DiehardBostonSportsFans) Monster Keys to Tompa Bay victory in Super Bowl LV: ‘Cover Two and Cover Four is the prescription Dr Murphy is prescribing for Todd Bowles this week. Bury the Chiefs deep and force them to drive the length of the field.’
  • Michael Hurley sees the Tom Brady legacy as beyond the scope of human understanding.
  • Chad Finn talks about how in Tom Brady’s previous Super Bowls, 4th quarters were packed with drama.
  • CBS Boston offers a look at all of Tom Brady’s Super Bowl records.
  • Tom Westerholm tells us everything we need to know about Super Bowl LV.
  • Zack Cox keeps an eye out for any potential future Patriots on the Bucs and Chiefs Super Bowl LV rosters.
  • Tom E. Curran says the WR position isn’t working and needs a serious overhaul, and explains why it’s no guarantee that N’Keal Harry is part of the solution.
  • Phil Perry breaks down the situation at linebacker, and the approach New England could take at the position next season. Can the Patriots afford to stay small at the LB level again in 2021?
  • Dave Green gives us a look at what type of talent will be available when the Patriots go on the clock with the 15th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots 2021 draft profile: Washington DL Levi Onwuzurike. “His leverage, ability to stack and shed blocks, and discipline with his gap control will be enticing for teams (New England) that need run stuffers.”
  • Doug Kyed addresses his Friday Patriots Mailbag: Are Jameis Winston or Sam Darnold possibilities at QB?
  • Jim Hackett sees the question for Bill Belichick is who do you trust?
  • Logan Mullen notes Cam Newton fired off an emphatic message after disappointing season but isn’t blaming anyone but himself for how 2020 went.
  • CBS Boston mentions Cam Newton plans to drop 20 pounds this offseason. “The healthy organic way!”
  • Andy Hart asks fans if you would really have preferred Bill Belichick and Tom Brady had stayed together in 2020, and what the team would have looked like if they did.
  • NESN debates if Bill Belichick will win a Super Bowl without Tom Brady.
  • Tom Westerholm has a round-up of what Tom Brady said about the Patriots throughout the season, “I have a lot of love for Boston and all of New England.”
  • Michael Hurley explains how Tom Brady’s 2014 private email about Peyton Manning is only getting more absurd.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Rex Burkhead shares health update following his 2020 season ending knee injury.
  • Ben Linsey (Pro Football Focus) 2021 NFL Mock Draft. Pats pick Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle at 15.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights SiriusXM NFL Radio guest James White on what is his definition of the “Patriot Way.”
  • Hayden Bird notes Tedy Bruschi continued his criticism of Matthew Stafford, ‘not tough enough to play’ for Patriots, and thinks the price the Rams paid to trade for him was “ridiculous.”
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Patriots may not fit what JuJu Smith-Schuster appears to be looking for. /Vice-versa.
  • Michael Hurley writes “It’s been six years — six years! — since the term “DeflateGate” first entered our collective consciousness. Our little DeflateGate baby is ready to head off to kindergarten, and most of the world has largely forgotten the details of the matter. Those of us in New England have not.”
  • Ryan Hannable reports Roger Goodell praised Tom Brady yesterday while speaking at his annual state of the NFL press conference in Tampa Bay.
  • Michael Hurley makes his Super Bowl pick: Tom Brady winning a seventh Super Bowl would be an amazing story. But are you really going to pick against Patrick Mahomes? He’s not. Chiefs win 34-24.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate revisits Week 4 Pats-Chiefs and explains why the Bucs might take a page out of the Patriots’ playbook to find success in Super Bowl LV. (42 min.)


  • Steven Ruiz and Charles McDonald (ForTheWin) Super Bowl 55 Strategy Guide: Understanding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs and how they play. /Two terrific previews; worth a read.
  • Staff (ESPN) Super Bowl 2021: Chiefs-Buccaneers score predictions, prop bets, kickoff time, MVP picks and more
  • Russell S. Baxter (Fansided) 5 reasons why the Buccaneers can beat the Chiefs in Super Bowl 55.
  • Adam Teicher and Jenna Laine (ESPN) After four epic games, Round 5 of Patrick Mahomes vs. Tom Brady comes in the Super Bowl.
  • Staff (Pro Football Focus) 2021 Free Agency: Ranking the NFL’s top 100 free agents.
  • Michael Renner (Pro Football Focus) 2021 NFL Draft: Ranking the top five players at each position.
  • Charles Curtis (ForTheWin) Tom Brady got his very own, amazing edition of Jimmy Kimmel’s Mean Tweets.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Roger Goodell’s press conference was a reminder that much of 2021 is still uncertain.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Roger Goodell on if 2021 season will return to normal: I wish I could answer that.
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) NFL planning to play international games in 2021. /Oh.
  • Jenna Laine (ESPN) NFL’s Roger Goodell: Two minority head coach hirings ‘wasn’t what we expected’
  • Michael Rosenerg (SI) What it means—and doesn’t mean—that Eric Bieniemy is not a head coach: To understand how the NFL failed Black coaches, look at Bieniemy. But also look deeper, and beyond a single candidate.
  • Staff (ForTheWin) ESPN 30 for 30: Al Davis vs. the NFL. Preview, how to watch, more. /I’d watch this.
  • Charles McDonald, et al, (ForTheWin) The Counter: Who will win Super Bowl LV?