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New England Patriots links 3/01/21 - Moves to keep the O-line great

Daily news and links for Monday

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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: ‘Personable’ Bill Belichick impresses at NFL Women’s Careers in Football Forum; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Sunday news, AFC East notes: Taking a look at free agency, the wide receiver class, and More.
  • Karen Guregian’s NFL Notes: Should the Patriots trade Stephon Gilmore?
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Five Patriots/NFL things to know. 1. One name that keeps popping up as a potential player in New England is Saints quarterback Jameis Winston, who will be a free agent this offseason. But it’s safe to say, that’s a player you should hope the Patriots don’t pursue.
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Mailbag: Will Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene effect offseason plan at tight end? /There’s an offseason plan at tight end?
  • Tom E. Curran examines the moves the Patriots can make to ensure a good OL stays strong.
  • Phil Perry explores the Patriots’ top OL options in free agency.
  • Phil Perry takes a closer look at the eight returning players and how likely each one is to crack New England’s 53-man roster after opting out of the 2020 season.
  • Conor Roche notes Bill Belichick has reportedly ‘done nothing but rave’ about Cam Newton this offseason. Newton is set to become a free agent in March.
  • Adam London mentions that according to Ben Volin, Cam Newton apparently made a great impression in Foxboro.
  • Karen Guregian reports Julian Edelman still unsure if he’ll be able to play in 2021 after undergoing a “clean-out” procedure on a knee that was essentially “bone-on-bone.” /File under: Yeesh!
  • Mike Luciano (MusketFire) Projecting a long-term contract for JC Jackson.
  • Doug Kyed finishes up his Hidden Patriots series with tight end turned pass rusher Rashod Berry.
  • Chris Mason notes David Andrews isn’t answering questions about on social media, says ‘buy me a beer’ if you want to ask questions about future plans.
  • Zack Cox explains why RB Duke Johnson could be a Patriots target after his reported release by the Texans.
  • Tom E. Curran thumbnails his top five DL draft prospects for the Patriots.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots 2021 draft profile: Alabama DL Christian Barmore.
  • Zack Cox Draft Rumors: Speedy Auburn wideout Anthony Schwartz meets virtually with New England.
  • Doug Kyed says the Patriots reportedly met virtually with prospects Purdue WR Rondale Moore and Louisville RB Javian Hawkins.
  • Andrew Callahan helps us get to know Dave Ziegler. The Patriots’ new de facto general manager, is a well-respected executive with an unusual path including stops on the set of Law & Order and as a high school guidance counselor.
  • Ryan Hannable suggests Washington QB Alex Smith as another potential veteran QB option for the Patriots.
  • Doug Kyed notes Russell Wilson reportedly wants a greater say in Seattle’s offensive scheme. Former Pats OL Rich Ohrnberger pointed out that Tom Brady was afforded that responsibility in New England under Bill Belichick.
  • Ryan Hannable reports the the AFC will be getting an extra cross-conference home game in 2021.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Mark Schofield discuss the return of the 2020 opt-outs, the 2021 NFL Draft, the lack of a Combine, and a Pats possible trade up into the top ten for QB Trey Lance; More. (47 min.)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike and Mark continue their conversation, discussing the Pats’ strategy heading into free agency, if they an still lure veterans without Tom Brady, the return of OL Yodny Cajuste, More. (29 min.)
  • Patriots Talk Podcast: Tom E. Curran talks to David Andrews about his future in New England and more. (36 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: What Russell Wilson is looking for, and inside his end-of-season talk with Pete Carroll; Plus, who would’ve been this year’s combine stars, diving into the NFL diversity hiring data and more.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA: New insight on NFL’s 17-game schedule. Plus the story of one QB’s quick (door) dash to top 5 prospect.
  • Albert Breer (SI) GamePlan: With no NFL Combine, companies like EXOS are trying to fill the void; Plus, ranking the QB prospects and deep dives into the franchise tag and NFL calendar.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) NFL insider notes: Expect another wave of big-name trades and not just QBs, plus Deshaun Watson clues and more: Stephon Gilmore, Odell Beckham and Von Miller are among candidates as more trades could come soon.
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) The Ringer’s 2021 NFL draft guide.
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Ranking veteran QB options for Patriots: Jimmy Garoppolo headlines group, don’t rule out a Cam Newton return
  • GMFB (NFLN) Burleson on why Cam Newton would thrive in a second season under Belichick. (5.21 min. video)
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Ryan Fitzpatrick wants a chance to compete for a starting job.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Report: 49ers called Panthers about Teddy Bridgewater.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Nick Foles still a candidate to be Bears’ starting quarterback.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Trainer posts Drew Brees workout video, suggests “something must be brewing”.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Ravens, Lamar Jackson haven’t started negotiating yet.
  • Mike Tannenbaum (ESPN) Inside NFL teams’ pre-draft prospect interviews: Wildest questions, blown answers and more.
  • Ryan Wilson (CBS Sports) 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Five QBs go in the first eight picks. Pats pick Miami EDGE Gregory Rousseau at 15.
  • Josh Edwards (CBS Sports) 2021 NFL Mock Draft. Pats pick Alabama QB Mac Jones at 15.