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New England Patriots links 3/19/21 - Who’s on the hot seat? Pats’ additions could spell subtractions

Daily news and links for Friday

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TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) After all: David Andrews returns to Patriots on a four-year deal.
  • Mike Reiss notes David Andrews’ desire to remain with the organization ultimately was a key factor in him agreeing to return.
  • Justin Leger sees the offensive line looking strong with David Andrews back in the mix, Isaiah Wynn, Trent Brown, Michael Onwenu, Justin Herron, Shaq Mason, and Ted Karras.
  • Tom Westerholm talks about the Patriots re-signing kicker Nick Folk to a one-year deal. Folk made 92.9 percent of his field-goal attempts last year.
  • Zack Cox reports the Pats agreed to terms Thursday with free agent DT Montravius Adams, according to his agent.
  • Evan Lazar sees WR Kendrick Bourne as a younger, healther Mohamed Sanu, “someone that uses technique to win on the outside, smarts to succeed inside, and is tough and dependable over the middle. Sanu had a terrible Patriots career but was a productive player before.”
  • Alexandra Francisco relays Jeff Howe (The Athletic) reporting that the Patriots are ‘not actively shopping’ Stephon Gilmore this offseason. ‘Nothing has ever come close to materializing’
  • Phil Perry thumbnails some Patriots veterans who could feel the roster crunch after the team’s latest moves.
  • Clare Cooper (PatsPropaganda) Dancing through free agency – Are the Patriots taking too many steps back in moving forwards?
  • Michael Hurley looks at how the depth chart is shaping up after an insanely busy start to free agency.
  • Matthew Geagan sees the Patriots heading into the 2021 season with some incredible depth on the offensive line.
  • Karen Guregian assesses how much the Patriots have improved with their free agency haul. They’re much better, but still not the best team in the division. /We’ll see...
  • Andy Hart says it’s now obvious what the Patriots’ plan at QB should be: The Patriots are perfectly positioned to trade up in next month’s NFL Draft to secure the franchise quarterback of the future in Foxborough. /If Hart read the Pulpit comment sections, he’d have seen that plan a lot earlier, lolz.
  • Khari Thompson explains why the Patriots’ free-agent spending could mean another ‘old’ team in 2021. Belichick’s reliance on older veterans he trusts to keep executing his vision at a high level doesn’t seem to have changed.
  • Mike Reiss reports the Patriots’ free-agent splurge at tight end has resulted in the team trading TE Ryan Izzo to the Texans.
  • Zack Cox says Jarrett Stidham is reportedly organizing workouts for a ‘multi-day summit’ in Orange County, CA with Patriots pass-catchers.
  • CBS Boston finds Nelson Agholor ‘psyched’ to be a part of New England’s monster free agent class.
  • Logan Mullen enjoyed David Andrews’ funny Instagram post confirming he’s staying in Foxboro.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Five Patriots/NFL things to know for Friday. 1) The news about David Andrews re-signing last night was probably the biggest surprise of the week following a previous report where it appeared Andrews would be moving on in free agency.
  • Doug Kyed addresses his Friday Patriots Mailbag: Grading New England’s offseason additions.
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) Agent Drew Rosenhaus discusses negotiating with ‘hungry’ Bill Belichick in free agency.
  • Alexandra Francisco NFL Rumors: Patriots checked in on Texans’ QB Deshaun Watson.
  • James Simon notes “NFL Insider” Greg Bedard says Jimmy Garoppolo still remains Plan A for the Patriots but, for now, the 49ers aren’t listening to offers. /Sure, Jan.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and David Drogemeie (Locked On Chargers) discuss all things Hunter Henry. Mike shares his thoughts on Kyle Van Noy, Ryan Izzo and Patrick Chung. (37 min.)
  • Patriots Talk podcast: Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry talk react to Mike Lombardi’s article in The Athletic about Belichick. Bill Polian joins to discuss why Belichick is still doing things “the Patriot Way” (50 min.)
  • The Gridiron and Beyond podcast: Bob Socci talks with Matt Dolloff to discuss the Patriots flurry of signings in the first few days of free agency, and more. (37 min.)

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) NFL finalizes $110 billion television rights package with Amazon, multiple broadcast networks.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) NFL reaches new 11-year broadcast agreement with TV partners; Amazon Prime lands Thursday night games.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) Five things we’ve learned now that NFL free agency has officially begun. 1. Pass rushers get paid. 2. Wide receiver market slow to develop.
  • Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports) NFL free agency winners and losers: Bears had Russell Wilson dreams and an Andy Dalton reality.
  • Cody Benjamin (CBS Sports) NFL free agency winners and losers: Mitchell Trubisky lands in perfect spot, Bears stumble over themselves.
  • Cynthia Frelund (NFL.com) 2021 NFL free agency: Three good analytic fits and three head-scratchers.
  • Kaelen Jones (The Ringer) Why has the NFL’s wide receiver market been so slow to develop?
  • Gregg Rosenthal (NFL.com) Top 101 NFL free agents of 2021: Phillip Lindsay among RBs still available.
  • Kevin Patra (NFL.com) Urban Meyer: Jaguars not considering trading QB Gardner Minshew ‘at this point.’
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL should create incentives for players to choose to get vaccinated.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Goodell: NFL eager to engage fans through legalized sports betting.
  • Dave Zirin (TheNation) Will the NFL survive the new science of brain damage? A new study moves us one step closer to diagnosing CTE in the living, which could turn football on its head.
  • Charles Robinson (Yahoo! Sports) 3rd civil suit is filed vs. Deshaun Watson and NFL is investigating allegations of sexual assault, harassment.
  • Cassandra Negley (Yahoo! Sports) Boston Marathon icon Dick Hoyt, who pushed his son in wheelchair, dies at 80.