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New England Patriots links 3/02/21 - D-line debate: Blow it all up or stabilize

Daily news and links for Tuesday

New England Patriots v Los Angeles Rams
Lawrence Guy huddles with teammates
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  • Michael Hurley says it’s March 2021, Brady’s been gone for a full year, and the Patriots quarterback situation is entering unacceptable territory.
  • Karen Guregian scripts a few quarterback plans for the Patriots.
  • Andrew Callahan writes that for all the holes in the Patriots’ roster, the only task that truly matters is finding a QB. “The Patriots are perpetually playing a long game with their roster, even when their short-term needs are obvious and pressing. So however they approach the quarterback position in free agency and/or the draft, it won’t be with the 2021 season solely in mind.”
  • Jack Long (MusketFire) 4 biggest holes New England needs to fill this offseason. 1. Quarterback.
  • Zack Cox weighs the pros and cons of re-signing Cam Newton.
  • Logan Mullen NFL Rumors: Patriots ‘heavily scouting’ Trevor Lawrence, other top QB prospects.
  • KJ Doyle (GuyBostonSports) 10 realistic quarterback options for the Patriots.
  • Phil Perry wonders if Marcus Mariota could be the perfect bridge QB for the Patriots.
  • Matt Dolloff looks at whether the Patriots should pursue Alex Smith if Washington makes him an unrestricted FA.
  • Doug Kyed suggests that if the Patriots are looking to aim high in the 2021 veteran QB market, then free agent Dak Prescott should be a target.
  • Ryan Hannable ranks the Patriots needs by position as free agency approaches. QB ranks ... 3rd?!?
  • Conor Roche suggests some potential salary-cap casualties the Patriots could sign.
  • Doug Kyed looks at if there’s any chance Joe Thuney returns in 2021, and thinks the decision could come down to Joe Thuney vs. Marcus Cannon.
  • Zack Cox puts the likelihood of James White returning as “moderate.” White is set to hit free agency for the first time in his seven-year career.
  • Doug Kyed sees the Patriots at risk of a complete overhaul at defensive tackle, and thinks re-signing Lawrence Guy could keep the D-Line stable.
  • Tom E. Curran profiles his top five DL prospects in the ‘21 NFL Draft.
  • CBS Boston passes along a Jason La Canfora report that GMs consider a Stephon Gilmore trade to be a ‘foregone conclusion.’
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Why LB Matt Milano is not a good fit with the Patriots. A deep dive shows that New England is better off using their resources on other parts of the roster.
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) New England among teams meeting with speedy Auburn WR Anthony Schwartz.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) 5 Patriots/NFL things to know for Tuesday. 2) Didn’t take J.J. Watt much time to find a home.
  • CBS Boston reports the Patriots are likely to host the Cowboys in 2021 as their 17th game.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) PFF breaks down past four NFL drafts and Patriots predictably sit near the bottom.
  • Sean T. McGuire discusses a Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson to the AFC East scenario that he feels would be a Patriots’ nightmare.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike and Murph discuss QB Gardiner Minshew’s potential fit in New England, Julian Edelman’s health, and the possibility of New England using early-round draft capital to select a CB. (44 min.)
  • Patriots Beat podcast: Alex Barth and Evan Lazar discuss cap casualties that could sign with the Patriots. (63 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: Familiarity with Vance Joseph was key in J.J. Watt joining the Cardinals; Plus, notes on Tom Herman, Russell Wilson’s desired trade destinations and more.
  • Andrew Brandt (SI) Business of Football: Understanding the salary cap, dead money and impact of 2021 decrease.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) 2021 NFL pro days schedule: Everything to know about pre-draft workouts without the NFL Combine.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( Top 101 NFL free agents of 2021: The best players available.
  • David Carr ( Ten quarterbacks worth pursuing via free agency, 2021 NFL Draft or trade.
  • Around the NFL ( NFL Roundup: Texans release veteran QB Josh McCown; More.
  • Jeremy Bergman ( All 32 teams’ RB situations ahead of free agency, draft.
  • Eric Edholm (Yahoo! Sports) 2021 NFL draft: Ohio State’s Shaun Wade cracks top 100 prospects.
  • Nick Shook ( FB Kyle Juszczyk: Garoppolo not concerned with offseason worries about future with 49ers.
  • Tom Ryle (BloggingTheBoys) The Cowboys, Dak Prescott, and the winter of quarterback discontent: It is an unprecedented year for quarterback drama in the league.
  • Doug Vollmayer, et al. (Yahoo! News) Lawyer for family of girl injured in pre-Super Bowl crash speaks out. “She likely has permanent brain damage that she will endure for the rest of her life. She’s not walking — it’s a sad, sad, sad story.”