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New England Patriots links 3/29/21 - Pats letting QB market play out; Jimmy G rumors still churning

Daily news and links for Monday

NFL: OCT 25 49ers at Patriots
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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Bill Belichick had the cash, and cachet, to execute Patriots’ free-agency plan; Garoppolo in 2022; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news; Mock Draft 1.0: The return of James White, Lawrence Guy, excellent moves; More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Why Week 2 of free agency may have been more impressive than Week 1 for Patriots
  • Andrew Callahan takes us inside a free agent’s first days at Gillette Stadium, where the Pats cover playbooks, team philosophy, physicals and much more.
  • Mike Reiss lays out exactly how the Patriots spent $159.6 million over nine days to overhaul their roster.
  • Michael Hurley says it’s okay to admit it now: The Patriots are good again.
  • Chad Finn writes, “For someone perceived as stubborn, it’s interesting how one of Bill Belichick’s strengths as a talent evaluator is a willingness to admit a mistake and cut his losses.”
  • Tom E. Curran believes there still seems to be plenty of QB shuffling to come leading up to and after the Draft, and New England’s patience addressing the position could pay off.
  • Justin Patrick (LastWordOnSports) Patriots quarterback situation not good enough.
  • Zack Cox looks at why James White’s salary cap hit is so low this season.
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Mailbag: Could the Pats draft two quarterbacks after massive free agency?
  • Doug Kyed’s Patriots Mailbag: How much ground did New England make up in the AFC East?
  • Abigail Adams relays what one AFC scout’s biggest takeaway is from the Patriots’ free agency moves: “(They are) core guys. Good players. They’ll let the new guys know how they do it.”
  • Andrew Callahan believes the Patriots are making a big bet on new LB Matthew Judon.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Kendrick Bourne posts workout film with Patriots teammates.
  • Phil Perry profiles some prototypical Patriots in this year’s draft to see who they might target: Running back.
  • Robert Alvarez (PatsFans) Watch Damien Harris try to pronounce the names of Massachusetts towns.
  • Jim Hackett suggests all roads should lead to Jimmy Garoppolo.
  • Matt Dolloff calls this “the lying season”: A new report says the Patriots are not pursuing Jimmy Garoppolo. But is it really just the latest negotiation tactic?
  • Phil Perry looks at how the Pats could move up in the draft if Jimmy G is unavailable.
  • Phil Perry speculates on what would it take for the Pats to acquire Jimmy G via trade.
  • Conor Roche explains how the 49ers’ recent trade could affect the Patriots’ pursuit of Jimmy Garoppolo.
  • Karen Guregian talks about the lure of Jimmy Garoppolo as the Pats head into the NFL Draft.
  • Dakota Randall Patriots QB Rumors: Latest on pursuit of Jimmy Garoppolo trade.
  • Alex Reimer remembers the last time Adam Schefter reported Jimmy Garoppolo wouldn’t be traded.
  • Ricky Doyle highlights Greg Bedard (BostonSportsJournal) on why a Gardner Minshew trade could be a key piece of the Patriots QB puzzle.
  • Mac Cerullo profiles local prospect TE Pat Freiermuth, on the verge of achieving his lifelong dream and expected to be selected early in the 2021 NFL Draft.
  • Ryan Hannable offers some details on Matt Patricia’s new role with the Patriots.
  • Clark Judge (FullPressCoverage) The Raiders once considered hiring Bill Belichick? True story, says Amy Trask.
  • Dakota Randall gives us the goods on the reported 17th game added to the 2021 regular season. Here’s who the New England Patriots likely will play in the added game.


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Inside the 49ers’ Bold Decision to Move Up in the Draft; Plus, how two of the players they have their eye on fared at their pro days, and more.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA: While Urban Meyer’s Jaguars head in Trevor Lawrence’s direction, rest of Draft’s top 6 gets shaken up; 17th game; More.
  • Jonathan Jones (CBS Sports) NFL insider notes: The real reason behind eye-popping 40 times at pro days, all 22 Bucs starters back and more.
  • Bucky Brooks ( Scouts Notebook: 2021 NFL Draft, 49ers’ options at No. 3, five pro day risers and the battle for CB1.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Matt Patricia makes his mark for the Patriots in free agency.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Kyle Van Noy on Brian Flores: I had no comment because I’m damned either way.
  • Jeff Kerr (CBS Sports) Four landing spots for Jimmy Garoppolo with future as San Francisco starting QB in doubt. /Three guesses who the No. 1 team is, first two don’t count.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) What does Jimmy Garoppolo want?
  • Nora Princiotti (The Ringer) Complacency in free agency is not necessarily a sign of weakness: Spending sprees in March are usually a sign that an NFL team’s roster was woefully inadequate.
  • Josh Edwards (CBS Sports) 2021 NFL Draft order, team needs post-free agency.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFLPA continues push for another virtual offseason program.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) First-round quarterbacks, by team, in the Super Bowl era.
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) NFL Mock Draft, updated. Patriots pick Alabama DL Christian Barmore at 15.
  • Josh Edwards (CBS Sports) 2021 NFL Mock Draft. Pats pick Miami EDGE Gregory Rousseau at 15.
  • Jason Owens (Yahoo! Sports) Jim Nantz remaining at CBS amid reported ESPN overtures, desire for ‘Tony Romo money’.
  • Stephanie Stradley (StradleyLaw) The Deshaun Watson lawsuits: Frequently asked questions.