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New England Patriots links 3/08/21 - Hard push-hard pass: Acquiring Jimmy G, a No. 1 WR, FA spending spree

Daily news and links for Monday

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Texans WR Will Fuller carries the ball vs. the Patriots last November.
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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: GM John Lynch says he is committed to his starter, but the QB’s contract and injury history could make the 49ers willing to deal; JMac is in; Belichick and OT; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes: League year begins in less than 10 days; Cliff Branch HOF? Perhaps Stanley Morgan first; More.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Five Patriots/NFL things to know for Monday. 1) While I fall into the category of those who would like to see Jimmy Garoppolo return to New England, I also fall into the camp where I’m just not sure if it happens this year.
  • Andrew Callahan lays out why the Patriots’ free-agent wide receiver plans shouldn’t start with a No. 1 option. “Instead, the Patriots should pursue two starting-caliber players for the price of a No. 1. Together, they’re more likely to provide greater on-field production, and therefore better return on investment.”
  • Karen Guregian makes a case for Will Fuller above other receiving options for the Pats.
  • Jack Long (MusketFire) Should Patriots ‘pass or pursue’ these top free agent wide receivers?
  • Ricky Doyle relays NFL Draft analyst Lance Zierlein setting expectations for New England’s first round pick in the draft, and it doesn’t involve trading up for a QB or WR.
  • Karen Guregian’s NFL Notes: Free agency stakes have never been higher for Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
  • Clare Cooper (PatsPropaganda) Diagnosis: Free agency fever.
  • Matt Dolloff thumbnails 10 intriguing free agents already available around the NFL.
  • Christopher Price takes a closer look at the free agency outlook for Cam Newton - James White - Joe Thuney - Lawrence Guy - Nick Folk.
  • Tom E. Curran gives us his 2021 Patriots free agency predictions on offense.
  • Phil Perry predicts the current Patriots free agency destinations on defense.
  • Doug Kyed looks at the likelihood of Damiere Byrd returning after a breakout season in New England with career highs in catches and yards. /I’d sign off on having him back.
  • Doug Kyed analyzes how some potential Pats QB options would affect their 2021 salary cap space.
  • Andy Hart suggests the Patriots’ best plan at QB might be to forget about the QB for now.
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) History shows that Bill Belichick probably shouldn’t draft a quarterback.
  • Conor Roche tells us what insiders are saying about a Jimmy Garoppolo reunion for the Patriots. “Jimmy Garoppolo still is far and away their Plan A.” /”Insiders”.
  • Jiwon Kim reports sources tell Patriots insider Greg Bedard that Jimmy Garoppolo remains atop the Patriots wish list to be starting quarterback next season. /Is Bedard really a Patriots insider??
  • Ryan Hannable says the 49ers fanbase wants Jimmy Garoppolo gone.
  • Doug Kyed’s Patriots Mailbag: How 49ers would be willing to trade Jimmy Garoppolo.
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Mailbag: Does signing veteran cap casualties make sense for rebuilding Pats?
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Five Zach Ertz trade team fits. Patriots included.
  • Clare Cooper (FullPressCoverage) A Clare Perspective: And the kick is good!!…. or is it? ‘ Let’s give some kicker love for the moment... a lot can ride on that one single guy’s leg.’
  • CBS Boston notes that QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is apparently leaning toward retirement.