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New England Patriots links 4/16/21 - Belichick open to ‘swipe right’ on different-style QB

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  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: Landon Dickerson on pepping for the draft while rehabbing an injury; Plus, notes on the latest NFL/NFLPA squabble, Justin Fields’s second pro day, recent WR draft trends and more.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Happy 69th birthday, Bill Belichick. /Followed by speculation on how long he’ll be able to coach before he’s too old.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick on spending in free agency: “It averages out.”
  • Jeff Kerr (CBS Sports) Bill Belichick doesn’t tip hand on any Patriots plans to add a quarterback or trade up in 2021 NFL Draft: The Patriots are candidates to move up, but will they?
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Bill Belichick marvels at Julian Edelman’s transition from a college QB.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) NFL win total predictions for 2021: Reporters make over/under picks for all 32 teams. Patriots: Over/Under: 9. Prediction: Over. “the possibility of 10 wins seems realistic.”
  • Matt Miller (TheDraftScout) Scouting Notebook: With less than two weeks before the NFL Draft, we dive in to all the latest rumors. “New England — A trade up for a quarterback is very likely, based on what those around the league are hearing and the dots that are being connected. Remember, Bill Belichick has a close tie to the Ohio State program and will attend the second pro day for quarterback Justin Fields. It’s maybe too convenient to connect the two, but if the Patriots can move up for him I do think they would pull the trigger.”
  • Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) Mac Jones’ shortcomings don’t fit into today’s NFL. Yet, he could be QB outlier worthy of 49ers’ draft gamble.
  • Tim Keown (ESPN) Who is Trey Lance, the draft’s most mysterious prospect?
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) 11 NFL teams that might turn heads by picking a quarterback in 2021 draft. Pats included.
  • NBC Sports EDGE Staff (Yahoo! Sports) 2021 NFL draft rankings.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Justin Fields is now the betting favorite to go third overall.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( General Manager Power Rankings: NFL draft edition! Bill Belichick 18th. /Lolz.
  • Ian Wharton (Complex) Every NFL team’s worst first-round draft pick since 2011. Patriots: N’Keal Harry (2019). Runner up: Dominique Easley (2014).
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL, NFLPA need to resolve the offseason workout issue.
  • Mike Jones (USA Today) NFLPA still not satisfied with NFL’s plan for offseason workouts.
  • Andrew Marchand (NY Post) Inside Amazon’s plan to transform the sports broadcasting world.
  • Report ( NFL announces tri-exclusive official sports betting partners.
  • Rob Maaddi (AP) Dolphins QB Jacoby Brissett prepares for life after the NFL.
  • Doug Farrar (TouchdownWire) On National High-Five Day, a brief history of Tom Brady left hanging.