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New England Patriots links 4/02/21 - Cam back in Boston, spotted working out with WRs

Daily news and links for Friday

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Cam Newton high-fives Gunner Olszewski
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TEAM TALK

LOCAL LINKS

  • Zack Cox reports Cam Newton was spotted training in Boston with Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Five Patriots & NFL things to know for Friday: 2) It appears the Patriots could potentially be heading to London this season.
  • Mark Morse (PatsFans) Notebook: Offense after free agency spree; Kraft disses Belichick; Pro Day results.
  • Sara Marshall (FullPressCoverage) Pats go all-out in free agency to improve team weaknesses from 2020 season.
  • Zack Cox notes Patriots free agent Rex Burkhead shared a positive update on his rehab, saying he is moving well four months after knee surgery.
  • Chris Mason tells us where the Pats free agents ended up: 4 landed with other teams, 8 still looking for work.
  • Tom E. Curran ‘yadda, yadda, yaddas’ through Belichick’s accomplishments in his 20-year tenure and how Kraft “DGAF” about any of it, to highlight all that went wrong the last few years. “That little word choice: ‘Now we’ll see how good our people were in evaluating talent…’? That’s not an edict and it’s not a mandate. But it is a challenge.”
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Robert Kraft sticks up for Cam Newton after rough 2020 season.
  • Ryan Hannable notes ESPN’s Jeff Saturday calls Robert Kraft’s draft comments ‘ridiculous.’ “I don’t really care if we win the draft. I care that we win football games and Super Bowls and the Patriots have continued to do that whatever their draft record looks like as far as what people are talking about.”
  • Zack Cox addresses this week’s Patriots Mailbag: Will New England Trade Up For QB In NFL Draft? Plus: What are New England’s chances of landing Jimmy Garoppolo?
  • Chris Mason passes along a report that the Patriots would need to offer a first-round pick for the 49ers to listen to trade requests for Jimmy Garoppolo at this point.
  • Ryan Hannable analyzes the likelihood of the Pats landing QB Justin Fields, like in Todd McShay’s latest mock draft
  • Tom Shaw-Mellors (PatsPropaganda) Should the Patriots trade up for a QB in the draft?
  • Evan Lazar looks at whether former Florida QB Kyle Trask is a viable draft option for the Patriots.
  • Andy Hart profiles potential Patriots in this year’s draft: Tulsa LB Zaven Collins.
  • Matthew Geagan looks at Bill Belichick’s biggest misses in the draft.
  • Michael Hurley talks about how Tom Brady inspired a new NFL rule change proposal. /Add the Rams to the many sour-sport victims of Brady, lol.
  • Michael Hurley points out the extremely confusing potential changes to overtime rules the NFL will be considering
  • Khari Thompson tells us where the Patriots fall in the NFL’s updated 2021 strength of schedule rankings.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Patriots 7-round mock draft: Bill Belichick makes two picks in Round 1.
  • Mark Morse (PatsFans) Annual Patriots draft contest. /Nice prize!
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Kevin Oestreicher (Locked On Ravens) discuss the expected impact of new Pats’ LB, Matthew Judon. Mike also provides his thoughts on Robert Kraft’s Q&A. (34 min.)
  • Patriots Wire podcast: With the quarterbacks likely to go out of the Patriots’ reach, Henry McKenna suggests Bill Belichick could disappoint fans with a decision to trade back. (25 min.)
  • Patriots Talk podcast: Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry react to Robert Kraft’s conference call where he addressed free agency spending, and his optimism for the upcoming season. (30 min.)

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Albert Breer (SI) Game Plan: How Ohio State put together an even more Important pro day in 2021; Plus, top unanswered draft questions, a proposed shift in the NFL calendar, answers on Justin Fields and more.
  • Joel Corry (CBS Sports) Agent’s Take: Breaking down 15 notable multiyear contracts handed out this offseason.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Mailbag: What compensation would the 49ers need to trade Jimmy Garoppolo? Plus, what will the Falcons and Bengals do with quarterbacks going 1-2-3, should the 49ers have traded for Matthew Stafford, will Deshaun Watson be suspended and more.
  • Gil Brandt (NFL.com) Seven teams that MUST do well in the 2021 NFL Draft. Patriots included.
  • Dan Parr (NFL.com) 2021 NFL Draft: First-round order, top five needs for all 32 teams.
  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) 2021 NFL Draft: From Division II punter to NFL tight end, the most intriguing prospect you’ve never heard of: Zach Davidson is the 2021 draft’s best-kept secret.
  • Riley McAtee (The Ringer) How will a 17-game season impact NFL record books?
  • NFL (YouTube) Every team’s strength of schedule for 2021. (5.19 min. video) Pats tied for 19th hardest.
  • Adam Rank (NFL.com) 2021 NFL mock draft ... with a twist! What every team SHOULD do.
  • Jenna Laine (ESPN) Buccaneers GM Jason Licht says Tom Brady progressing ‘very well’ from knee surgery.
  • Report (AP) Dean Spanos’ sister, Dea, petitions court to force Chargers sale.