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New England Patriots links 4/20/21 - Cam Newton exercises his option to work out at Gillette

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Cam Newton at practice in 2020
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  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Five Patriots and NFL things to know: 1) The number of teams who could get into New England’s way heading into the draft appears to be growing, with a couple of additional teams now potentially in the mix to take a QB off the board.
  • Chris Mason passes along a Mike Reiss report that Cam Newton was leading the voluntary workouts in Foxborough on Monday, and notes a $100K workout bonus is part of Cam’s one-year deal.
  • Michael Hurley offers his take on Cam Newton among “quite a few players” who chose not to skip offseason workouts at Gillette.
  • Ryan Hannable declares there are no more excuses for Cam Newton, he is set up for success in 2021
  • Mike Reiss reminds us that New England often looks beyond immediate needs in the draft. Projecting two years out, it makes a prospect such as cornerback Jaycee Horn a first-round possibility.
  • Tom E. Curran takes us inside Bill Belichick’s methodical approach to the draft.
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots big board for the 2021 draft to predict who New England might select in the first three rounds: Nos. 31-40 and 41-50.
  • Andrew Doherty (PatsBuzz) Prospects Patriots could target on Day Two of the draft.
  • Doug Kyed picks an offensive tackle for the Patriots in every round of the draft. The Pats don’t have an immediate need at OT, but they could need one or two starters in 2022 and beyond.
  • Andy Hart profiles potential Patriots: Oklahoma State T Teven Jenkins. “If Bill Belichick doesn’t take a top need like QB or WR in the first round, New England could certainly look to upgrade its future offensive line depth with a versatile tackle prospect. The position could also be a target if the Patriots trade down.”
  • Andrew Callahan breaks down the Patriots’ best prospect fits at safety, including scouting reports: Trevon Moehrig, Richie Grant could be sleeper first-round picks.
  • Alex Barth presents Part III in his “Draft prospects to know” series with a look at some smashmouth-type players the Patriots could target in rounds two through seven. Links to Part I and Part II.
  • Alex Reimer knows it would cost a lot for New England to trade up in the draft, but imagines what Bill Belichick could do with the flexibility of having a top 10 QB on his rookie deal.
  • Andrew Callahan and Karen Guregian’s Point-counterpoint: Will the Pats trade up for a 1st-round quarterback?
  • Doug Kyed says the Patriots have the draft capital to trade up for Ohio State QB Justin Fields, who might be the best value in this year’s draft.
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) Here’s why Patriots should select Stanford QB Davis Mills over first-round quarterback.
  • Ricky Doyle discusses two recent mock drafts that highlight the unpredictability facing Bill Belichick and the Patriots before the draft. The Falcons, at No. 4, really could go in any direction and their decision will have a huge trickle-down effect.
  • Zack Cox tells us who the Pats sent to Trey Lance’s second Pro Day, noting they also sent a scout to his first one.
  • Phil Perry presents his crowd-sourced NFL Mock Draft: Patriots fans target QB, CB early.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Peter King wouldn’t be surprised to see Patriots target Florida QB Kyle Trask.
  • Mike Luciano (MusketFire) Five best No. 15 overall draft picks in NFL history.
  • Jacob Camenker re-mocks the 2020 draft one year later.
  • Alex Barth tells us Jakobi Meyers has a new agent, joining Drew Rosenhaus Sports as a client.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) Ian Rapoport explains why JC Jackson isn’t a roster lock for 2021 season.
  • Nick Stevens puts the kibosh on the Julian Edelman-to-the-Bucs rumor.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike and Murph analyze and grade some Patriots mock drafts and more. (50 min.)