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New England Patriots links 5/10/21 - Rookie Minicamp begins this week; Opinions on Pats’ draft rock on

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College Football Playoff Semifinal - Notre Dame vs Alabama
Patriots second-round draft pick Christian Barmore #58
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  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Getting the most from QBs with different skill sets; Ernie’s ‘famous’ pick; Rhamondere Stevenson’s hands; Rookie blackout; More.
  • Karen Guregian NFL Notes: The Patriots are all in with second-round DT Christian Barmore; More.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots News: Thoughts on Ernie Adams; Aaron Rodgers forcing his way out of Green Bay; Christian Barmore questions; More.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: How does Cam Newton feel about Patriots drafting Mac Jones? 3. One person to keep an eye on when it comes to doing some of the things Adams did is Evan Rothstein, who came with Matt Patricia from Detroit this offseason; More.
  • Alex Barth posts the Patriots spring practice schedule, beginning with the rookies taking the field May 14-16 for rookie minicamp.
  • Zack Cox gives us his takeaways on what the Patriots are getting in their first-round QB: Jones is coming off one of the best seasons ever by a college quarterback.
  • Phil Perry looks at the fact that the Patriots possess one of the slowest groups of pass-catchers in the NFL, and how that actually makes them built to help Mac Jones succeed.
  • Tom E. Curran digs up Bill Belichick’s 2001 comments naming Tom Brady the Patriots’ starter to offer some important context on how the Patriots will handle the transition to Mac Jones. /Ooh... Let me guess: He will “do what’s best for the team, T-E-A-M, team.”
  • Adam London notes Cam Newton has skills to teach Mac Jones, according to NFL analyst Charles Davis.
  • Conor Roche notes Mac Jones was viewed as the ‘most polarizing’ rookie quarterback by college coaches.
  • Sean T. McGuire highlights three college coaches and their differing opinions on Mac Jones.
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) 3 Patriots standouts who are entering their final year in NE: Devin McCourty, Dont’a Hightower and Sony Michel.
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) Would Patriots consider trading Sony Michel before start of the season?
  • Evan Lazar’s Patriots Mailbag: How will the Pats replace Ernie Adams? More.
  • Christopher Price writes an interesting piece about what it was like to ask Ernie Adams questions on the Patriots and Bill Belichick.
  • Jesse Pantuosco notes James White fulfills promise to parents by getting his degree from Wisconsin.
  • Trevor Hass reports Jason McCourty thanks the Patriots for helping him live out childhood dream. “Pats Nation, thank you for welcoming me with open arms.”
  • Jerry Trotta (MusketFire) Insider believes 49ers pulled Jimmy Garoppolo off the market.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights Rob Gronkowski sharing how he hasn’t seen Belichick lately but if he did he has no problem with him and if he did see him, he’d talk football with him and just catch up.
  • Conor Roche talks about the Patriots being ranked 8th most valuable franchise in sports. “Over the last five years, the Patriots’ value has increased by 38 percent. The $4.4 billion valuation is a 2,428 percent increase from the $172 million price tag Robert Kraft bought the team for in 1994.”
  • CBS Boston reports Tom Brady’s first career touchdown football is up for auction.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Zac Blackerby (Locked On Auburn) discuss scouting Mac Jones from an opponent’s perspective, Cam mentoring Mac, and Jarrett Stidham’s future in New England. (38 min.)